Rhianna Shaw | Jul 11, 2012
People say that technology has developed faster in the last five years than it has in the rest of time all together. Ever. They probably say it more eloquently than that, but the point stands: the future is here. I swear we’ll have hovercrafts and floating cities before the decade is out. Okay so I should probably watch less Futurama, but still, after rooting through the latest updates from VentureBeat these things are starting to sound pretty plausible…
- Amazon is building a smartphone. Apparently it is currently being tested in Asia.
- Partnerships are forming: Google and the Smithsonian (cos that place is big yo and a little extra navigation wouldn’t go amiss), Facebook and NBC to get all round awesome coverage from the Olympics.
- Angry Birds creators Rovio are releasing a new game. Apparently it’s called Amazing Alex, which I don’t think is a particularly amazing name, but then who cares? If it’s half as good as Angry Birds I know I’ll be playing it!
- There’s a non-iPad tablet worth owning. Supposedly. I’ll believe it when I see it. It’s the Google Nexus 7 and apparently it’s the shizzle (direct quote). We shall see.
Right now, as I type, my twitter feed is being updated by attendees at MobileBeat 2012, VentureBeat’s fifth flagship conference on the future of mobile, day two of which is currently underway in San Francisco. Here are a few I found interesting:
So there you have it. I said it before but it sounds nice and dramatic so I’m going to say it again (with capitalisation for added emphasis): The Future Is Here. Bring on the hovercrafts.
About the Author: Rhianna Shaw, Conference Hound’s UK correspondent is a 2011 graduate of Brown University with a B.A. in Literary Arts and a course focus on Business. At Brown, Rhianna was the Public Relations and Event Coordinator for the Brown Class Board, responsible for organizing class and campus-wide events. She spent her final semester developing an online start-up with a small team of her Brown classmates. Rhianna hails from sunny England, where she has returned to work in the event industry in London. She has spent a large portion of her life dedicated to music as a member of several bands and orchestras and she also enjoys acting and playing competitive sports!