Here's a speculative look at a handful of events that may capture the imaginations of technology consumers, investors and innovators over the coming 12 months.

By TheStreet Staff Dec 6, 2012 4:15PM

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By Chris Ciaccia, TheStreetthestreet LOGO

 

After revisiting my 2012 predictions, it's time to speculate on what 2013 might bring in the highly charged realm of technological innovation.

 

2012 has been a year in which everything mobile has moved to the forefront. Mobile hardware was at the heart of everything, led by Apple (AAPL) but also prominently featured in efforts by Google (GOOG) and Amazon.com (AMZN).


Square made noise with its advancements in mobile payments, a space in which it competes primarily with eBay's (EBAY) PayPal


Mobile shopping on a variety of flash sites and daily-deal shopping were two manifestations of a trend that will remain a preoccupation in 2013, though there may be fewer products and more services, software and games.

 

Here is a speculative look at a handful of events and trends that may capture the imaginations of technology consumers, investors and innovators over the coming 12 months.

 

The media mogul's News Corp. is tweaking its e-news business model, combining a subscription to one of its daily newspapers with a subsidized tablet computer.

By TheStreet Staff Dec 4, 2012 7:21PM

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Rupert Murdoch and his far-flung News Corp. (NWSA) media empire aren't quite finished trying to distribute electronic versions of the company's newspapers on tablet computers.

 

Despite this week's announcement that The Daily, the first-of-its-kind iPad newspaper Murdoch launched nearly two years ago,  is going blank on Dec. 15, News Corp is offering readers of The Times of London a deal that combines access to the electronic version of that daily newspaper with a subsidized Google (GOOG) Nexus 7 Android tablet.

 

The latest version of the iMac went on sale Friday, and it appears Apple may be moving some manufacturing of the device to the United States.

By TheStreet Staff Dec 3, 2012 2:30PM

Apple customer Shayan Hooshmand, 11, uses a 21.5-inch iMac at an Apple store in Palo Alto, Calif. on July 19, 2012 © Paul Sakuma/AP PhotoBy Chris CTheStreet logoiaccia, TheStreet

 

Apple (AAPL) has long received criticism for manufacturing products in China, as the United States struggles for jobs and economic growth. It appears that may be changing somewhat, though, with the company's new iMac computers apparently being made in the U.S.A.

 

Gadget website iFixit's teardown of the 21.5-inch iMac, which went on sale on Friday, revealed the words "Assembled in USA" inside the device.

 

This could be the catalyst to get shares moving sharply higher, as China is one of the tech giant's fastest-growing markets.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 30, 2012 2:30PM

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One of the largest bull cases on Apple (AAPL) is the growing popularity of its devices in China. That wave may be about to be unleashed, as the iPhone 5 is going East.

 

Apple confirmed Friday morning that the Wi-Fi versions of its iPad Mini and fourth-generation iPad will be coming to China on Dec. 7. The iPhone 5 will be available one week later, Dec. 14. It's expected that the iPhone 5 will come to China Telecom (CHA) and China Unicom (CHU). 

 

US service providers trying to break into a market like India quickly find that something very un-American happens: All sorts of third parties flock in seeking a cut of the action.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 29, 2012 8:26PM

A man surfs the Facebook site on his mobile phone in Mumbai, India, 2012 © Rajanish Kakade/AP
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It's never easy getting paid. And in this grinding global mobile economy, it's especially not easy for Facebook (FB) to get paid.

 

This year, the social media giant announced it would offer other countries, including India, the ability to pay to promote a post. Already well-known to American users, pay-to-promote, at least when I tried it, is where Facebookers cough up a couple of bucks -- in my case, $8 -- to get more folks to see one's Facebook stuff.

 

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