Technology Trends and Predictions for the New Year

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In the blink of an eye, the holidays have come and gone and already we’ve entered a new year. Although it ended seemingly just moments after it began, 2013 was an exciting year for geeks, techies, and all of us who enjoy living in the new media age. From the explosion of social media to the release of Google Glass, last year has primed us for even more awesomeness in 2014.

So what can we expect to see in the New Year? To answer that question, we turned to Alex Gault, writer for the Calgary Herald, who recently penned an article on the technology trends and his predictions for 2014. Here are a few of his predictions:

  1. The Sharing Economy: Peer-to-peer Exchanges Take Off – Gault predicts that sites such as Airbnb, Getaround, SnapGoods, and TaskRabbit – which allow individual to use the internet to rest, sell, or swap everything from “spare bedrooms to parked cars, second-hand clothes, electronic devices, and even skills such as cleaning and baking” – will see even more growth in 2014.
  2. Binge Watching Becomes Mainstream – Gault states that binge watching – watching an entire season in a week and multiple seasons over a month or so using Netflix and other streaming services – is the new way to watch television.
  3. The Rise of Music Video Playlists – Gault predicts that “services like iTunes, Spotify, and Songsza will introduce features which automatically recognize and play videos when available for selected songs” allowing fans to listen and watch music on their home stereos.
  4. Remote Patient Monitoring Becomes a Standard – As patient monitoring becomes a requirement for hospitals and doctors to measure their business, Gault expects more gadgets to hit the market that allow families to monitor in real-time the care of a family member at a hospital and doctors to keep an eye on patients outside a hospital setting

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