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Top 10 Tech Trends for 2013

The technological landscape is changing at a remarkable rate, concepts that were once thought of as science fiction are becoming a reality. Unfortunately, as the industry evolves, those companies that cannot keep up the pace are falling at the wayside, one recent example being HMV. Predicting the future of technology can be difficult but it is vital for businesses that wish to keep up with their consumers.

Here are ten of the top tech trends to look out for in 2013

Ultra HD

It may seem fairly recently that standard HD television was introduced but the beginning of this year will bring ultra HD, with a staggering four times the resolution. Although there may be a lack of content at first, it should be noted that many professional cameras already shoot in ultra HD and this ability will be extended to consumer cameras in the very near future.

4G

Currently EE has the monopoly on 4G in the UK but that is all set to change in 2013, in the coming months we will see more operators offering 4G coverage which can only be a good thing for customers. As 4G becomes more widespread there is a greater chance of competition between the networks and this will inevitably lead to lower prices and better data plans.

3D Printing

3D printing is one of the most exciting advancements in manufacturing in recent times and this is only the beginning. This year should see the first steps along the path in 3D printing being made more accessible for consumers. With smaller models and cheaper prices, one day these machines may become as wide spread as standard printers.

Smartphone Wars

Companies battling to deliver the most popular smartphone has been common place in recent years and things will only escalate in 2013. Apple has dominated the market for a long time but last year saw Samsung take the lead in sales and with Microsoft, RIM and Nokia all introducing their own models it is going to be a closely fought race.

Streaming

Owning a physical copy of a film or album is becoming less important as more and more people stream online. Streaming digital content has many advantages, it tends to be cheaper than buying a DVD or CD and is much quicker than waiting for delivery. Expect more companies such as Netflix, LOVEFiLM and Spotify to emerge in the coming months.

Smart TV

Televisions with a connection to the internet allow viewers to watch online content at the same time as updating their social networks. There is already a market for TV’s with Smart built in but 2013 will see more companies offering cheaper options such as subscription free, set top boxes that can do the job for much less.

More Hardware

There has been a recent trend of online companies that usually only supply software or infrastructure, manufacturing hardware. Businesses such as Amazon, Google and Microsoft have all had success entering the hardware market and more will follow.

Next Generation Consoles

With the release of the Wii U, Microsoft and Sony will not be far behind in introducing the new Xbox and PlayStation to the world. It is likely that these new models will be more internet based and could possibly include augmented reality features.

Tablet Hybrids

Tablet devices are incredibly popular right now and we are just starting to the see the rise of hybrid devices. Samsung’s Galaxy Note marked the first appearance of phone/tablet device, a trend that will no doubt go from strength to strength. As well as this, Microsoft’s Surface and Apple’s iPad have shown that the next generation of computers may be tablet based.

Everything is connected

More and more devices are gaining the ability to connect to the internet as well as with each other. As these connections grow it is likely we will see a single device such as smartphone, controlling nearly everything in the home, from the TV to the lights.

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