Microsoft, Sony and Fujitsu all failed to get tablet PCs off the ground in recent years, but now a new wave of tablet devices is in development, with the possibility of an Apple tablet generating significant buzz. Analysts say lower prices, better software and the power of the Apple brand may help new devices compete with netbooks.
Changing demographics and populist attitudes toward the availability of technology will mean fresh challenges ahead for the information technology sector, according to Christine Ferrusi Ross. New software-delivery mechanisms will also present fresh challenges, she notes, as cloud-based programs and software-as-a-service models are changing the relationship between clients and IT providers.
The Federal Communications Commission has started a public-information campaign to keep taxpayers in the loop on the government's broadband expansion plans. The FCC has created a Twitter account, as well as a blog, six months ahead of its deadline for presenting a national broadband strategy to Congress.