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7 Smart Technologies of 2017

7 Smart Technologies of 2017

It is safe to state that technology and technological advancements are extremely unpredictable. Each new year brings with it new and exciting innovations and gadgetry with the common goal of simplifying our lives. We have seen great additions over the past several years, with some being more significant than others.

Software plays a huge role in the advancement of technology. Most of the hardware devices that are developed are dependent on the correct software to perform to their full potential. A great example of this is a computer connected to the internet. It would be utterly useless without operating systems and search engines that enable it access information from a variety of sources on the web.

What Does 2017 Hold for Smart Technology?

Software of the Future

A lot of time and money is being spent on software development. Gartner, the world’s leading information technology research advisory company, predicts that the following advances will take shape in 2017:

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  • Enterprise software funding will increase by 6.8%.
  • Associated devices will see a 0.15% rise.
  • There will be a 2.7% rise in overall IT spending, which includes communication services and data center systems.

Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality

    The VR and AR trend is gearing up for productivity and growth in 2017. Industries dealing with technology in Virtual and Augmented Reality will thrive. Gartner predicts that the following will happen:

    • Apple will enter the augmented reality arena with its iPhone 8 camera.
    • With Facebook’s acquisition of Oculus, the company will incorporate aspects of virtual reality into its social media services.
    • Snap Inc. is gearing up to release spectacles that will not only capture content but also display the content within their lenses.

    Gaming

    The gaming industry is set to have a fulfilling year in 2017, especially with the advancement in virtual and augmented reality. New games are being developed and released every other month. Gixel.com believes we can expect the following during the year:

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    • The new Nintendo Switch, a hybrid handheld/console expected to be launched soon.
    • More big games, especially those frequently featured on PCs, are expected to be adapted for phones.
    • Resident Evil, Mass Effect, Halo Wars and Tom Clancy’s Ghost will all have new, more attractive editions that should pull in more gaming enthusiasts.

    Telepresence

    Put simply, this is the ability to seem to be in two places at once. Telepresence is on the road to becoming more popular, and 2017 might just be the year this happens. All the components needed to make it a success are in place. This will be a great development in the medical field and in major business corporations. You will be able to hold a boardroom meeting with attendants located in two or three distant parts of the world.

    Chatbots

    Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella believes that human language is the future of technology. He states, “In this new wave of technology, conversation is the new interface and bots are the new apps.” 2017 seems to be the year of chatbots, with many companies starting to develop them. The capital outlay of such an endeavour is huge, and the projections of long term gains are even bigger. Chatbots will have an enormous impact on customer service, and they may add a digit to unemployment by causing layoffs.

    Smartphones

    2016 saw many new smartphones released, with some having an explosive effect on the market. This occurs every year, and 2017 might actually see an uptick in this. We can look forward to some amazing and exciting newcomers to the smartphone market, such as:

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    • A surprise newcomer in the Blackberry Mercury.
    • Microsoft also has a surprise in store with what is currently known as the Surface phone. Name is still undetermined.
    • LG is rumoured to be launching a follow-up to the very successful G6 and the G7.
    • One of the most highly anticipated new arrivals in 2017 is from Samsung. It is rumoured that the technology giant will launch the first ever foldable smartphone. The Samsung Galaxy X will boast a flexible 4K display with the following advantages:
      • No pocket dialling.
      • A smaller handset that could fit anywhere once folded.

    These innovations should increase smartphone sales and attract a large pool of consumers.

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    Oculus Virtual Reality Via Pixabay

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    8 Replacements for Google Notebook

    8 Replacements for Google Notebook

    Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

    1. Zoho Notebook
      If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
    2. Evernote
      The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
    3. Net Notes
      If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
    4. i-Lighter
      You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
    5. Clipmarks
      For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
    6. UberNote
      If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
    7. iLeonardo
      iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
    8. Zotero
      Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

    I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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    In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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