Battery storage is a problem because you can only get so much chemical energy stored per unit volume in a battery and portable devices are using much electricity to produce the video and sound effects available on the devices. The result is that we are constantly recharging the devices and it is a pain in the butt which will plague us on into the foreseeable future.
The cloud offers the potential to store unlimited data which is accessible from anywhere but the network is still unreliable with things like data caps, corporate IT policies, and leet hackers. Until network accessibility becomes more reliable we need to continue using flash drives and DVD’s as data backups unless you use an online file backup company. A master’s thesis lost in the cloud is a very frightening reality.
Using unlimited vocabulary voice recognition programs are just about 80% accurate with little hope of getting any better unless words are taken and used from an allowed list of words which limits the freedom of expression. Words which sound the same but with completely different meanings used in complicated contexts seems to be the unsolvable problem which makes reliable voice recognition software impossible for now.
In an effort to prevent piracy content is frequently restricted to relatively few hardware devices. The rules for content usage vary from country to country so you no longer have the freedom of moving content to any device which you chose or sending it to any country which you chose.
Printers have many mechanical parts which frequently malfunction and use up ink voraciously. Until paper is replaced with some better alternative we are unfortunately handicapped with printer drawbacks.
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