I haven’t gotten my hands on Windows 7 yet, but I am hearing some really great things about it so far.
At the very least, it'll fix the biggest issues with Vista.
Steve Jobs leave Apple. Apple shocked the tech community recently when they announced this years Macworld will be its last, and that Steve Jobs will not give the final keynote.
Hard to say exactly what that really means. Apple isn't really transparent about why exactly this stuff is happening.
Online services takeover.
Yeah - I'm not the biggest fan, but it'll likely happen in some form. I really do wish they don't throw the baby out with the bathwater, though - even if stuff goes online, I'd like the software turn a bit hybrid and still work offline if need be. I really don't like the idea of being totally useless if the Internet goes down.
Next-gen consoles revealed. The next-gen consoles like the Xbox 360 are not so “next-gen” anymore
Very true. When they first came out, they were really great - but the same thing that plagued them in the past will always continue to plague them: They're static machines. Technology moved on, and it doesn't even take a large PC anymore to outmuscle the 360.
Social networks “slow down”.
Hard to say. They never realy excited me that much in the first place.
So.. Nintendo, you are bringing out an even more expensive version of THE biggest dust magnet ever created..
Not quite. Say what you want, but Nintendo's portable platforms have always been #1, even without pushing technology to the limits. Sure, we can list a gazillion alternatives that are superior and have even sold pretty well, but Nintendo has proven that their audeince is far larger than just the core gamers, and that casual gamers are not to be underestimated. The Wii proved that's true even for non-portable systems.
I expect 2009 will be the year we move to 64-bit. By the end of this year all new computers will be equiped with 64-bit operating systems and software vendors will jump on the opportunity to provide 64-bit versions of their software.
Agreed, and remember most 32 bit software runs fine on 64 bit OSes, so software isn't really going to be any sort of credible barrier for most people. With a lot of new computers coming standard with 64 bit Vista already, I'd say most people won't even notice that the move has taken place. It'll just happen as they buy new computers.
You mentioned blu-ray but aside from Sony I don't think it will be a factor in the consoles that are created next. I can't see MS going that direction and doubtful Nintendo(since they don't have HD this gen). I think blu-ray is dead. The consoles will go for more online content and more downloading in the next generation.
Perhaps, but in my opinion the jury is still out on that one. At least there is agreement on which format "won" right now. But you're right, downloads are getting more popular. If Sony doesn't do something big with Blu-Ray now, they could be in a world of hurt. The format war was a big mistake by far, no matter who won. Just fighting it that long was the biggest mistake, ever. A lot of people are either sticking with DVD or moving to downloads. They're voting with their wallets that they are not interested in going down that path again. Ever.
But then again, who knows? It wasn't like it was a total loss, and as I understand it's still a profitable product. I think that it's entirely possible that Microsoft could include support for it.
Nintendo is unlikely to make the switch, though. They've been pretty focused on using proprietary disk formats. It may be possible that some of the same technology may be used, but it won't be made compatible.