Tech Talk | Moving Forward
This week in Tech Talk, we are going to talk about how Apple is moving forward without Steve Jobs, how the industry is growing, where people are hiring, and new products and services that are out there.
The loss of Steve Jobs was a major blow to Apple because he was their founder and maven for all marketing and technology. He didn't just bring the iPod to the world. Nope, he made it into the coolest thing in the world. Even as smartphones take over some of the market for music players, the iPod remains stout at the top of the heap. Moreover, he made the Apple brand into a flashy competitor for basically everybody. It's the kind of business that slays other business' ideas because, well, Apple is cooler.
Apple's business, even as they have just lost Steve Jobs, has grown in China at such a clip that the entire Asian market is ready to explode. With Apple comes everybody else. We live in a copycat world, and when other companies see Apple's success overseas, you can be sure the competition will follow.
Intel also posted its revenues above $14 billion for the first time. Since Intel and Apple are flourishing, it also looks like the laptop is still going strong. For every product placement that we see for mobile products, there is still going to be a laptop with the logo showing in just about every bit of entertainment you can enjoy online or on TV. It's just the way of the world. The strength of Intel just goes to show that sometimes the new dog (the tablet) can't necessarily kill the old dog (the laptop) just by being cool.
In other news, there is still plenty of room out there for business. True, the economy is not fantastic, but it is good enough to allow for jobs when new technology comes onto the playing field. For every cool app that is designed by some enterprising guy, there needs to be a team of programmers ready to keep that company up and running. Not only does the app have to work, but upgrades must be done, new products have to be created, and servers have to be maintained.
If you're looking at what's new in the technology world, you will see that a video startup called Qwilt has raised $24 million in capital to begin working on their vision for a streaming site that offers all content from a single platform. Not only will this help to unify some of the content that people have to randomly search online, but it might provide needed competition for companies that seem to have the market cornered on streaming web content. Does this remind anybody of Limelight?
Next week in Tech Talk, we'll be talking about new products in the mobile industry, how you can search for a tech job that works for you, some resume tips, and the latest news in the world of creativity and technology. For example, Michael Dell said that he could post 100 data warehouse jobs and get almost no applicants, but he could post 100 warehouse jobs he'd get 1000 applicants. Will we see a trend upward in those pursuing an education in technology? Come back next week to find out on Tech Talk.