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2012 Tech Predictions: A Look Back

Apps Fall Out of Favor

Prediction:

Smart phones have become so popular in part because of "apps" but the presence of HTML5 will really take form in 2012. HTML5 is the language for showcasing information on the web, and as companies like Microsoft, Apple, and others begin to integrate HTML5 into their software, apps could become a thing of the past.

Review:

Not even close on this one. Apps continue to do well, with Apple, Google, and Amazon continuing to see dizzying pace of downloads on their devices. At its developer conference in June, Apple announced it had surpassed 30 billion downloads, and Google recently surpassed 25 billion downloads. This gravy train isn't stopping anytime soon.

Grade: Q- (Definitely not showing this one to mom and dad.)

The Internet Suffers Major Terrorist Attack

Prediction:

This has been a threat for years but so far there have been no major outages. That doesn't mean something is not coming of course.

Financial exchanges, such as Nasdaq OMX (NDAQ) or NYSE Euronext (NYX), are prime targets.

Review:

There was the "Flame" cyber attack earlier this year, but it appeared to be mostly hype and little substance.

There was also the DNSCharger incident earlier this year, but that also seemed more sizzle than steak.

We can expect to see more of these types of incidents (including the latest Tumblr worm), but until a major threat to the United States gets hold of something serious, most of these attacks will turn out to be minor threats.

Grade: B-

9 of 10

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