With devices getting smaller and smaller, technology is changing the way the world does business as well as how those who use technology live their lives. 2016 promises a continuation of these technology trends by making the workforce more mobile by allowing users to use a wider variety of devices, including smarter, smaller smartphones and tablets that are mobile and powerful.
According to Forbes, there are eight technology trends they believe will change the way business is done in 2016. The most important is the ability to work anywhere, anytime, and on any device. Smaller and more powerful devices allow users to take their work with them, and with free Wi-Fi so readily available in airports, hotels, and other places, it allows users to connect to the internet anywhere. Mobile computing and virtual desktops have expanded to allow users to connect with their other devices from their cell phones and tablets, making it easy to use mobile computing from more than just users’ desktops. The speed of technology will drive cyber security because end users will need to make sure their devices have the latest software updates to prevent the exploitation of security holes.
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Video content management is another technology trend that will allow businesses to more easily distribute their content. Video is popular, with YouTube receiving billions of page views each month for content. Combined with the use of cloud computing, users have the ability to share their content across devices as well as expand computing ability. Automation, smarter machines, and personalized computing experiences round out the ways that users are allowed to get more done in less time and accomplish tasks once and eliminate having to do repetitive tasks.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, sites like Google continue to improve user experience and create business tools that can help them grow their businesses. Many of these tools are free and help businesses to get better organized as well as collaborate and promote. These tools include Google Calendar, Pages, Mobility test tools, Wallet, and Benchmark test tools. Cloud computing, as well as the ability to share documents, files, and photos, is another technology trend Google is effectively using to connect businesses.
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Tulsa World focused on technology trends that affect consumers. One of the latest innovations is connected cars. According to Stephen Baker, the vice president of industry analysis and consumer electronics for the NPD Group, all carmakers are pursuing options that allow end users to stay connected through Wi-Fi.
“The car is becoming more of a technology product beyond self-driving. The real excitement will be getting entertainment and content into the car, and we’ll continue to see an evolution of those.”
Another technology trend that television manufacturers are switching to is the use of 4K. Since 3D fizzled out, television manufacturers are making the switch because 4K produces a higher resolution than HDTV. Baker predicts that by next Christmas, all television sets over 50 inches will be 4K. The technology trend for television will be 4K, and it won’t go the way of 3D.
“Consumers are receptive to the dual discussion between big screens and great screens,” he said. “Given some of the challenges the TV market has experienced in the past, these are two things that focus on what people really want to do with their television.”
Virtual reality and gigabyte internet rounded out the list of technology trends consumers will have for faster internet and consumption of content on their devices. Devices not normally connected to the internet will achieve the ability to connect. These include devices like refrigerators with sports cameras inside and LCD screens that allow users to leave notes for their families.
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