Tech Predictions for 2013
Expect more tablets, smarter TVs
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 2, 2013 11:54 AM CST
Microsoft Corp.'s Surface tablet computer is displayed at Hollywood's Milk Studios in Los Angeles. Expect tablets to continue their ascendancy.   (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

(Newser) – Veteran tech writer Walt Mossberg of the Wall Street Journal looks ahead to 2013 and thinks we'll be controlling more of our everyday devices (thermostats, appliances, etc.) wirelessly through apps. We're heading toward a world of "Internet-controlled everything." Other forecasts:

  • Tablets: The market is only going to get bigger, with more people buying them to replace laptops and e-readers. Microsoft's Windows 8, a hybrid of sorts between a tablet experience and that of a regular PC, hopes to reverse the trend, but it's too early to tell whether it can make a dent.

  • Smart TV: This might just be a breakthrough year for easy-to-use TVs that integrate seamlessly with the Internet for streaming and apps. One strong contender: Apple's long-rumored TV could hit the market.
  • Cheaper smartphones: Mossberg expects to see prices drop for both the phones (especially Androids) and their monthly data plans. A company called Republic Wireless, for example, has a $19 plan that makes calls via WiFi instead of carrier networks when possible. Expect more such innovation.
Click for the full list, which includes better (and thus pricier) music players and fitness monitors.

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Jan 3, 2013 7:50 AM CST
I predict a group of replicants will make it to Los Angeles to seek out a way to extend their life span. Replicants have a built in 4 year life span, and this group is at the end. Although he hunts them to the end, the replicants end up teaching the detached Deckard what it really means to be human.
Jan 2, 2013 2:13 PM CST
Here is one no one talks about but should be an easy tech product - VOICE OPERATED TV - NO Remote necessary- It is surprising to me that one of the most frustrating modern technology problems of the last 60 years "Where's the Remote?" has yet to be resolved by a re-mote-less TV set. It could easily be worked out with sound cancelling technology to eliminate audio from the set and then use standard Voice activation like in cars, Siri etc. OK Newser Geniuses What do you think?
Jan 2, 2013 1:03 PM CST
Wait. You mean smart phones will come down in price? Imagine that.