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Why Laptops are an Endangered Species
Benzinga ^ | 12/06/2011 | Louis Bedigian

Posted on 12/06/2011 7:02:49 AM PST by SeekAndFind

The latest comScore (NASDAQ: SCOR) data gives us another reason to believe that one day laptops will be obsolete.

It's not that we don't love our laptops. Sometimes they can be downright beautiful. But people really, really love the simplicity of those screen-swiping, finger-flicking devices known as tablets and smartphones. And according to comScore, an increasing number of consumers are using their mobile devices to shop online.

Based on data from comScore's own Mobile Retail Advisor report, the company says that 38% of smartphone owners have used their phone to make a purchase at least once in the course of their device ownership.

“The most popular products purchased on smartphones during the month of September included digital goods, clothing/accessories, tickets and daily deals,” comScore detailed in a company release. Those and other findings will be presented live during a webinar on Wednesday, December 7.

“Fueled by smartphone adoption, mobile is becoming a central part in the shopping funnel for many consumers,” Mark Donovan, comScore's Senior VP for mobile, said in today's company release. “In September we saw two-thirds of all smartphone owners perform shopping activities on their phones, including comparing products and prices, searching for coupons, taking product pictures or locating a retail store. Considering there are currently 90 million smartphone owners in the U.S., retailers without a well-developed mobile strategy are not only missing a tremendous opportunity with these customers but also risk becoming obsolete in the minds of these digital omnivores.”

Here are the full details:

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And a few more:

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How, you might wonder, does this mean the end for laptops? That's simple: every time consumers shift their everyday habits from one device to the next, the losing device gets closer and closer to the end of its lifespan. As recent as 15 years ago, most consumers performed their day-to-day online tasks with a clunky desktop PC. In the last five to 10 years, that trend has shifted toward laptops, thanks entirely to falling prices, increasing power, and the simple fact that laptops are portable and desktops are not.

Now that people are throwing smartphones into their pockets and tablets into their bags, it's becoming all the more difficult (if not all the more pointless) to carry a laptop. Consumers can bank online, shop online, and perform a zillion other laptop tasks using any one of the Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) or Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) devices available. Going forward, their capabilities are only expected to get stronger.

Long-term, I suspect that Apple or some other clever manufacturer will combine the best of both worlds and release the ultimate touch screen laptop. Until then, expect to see the tablet and smartphone usage data to go up, while desktop PC and laptop usage could continue to deteriorate.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Computers/Internet; Society
KEYWORDS: computers; laptaps; smartphones
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To: miele man

http://www.applian.com/download-videos/


51 posted on 12/06/2011 9:01:56 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas gerit)
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To: miele man

I use the Firefox browser with the DownloadHelper add-on. I haven’t seen it available for other browsers. Simple to use. There’s a menu bar icon that gives access, or it’s also available through the Tools menu. Simply click on DownloadHelper while the video is running, select Media from the drop-down menu, then pick the video and save it.

I believe it’ll download mp3’s, but don’t use it for that. As to whether it’ll save an mp3 direct to your player, I’m sure it would as long as your player is recognized in Windows Explorer. I save my videos to an external USB hard drive.


52 posted on 12/06/2011 9:08:52 AM PST by bcsco (Those who piled on Cain now wear the mark of Cain!)
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To: miele man
Here's a link to DownloadHelper...

http://www.downloadhelper.net/

53 posted on 12/06/2011 9:11:26 AM PST by bcsco (Those who piled on Cain now wear the mark of Cain!)
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To: JoeProBono

If you use the Firefox browser, check DownloadHelper extension. It allows you to download video while at the site direct from your browser. No self-contained software and no cost; it’s a free extension.


54 posted on 12/06/2011 9:13:47 AM PST by bcsco (Those who piled on Cain now wear the mark of Cain!)
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To: SeekAndFind

People really, really love the simplicity of those screen-swiping, finger-flicking devices known as tablets and smartphones.
First question where do you plug the printer into?.


55 posted on 12/06/2011 9:16:20 AM PST by Vaduz
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To: JoeProBono

Thank you.


56 posted on 12/06/2011 9:26:37 AM PST by miele man
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To: bcsco

Thank you. I too use Firefox so will try this one. I wish Firefox would leave the browser alone for a spell. Am getting aggravated with their constant changing, but don’t mean to get off on a tangent.


57 posted on 12/06/2011 9:28:36 AM PST by miele man
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To: SeekAndFind

They have been saying the same crap about Desktops for the last 10 years.

I think desktops, Laptops and Tablets will all be around for years to come, their market shares will shift around but they will all continue to be useful.


