Clouds and tablets among tech buzzwords for 2010
A new report from Deloitte says tablets and clouds will be among the technology buzzwords of 2010. While last year’s forecasts centred on the economic downturn, this year’s predictions are about transformations ushered in by portable Internet technology.
Duncan Stewart, director of research at Deloitte Canada, says there will be a 50 per cent surge in the popularity of cloud computing this year.
The technology allows users to store their documents and files in cyberspace and access them anywhere they want.
Stewart also says the net tablet — a touch-screen device designed to fill the gap between a smartphone and a laptop — could generate over $1 billion in 2010 and revitalize the Canadian media industry by providing new ways to access news and information. The tech outlook also suggests that telecom companies will need to develop solutions to cope with an influx of users who are clogging up networks with high usage of data plans on their phones.
Composite index up in December: Statscan
Statistics Canada says a broad measure of Canada’s economic growth continued to rise in the month of December.
The composite leading index moved up 1.5 per cent, with no contraction in any of the 10 major economic components surveyed. December’s rise, led by gains in household spending and the stock market, tied February 1983 for the biggest one-month advance since September 1958.