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10IPT: Research Task Clues

posted Jun 7, 2011, 2:14 PM by Eddie Woo
It's been a week since you received your research task prologue. To give you some further details on what the research task will address, I am going to give you some examples of the trends I described in the prologue. For each of the examples below, you should be thinking about the impacts I mentioned before - namely:
  • the technologies available to us,
  • the way we use them, and
  • the impact or effect upon us as technology users.
So, here are some (not nearly an exhaustive list!) examples for you to consider and investigate. First, the major acquisitions and partnerships:
All of these moves have been highly publicised. However, these same large companies have been seen diversifying the products and services they offer even without significant acquisitions and partnerships. Here are examples of companies moving into markets that have (it seems) little to do with their central business:
  • Google TV, Chromebooks
  • Microsoft Bing
  • iTunes, App Store and Apple TV
  • Amazon Cloud Music Player
Don't forget that this assessment task also incorporates some of the work we did in the Databases topic. Hopefully as you think about the infrastructure supporting these technologies as well as the related social and ethical issues, you can see the numerous connections to this part of the course.

Two days to go. Good luck in your preparation!