CES: Your next computer will be a smart phone
This is bad news. The FCC decided that Net Neutrality would apply to wired networks, but content on mobile wireless networks can be throttled and prioritized. I can fix a PC or a laptop. Who can fix a smart phone? Who can modify it as they wish? We are losing control of computing.
While personal computers are not going to disappear altogether, the trend lines are clear. Gartner, the market research company, predicts that by 2013 the number of smart phones will surpass PCs, 1.82 billion to 1.78 billion. And that's not counting the tablets. Gene Munster, an analyst with the global investment bank Piper Jaffray, estimates that Apple iPad sales were 14.5 million for 2010, with another million tablets sold by competitors. Sarah Rotman Epps at Forrester Research predicts that 82 million Americans will be using tablets by 2015.