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Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.

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Windows/Mac/Linux: Google Reader is great for funnelling news into a digestible, easy-to-read format, but it's not very attractive. Readefine Desktop is a desktop reader that connects to Google Reader or any RSS feed you provide and displays your articles in a beautiful magazine-style layout.

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Windows (AIR 2.0): HandBrake is our favourite media converter and DVD ripping tool. DropFolders automates HandBrake slightly, having it watch a folder, convert what it finds and drop it wherever you'd like.

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Windows/Mac/Linux (Adobe AIR): The marquee features added to social network aggregator TweetDeck are Google Buzz and Foursquare support, plus scheduled updates. What's actually useful, though, are the global filters that weed out oversharing, spam and other annoyances.

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Windows/Mac/Linux (AIR): It's always fun to throw a party and let your guests get goofy with a camera. Free photo app Party Booth creates photo-booth-style picture strips from a webcam, and can automatically upload them to Facebook, Twitter or other services.

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Windows/Mac/Linux (AIR): Say what you will about newspapers, but the old grey ladies are laid out for quick reading. Cross-platform app (and web app) Readefine breaks any site or feed into column-split articles and easy access jumps to other posts.

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Windows/Mac/Linux (Adobe AIR): Waver allows you to keep a single-column view of Google Wave open on your desktop at all times from which you can read, compose, and keep an eye on what's happening in your Wave inbox.