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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.

Developed countries spend billions of dollars every year on research and development of new technologies to make our lives easier. Scientific research has become an integral part of a nation’s economic stability. Here I have listed the Top 10 List of the world’s most technologically oriented nations.

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1. Finland

Finland is most technologically-oriented country in the world. Well known for high-technology projects and healthcare facilities, Finland ranks as the best country in the world in the 2010 Newsweek survey in terms of health, economic dynamism, education, political environment and quality of life. Finland has a highly industrialised mixed economy with a per capita output equal to that of other European economies such as France, Germany, Belgium or the UK.

2. USA

The United States has been a leader in scientific research and technological innovation since the late 19th century.

Alexander Graham Bell won the first US patent for the telephone in 1876. America holds the credit for some of the major inventions like the long-lasting light bulb, and the first viable movie camera, alternating current, the AC motor, and radio.

The government has invested in scientific research and technological development leading to major breakthroughs in spaceflight, computing, and biotechnology. It also has the world’s highest number of scientific research papers.

3. Japan

Japan is known for its prowess in consumer electronics, robotics and the automotive industry.

Japan is one of the leading nations in the fields of scientific research, technology, machinery and medical research. It has world’s third largest budget for research and development at $130 billion and over 677,731 researchers. Japan also holds the distinction of receiving the maximum number of science Nobel prizes in Asia. Japan has more than half of the world’s industrial robots used in the manufacturing sector.

4. Sweden

A research powerhouse, Sweden allocates about four per cent of GDP to research and development (R&D).

Sweden tops European comparative statistics both in terms of research investments as a percentage of GDP and in the number of published scientific works per capita.

5. Republic of Korea

Korea shines in the field of electronics, automobiles, ships, machinery, petrochemicals and robotics. The world’s second walking human robot-HUBO was made in Korea. Korea plans to have a robot in every house.

The broadband speed is unparalleled, almost 3 times than that of United States.

6. The Netherlands

The Netherlands has a highly developed electrotechnical industry that manufactures computers, telecommunication systems, electronic measurement and control equipment, electric switching gear and transformers, and medical and scientific instruments.
Dutch firms play a major role in the European Space Agency. The Netherlands has made significant strides with inventions like the artificial kidney, compact disc, microscope, pendulum clock and telescope.

7. United Kingdom

The world’s sixth largest economy by nominal GDP and eighth largest economy by purchasing power parity plays an important role.

The world’s first industrialised country has to its credit the discovery of hydrogen, invention of locomotive engine, jet engine, World Wide Web, incandescent light-bulb; world’s first working television, electric motor, and commercial electrical telegraph.

8. Singapore

Singapore has been ranked amongst the world’s ten most open competitive and innovative nations.

One of the most business-friendly economies, it has a S$1.35 billion Industry Alignment Fund to help Singapore become an innovation driven and knowledge-based economy. The fund will be used for public and private-sector projects in research and development.

9. Canada

Canada has a highly developed technology sector. The government allocates 1.8 per cent of its GDP for research and development.

The Science, Technology and Innovation Council was launched in May 2007 to improve quality of life for Canadians through science and technology.

Canada is investing heavily in science and technology to create more jobs and build a stronger economy.

10. Australia

Australia is the world’s thirteenth largest economy. It scores high in human development, quality of life, health care, life expectancy, public education and economic freedom.

The main focus of research and development is on information and communications, biotechnology and manufacturing. Australia’s strength lies in the areas of astronomical and space sciences.

For all you Cricket Buffs here is some good news!! 🙂

Yahoo!!! India and the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced a 3-year partnership through which Yahoo! will have access to exclusive images, videos, interviews and player chats around all major ICC events. According to the press release, for the next 3 years, users can go to iccevents for information on all ICC tournaments including the ICC World, Twenty20, ICC Champions Trophy and ICC Cricket World Cup. Yahoo! also launched a new global cricket website, that includes updates, images, match schedules and player profiles from the world of cricket.

ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat commented “In today’s technology-driven world, this is a massive boost for the ICC and cricket. Not only do we get another vibrant and committed commercial partner on board but this deal also ensures cricket fans will benefit from Yahoo’s already established popularity and enormous reach across the cyber world. The ICC corporate website and the various event sites that will spring from this partnership will set a new benchmark for innovation and user interaction to ensure that people who choose to follow their team online are rewarded with an entertaining and exciting experience.”

The ICC corporate Web site and the various event sites that will spring from this partnership will set a new benchmark for innovation and user interaction to ensure that people who choose to follow their team online are rewarded with an entertaining and exciting experience,” Lorgat said.

Former India captain Rahul Dravid, who attended the launch of ICC’s new online destination, said the internet had become a popular way for fans to enjoy cricket.

“Live scoring is a great way to keep in touch with matches that are going on and it’s a great medium for sharing opinions and information about games and players,” Dravid said.

Yahoo with its massive reach, coupled with exclusive content from ICC, Yahoo! will make the game accessible to millions of cricket lovers..