Talks About Tech Weekly 084: Christmas Special 2013

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On this episode we look back on the year of 2013 and talk about our top technologies of the year and more.

Michael’s Top 5 Technologies of 2013
Graphene
Graphene was discovered a number of years ago now but this year has led to some great new discoveries and uses for the strongest material, most conductive material, lightest material and first 2d material in the world.

LTE 4G
This year LTE was introduced to a number of countries in Europe as well as world wide. Last month LTE came to select parts of Ireland. LTE offers vast improvements over 3G with speeds of up to 150MB per second. This technology could get high speed internet access to many people in remote locations around the country.

Next Generation TV Experience
Over the past few years TV has seen many changes. With more people having access to fast internet services such as Netflix have become very popular. Netflix allows viewers to watch any TV show or movie that they like, whenever they want, anywhere and on any device they like over the web. 4k content is just around the corner and the price of 4k TV’s and monitors are coming down. Next year we will definitely be seeing more of 4k.

Responsive Web Design
2013 has proved a very challenging year for web designers. We can view the web on so many different devices now, on tablets, smartphones, desktops and laptops. The challenge is to create one website that looks good across all platforms. Responsive web design has been used to combat this very problem. The website responds to whatever size the screen on the device is and adjusts accordingly. It’s a very cool new technology but one that is necessary in todays world.

Cloud Computing
The cloud. The buzz word of 2013. Everyone is talking about this amazing way to store all of your information online. You can access it from anywhere in the world. Really though, cloud computing has been around since the dawn of the internet and it isn’t new technology at all. What has changed is that there are now services like dropbox that give cloud access to anyone. The problem that still remains with the cloud though is the cost of storing information. It still isn’t practical to store everything there as it would just cost too much.

Kevin’s Top 5 Technologies of 2013
Leap Motion
The leap is a radical new method of interacting with your computer. The keyboard and mouse has been around for a very long time and people are always looking at new methods of interacting with computers. The touch screen has worked great for mobile devices but it doesn’t work for desktop computers. The leap started as a kickstarter project and has now gone into production. We got our hands on one here at Talks About Tech and it definitely seems like a promising product.

Self Healing Materials
LG released a phone this year that uses self healing material on the cover. The idea is that if you scratch the phone it will heal itself in a matter of minutes. It has seen shown to work very well and it could possibly be seen a lot more in 2014.

Wearable Computing
2013 has seen the introduction of many wearable computing devices. Google Glass, Pebble smart watch and the Samsung Galaxy Gear are just a few of these devices. But wearable computing is just starting. Next year we will probably see Apple enter the market of wearable computing and we should see a number of advancements in the technology.

Oculus Rift
The Oculus Rift next-generation gaming headset. The idea is to take virtual reality to the next level and make gaming experiences more realistic than ever before. It is currently in a very early stage of development but definitely seems very promising.

What Michael would like to see under the Christmas Tree

  • Mac Pro – €3099
  • Google Nexus 5
  • Superlux HD-681 EVO – €28
  • Battlefield 4 – €60
  • iPad Mini Retina – €399
  • 4K Samsung Smart TV – €3582
  • Chromecast – €34
  • Canon Legria HF G25 – €906
  • Total: €8108

What Kevin would like to see under the Christmas Tree

  • Moto G 16GB – €200
  • Canon T3i DSLR – €550
  • Watchdogs – €60
  • Battlefield 4 Premium – €50
  • Total: €860

That’s it for the Christmas special 2013. Thank you for your support in 2013 and have a very happy Christmas! From Michael and Kevin.