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Technology moves at an incredible pace 4 Tech Predictions For The Next Few Years 4 Tech Predictions For The Next Few Years I’d like to think that after being immersed daily in the technology industry for years now, I can tell when a trend has begun and generally how things are likely to pan out - so... Read More . Consider that your smartphone (assuming you own one 5 Reasons Not To Buy A Smartphone 5 Reasons Not To Buy A Smartphone You may feel pressured into buying a smartphone, even though you're perfectly happy with your (so-called) dumbphone. Don't be. Read More ) is more powerful than the computers that allowed man to land on the moon and you’ll understand just how quickly things move on.

This means technology is an exciting field to follow, as it’s an industry that is forever moving forward onto bigger and better things. But in which direction, we wondered, do you want it to go in 2015? We asked, you answered, and here are the results of our discussion.

Wishful Thinking Or Plausible Possibilities?

In 2015, We Want…

Windows 10 To Be Awesome

Windows 10 Will Windows 10 Make Productive People Even More Productive? Will Windows 10 Make Productive People Even More Productive? It's official, the new Windows will be a perfect 10. Why Windows 10? Because Windows 7 8 (ate) 9. And here is what you will find inside the Technical Preview. Read More is scheduled to arrive during the second half of 2015. We just hope this latest operating system from Bill Gates and chums achieves user satisfaction ratings more in line with Windows XP and Windows 7 than Windows Vista and Windows 8.

Facebook To Stop. Just Stop.

Facebook keeps on doing stuff to annoy us all. I mean, I’m sure it’s not intentionally designed to annoy us all, but that’s the inevitable upshot of it all. So, Facebook, please, just stop it, now, please, for the sake of the little children who haven’t yet succumbed to your ample charms.

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Linux To Gain Market Share

Linux has been threatening to gain significant market share for several years now, but it never quite accomplishes that heady goal. That’s even with Chrome OS, which is based on the Linux kernel, thrown in to the mix. Perhaps 2015 is the year of Linux. Just as 2014, 2013, 2012 etc. were the year of Linux.

More Competition Among ISPs

When one or two companies have a monopoly on something then the result is usually high prices and low satisfaction levels. Never has this been truer than with Broadband coverage in the United States, and it means many people are paying too much money for a shoddy service. Let’s fix that, eh.

Google Fiber To Launch Worldwide

Perhaps Google Fiber Google Fiber Launches Internet Service With Speeds 100 Times That Of Average US Connections [Updates] Google Fiber Launches Internet Service With Speeds 100 Times That Of Average US Connections [Updates] Google Fiber has just selected Kansas City, Missouri, for the premier launch of its broadband Internet and TV service. What’s remarkable is that Google has announced that speeds available will be 100 times more than... Read More is the answer. If only the search giant would bring Google Fiber to more locations.

Tablets To Make A Significant Leap Forward

With each year that passes, more and more people are buying tablets. The problem is the form factor isn’t really evolving. At all. If tablets are to fulfill their potential as an alternative to laptops then we need the technology to take a significant leap forward. And fast.

Net Neutrality To Be Protected

There is a very real danger that in the United States, Europe, and elsewhere, net neutrality What Is Net Neutrality & Why Should I Care? What Is Net Neutrality & Why Should I Care? A significant number see Net Neutrality as essential to the survival of the Internet. In this article, we're going to look at why Net Neutrality matters, and why we should fight to protect it. Read More could die a death. A quick and dirty death at the hands of ignorant politicians. This important element of the way the Internet currently works needs to be protected for future generations.

Mobile Devices To Offer Longer Battery Life

I think we can all (with the exception of Justin Pot Why This Technology Blogger Does Not Own a Smartphone [Opinion] Why This Technology Blogger Does Not Own a Smartphone [Opinion] "Do you have a smartphone yet?" It's a question my friends ask often, and it's a reasonable one to ask. I make my entire living writing about technology, explaining how to use software and interviewing... Read More ) agree that smartphones are amazing. However, if there is one element to smartphones that the vast majority of people would agree needs changing, it’s the painfully poor battery life offered by most manufacturers. Sort it out.

