Actually, it's not the tools and services that will make things secure. It's consumer practices. Don't get frightened into buying more of these tools and services -- most already exist.
This is a very good point. Outside of anti-virus/anti-malware software, it's a little questionable how much of an actual need there is for additional "virtual security."
Sure, there are a variety of additional services which will do things like offer to manage all your passwords and personal information and things like that, but in my opinion these are all things you either don't really need or which in the end do not make you any more secure (and in some instances may actually make you less secure).
And I do think the mainstream has become a little more savvy when it comes to technology... still a long ways to go, but seeing open Wi-Fi networks in residential areas is far less common than it used to be, for instance.
Barbara, Many companies are playing up the energy angle in their offerings now. But it's not just OEMs that are involved in redefining what companies are into. Companies like Verizon conduct the research your blog reviewed because they are expanding their operations into new areas. For instance, Verizon, a phone company, is now into the home monitoring business. It now has a service for home monitoring via video-over-IP. You can monitor your house on your smartphone over a Verizon network. This is here now. And you are right, it comes down to finding a way for these companies to make more money.
I agree with the survey that suppliers are keen to see consumers buy a variety of different devices that can be used as vehicles to pay for subscriptions or services. It is not so much the hardware anymore that makes the cash, it is the service charge.
Not directly but atleast indirectly now all the electronic users are very conscious in conserving power.
Before even they buy they check the rating on the power side, Solar power is also picking up. there may be many updates and news on solar panel manufacturing ideas and setting up research and devlopments.
Home lighting powering up gadgets using solar cells etc has been constant trials. this would emerge as a big trend for the future.
It's interesting that many companies are hoping Apple will jump into the TV business this year. These include TV manufacturers who hope Apple will spark increased demand for TVs. Research firm iSuppli came out recently with a report in which it asked: Can Apple Breathe New Life into the Moribund TV Market?
That's a lot to heap on one single company. However, Apple re-energized and transformed the tablet market. Perhaps it can do the same here.
We are so much focussed on the consumer electronics products like Smartphones & Tabletswe that we are ignoring one of the important and essential branch of elctronics and that is medical diagnostic and healthcare devices. Many of these devices which were only an expensive lab equipment are now becoming household gadgets. I believe so much innovation is happening in these areas that I wish one of our Bloggers will cover it some day.
This was an excellent and informative article that brings up some serious questions people need to ask themselves. Like how much is all of this worth to individuals? Like you said, most households have multiple devices and in the next few years those numbers should double. With all the content out there that people crave, there is still a price tag. At what point will individuals drop certain items to replace them with possible cheaper alternatives? Or is money no object for some people to get what they want and be happy?
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Thailand Stages a Comeback Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
Microsoft Surface: Potential Winners & Losers What are the implications for the electronics industry supply chain of Microsoft Corp.'s decision to launch its own tablet PC? Join industry veteran and EE Times' systems and OEM expert Rick Merritt on Tuesday, July 3, at 12:00 pm EDT for a Live Chat on this subject.
Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
Peter Drucker famously said "Trying to predict the future is like trying to drive down a country road at night with no lights while looking out the back window." Yet in the razor's-edge world of electronics—with a lean supply chain and just-in-time demands—the need to know the future is vital.
You've heard the saying "the No. 1 supply chain risk is your people." That hasn't always been the case. But today's complex global supply chain requires a new type of multitalented employee. It's one who understands, finance, marketing, economics, is savvy with technology, graceful with relationships and can think analytically.
Where are these people? Are universities properly preparing the next generation supply chain professionals? How do train your existing workforce for these new, demanding positions?
Brian Fuller, editor-in-chief of EBN, will lead a 60-minute Avnet Velocity panel discussion that will ask and answer these and other questions swirling around today's supply-chain talent challenges.