NYTimes: According to research firm IDC, the third major technology wave will become mainstream--accounting for more than 15 percent of the market--next year. The company says that the first wave occurred in the 1960s when people got access to mainframes, and the second wave occurred in the 1980s with the advent of the PC. This third wave will see people using more smartphones and tablets. In fact, the company predicts that half of the people accessing the Internet next year won't be using a PC.
The company also forecasts that next year will be critical for cloud computing, with 80 percent of new software available in the cloud.