Tech Predictions for the Year 2013

Posted: December 31, 2012 in All Categories
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Tech 2013

Well Many tech advancements are still just the rumors of today, but few have already snaked their way into the spotlight. Keep an eye out for their debuts in 2013 who knows they may become your best buddies. They might just change how you conduct business, which computer you use, and socialize.

Launch of the PS4 and Xbox 720

2012 saw the launch of Nintendo’s Wii U  the first of the eighth generation games consoles. By late 2013, it is joined by the PS4 and Xbox 720. These new machines offer substantial improvements in graphical power. The PS4, codenamed “Orbis”, is built around an AMD x64 CPU and AMD Southern Islands GPU, handling screen resolutions of up to 4000 x 2000 pixels, as well as 3D gaming in full 1080p. The Xbox 720, codenamed “Durango”, is powered by a state-of-the-art IBM Power PC CPU, featuring 16 cores, alongside a Radeon HD 7000-series graphics card.

Mobile Operating System From Firefox

Google has one, so does Apple. Why not Mozilla Firefox? The popular browser company, which has felt a pinch in market share compared to its Silicon Valley neighbor Google Chrome, is dipping its toes into the smartphone pool. Claiming it will be cheaper than Android, the Firefox OS might just have a chance: It will support rich content with HTML5 and tap into the hardware in new ways. For example, the OS might control a phone’s camera for slow motion recording or quick, successive shots.

14 nanometre chips enter mass production

The next generation of microprocessor technology is released by Intel, with transistors now based on a 14nm manufacturing process. For comparison, a carbon atom is 0.34nm wide. The 4GHz barrier in stock CPU is finally being passed, thanks to the performance and energy efficiency of these new chips.

Amazon Kindle Phone

Technically this one is still a rumor, the device might use a 5-inch display that’s similar to the Samsung Galaxy Note or a 4-inch screen that looks like the rumored iPhone 5. Either way, the Kindle Phone would match up nicely with the Kindle Fire and probably will be just as consumer-focused with custom apps for reading books and watching videos.

Highly flexible touch sensors are appearing in a range of gadgets

Highly flexible, film-based touch sensors are entering the smartphone and tablet markets. They are also extending touch capabilities into a range of new consumer and industrial products. Using roll-to-roll metal mesh technology, they provide a high-performance alternative to existing touch sensors. Larger, lighter, sleeker, curved and edgeless designs can now be developed for handheld devices. Thinner sensor stacks with flawless touch performance, excellent optical clarity, low sheet resistance and low power consumption are enabling designers to turn unique, futuristic concepts into functional designs at lower total system costs compared to previous market alternatives.

iPad Mini
The infamous 8-inch version of the iPad has wallowed in the rumor mill for months. Now, some outlets are reporting that the device is actually going into a manufacturing phase. The size makes sense, both in terms of how Apple offers multiple sizes for the MacBook line and as a way for the company to fend off recent challenges by Google (with the Nexus 7 tablet) and Amazon (with the Kindle Fire).
Leap Motion
Gesture control on a tablet has been around for years, but this small device takes it to a new level. Leap Motion sits next to your computer and can detect your hand movements with an accuracy of 1/100 of a millimeter. Without touching your screen, you can flip through photos or reach into a 3D diagram and manipulate objects. For business users, the implication could be as simple as this: a way to answer the phone or give a presentation with just a flick of the hand

Microsoft’s Surface Tablet Pro

The tablet with the funky cover/keyboard combo will likely arrive early 2013, but the big splash will come in 2013 with the Pro model, which will have a legit Intel i5 dual-core processor. Why is a Microsoft tablet such a big deal? It’s the future of Windows computing, that’s all. Swipes and gestures on the new Metro interface are one thing, but the Office Touch apps might finally make business users pay attention.

Gaia mission will be launched – The Billion Pixel Camera

Finally something else intresting for deep space lovers :), while the naked human eye can see only a few thousand stars on a clear night, Gaia will map over a billion – approximately 1 percent of all stars within our own Milky Way galaxy over the course of its five-year mission beginning in 2013. It will chart their brightness and spectral characteristics, as well as their positions and motions, forming a highly detailed three-dimensional map

Also here is  IDC Government Insights’ Top 10 Predictions for the public sector for 2013:

  • Governments will begin to adopt third-generation platforms that combine cloud, Big Data, mobile, and social business to create higher public value.
  • Cloud computing will be deployed as private or public cloud; hybrid clouds will be less than 20% of projects.
  • The pervasiveness of third platform technologies will drive increased demand for federated IAM initiatives, rather than centralized national ID programs.
  • At least 30% of government Big Data initiatives will fail to deliver adequate return on investment due to narrowly focus technical implementation.
  • The highest value for money of Big Data and analytics will be in cross-department initiatives, but domain-focused projects in criminal justice, tax, and welfare will still represent more than 70% of deployments.
  • Tight scrutiny on government costs will limit government IT investment in net new solutions, or full replacement of existing systems to less than 25% of ICT budget.
  • Strategic sourcing will become more popular as a means to reduce costs and time to market, but it will still represent less than 20% of ICT spending in 2013.
  • At least 70% of shared services built on the premise that they can attract users outside of their core constituency will not achieve their objective.
  • At least 60% of funding for smart cities projects will be focused on smart energy and intelligent transportation.
  • At least 70% of smart cities programs that will succeed between 2013 and 2015 will be governed by joint ventures that include city leaders as key stewards.
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