Buzz Out Loud 1379: 2011 Predictions Show: BOL will be off the rails

It's the annual Buzz Out Loud predictions show, where the team puts their collective analyst heads together and predict the future--well, the next 12 months of the future or so. On this year's show, we've got everything from life on Mars to true holograms (at least in demo form), Apple releasing its own TV, a new social media phenomenon around food, and the impending awesomeness of the WebOS tablet. Oh, and the Singularity arriving. No, seriously. --Molly

It's the annual Buzz Out Loud predictions show, where the team puts their collective analyst heads together and predict the future--well, the next 12 months of the future or so. On this year's show, we've got everything from life on Mars to true holograms (at least in demo form), Apple releasing its own TV, a new social media phenomenon around food, and the impending awesomeness of the WebOS tablet. Oh, and the Singularity arriving. No, seriously. --Molly

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EPISODE 1379

BRIAN

COULD HAPPEN
- Google gets too big and there will be an antitrust case against the Big G Machine
- Netflix will acquire GameFly
- Apple will not release a iPhone 4G or LTE model in 2011
- Internet connected TVs will be the video phone we’ve been waiting for
- The next social media phenomena will center around food (what you eat, where you eat, how you eat, what you think about what you ate)
- Solid state drive models offered by every laptop manufacturer

OUT THERE
- Apple will finally release their own TV
- There will be an LCD based Kindle
- Nokia will bow down to Android at the very end of 2011.
- Nintendo will release a new console to compete and finally bring 720p graphics
- 2011 will be the year of NFC

CLAIMS
- OLED TVs will be DEAD…for now…and comeback 4 years later
- 2011 will try…be the year of the cloud
- We still won’t get the service we want to truly “cut the cord”
- Yahoo is on deathwatch and will be relegated to email and search and fantasy sports.

—–

MOLLY

COULD HAPPEN
- Justice Department will come down hard on Google
- Verizon iPhone will arrive and decimate Android sales
- The iPad 2 will launch in April and remain the dominant tablet all year
- Facebook will IPO, Zuckerberg will remain CEO
- Nokia will go 100% Android
- 3DTV sales will be tepid; glasses-free 3DTVs will be in mass production by summer
- Android and Chrome OS will NOT merge, but Chrome OS will not be a success
- WebOS tablet will be AWESOME.

OUT THERE
- RIM will fold or be bought (maybe by HTC)
- Twitter will be bought by a major media company — either CNN or the New York Times — for a ton of money and then flatline
- AOL and Yahoo will merge
- The Comcast/NBC deal will not be approved
- Under pressure from wireless consumers, the FCC will reclassify broadband as a utility and insist on actual Net neutrality
- The curing of a major disease
- Ballmer will step aside or be fired
- The Singularity will arrive :)

CLAIMS
- 2011 will be the year of botnet fears and security freakouts — World Wide Web War
- Minority Report style advertising will arrive thanks to geolocation and facial recognition
- Net neutrality will be a HUGE issue as bandwidth needs exceed supply and/or competition
- Streaming online video: the top trend of the year!! Streaming video and set-top boxes galore, and no CBS video available for streaming. Sigh.

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BENITO

COULD HAPPEN
- color e-ink readers
- different sized ipad
- ssd revolution
- jeopardy computer loses
- big no-glasses 3d tvs
- angry birds for major consoles
- $100 netbook

OUT THERE
- prototype of home holograms
- ev charge stations start popping up everywhere
- “evidence” of previous life on mars

CLAIMS
- microsoft will have the best integration between platforms, win 7 phone, xbox, windows 7, kinect
- 3d tv dies unless the porn industry really steps it up
- 3ds kills all comers

 

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