58 posted on 12/06/2011 9:30:10 AM PST by GraceG
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To: miele man

I’ve tried several different extensions, in other browsers as well. DownloadHelper is by far the easiest I’ve found to use.


59 posted on 12/06/2011 9:33:45 AM PST by bcsco (Those who piled on Cain now wear the mark of Cain!)
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To: Vaduz

A wireless printer solves that. And you can get them pretty cheap. I bought a Canon at Wal-Mart for under $50. Works fine though not as fast as my Epson. But I don’t need it cabled to use...


60 posted on 12/06/2011 9:40:34 AM PST by bcsco (Those who piled on Cain now wear the mark of Cain!)
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To: bcsco

OK, great. Good to know this. Thanks again.


61 posted on 12/06/2011 9:43:14 AM PST by miele man
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To: dfwgator
Celluon Magic Cube Laser Projection Keyboard and Touchpad

From Amazon, $169.99.

-PJ

62 posted on 12/06/2011 9:44:38 AM PST by Political Junkie Too (If you can vote for President, then your children can run for President.)
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To: need_auto_help

In terms of freeware comparable (actually, I think better) than photoshop, look at GIMP. The windows download is available here: http://gimp-win.sourceforge.net/stable.html look to http://www.gimp.org/ for other OS’s

I’ts free, it has plenty of bells and whistles to confuse yourself with (just like PS!), a wealth of documentation and an active user community.


63 posted on 12/06/2011 9:53:48 AM PST by Mycroft Holmes (Returned for regrooving...)
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To: Vaduz

Connect to a printer via a WiFi network.


64 posted on 12/06/2011 9:57:27 AM PST by Future Snake Eater (Don't stop. Keep moving!)
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To: Future Snake Eater

And hope someone else isn’t copying it.


65 posted on 12/06/2011 10:51:28 AM PST by Vaduz
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To: bcsco

What I like about my laptop is that I don’t have to close one eye to see the screen.


66 posted on 12/06/2011 10:53:08 AM PST by Vaduz
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To: dfwgator

You program for a living and you use Apple over Linux?


67 posted on 12/06/2011 11:00:36 AM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Actually in my office I use Linux Ubuntu, and an XP box. But at home, when I connect remotely, I use my Mac to connect to those boxes.


69 posted on 12/06/2011 12:45:47 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: nickcarraway

Well, when I can use XCode on Linux, let me know.


70 posted on 12/06/2011 12:47:18 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: roaddog727

You want to rethink the CAD on iPad grip.

From Autodesk’s website:

Extend AutoCAD to Web & Mobile Devices

The AutoCAD® WS web and mobile application for AutoCAD® software lets you view, edit, and share DWG™ drawings through a web browser or mobile device. Now you have the freedom to work virtually anywhere and with almost anyone. Store AutoCAD drawings and project files in an easy-to-access online workspace. View and edit your designs online or on your mobile device. Share and collaborate easily with others; there’s no software required, and it’s free*.

Watch AutoCAD WS Videos on Our YouTube Channel

Online DWG viewer—Access your AutoCAD drawings from anywhere. All you need is a web browser.
Web-based CAD—Edit drawings online using many familiar and intuitive drawing and editing tools.
CAD for mobile devices—Work on AutoCAD drawings directly from your Apple® iPad™, iPhone®, or Google Android™ device.
No software required—Invite team members to review and edit DWG drawings online.
Collaborate in real time—Conduct online design reviews with participants in multiple locations.
Track and manage changes—Record changes to designs in a timeline for version control and auditing.
Edit Offline—Work with your DWG files offline without a 3G or Wi-Fi connection from your mobile device.

I have a friend who uses it for on-site visits.


71 posted on 12/06/2011 1:13:24 PM PST by AFreeBird
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To: SeekAndFind

Mainframes rule!


72 posted on 12/06/2011 1:18:35 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: SeekAndFind

NO keyboard puter is the dumbest ideer I ever hoid! It’s like the no disk puters. You end up carrying it and an external disk, and an external keyboard and a power supply, which all together take up more space and weight than a laptop. But hey, you got yourself a lightweight pocket size tablet. It’s all marketing, folks!


73 posted on 12/06/2011 1:23:34 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: dfwgator
I have a holgram-enabled droid that comes complete with "blue chick."


74 posted on 12/06/2011 1:29:29 PM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: Larry Lucido
"blue chick" is way cool. All I have is the "blue screen of death".


75 posted on 12/06/2011 2:28:49 PM PST by deoetdoctrinae (Gun-Free zones are playgrounds for felons)
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To: Vaduz

Copying what? The data packets? The IP address? The MAC address?

What encryption are you using? WPA2-PSK? Is the SSID being broadcast by the WAP? Is MAC filtering enabled?

