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REIQ Journal : February 2010
Online mapping advances Online maps are not a new concept, however advances are being made to this technology at an astonishing rate. The latest trend is the introduction of 3D mapping through sites such as Bing. The 3D map feature lets users see buildings in three dimensions with the added ability to rotate and tilt the angle in addition to panning and zooming. Street-side mapping lets users' move down to the street level to explore locations and investigate building facades almost as if they were standing there in person. While the majority of these map styles are only currently available for US locations, this year should see the development of mapping over more countries including areas of Australia. Apple iTablet As the most anticipated device of the year, the iTablet is expected to come with 3G connectivity, allowing it to access the internet at all times. An improvement on the App Store is also believed to coincide with the release of the device (rumoured to be in the rst half of 2010), with new program capabilities expected to be introduced. Just as Apple changed the face of the music industry with its iPod, the Apple iTablet may do the same for laptops. 3D TV There's been a lot of talk about 3D of late, although the concept has not been a reality outside of the cinema -- until now. Companies such as Panasonic and Sony, to name but a few, have developed full working 3D plasma display models on which the images seemingly jump out of the screen. This next massive breakthrough in TV technology is set to hit stores in 2010. Cloud computing One of the latest buzzwords, cloud computing refers to working with web-based resources and applications, as opposed to software installed directly on your computer. Users typically pay an ongoing subscription fee to use the tools which are always available online through any browser and web connection. Cloud computing will allow companies to use computing resources (network, server and storage) on- demand and to serve applications centrally. eBooks Although the eBook has been around for a while now with devices such as Amazon's Kindle, this fad has yet to really sweep our shores. Various other, more advanced, eBooks look to be released in the near future including Apple's long awaited iPad. Consequently, Amazon predicts that 2010 will be the year that its digital books will out-sell its hard copies for the rst time. Focus on green Regardless of one's views on the 'green' debate, the issue is one which will continue to gain momentum -- particularly when it comes to new technology. In 2010, businesses and consumers will continue to embrace energy e ciency in the workplace and at home. Green initiatives such as the use of eDocuments and billing, reducing travel and tele-working will come to the forefront and businesses will choose their partners more selectively as more companies set carbon reduction goals. With consumers continuing to be enticed by the idea of green products and services, there is money to be both saved and made by 'going green'. REIQ Journal February 2010 48 TECHNOLOGY UPDATE
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