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Predictions for 2013 - What is Hot and What is Not

What is Hot and What is Not in Technology for 2013

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Each year we scratch our heads and come up with trends or technology that we think will be hot in the coming year. Checkout our list of What is Hot and What is Not in 2013.

What is Hot in 2013

1. Cloud
The cloud is hotter than ever. Consumers are accustom to retrieving documents using a variety of devices, from a variety of locations. The cloud lends itself to remote connectivity and collaborating with others, my sense is the cloud is going to continue to grow in the coming year.

2. Synched Applications
At one point in time, only the very coolest of applications "synch" with data on a desktop computer, now synchronization is a must! No one likes to reread email or update data, applications that automatically sync with phone, desktop and the cloud are the new standard in 2013.

3. Advanced Mobile
Mobile will continue to evolve and develop, phones will continue to expand beyond cameras and basic communication devices and become an even more integral part of daily life in 2013.

4. Social, Social, Social
Reputation is the new currency, and it is unlikely to change anytime soon. Social interaction will continue to influence organic search and influence brand building.

5. Mobile Shopping / Price Comparison
The growing mobile trend that allows shoppers to immediately price compare, will grow along with m-commerce and retail shopping from your phone. Scanning tags in retail stores for price checks will be the new standard.

6. Storage
Storage space will continue to grow, with the explosion of multimedia, high resolution images and complex applications, large storage capacity in a small footprint will be hot in 2013.

7. Security
Unconventional warfare similar to what was seen with the stuxnet worm will continue to develop and evolve as security faces a new battleground in the cyberworld.

8. Virtual
The world is becoming virtual, online identities are developing and pseudonyms are common place. To many the online world has become their reality, I suspect this will continue throughout 2013.

What is Not Hot in 2013

1. Decline of Paper
Newspaper, books, magazines and the postal service are all under fire, due to their failure to adapt to changing times.

2. Retail
Sadly brick and mortar stores that have failed to adapt and master the online world will struggle to survive. Conventional retail stores will have to adopt a bricks and clicks plan to effectively compete in today's commerce market.

3. Transparancy
With eyes in the sky and information overload you would think that transparancy would be hot, but my inclination is that transparancy will continue to be elusive in 2013.

Last Year's Predictions How Did We Do?
Readers can assess my ability to predict based on last year's collection of technology predictions at:

What is Hot What is Not for 2012 -
What is Hot What is Not for 2011 -
What is Hot What is Not for 2010 -
What is Hot What is Not for 2009 -
What is Hot What is Not for 2008 -
What is Hot What is Not for 2007 -

About Author:
Sharon Housley manages marketing for FeedForAll software for creating, editing, publishing RSS feeds and podcasts. In addition Sharon manages marketing for RecordForAll audio recording and editing software.


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