While none of those are foolproof, they make for a pretty secure environment. I’d be more worried about someone yanking my supposedly sensitive printout right off the network printer before I got there.


76 posted on 12/06/2011 2:56:38 PM PST by Future Snake Eater (Don't stop. Keep moving!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Oh, yeah. By the time I add a real keyboard, etc., to the thing, I have......Oh, yeah, a laptop, only more awkward, and less powerful and convenient. Sounds like a plan.


77 posted on 12/06/2011 3:52:04 PM PST by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Should have known this guy was a dillweed poser when his link to “beautiful laptops” is about a Mac! Macs do have some things to recommend them, but beauty isn’t it.


78 posted on 12/06/2011 3:53:42 PM PST by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: SeekAndFind

I am posting from a toshiba thrive tablet. It has full size ports. I hook it up to my tv and watch youtube. I did not type this message, I dictated it on my tablet.

Life is good.


79 posted on 12/06/2011 4:19:39 PM PST by Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage (Not a lemming.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I am posting from a toshiba thrive tablet. It has full size ports. I hook it up to my tv and watch youtube. I did not type this message, I dictated it on my tablet.

Life is good.


80 posted on 12/06/2011 4:19:57 PM PST by Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage (Not a lemming.)
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To: bcsco

OK, have downloaded both the Firefox extension and downloadhelper. Succesfully downloaded a YouTube vid. Also noticed the the VLC media player now appears to the the default video viewer. Is this correct? Not sure I want the VLC to be the default though. Any way to get back the Windows as my default? Thanks very much for your help. Have been concerned I might not be able to keep some vids if they were removed from the ‘Tube.


81 posted on 12/06/2011 10:03:33 PM PST by miele man
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To: AFreeBird

“View and edit your designs online or on your mobile device.”

With what? a Microscope? What about scale and actually viewing the entire CAD drawing? NOT likely


82 posted on 12/07/2011 4:27:23 AM PST by roaddog727 (It's the Constitution, Stupid!)
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To: miele man

I use VLC as my default video player because Windows Media Player doesn’t necessarily recognize all the formats. But I doubt installing DownloadHelper had anything to do with making VLC a default player. If the video is an mp4, then that may be why it’s related to VLC instead of WMP.

Yes, you should be able to change the default program for files. How depends on your version of Windows. I use Windows 7 and it’s straightforward. Opening the Start menu gives an option of ‘Default Programs’ in the right vertical panel. Clicking on that, then selecting ‘Associate a file type or protocol with a program’ gets the job done.

Hope you enjoy DownloadHelper.


83 posted on 12/07/2011 4:59:02 AM PST by bcsco (Those who piled on Cain now wear the mark of Cain!)
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To: bcsco

Thank you again. Much obliged.


84 posted on 12/07/2011 7:52:49 AM PST by miele man
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Bfl


85 posted on 12/07/2011 10:04:08 AM PST by Professional Engineer (Never Again! Except for the next time.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; ShadowAce; Swordmaker; martin_fierro

Thanks SeekAndFind.


86 posted on 12/09/2011 8:32:37 PM PST by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SeekAndFind; ~Kim4VRWC's~; 1234; Abundy; Action-America; acoulterfan; AFreeBird; Airwinger; ...
Will Smartphones and Tablets replace the laptop? —PING!


Apple Ping!

Please, No Flame Wars!
Discuss technical issues, software, and hardware.
Don't attack people!
Don't respond to the Anti-Apple Thread Trolls!
PLEASE IGNORE THEM!!!

If you want on or off the Mac Ping List, Freepmail me.

87 posted on 12/10/2011 11:40:03 AM PST by Swordmaker (This tag line is a Microsoft product "insult" free zone.)
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To: Mad Dawgg
Two words: Proprietary Content

Nailed it.

