Wednesday, December 28, 2005 | 12/25/2005 | Top 10 tech trends for 2006 | 12/25/2005 | Top 10 tech trends for 2006: "Once again, it's time for's annual look into a crystal ball for technology trends in 2006. Never mind that the smartest people in tech wouldn't dare make serious predictions about what innovations will catch fire next year. We make a humble try anyway.Video -- in the form of your favorite TV dramas or Hollywood hit movies -- will come to the big screen in your living room and to the small screen on your cell phone. Whenever you want it.

No need to mess around with time-shifting TV devices or mail-order flicks.Video comes to blogs to begat vlogs. For anybody who's getting tired of reading all those wordy blogs (short for Weblogs) posted on the Internet on every conceivable niche topic, video comes to the rescue. If a picture is worth a thousand words, video might be worth even more. Now anyone can subscribe to vlogs and have the latest installments automatically delivered to the computer desktop (and transferred to a portable player, such as the video iPod).

8. Video comes to the blog

Amanda Congdon is the irreverent face of one of the hot tech trends for the coming year: the vlog (that's a video Weblog, for you English speakers).
Congdon's send-up of television newscasts, Rocketboom, makes light of such broadcast staples as the local weather forecast. The ``whether'' man appears, in one recent episode, clad only in underwear and necktie, delivering the day's forecast hostage style.

He peels successive layers of surgical tape off his mouth to report the temperature (17 degrees), wind-chill (feels like 5 degrees) and comedy punch-line (``I'm not sure where I am'').

It has already achieved a level of Internet cult status." (more)


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