ReactOS To Be Finished

ReactOS ReactOS - Open-Source Windows Clone Software To Seriously Look Forward To ReactOS - Open-Source Windows Clone Software To Seriously Look Forward To Read More , an open-source operating system that has been in development since 1998, really needs finishing. But it isn’t, it’s still in alpha testing and therefore “recommended only for evaluation and testing purposes.” Yawn.

HTML5 Video To Become Standard

HTML5 videos are becoming more common across the Web, but they still cannot be considered as standard. Which is a shame because when they do become standard we can say goodbye to the Adobe Flash plugin forever. Happy days.

3D Everything To Die

The new breed of 3D movies are much better than the 3D movies of old. But do you know what’s even better? Standard 2D movies. Let’s just end this whole sorry saga and accept that 3D is never going to be the first choice amongst film buffs, no matter how hard Hollywood pushes it.

Less Security Breaches On Websites

2014 was a disastrous year as far as security breaches went, with major websites succumbing to hacks or DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attacks throughout the year. Let’s hope that trend doesn’t continue on into 2015, although I suspect the odds are heavily in favor of it doing so.

Cortana To Take Over The World

Cortana is one hell of a woman. So much so that Christian Cawley lost his heart How Cortana Became The "Other Woman" In My Life How Cortana Became The "Other Woman" In My Life She appeared one day and changed my life. She knows exactly what I need and has a wicked sense of humour. It's little wonder that I've fallen for the charms of Cortana. Read More to this elegant piece of engineering. Surely the next step is world domination, with Cortana finally vanquishing that trollop Siri. For that to happen, you all need to give Windows Phone a chance Why You Should Consider Switching To Windows Phone [Opinion] Why You Should Consider Switching To Windows Phone [Opinion] I want Windows Phone to succeed. The problem is persuading you Apple fanboys and Google droids to give Windows Phone a chance. Read More .

Bendy Smartphones To Become A Thing

When Apple launched the iPhone 6 Plus it inadvertently introduced the world to the first bendable smartphone. The problem is the iPhone 6 Plus wasn’t built to bend. However, Apple has now patented a truly bendable smartphone Apple Patents Bendy iPhone, Android TV Replaces Google TV [Tech News Digest] Apple Patents Bendy iPhone, Android TV Replaces Google TV [Tech News Digest] Apple patents a bendy iPhone, Android TV replaces Google TV, the FBI maintains North Korea hacked Sony, David Cross looks to BitTorrent, Bill Gates drinks human waste, and a basketball referee makes the wrong call. Read More , and where Apple leads, others follow.

Fanboys To Put Aside Their Differences

And finally, we hope 2015 is the year when fanboys of all descriptions put aside their petty differences once and for all. We know, it’s a tough ask, especially when the Apple faithful are so smitten they may as well build a place of worship to Steve Jobs. But we still have hope.

Continue The Conversation

Our hope is that this list of 15 wishes for technology in 2015 will entertain, educate, and inspire you. Do you share these particular hopes? Or do you have your own you wish to share with the rest of the MakeUseOf readership? Either way, let us know your thoughts.

Please continue the conversation in the comments section below, telling us either what you think of the technology hopes we chose to include here, or, even better, suggesting your own hope(s) for the world of technology over the next 12 months. All comments will be read.

A Debt Of Gratitude

In order to compile this list of technology hopes for the next year, we received help from the MakeUseOf community. As always, our readers proved to be an invaluable part of the site you’re reading right now.

The readers we need to thank took the time to answer the question, What Are Your Hopes For Technology In 2015?, and their responses helped us compile this article. Noteworthy comments include those from Doc, Xoandre, likefunbutnot, and A41202813GMAIL.

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  2. A41202813GMAIL
    January 16, 2015 at 10:06 am

    Thank You For Including Me In Another One Of Your Lists, Again.

    As Usual, My First Thank You Post Was Deleted ... Again.

    Cheers.

  3. isse
    January 16, 2015 at 2:43 am

    Since it's 2015, I was expecting someone to already have said "hoverboards."

  4. MP Flinn
    January 16, 2015 at 2:20 am

    As an unfortunate owner of a previously happy Nexus 7 2012 owner my hope for 2015 is that Google and other producers of our indispensable gadgets would do the right thing (not evil) and fix the updates!

