Q&APOSTED January 7, 2015

5 Qs: Tech enthusiast Marc Saltzman

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This January, APEXers are asking five questions about the year it’s been and what individuals are looking forward to in 2015. Next up…

Marc Saltzman
Technology evangelist, journalist, author, TV and radio host.

 1. What is the biggest surprise/change you’ve seen in your industry in the past year?

“No real “surprises,” but happy to see prices drop across the board for many tech products, such as Ultra HD 4K televisions (now under $1000 for some models), 3D printers (under $700 for some) and aggressive pricing bundles on video game consoles and games. Computers, too, can now be bought for under $300 (Windows 8) or even under $200 (Chromecast), while well-built Android or Windows tablets can be bought for about $100. Love this trend of falling prices yet added features.”

2. Who is a true disrupter or game changer in your opinion? Why?

“No real disrupter in my opinion, but some welcomed trends like wearables, automotive tech, “Internet of things,” smart home products, inexpensive indie games (e.g. Five Nights at Freddys), etc. My fave product of the year was Lenovo’s Yoga Tablet 2 Pro, the first tablet with an integrated projector and sound system.

3. What app or technology do you rely on most day-to-day? Why?

“Smartphone, of course, as it’s my “lifeline” to my personal and professional world. As a frequent traveler I rely on my smartphone for email, texts, calls, GPS navigation, and of course entertainment like games, videos, music, podcasts, ebooks and more. I prefer larger (“phablet”) phones like iPhone 6 Plus (what I’m currently using, and loving) or Samsung Galaxy Note 4, etc.”

4. What don’t you want to see carried over in 2015?

“Still not a fan of “freemium” apps and games, which looks like it’s here to stay. I’d much rather pay a couple of bucks upfront for a solid piece of entertainment and not be “nickel and dimed” for $0.99 cents here and there for more time, extra levels, and such. Or at least give us a choice to buy the game or get the “free” version with a ton of strings attached. It’s so annoying to get into a game and then face a “time gate” you have to wait through or cough up some money to continue. Part of me longs for the days you bought something and enjoyed it at your own pace. Sigh.”

5. What are you most excited about for 2015?

“A few tech trends, but I’d have to say smartwatches (I’ll be writing the Apple Watch for Dummies book in early 2015), smart home technologies (aftermarket sensors, cameras, appliances, etc.) and some cool automotive tech (including self-driving cars)! I think 2015 will be a great year for technology and I’m super excited to be at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) to see what’s on the horizon for the next 12 months.”

These five questions with Marc Saltzman were compiled by Jennifer Stein, account director, from APEX. Follow her on Twitter

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