88 posted on 12/10/2011 5:37:40 PM PST by avenir (I'm pessimistic about man, but I'm optimistic about GOD!)
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To: rokkitapps; Swordmaker
"Long-term, I suspect that Apple or some other clever manufacturer will combine the best of both worlds and release the ultimate touch screen laptop."

~~~~~~~~~

I create maps for archaeological and historical research, and use them for things like mapping historic roads, trails and traces across the landscape. My maps typically consist of georeferenced layers of historic maps, modern topo maps, Google Earth images, and custom vector layers (including GPS waypoints) that I have created.

I'm sitting here, kicked back in my recliner with a lap desk suspended across the chair arms, and with my hands comfortably on the keyboard and trackpad. If I had to hold my arms up to touch the screen, I'd be exhausted inside of an hour. And, for obvious reasons, the screen needs to be vertical.

I haven't used a mouse in years, and I find the multi-touch trackpad to be ideal -- even for creating high-precision graphics. And, I don't need my fingers in front of the screen -- obscuring where I am drawing!

When I'm done, I'll load the maps onto a tablet (iPad), enable GPS tracking, and head out into the field to ground-truth the roads.

IOW, for folks doing real work, I see a need for both formats.

The only alternate that might work for me would to make the 17" display on my MacBook Pro detachable for use as a touchscreen tablet. BUT, the physical connection to the keyboard-trackpad-I/O half would have to be as robust is now available on my laptop.

I have no objection to having separate laptop and tablet; they "live in different worlds"...

Bottom line: for real work, the laptop is a long way from dead...


89 posted on 12/10/2011 5:53:17 PM PST by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...)
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To: Vaduz
"First question where do you plug the printer into?."

My printer is plugged into my WiFi router (An Apple Time Capsule, which is also a terabyte wireless backup drive) -- and I print wirelessly -- exactly as if I were hard-wired to the printer. Same solution for tablets...

Haven't checked, but I'd be surprised if some enterprising printer company hasn't already made a printer with built-in Wi-Fi...

90 posted on 12/10/2011 6:09:27 PM PST by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...)
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To: Future Snake Eater
"I’d be more worried about someone yanking my supposedly sensitive printout right off the network printer before I got there."

For that, you use .45 cal security... '-}

91 posted on 12/10/2011 6:20:50 PM PST by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...)
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To: SeekAndFind

Yeah yeah yeah we’ve heard it all before the wonderful “CLOUD”....

Laptops are dead...
Desktops are dead...
The mainframe is dead....

How long before we can write “Ignorant delusional writers with no sense of history ARE DEAD!!”???...

;-)


92 posted on 12/10/2011 6:24:44 PM PST by djf (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2801220/posts)
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To: TXnMA

I never trust anything wireless.To many people drive around to pick info.The net is bad enough let alone wireless.


93 posted on 12/11/2011 3:33:14 AM PST by Vaduz
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To: LevinFan

Exactly. My employer is currently replacing towers with laptops but we keep our monitors, keyboards, and mouse to attach and use with the new laptops. I can’t even imagine trying to get the amount of work needed without these.


94 posted on 12/11/2011 4:00:30 AM PST by Ladysmith (The evil that's happening in this country is the cancer of socialism...It kills the human spirit.)
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To: Ladysmith
Exactly. My employer is currently replacing towers with laptops but we keep our monitors, keyboards, and mouse to attach and use with the new laptops. I can’t even imagine trying to get the amount of work needed without these.

I have a laptop with plugged into a docking station at work, with dual screen 17” monitors and a full key board and mouse. I don’t even notice that it’s not a tower.

But when I have to travel or have a meeting in a conference room, or work from home, it’s great. At home I plug into my Wifi, and wireless mouse and wireless keyboard; it’s almost like stitting at my desk except for the 2nd monitor.

And I have a wireless, rollup keyboard and small wireless mouse that I keep in my laptop bag for travel.

95 posted on 12/11/2011 4:14:35 AM PST by MD Expat in PA
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To: SeekAndFind
What they are missing here is that Laptops replaced desktops because their capacity rose and price dropped until they were a viable desktop replacement. People like the mobility of a laptop, but they are most often mobile in the home from table to couch.

Although tablets with enough power to replace a laptop may begin to push out the remaining laptop market, I don't think we are there yet. I think what we will see instead is a reworking of the laptop itself to make it a better home device. Less obsolete or outdated interfaces (VGA, S-Video, composite video, telephone modem, etc.), more efficient storage (SSHD), better multimedia network control capability, and touch/tablet features.

Tablets may become more laptopish, but notebooks will become more tablet like as well.

96 posted on 12/11/2011 5:01:18 AM PST by Woodman
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To: need_auto_help

If I understand what you just wrote (and I guess I did) that’s scary, but probably true.


97 posted on 12/12/2011 1:11:40 PM PST by brytlea (An ounce of chocolate is worth a pound of cure)
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To: dfwgator

I remember thinking about something like that being a cool thing they could eventually do. (not that I had any idea how they might do it). But I like the feel of a keyboard). Then again, I never thought I would get used to the feel of my laptop and be able to type fast on it—I bet I’m still not quite as fast on it as I was on a real keyboard, I mean a typewriter).


98 posted on 12/12/2011 1:14:12 PM PST by brytlea (An ounce of chocolate is worth a pound of cure)
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To: need_auto_help

Or if they watch reality tv....


100 posted on 12/13/2011 8:56:43 PM PST by brytlea (An ounce of chocolate is worth a pound of cure)
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