Top Tech Trends for 2013

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Feb 23, 2014 (3 years and 5 months ago)

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Top
Tech Trends for 2013


Just like that 2012 was here and gone. Can you believe it is already time to usher in a new year? While
some people have a tendency to look back at the end of a year and reflect on how the year went, what
changes occurred, and
what was accomplished, keeping an eye on the future is important as well.

So what can we expect from 2013? Will it be an amazing journey of technology advances and leaps
forward? There are most
definitely

some very fantastic and feasible technologies on th
e horizon that we
should be hearing more about and hopefully experiencing in the coming year. Here are some things that
have piqued our interest.

The Top 10 Tech Trends for 2013

1.

Smart Phone Accessories
-

As the battle over building the next amazing phone r
ages on, some
very savvy developers are focusing on accessories to fill specific niches. A great example is
AliveCor's iPhone ECG which is a phone cover with sensors that doctors can use to diagnose
patients with. Smart phones are becoming the primary way
we connect and as such accessories
will play a more important role is maximizing the usefulness of our devices.

2.

Apps Become Transparent
-

By that we mean they fade or become invisible while in use. As
sensory input options increase (think Siri's voice acti
vated commands) the need for flashy apps
will be lessened and become more minimal in nature as people will need to look less as they do
more.

3.

The Study and Use of Data

Expands
-

With all of these applications and networks, information is
being compiled at
an astounding rate. In some cases the information is being shared in ways
that help people gain a better understanding of a particular field (such as the medical
community) but that should increase even more in 2013 giving people more of an opportunity
to
understand people and trends in active 'real time'.

4.

Biometric Authentication
-

You see it in James Bond or Mission Impossible, people using
sophisticated scanning devices for fingerprint and retinal scan identification. With the increased
speed and capabil
ities of our cell phones, is that time much further away for other secure
transactions such as banking or s
imply signing into Facebook.

Thumbprint password carries have
already been around for desktops, the next step of biometric authentication is probably

much
closer than you think!

5.

Automated Assistants
-

With so much information coming at us via networks and feeds, 2013
will mark the year that people develop assistant applications that will help filter information and
make basic decisions based on a perso
n's needs. It will be basic 'if, then' commands but still it
will be one step closer to artificial intelligence.

6.

Tablet Prices Drop
-

There are so many more competitors in the market and realized uses for
tablets keep appearing. Tablets are already being
used in classrooms and offices as a way to
save on paper use and replace printed media. They will be considered time
-
saving, eco
-
friendly,
and a great alternative.

7.

Customer Experience Becomes Critical
-

As the gap has closed between companies regarding
tec
hnology it will be the customer experience that truly sets businesses apart. For years Apple
had the market cornered in offering a great experience, but now other companies understand
the need to deliver a specific experience that customers respond to.

8.

Soc
ial Networks Re
-
shape the Health Industry
-

As people share and interact more the pool of
health data increases which can help provide more proactive care based on a better
understanding of
similar issues and more complete analysis that can then be shared
to improve
healthcare for everyone.

9.

Rise of the Micro
-
Networks
-

Facebook was the beginning but has become too big in many ways.
People will flock to micro
-
networks that meet specialized needs. Understanding new networks
and how they relate to the overall
picture will be an important step for businesses and
marketing companies along with those who study human behavior.

10.

The Cloud Grows
-

Cloud computing has far exceeded expectations already and will continue in
the future. Businesses will employ hybrid cloud
s and individuals will get personal clouds. This is
all part of the shift to mobile devices and the ability to access information anywhere at
any time

as fast as possible.