2012 was a year that saw Tim Cook put his mark on Apple, Facebook go through growing pains,...

2012 was a year that saw Tim Cook put his mark on Apple, Facebook go through growing pains, Microsoft unveil perhaps the biggest product refresh in its history (though the jury's still out on its success), and the "post-PC era" turn into a reality, notes The Verge in its recap of the year's top tech stories. Looking ahead to 2013, it sees Apple overhauling iOS following a bumpy 2012, Google battling with Samsung over Android's future, and Microsoft, Sony, and perhaps Valve trying to invigorate a slumping console gaming industry.

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  • Tschurin
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    An era that can only define itself by what it replaces, e.g., "post-PC" really isn't much of an era. From my own, limited, perspective, having been surrounded over the holidays by a lot of these devices, I can see why. Drawing games for kids, TV shows, et. al. were the most common use of these "post-PC" devices. Not exactly a revolution.
    31 Dec 2012, 05:32 PM Reply Like
  • Dialectical Materialist
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    Early in an era it is impossible to name it accurately. In the U.S., the Post-Civil War period was obvious to anyone who had lived through the events leading up to and including the Civil War. It was not called "Reconstruction" until much later. For that matter, it wasn't even called the "Civil War" until much later, with North and South calling it "War of the Rebellion"and "War for Southern Independence" respectively. The "War Between the States" seemed likely to stick, but it was ultimately labelled the "Civil War".


    Similarly post-9/11 will end up with a name one day. All that was clear to people living in the U.S. on September 12th 2001 was that the world had changed. "Post 9/11" was shorthand for this undeniable change. So clearly the label "post-something" does not mean it is not a valid era, only that no one yet knows what will come to encapsulate the era.


    "Post-PC" is likely to prove accurate in some ways, though the real moniker will probably do a better job of capturing how the migration to mobile computing changed society.
    31 Dec 2012, 07:47 PM Reply Like
  • cereal
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    You're right, I've found little to no use for tablets.


    1. The touch UI slows me down doing basic things like posting in SA and browsing (It's slow having to touch itsy bitsy little links)
    2. Device performance is anemic compared to laptops.
    3. Vendors lock down what can be installed and done on the devices.
    4. Not portable/mobile - I drive a car to work.


    I tried to use a tablet for a month and found out it's not very good at anything, and now it's collecting dust. I use the below instead


    1. General computing - Ultrabook
    2. Facebook/Youtube/Browsing - Ultrabook
    3. Netflix/Hulu - Xbox & Roku & Ultrabook
    4. Office work - PC & Ultrabook
    5. Ultraportable computing - Smartphone


    I think the end result will be Win8 tablet/laptop convertibles replace laptops and standalone touch tablets will disappear (maybe not completely).
    1 Jan 2013, 06:39 PM Reply Like
  • bgold1955
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    "Overhauling iOS after a bumpy 2012". Agree it was bumpy, but a 31.4% annual ROI is mighty nice. Lets ride that same bumpy road in 2013.
    1 Jan 2013, 11:30 AM Reply Like
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