Vine, Cloud Computing, And Windows 8: 5 Things To Look Forward To In 2013

Posted by Bhavesh Joshi On Tuesday, March 12, 2013 0 comments

Vine, Cloud Computing, Google Glass, Playstation 4 And Windows 8: 5 Things To Look Forward To In 2013
The new year has already brought about the promise of new and innovative things in the tech-world. From cars to computers to mobile applications, there are a whole lot of things that have people in the tech world buzzing. Here is a list of the top five things in technology to look forward to in 2013.


It seems like a golden age for social media sites, with more and more websites and applications popping up each day. The one that has been catching the most momentum lately is Vine, which allows users to create simple, six-second videos. There have been video-based social applications in the past, but the rising popularity of Vine is in its simplicity: users can record video right in the app, and it is super-easy to splice together footage to create a simple and succinct end-product. The fact that Vine has recently been acquired by Twitter means that it is all the more easy to combine both social media platforms to create a kind of sharing cohesion. The Vine community is growing, and it would be a good idea to get on it ASAP.


Cloud Computing 

Cloud Computing Although “cloud computing” is by no means a new concept, it has been popularised in the past two years by Apple iCloud, Microsoft SkyDive and Google Drive so that more and more people are using it on a daily basis, both for personal and group use.

Many companies rely on computers to complete a bulk of their business and to communicate both internally and externally, and in an increasingly technologically savvy society, more and more people are bringing their personal devices into the workplace to do their jobs. Some workplaces have found that this increases productivity amongst their employees, and have implemented a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policy. This allows employees to use their own laptops/tablets/smartphones to do their work, in conjunction with a cloud system which holds all the company’s applications and documents.

Cloud computing is fast becoming a can’t-live-without technology, and are integrating with most other devices, as discussed below.

Windows 8

Windows 8 OS

The latest operating system by Windows is said to be a game changer, and a complete overhaul from previous Windows OS. Launched late last year, Windows 8 has an entirely different look, decked out with a Modern User Interface that is designed to be used both on a touchscreen and with traditional mouse and keyboard. The change in interface coincided with the release of the Microsoft Surface, and will reportedly work better on their newer tablet release, the upcoming Microsoft Surface Pro.

With the new operating system and tablet out now, Microsoft is looking to take back its market, and doing it with flair.

Google Glass

Google Glass

What has been a rumour for years is finally becoming a reality in 2013. Google Glass takes computer portability to the next level -- it is literally a computer that you wear on your face, in the form of glasses. While it has been taking some flak for being silly-looking, and a fashion faux pas, there is no doubt that Google Glass is innovative and will make society rethink the way we view and retrieve information.

Google Glass promises to include most of the features found in Android phones: it will have a cloud-based connection to Google features such as Maps, Hangouts, Plus and so on, as well as the ability to take photos, record video, check the weather, and issue reminders. Google Glass is set to be released later this year, and is eagerly awaited.

PlayStation 4

PlayStation 4 The official announcement for the PlayStation 4 was given by Sony recently, and has sent gamers reeling. The hotly anticipated gaming system is slated to be released later this year, and seems to place a lot more focus on social aspects, rather than improved gaming. The system is planned to have a social network site geared to connect gamers on a Facebook-level, which is quite a feat. They’ve also partnered with Gaikai, a cloud gaming platform, which will mean easier sharing of media, trial games, and a more comprehensive backlog of PS1-PS3 games.

The general reaction post-announcement has quite mixed, but we will all have to wait until its release and some hands-on reviews before it can be determined whether or not PS4 will change the face of gaming the way that Sony is intending.

2013 is already shaping up to be an excellent year for tech gadgets, and we can only keep expecting more. Are there any cool new gadgets you’re looking forward to?

Dorothy Ann is an office drone by day and a tech geek by night. She is still waiting for the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policy to be implemented in her own workplace.


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