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dlr5288
dlr5288
9/30/2016 3:56:55 PM
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Re: Apps Account for computers tablets and smartphones
True, and I must say I enjoy my apps! But I totally see what you're saying. Messaging is really the only one that could keep evolving over time.

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Michelle
Michelle
9/9/2016 2:39:05 PM
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Re: It's the Future
@af I remember many tech pundits proclaiming the same back in those days. Web developers assumed the future of mobile was the mobile-ready site, while others disagreed. Silos and paywalls were the future! 

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
9/7/2016 3:52:06 PM
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Re: It's the Future
Data caps for landline broadband is... sickening. But I suppose we'll start to see the same "unlimited" data offers from ISPs -- with the same sneaky "math cap" where you can't really get unlimited data when your speeds are limited (or throttled) to 6 Mbps.

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batye
batye
9/7/2016 3:06:23 PM
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Re: It's the Future
@mhhf1ve for me 100GB is my monthly limit with cogeco :(....  my ISP...

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
9/7/2016 2:42:49 PM
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Re: It's the Future
> ".. given the trend towards apps-based usage won't that just drive more storage on the device and more streaming from the apps?"

I'm not so sure what the long-term trend will be for hardware. Way back when, hard drive storage was getting cheaper and cheaper, but now that solid state drives are the way to go for nearly any personal device -- storage seems to be a bit limiting now. Perhaps there will be another solid state storage tech breakthrough that will lift the limitations of solid state storage? Memristors? 

In the meantime, I think we may see the popularity of Chromebooks grow -- and cheap devices that have a browser app as the only app. Unless Google kills off ChromeOS by merging it with Android. 

Why doesn't the dream of thin clients ever quite seem to become a dominant computing paradigm.....? 

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
9/7/2016 2:35:22 PM
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Re: It's the Future
> "Wouldn't the distinction be a custom browser for an individual app vs. a generalist browser for websites?"

Except.. I'm thinking that "custom browsers" for an individual app may slowly creep into become a more general browser. Facebook isn't going to just want to provide an app-browser that can only do certain things, it will eventually want to do everything a general browser does (just wrapped in a facebook interface).

It's the WeChat strategy of getting users accustomed to just going to one app to do everything....  

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
9/7/2016 2:30:45 PM
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Re: It's the Future
> "The average file size of a 4K movie is estimated to be just 100GB."

Ugh. Don't get me started on 4K videos.. I can't fathom how anyone will really care that much about a resolution that might require 100GB of data for a single file.

But I suppose someday when wireless data caps are lifted, there might be more demand for 4K video and AR/VR headsets.... 

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dcawrey
dcawrey
9/7/2016 9:56:34 AM
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Re: Apps Account for computers tablets and smartphones
People do love their apps, but my understanding is that only 3-4 are used most of the time. I think this is one of the reasons why companies got so interested in messaging because they know users would get hooked. That has worked, and it seems as though messaging is really the only apps that can grow in the future because of network effects. 

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Adi
Adi
9/7/2016 5:30:04 AM
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Re: It's the Future
@batye - I think 4K is scary, for any network operator anyway. Anytime you have four times the resolution to deliver, that's going to be an issue. I think storage is probably secondary to that...maybe time to go back to cheaper local HDD?

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Adi
Adi
9/7/2016 5:27:36 AM
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Re: It's the Future
@mhhf1ve - Wouldn't the distinction be a custom browser for an individual app vs. a generalist browser for websites?

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