At the end of each year we find ourselves pondering over the changes that have taken place. What impact did they have? How well did we, aware technology enthusiasts, take them in? And most importantly – how did they change the universe we live in and is it even more techy–techy?
Head in the… Cloud
Let us start with the phenomenon of Cloud computing. Although the idea of having access to all the services you or your company need, regardless of where you are or whatever device you use is nothing new, it developed greatly during this year. The most important advantage that comes from Cloud computing is freedom. Cloud uses pay-as-you-go system, which means you only pay for the resources that are used at the given moment with the possibility of increasing them if needed. The connection to Cloud is available from any device at any time. This solution is perfect for start-up projects because it enables them to evaluate their ideas with no need to spend a lot of time and effort, not to mention money. Small or medium-sized companies can benefit significantly from Cloud’s scalability and cost-effectiveness. What is more, it guarantees the same data processing and tools the largest enterprises use. The Cloud has changed the world in many ways. Sharing and backing up your files has become easier than ever before thanks to multiple cloud storage services. Moreover, the popularity and variety of cloud apps has dramatically increased during this year allowing you to take your office with you anywhere you go.
A little bit of Bitcoin
It has been a very successful year for digital currencies, especially Bitcoin. From its emergence in 2009, it has been constantly growing, but 2014 appears to be the year of breakthrough. Bitcoin became a valid currency, accepted by many enterprises, including Microsoft. Also, it has received a lot of attention from media and governments, which led to introducing it to wider audience. There are many aspects that attracted people and businesses to Bitcoin. Firstly, it is anonymous – it does not go through any banking system so your personal data is safe. Secondly, it is not controlled by any government so it cannot be influenced like a traditional currency. Thirdly, online enterprises are more willing to accept payments in Bitcoin because of its low processing costs. Obtaining Bitcoins (also called “mining”) is not the simplest task. It takes a lot of time and computing power to get your hands on them. That is why, a lot of companies specialising in mining, have risen during this year. Also, they have been developing devices designed especially for this task.
Technology as a fashion statement? Why not. This year brought us many wearable devices that not only look cool but also boost the need to stay constantly online. Novelties such as smartwatches, Google Glass or e-textiles revolutionised the way we think of mobile technology. Apart from mundane tasks, such as checking your Facebook status or reading text messages, these devices can act as your personal trainer or advisor. Wearable devices have been in the spotlight this year. The most significant companies in the mobile market, such as Google, Microsoft and Apple have presented their take on that subject. They showed a lot of useful features and basic possibilities of using their products. However, this is just the beginning. Now it is all up to app creators, who should develop their existing products to unleash the potential of the devices by implementing completely new ideas.
This year had a huge impact on technology and the way we use it. The above mentioned phenomena have dominated 2014 and are likely to play an important role in 2015. Although many technological trends can bloom next year, it seems the future is in services available anytime, anywhere and in any form that you can pay for with a single touch of your watch. Using Bitcoins of course.