BANG!! Something good for seriors. Coming out of nowhere, Amazon has come out with the Kindle Fire, a mid-sized color touch Pad/eReader halfway between iPad and smartphone. The eBook comes of age.
(Voltaire: The instruction we find in books is like fire. We fetch It from our neighbors, kindle it at home, communicate it to others and it becomes property of all.)
To deal with its 7"screen, in between smartphone and iPad, they have employed cloud tech The cloud is used simply to mediate websites to fit the screen, and refresh quickly using powerful cloud computers to "feed" the Fire. I don't think Amazon would dare risk its reputation to fail on this---I ordered one immediately. Does this start to render operating systems obsolete? Think so.
I also tested out the Weebly web page which creates a website quickly online from the cloud. Could it possibly work? Indeed, it did, a new website with blog included in about an hour. Another creator is Webnode. Click for Weebly Howto Video
So, more and more goes to the cloud, unrelentingly. The combination of small mobile computers with cloud supercomputers is a winning combination, and to use a hackneyed phrase, certainly a game changer. The same goes for migration of apps to the cloud. What came before will soon become obsolete. I will need to rewrite parts of my November talk---we are entering on a new phase of computing!!
Note: the Fire is $200; the existing $114 Kindle is now $79.