Happy New Year!
It's January 2nd 2008 and time to get back into the routine, but I'll indulge myself with one last backward/forward view, with references to several web resources worth reviewing.
First, David Pogue's third annual "Pogies" in The New York Times highlight his picks for "product features of the year" and picks ten separate gadget features that satisfy previously unmet user needs -- a marketing purist's dream. Interestingly, while two of the ten involve "printing and imaging" both highlight the "soft" side of things rather than hard copy per se. David highlights Fuji's cameras and their ability to beam photos camera-to-camera, and also the new crop of digital cameras, including the Nikon D300, Sony Cybershot DSC-H3 and Samsung Digimax L85, that can show off their high-quality images directly via HDTVs in full high definition. Printer folks might suggest options including in-the-camera snapshot printing as another means of sharing photos in the former case, and fast, cheap, high-resolution large format printing in the latter. Maybe next year? (Thanks to TVA for the link to the Pogies.)
Another link worth following is Michael Arrington's third annual "Web 2.0 Companies I Couldn't Live Without" at TechCrunch. The list for 2008 is his largest yet, containing almost 20 companies. A quick (or careful) read is a great way to help characterize the state of the Web 2.0 industry, enhancing the more generalized definitions. For printer industry types, we're certainly going to continue to hear a lot from HP (NYSE HPQ) on its "Print 2.0" initiatives in 2008, so if nothing else, having a good perspective on the namesake is well worth the effort.
And now just for fun, take a look back at the news from 2007, via the guys at JibJab. Highly recommended!