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Walt Mossberg: How to survive ‘digital tidal wave’

Tech columnist encourages use of new tools to show expertise

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The primacy of the desktop computer as the dominant digital device for both consumers and businesses is over, technology columnist Walt Mossberg told attendees at the annual California Realtor Expo last month. In every industry, "the digital tidal wave is disrupting the way we do business," he said. Based in Washington, D.C., Mossberg has been a journalist at the Wall Street Journal since 1970 and has written a weekly tech column for the Journal since 1991. "Right at the moment when we're in this economic transition, we're also in a technological transition. We're well into a post-PC era. The rise of other devices, (such as) iPads ... is just stunning. The glue behind it is the Internet," Mossberg said. In a post-PC era, the Internet is not an "add-on," but will be as pervasive as the electrical grid, he said. "When you blow-dry your hair, you don't say to your spouse, 'I'm going on the electrical grid to dry my hair,'"...

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