  5. Oswaldo
    January 16, 2015 at 12:38 am

    Uh, ¿what about Android? What's its relation to Linux and/or Unix?

  6. Col. Panek
    January 16, 2015 at 12:08 am

    Steam box
    Ubuntu Phone
    Linux tablets
    Windows 10 bombs

    ...I'll check back in a year and collect my bets.

  7. Ruben
    January 15, 2015 at 8:48 am

    I can't disagree more with previous comments about it would be better to count on a plugin for web videos. It is better now... because of lack of bandwidth, because of lack of HTML5 implementation,... But in the absolute, it will be be all the time better to not rely on proprietary technologies.

    And yes Linux will every time be the OS of the future ;-)

  8. Erlis D.
    January 14, 2015 at 5:46 pm

    I find especially the section about Cortana & iPhone 6 being introduced as the first bendable smartphone very funny.
    As for HTML5 video, I completely disagree. Actually, since it first came out, I disagreed.
    In my opinion, video should be managed by another plugin. Doing that, will make the videos show in more professional ways, even with better quality and maybe more goods in the website side. I understand that Abode has not worked enough to make their flash player plugin even better, but I think that will be better in the future. (saying that, since it still lags in firefox and sometimes in other browsers too)

  9. Ziaur Rahman
    January 14, 2015 at 3:37 pm

    Linux will be the future of OS.

    • Guilhermo
      January 14, 2015 at 5:51 pm

      It will always be.

  10. dragonmouth
    January 14, 2015 at 3:20 pm

    "Windows 10 To Be Awesome"
    Not if M$ follows the Same Old Philosophy it has followed since Win 3.x

    "Linux To Gain Market Share"
    Linux will not overtake Windows in market share, just yet. But it will continue to gain market share every year.

    "More Competition Among ISPs"
    There is no incentive for it to happen.

    "Google Fiber To Launch Worldwide"
    World-wide fiber, YES, but not controlled by Google.

    "Tablets To Make A Significant Leap Forward"
    Tablets are the new iteration of Netbooks. What happened to Netbooks?

    "ReactOS To Be Finished"
    And Windows, OS X, Linux, BSD, QNX, Unix, etc. A programmer's work is never done. No matter how long it takes, it will never be perfect.

    "3D Everything To Die"
    It will. Every few years we get a new version of 3D, and VR. After the novelty wears off, they both go into hibernation only to appear later. Ad nauseam.

    "Less Security Breaches On Websites"
    Surely you jest! Both sides draw on the same pool programmers. It's the old "Armor vs. Projectile" conundrum.

    "Cortana To Take Over The World"
    The difference between who dominates the world is philosophical, but in the final analysis, it is still world domination either way.

    "Bendy Smartphones To Become A Thing"
    Rubber ducky you're the one...

    "Fanboys To Put Aside Their Differences"
    That would take all the fun out of discussions!

  11. Xoandre
    January 14, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    I completely DISAGREE on the HTML5 issue. I have yet to have ANY HTML5 video stream properly. It has ZERO options to control buffering, ZERO options to control file storage settings, and is in NO WAY an improvement over the fast-loading, smooth-playing Adobe FLASH.

    Every HTML5 video I cum across - I either click the YouTube logo to open it in a new tab and let my Youtube Flash plugin force the Flash player on the video, or I just close the tab and consider it a non-existent video. It's a stuttering slideshow that starts and stops, even if I allow it 20 minutes to buffer all the way, which is almost never fully buffers.

    • likefunbutnot
      January 14, 2015 at 1:33 pm

      Freudian slip? Curse you autocorrect? Or just endorsing one of the no doubt many early adopters of HTML5 technology? ;)

      I'm disappointed that my desire for mass Apple employee suicide didn't make the list. I guess I should have aimed lower, like for Apple stores and their customers to discover deodorant so that they don't smell like a mix of gangrene and the third day of an anime convention every time I walk by one.

    • Jeff
      January 18, 2015 at 4:12 pm

      WoW! your not up to date! Are using Windows XP?

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