Monday, December 23, 2013

Top Technology Trends in 2014: Mobile Cloud, Big Data, 3D Tools and More!

Top Technology Trends for 2014
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IEEE Computer Society journals, magazines, and conferences are continually at the forefront of current technology trends.

That's just one of the reasons that IEEE Computer Society is the community for technology leaders. As a technology professional, keeping on top of trends is crucial. Below are a list of technology topics that Computer Society magazines, journals, and conferences will be focusing on next year:

1. Emergence of the Mobile Cloud Mobile distributed computing paradigm will lead to explosion of new services. Mobile and cloud computing are converging to create a new platform—one that has the potential to provide unlimited computing resources. Mobile devices are constrained by their memory, processing power, and battery life. But combined with cloud computing, data processing and storage can happen outside of mobile devices. 

2. From Internet of Things to Web of Things Need connectivity, internetworking to link physical and digital. Going beyond the Internet of Things, where identifiable objects are seamlessly integrated into the information network, the Web of Things takes advantage of mobile devices' and sensors' ability to observe and monitor their environments, increasing the coordination between things in the real world and their counterparts on the Web. 

3. From Big Data to Extreme Data Simpler analytics tools needed to leverage the data deluge. It's more than the three Vs—volume, velocity, and variety—that make big data such a difficult tiger to tame. It's that the technology world hasn't quite caught up with the need for trained data scientists and the demand for easy-to-use tools that can give industries—from financial and insurance companies to marketing, healthcare, and scientific research organization—the ability to put the data they gather into meaningful perspective.

4. The Revolution Will Be 3D New tools, techniques bring 3D printing power to masses. New 3D printing tools and techniques are empowering everyone from global corporations to do-it-yourselfers to create new devices and realize new concepts more quickly, cheaply, and easily than ever—from car parts, batteries, prosthetics, and computer chips to jewelry, clothing, firearms, and even pizza. A future where digital functionality can be "printed into" a physical object will continue to be built on in 2014, driven by new toolkits, services, and platforms and innovative business models and processes, such as online 3D printing bureaus and crowdfunding sites. 

5. Supporting New Learning Styles Online courses demand seamless, ubiquitous approach. These days, students from all corners of the world can sign up for online classes to study everything from computer science, digital signal processing, and machine learning to European history, psychology, and astronomy–and all for free. As interest in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) continues to explode, there will be a corresponding need for technology to support these new learning systems and styles. 

6. Next-generation mobile networks Mobile infrastructure must catch up with user needs. Ubiquitous mobile computing is all around us, not only when we use smartphones to connect with friends and family across states and countries, but also when we use ticketing systems on buses and trains, purchase food from mobile vendors, watch videos, and listen to music on our phones and portable music playing devices. As a result, mobile computing systems must rise to the demand. The Cisco Visual Networking Index: Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast Update projects that global mobile data traffic will increase 18-fold between 2011 and 2016.

  7. Balancing Identity and Privacy Growing risks and concerns about social networks. Social networks have quickly become the key organizing principle of Internet communication and collaboration. Al

8. Smart and Connected Healthcare Intelligent systems, assistive devices will improve health. Computing plays an important role in many facets of our lives, increasingly so in aspects of individual and social well-being. Individual health is encouraged with the development of intelligent systems, apps, gadgets, and mobile systems that focus on diet, exercise, and information provision.

  9. E-Government Interoperability a big challenge to delivering information. Electronic government, e-government, or digital government refers to the use of information and communication technology (ICT) to provide and improve government services, transactions, and interactions with citizens, businesses, and other arms of government.
10. Scientific Cloud Computing Key to solving grand challenges, pursuing breakthroughs. Scientific computing has already begun to change how science is done, enabling scientific breakthroughs through new kinds of experiments that would have been impossible only a decade ago. I

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Online Holiday Sales Projected To Top $78 Billion This Year!

Tis The Season For Spending

Online holiday sales are expected to reach $78.7 billion in the U.S., up 15 percent from a year ago, according to Forrester Research’s annual holiday retail forecast. The report said that despite a drop in consumer confidence in October and a shorter holiday shopping season (6 days shorter), Forrester predicts consumers will spend a record amount online in 2013.

Forrester expects 167 million shoppers will make their holiday purchases online, spending $472 on average for the season. The growth in e-commerce comes at the expense of brick-and-mortar stores, a trend that looks to continue.

During Thanksgiving weekend last year, 41 percent of consumer reported doing their holiday shopping online, up from 38 percent in 2011.

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