7. Education/technology renaissance
I have always thought that, someday, high school and college kids won'' have to schlep around tons of textbooks. Tablets can already help reduce the burden. For example, Kno Computing is migrating college textbooks to their own reader platform. I think longer term, the more exciting thing will be to see textbooks migrate from being static to being dynamic so that authors can constantly revise their textbooks (adding better examples, more animation and more testing, etc.) and students can interact with them for active learning (versus passive reading).
8. Mobile commerce
The announcement of the creation of ISIS by AT&T, Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile is very important. The real innovation will come in 2012 when the Near Field Communication (NFC) chip is included in all major popular phones and software is provided so that everyone will have a "mobile wallet" in which they can select their payment type and then touch the checkout terminal in the store to complete the payment. Between now and then, there are tons of other things such as transfer of funds between phones, payment of bills and mobile banking that will drive the market in 2011.
9. Mobile-cloud hybrid computing
As I have said before, the future of mobile is around the combination of mobile-centric computing activities, with the user backed up by services provided through the cloud. I call this mobile-cloud hybrid computing. It's not all cloud-based and not all mobile-based but a combination of the two.
10. Mobile screen to dominate
Users are spending more and more time on mobile devices and less and less time using other "screens" (such as looking at newspapers, magazines, traditional TV and the PC/Internet). This has huge implications for advertising.