Wonder what the tech world has in store for us in 2009? For the fun of it we asked bona fide psychics to look into their crystal ball.

The web is awash with 'experts' predicting what will happen in the tech industry in 2009. But let's face it, none of us really know what the future holds, it's just guesswork.

So rather than make our own predictions, we decided to get two psychics to gaze into their crystal balls and do the hard work for us. We've asked two professional psychics; Celia and Shaun Moore to make their predictions for 2009 on a number of burning tech issues and put them side-by-side with those for a tech expert. So read on to see who you think is correctly predicting the future of tech. Then take a look at our 7 tech predictions that never happened feature, to see just how wrong it can go when predicting the future.

On Steve Jobs

The Street.com's David Sterman

Jobs will give up the title of Apple CEO and remain only as chairman. He'll "realise that investors are overlooking Apple's management bench strength".

Celia
Jobs has tough times ahead, but there's a light at the end of the tunnel. "I see that there's a big struggle, then I see very good news coming for him at the middle of the year."

Shaun Moore

He needs to focus more on his home life to improve his condition. "His personal life is in the toilet bowl... and that's causing his health to suffer."

It can't be making things easy for the cleaning lady, either.

On Apple

The Street.com's David Sterman

Apple's shares will fall in the beginning of '09 but rebound when the "next breakthrough device" debuts in the latter half of the year. The iPhone will also see "a range of hot-selling new uses".

Celia

A significant shift is on the way. "I do see that the company will go a step higher. I see that there are a lot of changes coming."

Shaun Moore

Changes are coming, but they won't be quick. "There's someone that they're speaking to now, someone who will go in and clean things out."

Clean things out, you say? Maybe they can start with Steve's bathroom.

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Next Page: What's in store for Yahoo and Jerry Yang

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Wonder what the tech world has in store for us in 2009? For the fun of it we asked bona fide psychics to look into their crystal ball.

On Jerry Yang

The staff of The Industry Standard

Yang could take on yet another new title: chief technology officer of the US. Jerry's popped up on some lists of possible contenders for the gig, but the Standard points out that the sources may or may not be reliable.

Celia

The chief Yahoo-turned-CEO-turned-chief Yahoo will take on some sort of fresh role. "I see that he will be going into a new field, into a higher step next year."

Shaun Moore

Yang will leave the rest of the yahoos at Yahoo behind. "If I had a dollar, I would invest my dollar back into him. He's going to be on the brink of something brand spanking new that's going to be a wow factor."

Of course, it might be 'wow' as in, 'Wow. Good thing that guy's not in charge any more'.

On Yahoo

Computerworld's Nancy Weil

Sale, most likely to Microsoft. It could either be an acquisition of Yahoo's ad-search business by itself, or possibly a full company deal.

Celia

Maybe a sale, but definitely an improvement. "I see that someone will step in and it's going to work out for the best. The company will get better this coming year."

Shaun Moore

Sale, possibly to an investor. "It's going to be sold one way or another."

Ah, sweet agreement - three for three on a probable sale. The stars must be aligned tonight.

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Next Page: Predictions for Microsoft and Bill Gates

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On Bill Gates

Curious Office Partners' Kelly Smith

The Microsoft chairman might get the government nod for the nation's first chief technology officer. "[He] understand[s] how to think about technology on a massive scale."

Celia

Something good will happen on 16 April. "I see a lucky day and a lucky star falling for him. There's going to be a lot of joy and a lot of warmness in his heart that day."

Shaun Moore

Gates will start looking for new projects, which may or may not involve legumes. "He's got to spread out into other venues, and he has a couple of ideas. His tree needs to be implanted with different roots so it can prosper in different little mini-pea pods."

Is anyone else suddenly craving fresh salad?

On Windows 7

Computerworld's Nancy Weil

Windows all the way in 2009 - but not till late 2009. "We'll also be so bold as to predict it will be a vast improvement over Vista. ... [It] will be well-received and help Microsoft regain some of the operating system edge it lost in 2008."

Celia

The new OS will be a hit. Don't expect to see it until the middle of the year, though.

Shaun Moore

Seven's the lucky number. "It should work. What they're doing is they're reinventing the seed."

Here's hoping that seed produces some nice pea pods.

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Next Page: Google and Spam

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Wonder what the tech world has in store for us in 2009? For the fun of it we asked bona fide psychics to look into their crystal ball.

On Google

ZDNet's Garett Rogers

Google's Chrome browser will grab as much as 15 percent of the browser market as it begins being preinstalled on new PCs. Google will also see solid financial gains. "The share price should close in the green for 2009."

Celia

Google's going to grow three times bigger. "There's a company that'll get involved with Google that will make it go that much higher this year. It will be a company that advertises."

Shaun Moore

Google's growth is going to slow - unless it finds the right new idea. "They need to come up and do something that's going to knock it out of the ballpark."

Just don't knock it out too far, Google gang. Bill Gates is implanting roots next door.

On Spam

SPAMfighter's Martin Thorborg

The solution's not quite in sight. "Spam's penetration of the internet globally is still below 22 percent, so there are bound to be many new targets for spammers in 2009 and beyond."

Celia

Get ready for lots of junkmail, but maybe some relief a couple of years down the road. "I see in 24 months, it will start changing and will slow down."

Shaun Moore

A new agency will pop up to oversee spam and find a solution. "We have the FDIC on the bank. We're going to have that kind of company as far as the computer's concerned."

They'll just have to be careful what they call that group. The Federal Union for Communication Control might pose problems when it comes to a logo.

So the future's been told. Well, maybe. I'll leave that up to you to decide.

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  2. What's in store for Yahoo and Jerry Yang
  3. Predictions for Microsoft and Bill Gates
  4. Google and Spam