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Here's My Top 10 Tech Predictions Of 2014

Here’s My Top 10 Tech Predictions Of 2014

We are currently enjoying the year 2013 as a continuation of the revolutionary trends launched back in 2012. From cloud computing to gadgets offering no touch air swiping technology, 2013 is definitely serving to be the time when all the ideas of the previous years are put to the test-and so far we are savoring every moment of it.

But given the fact that 2013 is the time to enjoy in the world of science and tech, what’s there in store for 2014? Will it be another time to do some beta testing? Here are my top 10 predictions for the incoming year:

1. From SaaS to PaaS.

Cloud computing is the current trend in applications technology, there’s no denying that. But while the consumer market is currently enjoying cloud clients and software as service applications, there is still the need to push for industries to embrace cloud computing in their own operations. It may not be as evident yet today, but it is actually expected that in 2014, many of today’s major industries will now be relying on platform as service applications for them to control their day to day business operations on a remote scale.

This is because cloud computing has proven to be highly cost effective, and many businesses are already enticed to embrace the said technology to boost their operations and deliver their goods to end users within a shorter working time.

2. Increased computer connected consoles.

Because of cloud computing technology, developers are now formulating ways to further connect different consoles together on a remote scale. These may range from household appliances being controlled by a mainframe server, or to as big as cars, trains and even heavy equipment. With this kind of innovation to roll out on 2014, end users gain better control of their devices, even without the need of being at close range anymore.

3. Windows-style UIs will make a big comeback.

The year 2013 has seen Windows 8 in full bloom, and despite its critics, many consoles are starting to adapt the style features of Microsoft’s latest OS, such as Xbox. This may be due to the more universal approach Windows 8 has in its user interface, which enables users to enjoy its full features in any way they like. And yes, since Microsoft was able to beat Apple in terms of developing an operating system that caters to today’s touch screen technology, many are seeing consoles to follow suit by the year 2014.

4. Cloud conquers TV.

SmartTVs were in the lead in 2013 consumer electronics trend, and it is only a few months before they are finally conquered by cloud based apps. More apps will become more useful on SmartTVs, particularly those that provide faster media file sharing functions and remote control access from other devices.

5. Gaming consoles will be more connected to cloud apps.

More and more industries are starting to feel the growing presence of cloud technology, and these include gaming consoles and devices. By 2014, more gaming consoles now rely on cloud-based applications to source out game programs, and no longer purchase them on memory cards. This can be a great thing to anticipate especially for avid gamers; the costs of games can be significantly brought down as they are no longer sold in physical form, and the speed of acquiring them becomes faster than the usual.

6. AI on Cloud?

Cloud computing may be the main highlight of the decade, but many critics are actually looking forward to see artificial intelligence on today’s cloud-based apps. While this is still possible in theory, there are companies that are starting to look at ways to apply AI on cloud technology, as it is considered to be the missing piece to make cloud computing the ultimate software revolution.

So far, developers are working on AI-style servers which allow better remote control access to various programs and devices, making them useful for companies that intend to speed up their end-business operations. As for the consumer market being introduced to AI on cloud, this may take more time than expected.

7. Multi-form device framework.

Hardware technologies are starting to embrace the tablet mania, and while PCs are not yet to go out of the mainstream yet, many hardware developers are starting to remodel their laptops to accommodate today’s software technologies.

A pioneer in this trend is the Lenovo Yoga, a laptop that easily shifts into a tablet when folded the other way around. It may be used as the typical laptop, then as a tablet when folded, its screen providing touch screen features.

8. Google will continue to reign as a cloud client.

Google is currently changing the way we use the internet, but by 2014 it is expected to be the ultimate tool not only for browsing, but also for file sharing, collaborative work and many other tasks that used to be done in the tenets of individual computers. This is because of its cloud based apps that allow remote access, stable sharing and user collaborations right on the spot.

9. Other browsers to follow Google’s cloud technology.

While Google takes the lead in making the browser the new man’s best friend, many other browser developers are starting to follow suit. Maxthon, a hybrid browser that’s made of both the IE and Chromium framework, already offers a cloud browser, where users can access it through several devices by means of server synchronization. It is thus expected that other browsers will start to take the same steps as Google did to serve their audiences.

10. Developers to gain more from the cloud-based market.

Because of the shifting gears in consumer technology, program developers will found it more profitable to focus on cloud-based products and apps, as this is where their market can now be found. B2C firms now find it more convenient to reach out to their respective audiences using cloud technology, while the same change is expected to occur in C2C communities.

The possibilities for profit using cloud technology are expected to further expand in 2014, as there is a growing demand waiting for them to move.

This article was written by Kaylee Prentice, a freelance journalist on topics like online search technology, private cloud hosting and website management.  She’s a sucker for a good cup of coffee and a quiet corner to read in. When she isn’t writing she spends her time at used book stores and road trips with friends.  Follow her on Google+ here.

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