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Laptop | January 2011
Sometime this year, you or someone you know will swipe a phone instead of a
credit card at the checkout counter. You’ll be able to make a video call from your
tablet to a TV or from your cell to a PC. And you might be tempted to ditch your
home Internet connection for 4G. These are only some of the exciting innovations
poised to hit the mainstream in 2011. Consider this issue your guide to the future,
which starts right now.
The goal of this month’s cover story (p. 48) is to explain what the hottest tech-
nologies are for the coming year in plain English, how they’re going to impact the
industry at large, and—most important—how they’ll change your life. You might
not be able to tell WiDi from WHDI right this second, but you will after reading
this issue. (Hint: It’s about wirelessly streaming HD content from your laptop to
your big screen.)
On the notebook front, Intel and AMD both hope to make a big splash with pro-
cessors that integrate much more powerful graphics. However, these companies
must also step up their games for mobile devices, especially Intel, or they’ll risk
losing out to Marvel, Nvidia, Qualcomm, and other ARM licensees.
Perhaps the most intriguing technology is location and how it’s being leveraged
to deliver deals right to your handset. This November, after Oprah mentioned on
her show that Groupon would provide a half-off special at Nordstrom, users liter-
ally brought this service to its knees. Surprise, surprise, Google was reportedly
interested in scooping up the company as of press time.
This issue isn’t just about the future. It’s also important to look back to see how
far we’ve come. Take Wikipedia, which is now celebrating its 10th birthday (p. 68).
The site has been controversial nearly all of that time, as educators continually
call its veracity into question. We take a deeper look at how Wikipedia can be used
as an effective learning tool and at how the foundation needs to evolve “the free
encyclopedia anyone can edit” to be more inclusive.
Technological progress is hurtling forward so quickly, not many people stop and
think what their gadgets are made of. That’s the point of our feature on conflict
minerals: to help consumers buy responsibly (p. 10). The government has begun
forcing U.S. companies to divulge whether their products contain minerals from
rebel-controlled mines in areas such as the Democratic Republic of Congo, and
a recently issued report card by the Enough Project graded many large tech com-
panies based on their supply chains.
So, what’s the future of LAPTOP? Pick up an iPad, download the digital edition,
and you’ll get a taste of where we’re taking the interactive reading experience.
You’ll find galleries, videos, and links to related articles that will let you take a
deeper dive on hot subjects. Our goal is to enable you to enjoy this magazine in
a whole new way, and this issue represents a great first step.
Editor in Chief MARk SPOONAUER
Managing Editor ANNA ATTkISSON
Reviews Editor MICHAEL A. PROSPERO
Associate Editor SARAH SILbERT
Senior Writer bRIAN OLIVER bENNETT
MIkE kObRIN, SEAN LUDWIG,
CORVIDA RAVEN, AND DANA WOLLMAN
Online Editorial Director AVRAM PILTCH
News Editor k.T. bRADfORD
Multimedia Editor MEGHAN J. McDONOUGH
Web Content Producer kENNETH bUTLER
Art Director JEffREY W. SASS
Print & Web DOM RINALDI
Photo Editor QIYDAAR fOSTER
Director of Production &
Creative Services MARk MORTON
IT Manager MURAT TURk
Integrated Media MATT WEINER
Regional Sales Manager ARCHER MONTAGUE
Regional Sales Manager NANCY ROSCOE
Publisher & President EDWARD D. bROWN
irector of finance &
business Operations LISA bRISbANE
Director of Circulation MICHAEL GERARDO
Accounting Manager JIM CRUz
Office Manager JEANNIE MITCHELL
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