This Day On The Street
Continue to site right-arrow
This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here
TheStreet Open House

What's Next For Personal Technology?

It comes as a shock to no one (except, possibly, for a handful of stubborn computer manufacturers) that PCs are, for practical purposes, a thing of the past. Old-fashioned laptops won't be far behind. Last year, Microsoft tried to overhaul Windows for these new generations of computing platforms and products. They've has limited success. So, Redmond engineers are hard at work with a Windows update to help fix what's wrong. Windows 8.1 is expected to be released later this year.

Apple is also trying to offer the right combination of features to keep interest high for their laptops and desktops. On Monday, Apple announced the next big upgrade for OS X, the increasingly popular desktop/laptop operating system. Basically, version 10.9 (Mavericks) will add a number of features similar to what's offered in iOS, Apple's mobile operating system.

It's a fact. Tablets are the new laptops. And, as tablets get cheaper and cheaper (Asus has just announced an upcoming, 7-inch tablet with a starting retail price of $129) manufacturers' profit margins will decline as well.

So, what is the next? The hot items, these days, seem to be wearable computing devices (such as exercise-based, watch-like computers or the much heralded Google (GOOG) Glass. There is also a lot of industry-generated news being released concerning advanced computing devices for car dashboards (as announced by GM, BMW, and others).

But, there are already concerns being voiced about both new types of mobile computers. Drivers talking on cell phones is bad enough. Now, there are warning about additional distracting electronic devices interfering with a driver's concentration. And, it's not just drivers at risk. Google Glass fans must be aware that performing relatively simple tasks - maybe crossing a street or cooking - while using the device might cause problems. Some are suggesting restrictive laws must be passed now to avoid future tragedies.

If some big, new product is on the horizon we might hear about it by the end of the month. The industry is holding their annual, mid-year event called CE Week here in New York, the week of June 24th. Hopefully, someone will be showing something that will excite.

--Written by Gary Krakow in New York.

>To submit a news tip, send an email to:

Gary Krakow is TheStreet's senior technology correspondent.
2 of 2

Check Out Our Best Services for Investors

Action Alerts PLUS

Portfolio Manager Jim Cramer and Director of Research Jack Mohr reveal their investment tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
Quant Ratings

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
Stocks Under $10

David Peltier uncovers low dollar stocks with serious upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
14-Days Free
Try it NOW
Only $9.95
Try it NOW
14-Days Free
Try it NOW

Check Out Our Best Services for Investors

Dividend Stock Advisor

David Peltier identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Trifecta Stocks

Every recommendation goes through 3 layers of intense scrutiny—quantitative, fundamental and technical analysis—to maximize profit potential and minimize risk.

Product Features:
  • Model Portfolio
  • Intra Day Trade alerts
  • Access to Quant Ratings
Options Profits

Our options trading pros provide over 100 monthly option trading ideas and strategies to help you become a well-seasoned trader.

Product Features:
  • Actionable options commentary and news
  • Real-time trading community
Try it NOW
Try it NOW
Try it NOW
To begin commenting right away, you can log in below using your Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, OpenID or Yahoo login credentials. Alternatively, you can post a comment as a "guest" just by entering an email address. Your use of the commenting tool is subject to multiple terms of service/use and privacy policies - see here for more details.
Submit an article to us!
DELL $0.00 0.00%
AAPL $123.25 0.00%
BBRY $9.46 0.00%
GOOG $548.34 0.00%
MSFT $40.97 0.00%


DOW 17,712.66 +34.43 0.19%
S&P 500 2,061.02 +4.87 0.24%
NASDAQ 4,891.2190 +27.8570 0.57%

Partners Compare Online Brokers

Free Reports

Free Newsletters from TheStreet

My Subscriptions:

After the Bell

Before the Bell

Booyah! Newsletter

Midday Bell

TheStreet Top 10 Stories

Winners & Losers

Register for Newsletters
Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs