A.J. Feather

Journalist, Developer

I'm a Missouri native currently seeking a dual masters in computer science and journalism from Columbia University in New York City. Every week I also host an awesome podcast called "Integrate" with my friend Mikah, which you can find at Integrate.FM.

Before moving to New York, I obtained undergraduate degrees in journalism and economics from the University of Missouri-Columbia. In Columbia, I hosted a weekly show called "Talking Politics" for KBIA, the local NPR member station and produced, wrote and anchored video for Newsy.com way too early in the morning.

There has never been a political column I did not enjoy reading or an Apple product I did not enjoy using.

The Wireless World

Over the past 10-20 years, there has been substantial improvement in the computer market.  Hard drive space has doubled about every two years, generally following Moore's law (Moore's law states that the number of transistors on integrated circuits doubles approximately every two years.) and tablets will likely surpass the sales of notebook PCs this year.  This will lead to a number of changes in how individuals interact with tech, but I think the media has generally ignored one of the largest implications of the growing tablet market share and its affects on laptop design. (Increasingly tablet-like laptops)

With the introduction of the "Chrome Pixel" last week, we saw the first major launch of a laptop that has built-in cellular network connectivity.  That is, the thing has an LTE modem in it.  Now, this is due in part to Google's continued push to move everyone to the cloud, but it's not just a fad.  Last year, right before Apple updated their laptop line, adding the MacBook Retina, the International Business Times predicted a 4G/LTE supported MacBook.  Obviously this didn't come to fruition, but these rumors generally start circulating a year or two early and move into products when they're actually viable - something Apple is very good at understanding, and most other companies are notoriously bad at.  Think iPad vs. Microsoft Origami.

I would venture to say that the Early 2014 line of MacBooks (& maybe even iMacs) will include 4G/LTE connectivity.  This will allow individuals to hook their laptops up to their cellular plans for an additional $10/month on AT&T & Verizon's current "Family Data Sharing" plans.  Although, considering the way markets work , it's likely these prices would decrease rapidly, spurring the second round of cable-cutting.  Get excited and ready to dump all those shares of Comcast in your portfolio.

This evolution will leave some individuals with no wired connections in their homes, (electricity aside) further changing the way individuals consume media, making journalism and advertising majors across the nation nervous and the focus of students on media convergence even more important.