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Which Technology Is Headed For the Chop?

Memory Cards

Time was memory cards were the ultimate gadget accessory. Mobile phones, digital cameras, video camcorders and more came alive with a large memory card and we filled them like they were going out of fashion. Well now they are. Yes cameras and video cameras aren't going to give up on expandable memory any time soon, but as Cisco has proved and as we have just discussed: both these sectors are already under threat.

The other major use is in handsets and here memory cards are slowly being ignored in favour of ever greater native storage. This comes partly due to NAND Flash memory prices coming down, but it is equally driven by practicality. Installing applications and saving data on something which can be removed from a device without warning makes software developers and phone manufacturers nervous. Android took nearly two years to support app installation on memory cards and app makers have been reticent to adopt it. Meanwhile iOS, webOS, BlackBerry OS and Windows Phone have never allowed it. In fact Apple, HP and Microsoft don't provide microSD card slots on their handsets for customers to use.

Since this trend has only increased in recent years, despite memory cards getting ever cheaper and more capacious. With Cloud based storage also on the rise memory cards may ultimately be relegated to niche sectors.


Just bought a shiny new High Definition TV full of cutting edge features? Believe it or not, televisions will eventually be history. Their nemesis? Projectors.

The benefits are obvious: projectors are smaller, lighter and can produce an image of almost any size. The downfalls? They are expensive, don't work well in daylight, need to be positioned on the other side of the room and have high running costs. All this is changing.

The most fundamental is distance. For most having a projector on the other side of a room so it can 'throw' a big image simply isn't practical. The solution is 'Short Throw' technology. With it projectors can sit within centimetres from a wall yet still cast images well in excess of 60 inches. That way a projector can sit by your home theatre equipment and there are no unsightly wires running up the wall. As for image quality, one look at the likes of the JVC DLA-X7 or SIM2 Grand Cinema MICO 40 will erase any fears about their functionality in any lighting condition. When it comes to price, however, that's the hard part because the tech is there. Needless to say companies are working on it.


April 17, 2011, 2:37 pm

Curiously, you forgot the biggest of them all, games consoles. No shortage of people who see these being replaced by handheld devices that mimic their power but can be carried around.

The question is whether these will be made by the big three games vendors or based on emerging platforms such as mobile phone operating systems.


April 18, 2011, 7:29 pm

I like reading Gordon's features, but it took me a while to realise this was his latest work with it having been relegated to the bottom of the home page. I hope he's duly insulted :).


April 19, 2011, 1:26 am

@JDunn - I mentioned them in the conclusion actually ;) But you are right and mobile gaming consoles are being eaten by smartphones.
@Chris - thanks Chris. Kinda ;) Suspect it may have something to do with just two comments being on this feature. I just write them, it is up to Trusted to put them where it wishes. Ed addresses it in comments on the new site that they haven't really worked out what they're doing with features as yet. I'd use one of the two boxes at the top of the page of one of the two boxes in the right hand column personally, but we shall see.


April 20, 2011, 2:47 am

Very interesting article. It won't be long until netbooks vanish from the shelves as tablets and smartphones begin to emulate their functionality in a more compact form. Cable and satellite will be here to stay in one form or another as our broadband speeds are pitiful in providing reliable HD streaming to our homes. 3DTV will sink without a trace - it's too costly and a gimmick that will only last another year or two.

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