In theory the rise of software-defined networking is supposed to give rise to a new class of applications that will give developers more control over, for example, location-based services. In actual practice no one is quite certain how developer will invoke SDN capabilities, but the folks at Hewlett-Packard are anxious to find out.
The combination of natural language processing and advanced text analytics is giving rise to a new class of cognitive applications that have the potential to radically transform the way entire industries operate. The most famous instance of a cognitive application is, of course, IBM Watson, the supercomputer that IBM built on top of Power processors to best the champions from the Jeopardy quiz show.
We see a lot of mashups (our directory lists over 4,300 mashups). Lately we've noticed that they've moved beyond your ordinary application. Here is a quick overview of some recent additions that are fun and useful.