"What is the definition of the death of Bitcoin?" said Mike Caldwell, the creator of Casascius Coins. "Bitcoin is two things. It’s a community, and it’s a technology. The only way for Bitcoin to die is for people to lose interest in using it. No matter what the attacks are, there’s always going to be a way around them. Because Bitcoin is just today’s embodiment of the idea that we now have the technology to democratize money. So long as there is a demand for that, the only way I see Bitcoin dying is for it to be a predecessor to something else that does a better job."
I highly doubt that Bitcoin will ever become mainstream. While a lot of people have heard of the term, I don't see any way for adoption to range beyond the hacker culture that prizes anonymity and freedom from the government. Honestly the normal people just don't care. In the long run either the market will settle, which will cement Bitcoin as a viable alternative currency, not just a way to get rich of a volatile market, or interest will fade and people will just stop caring.
"'If you ever read sci-fi, it’s like creds,' said Jeff Garzik, an early Bitcoin developer who is moving his family from Raleigh to Atlanta to take a job at BitPay. Neutral galactic currency is a common trope in fiction, and Bitcoin is its first manifestation outside of a videogame." I don't see any situation where it becomes widespread enough to be a neutral currency that is country independent. Unless something drastic happens that results in a massive shift in demand, there isn't a market in the mainstream.
Of course, not every status update is a beautiful image or amusing bon mot. We all have friends who post garbage we don't really care about on Facebook and having that garbage on your lockscreen can be a jarring experience. For every baby photo and landscape scene, there was a fleeting image of my ex wife or an ill-informed political rant. Unfortunately, getting these images off of your homescreen is a trial, because you can't directly hide something in Cover Feed. Instead, you need to go to the Facebook app itself and hunt down the offending post, then hide it there. Cover Feed definitely got me using Facebook more, but part of my increased usage included unfollowing a bunch of people's updates. Sorry, but there are really only so many pictures of omelets I need to see on a Sunday morning, and most of them I don't really want on my homescreen.
This is the main problem I have with the idea of Facebook Home. While the design is very well done, and it looks really good when they demo it, I know that my friends' content won't match. The vast majority of my friends don't post pictures that I want on my lock screen. I don't want to turn on my phone and have to explain why some random girl's Florida bikini pictures are the background on my lock screen. I like the idea, and I can see many people using it, but I have the feeling this will put just as many people off.
Samsung has finally revealed its latest oversized smartphones, the Galaxy Mega 5.8 and 6.3. Larger than even Samsung's enormous 5.5-inch Galaxy Note 2
At what point does this just get ridiculous? I can kind of understand the desire for a phone the size of the Galaxy Note, but a 6.3-inch phone just seems a bit excessive. At that point you are just carrying a 3G tablet with you. I'm curious how these devices will sell. Skeptics of the Note were quickly proven wrong by its immediate success, maybe people just want to carry around a huge phone. However, these appear to be lower end than the Note, which is an interesting choice. With a larger phone, it should be easier to put better hardware in for cheaper, since you aren't as concerned about space.
However, this, along with the success of the Note and larger Android phones, shows that Apple may need to release a larger version of the iPhone. Even with the iPhone 5 being 4-inches, it still seems tiny in comparison, and I know several people who are considering an Android phone due to this. Due to some features in iOS 6, namely AutoLayout, I wouldn't be surprised if they released a larger phone in addition to the 4-inch model, and I'm not alone. The market definitely exists, but will they go after it?
Apple has a team of about 100 product designers working on a wristwatch-like device that may perform some of the tasks now handled by the iPhone and iPad, people familiar with the company’s plans said last month.
Features under consideration include letting users make calls, see the identity of incoming callers and check map coordinates, said one of the people, who asked not to be identified because the plans aren’t public. It would also house a pedometer for counting steps and sensors for monitoring health-related data, such as heart rates, this person said.
This definitely seems like the next wave of technology. While wearable devices like the Jawbone Up or the Fitbit are beginning to pick up in popularity, they aren't quite multi-purpose enough to ever hit the mainstream. A watch however could fulfill the same functionality, along with being able to display more information, and interact with your phone.
I see this having a much better chance of succeeding than Google Glass. While it is a cool idea, and is better in certain aspects, I don't believe that having information in front of your face all the time is a good thing. While Sergey Brin has been saying that your smartphone is 'emasculating', since you have to pull it out of your pocket and interrupt what you are doing to check it, I think Google Glass takes it too far the other direction. Being able to just glance at your watch to see a text or screen a phone call is completely unobtrusive, and is better than having a screen in front of your eye for everything you do.
However, if Google works on getting Glass smaller and works with frame designers, I think there is some potential. They just have to figure out a balance between delivering information in a helpful manner and just constantly barraging who ever is wearing the device. Until then, I think the watch is the right way to go. Especially for a company like Apple, who analysts are berating for not having anything new and exciting and need another mainstream success to upkeep their public image.