What Are Your Tech-Related Hopes For 2013? [We Ask You]

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We Ask You   What Are Your Tech Related Hopes For 2013? [We Ask You]The year that’s just passed was an important one for technology, with new gadgets and services finding their way on to the market, bigger companies acquiring smaller companies, and innovations spilling out from the underground to find a new mainstream audience. But technology never stands still, with the next big thing always on the horizon. This makes it an exciting industry to watch, be involved in, and to write about.

Having previously looked back on 2012 – at the best innovations and the best of MakeUseOf – it’s now time to look forward to 2013. We’ve already seen recommendations for resolutions to make and to keep for 2013, and now we want to know what your tech-related hopes are for the 12 months ahead.

This Week’s Question…

What Are Your Tech-Related Hopes For 2013?

This is a very open question and your hopes for 2013 can be many and/or varied. As long as they’re in some way related to technology then we’re interested in hearing your views, whether they have a positive or negative tone to them. In other words it doesn’t matter if you want to be serious or snarky, all comments are welcome.

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Would you like to see Windows 8 set the world alight? Or for RiM to make an auspicious comeback? Do you want to see Facebook fall flat on its face? Or for everyone to abandon Instagram? How about a new games console or two? Or a new iPhone/iPad/iPod/Mac (delete as appropriate)? Should 3D fly or flounder? Should tablets kill netbooks stone dead?

These are just a few examples to get your brain thinking along the right lines, but the ultimate decision is yours and yours alone. We want to know what your hopes are for 2013, but we don’t expect you to don your thinking caps for nothing. Read on to find out what’s in it for you.

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Harshit Jain

I hope I will get my phone’s week long battery life. I want nothing else.

Dave Parrack

Smartphone battery life sucks, it’s true. I think I’d be happy for innovation to stand still for a while so that battery life caught up.

Caroline West

1) To see Facebook fall flat on its face would be a dream! – We all know the reasons why, but mine in particular is for all the cyber-bullying against youngsters to stop. I really think there needs to be a mass change in a much better, safer alternative. For FB too, an easier way to completely delete your account, not just deactivate it which still keeps you on their network.

2a) To see Windows 8 go from strength to strength! Get shot of crappy apps and see some top quality ones developed. Also to see it grow in popularity. And be the first new OS of Windows to build upon for Microsoft.

2b) The Windows phone to become as widely popular as Android and iPhone. So it will be much easier to get apps for it.

2c) I use cNet a lot and I’ve noticed just how few -compared to Win7- software there is out there for Win8 which IMHO is here to stay so my wish is for Dev’s to please crack on. Not just the Dev’s, but the software already out there being made more compatible and up to date.

3) My mobile phone network to keep getting better. (I’m with ‘3’ and they are still developing).

4) Find a way -freely- to convert .AMZ e books (Kindle format) into an Epub / pdf for viewing on non-kindle devices

5) As I am listening to web radio while typing… I wish that manufacturers would improve the sound quality on ‘Budget’ Laptops.

6) Linux…. Would be good if it were more appealing to the eye. I know that some distros are, but there is still room for improvement. I have read that many of us find it complicated with its command line usage and apps that are not easily understood. So making it more user-friendly would be great.

7) Podcasts: Why, why, why is the majority only accessible via iTunes? I don’t rate it much as each attempt at trying to use it goes wrong. It won’t download podcasts, keep me informed of new ones and so on. I think iTunes needs a major overhaul.

I could go on with some other little quibbles; couldn’t we all. But these are the main ones for me: unless I think of some more ;-)

Dave Parrack

What an awesome list. I also hate iTunes, but while I don’t want to see Facebook die, I would like to see it changed in some major ways.

Caroline West

Thank you, I’m glad that you liked my list! Me too with Facebook, it has got to change as it is causing issues with some and yes it does really need to be improved in a lot of ways; until that happens, I personally can’t enjoy it :-( Now, iTunes? Only yesterday did I try to set it up on my new Laptop (so I can access the Podcasts I was talking about) and on setting up my account, filling in all my details then all ready to get my ID, it told me my session had timed out and I had to try again later. It’s an absolute pain.


Ubuntu smartphone !!!!!


Ubuntu smartphone !!!!! Which was just announced

Marius Gheorghiu

I’m hoping Augmented Reality finally matures into a form that is easily accessible on the move. Apps like Aurasma are a great first step, but they have yet to reach a critical mass in which they can truly be relied upon

Ashwin Divakaran

Android should fail, Windows Phone rise

Dave Parrack

Is there any particular reason you’d like to see Android die? What about iOS?


1) I dream more programs without installation, programs that don’t put their dirty hands into our dear computer, program to be deleted simply deleting their folder

2) I dream programs that don’t show the damn white background that pierces our eyes

Kiril Vasilev

I want games for Linux and more laptop without OS.

