#eWEEKchat Aug. 8: Trends in New-Gen Mobility, Apps, Devices

Plan to join us Aug. 8 for an #eWEEKchat about trends in new-generation mobility applications and development of applications and services--and whether Apple has stopped innovating or not.


On Wednesday, Aug. 8, at 11 a.m. PST/2 p.m. EST/7 p.m. GMT, @eWEEKNews will host its 70th monthly #eWEEKChat. The topic will be, "Trends in New-Gen Mobility, Apps, Devices." It will be moderated by Chris Preimesberger, eWEEK's editor of features and analysis.

Some quick facts:

Topic: #eWEEKchat Aug. 8: "Trends in New-Gen Mobility, Apps, Devices"

Date/time: Aug. 8, 11 a.m. PST/2 p.m. EST/7 p.m. GMT

Tweetchat handle: You can use #eWEEKChat to follow/participate via Twitter itself, but it's easier and more efficient to use real-time chat room link at CrowdChat.

'Trends in New-Gen Mobility, Apps, Devices'

How will we soon be connecting new mobile platforms and handheld/wearable devices with the internet of things to help us do new and routine functions faster and more accurately? We're thinking this will happen sooner than we all think.

How will 5G impact us all in the next year or two? Will we be able to rid ourselves of Wi-Fi when this happens? That's what some people are contending.

Others contend that Apple, while becoming the world's first trillion-dollar corporation, ironically has stopping coming up with new products that are better than what's already in the market. Agree or disagree? We can chat about it.

In the not-too-distant future, we'll be wearing augmented-reality or virtual-reality glasses that will use facial recognition software connected to the cloud to identity a person walking toward you—should you decide to utilize that function. Facebook and others are already on to this.

That's just one use case combining new mobile app platforms with internet of things networks. Wouldn't it be nice to recognize an acquaintance or friend, and not remembering his or her name, be able to use such a system to refresh your memory before you actually shake hands?

On the other hand, what's to stop anyone from locking in on a stranger's face and finding out he or she is a dangerous individual? Where do personal privacy laws come into play? Is a person's face, whether in public or in private, fair game for others to search for background information?

These are only a few of the trends and issues we will chat about Aug. 8 on #eWEEKchat. Others:

  • new products we can expect to see this holiday season;
  • the increasing use of machine learning and business analytics natively and through the cloud in our smartphones and other devices;
  • new connected kitchens, family rooms, bathrooms and all other rooms in new-gen housing; and
  • driverless vehicles, including delivery trucks and drones.

The connected mobility trends thread into almost every corner of our lives, and this intervention is only going to increase over time.

A special guest on this month's #eWEEKchat will be Nick Thompson, product marketing manager at Jamf, which specializes in integrating Apple products into the enterprise workspace.

We'll be asking the following questions, among others:

  • Has Apple has stopped innovating and is in a mere “refreshment” mode with all its devices?
  • What’s happening in the 5G world—will it hit mainstream next year, as vendors are expecting? What will change, outside of speeds?
  • What new mobile devices might we be buying/using in the next 12 to 24 months?
  • What new mobility functions and products would you like to see become available?
  • What issues are you seeing—and solving—in mobile app development?

Join us Aug. 8 at 11 a.m. Pacific/2 p.m. Eastern/7 p.m. GMT for an hour. You should expect to learn something valuable.