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article imageOp-Ed: Top tech trends you'll probably see in 2013

By Leigh Goessl     Dec 31, 2012 in Technology
Technology has been growing at an exceptionally fast rate over the past decade or more. Expect to see many developments and/or expansions in technology trends for 2013.
For many years now the offline and online worlds have been merging. In 2013, society will likely see this trend to continue in many different ways, including more integration with mobile, biometrics, 3D developments and more.
Mobile growth
As use of portable gadgets continue to grow at a rapid rate, 2013 will continue the trend of society going mobile. According to a report in Feb. 2012, it is anticipated mobile will be "increasing by 84 percent a year and accounting for 11 percent of all traffic" over the next three years. Cisco says smartphone usage almost tripled in 2011.
Many have been suggesting the eventual extinction of the desktop, and mobile sales of various gadgets in 2013 may give more credence to this claim. In fact, experts have been predicting exponential mobile growth through at least 2015 when it is expected to slow.
As mobile growth surges, a mobile security market will also likely be growing alongside this trend. In Oct. 2012, Proofpoint pointed to a recent ABI Research study that indicated this industry could grow to nearly $11 billion by 2017.
Many signs are pointing to the direction of biometrics. While this is not a new technology, over recent years developers have been actively working on improving on the accuracy of biometric authentication. An article in CIO predicts "passwords will fade into oblivion" over the next year as society realizes how easily passwords can be hacked.
Being society heavily relies on passwords to safeguard our digital selves, 2013 may be the breakout year for biometric technology. Biometric technology continues to be perfected as developers strive to eliminate the inaccuracies seen in previous years.
On the flip side, there will likely be increased privacy concerns and questions of whether or not biometrics create a false sense of security. However, passwords can also create a false sense of security, so it's highly possible biometrics will soon have a stronger presence as it is already being integrated in many ways in modern society.
3-D printers
Many media reports point to 3D as being a bigger trend next year. For instance, CIO noted 3-D printers will "mature" in 2013. CNET (via Reuters) predicts 3-D printers will go mainstream over the next year and prices are anticipated to drop under $1,000 in the near future.
WhatsApp (and death of SMS?)
Over the past couple of months there has been a lot of talk about WhatsApp. WhatsApp is just that, an app, but it takes traditional text messaging to a new level as it integrates with Wi-Fi and other current uses of mobile. Will 2013 be the year SMS heads into retirement? Many are predicting WhatsApp app, along with any potential similar apps that may be developed, will lead to the death of SMS use.
Additionally, many analysts expect to see the Cloud to form more of a presence in various ways and for augmented reality to go "mainstream".
As the offline and online worlds continue to merge, these are some of the technology trends we can likely expect to see blossom in 2013.
What tech trends do you anticipate seeing in 2013? What would you like to see?
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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