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Let The 2010 Forecasting Begin!

What's in store for 2010? Apple will finally bless the world with an "iPad" digital tablet; netbooks will move upscale; and I.B.M. will buy Juniper Networks. That according to an amalgam of analysts, visionaries, and various other soothsayers brought together by technology research firm IDC. According to IDC, there will be 300,000 iPhone applications by the end of next year -- nearly triple the current number -- along with 50,000 to 75,000 Google Android applications -- up from about 10,000. Also, expect 20 million digital electric meters -- the home devices crucial for energy-saving smart electric grids -- to be deployed in U.S. households, along and more than 60 million worldwide. Spurred by federal stimulus dollars, meanwhile, 77 million Americans -- or 25% of the population -- will have electronic health records, compared with about 14% now.



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