Igor Rizvi?

Any good quality development is interesting to me..id like to see soemthing like sandia cooler or any other proven better cooler for a pc come to life…

Rajaa Chowdhury

Would love to see the Google Motorola X Phone / X tablet, and in all probability with bendable display to boot. Also heard good things about BB10, so a RIM bounce-back would be nice. :)

Guy Tayler

iTunes client for Linux.

Usman Mubashir

I wish for Service pack of windows 8

Harshit Jain

You should say the Windows Blue update instead.

Dave Parrack

I suspect you’ll get your wish by the end of the year, perhaps sooner. The question is whether Windows Blue is a service pack or a whole new OS.

Kory Morash

(1) I hope that apple will not make a foot long phone and learn how to make a longer lasting battery.(2) For Sony and Microsoft to rethink they’re whole strategy of not allowing used games to work on their new consoles.(3) For the Hacktivist group anonymous to do something better with all of their technological power.

Dave Parrack

That’s the second mention of a longer-lasting battery for smartphones. Look out for an opinion piece about the used video games market coming soon :)

Mac Witty

Agree about better battery for phones

And better microphone and headphones so people do not have to yell talking in public

Neil Blumengarten

I just want to save up enough to replace the smartphone I dropped into the sink last summer. I’m on MetroPCS and I want the LG Motion, it’s not super-expensive, but I still need to save up some more money!

George Raven

For Ubuntu to have a ‘cleaner’ app store, GRUB to die and be replaced, Windows 9 to be announced to be released with a ‘classic version’, Java to come preinstalled on more OS’s, Facebook to DIE, and my cat to not get hairs in my laptop’s fan.

Dave Parrack

I’m afraid cats will always shed their hair, and it will always find its way into your laptop. Oh, and cats will never give up insisting on lying across your lap just when you need/want to use your computer.

Caroline West

Tell me about it; my Cat is so upset the minute I go on to the computer. He will try every trick in the book to get me off it. It’s like he is jealous that something else – applying ‘only’ to the computer, is getting my attention. In the end, on his most whiniest occasions, he gets put in the bedroom for a bit and has a sleep.

But the funny thing is, now that he knows he will be put in the bedroom, he has started to understand that and now he will, 8/10, sleep instead in the lounge with me while I work. A happy compromise! And a comfort to know that I am not the only one with ‘Cat-Computer Wars’!!

Martin McCarthy

Apple to fail

Simon Lord

In an ideal world I’d say replicators and teleporters but on a more realistic note I’d have to say my main wish for 2013 is for Ireland to catch up with regards to high speed fiber broadband. I’m already salivating at the thought of LTE too but I think I’ve a better chance of getting that replicator this year!
If we’re talking devices then my wish is for the HTC J Butterfly or similar full 1080 res phone to be made available over here.
Whatever you guys were wishing for 3 years ago, we might get this year, if we’re lucky…

Junil Maharjan

I wish that the patent wars would be over and these tech companies would concentrate on providing us with better, efficient and cheaper technologies that can be accessible by more people.

Dave Parrack

That would be a dream, unfortunately I cannot see it happening anytime soon!

Charles Orlando

I’d like to see screen technology progress into the sunlight-readable, low power dreams of Pixel Qi and Mirasol. Some one some where must have a way for me to see without a backlight what I can see with one. Either that, or develop unassisted 3D screens like Nintendo’s to render enough depth to allow me to do stuff like Iron Man. If I could play eco-friendly paper football in the daylight, rather than actually folding my own, that would be great ! At least I could get outside more.

Juan Rico Gultom

Iphone Android with License from RIM

Vikash Singh

Apple and Microsoft to root for opensource and make their OS code an open source code. And a cellphone battery for smart phones to last at least a weak .

Lisa Santika Onggrid

I know people would think this is backwards, but I want the world to stop inventing for a while and take the time using what is already there and improve the experience. It’s like the problem with the desire to test every piece of new software available. We spend too much time biting into ‘new’ things rather than make things work.
On another end of the spectrum, I’d like LiveScribe without the need of special paper. It’d be a dream comes true for students.

Dave Parrack

That’s a fair point. I do think we’re sometimes so focused on looking towards the next big thing that the current technology never gets honed to perfection. Unfortunately I doubt the manufacturers would agree with the sentiment.


i d like to move all the way from xp.have a new desktop for the kids & another laptop.


Any advance related to cancer and genetics would be great. Would also love to hear stuff about cryogenics and anti-aging. New energy efficient transportation! Better prosthetics too. If they’re going to upgrade the smartphones, try adapting them better to the shape of the human hand to avoid overuse injuries.

Rajaa Chowdhury

1) Would love to see the Google Motorola X Phone / X tablet, and in all probability with bendable display to boot.

2) Heard good things about BB10, so a RIM bounce-back would be nice. :)

3) The Ubuntu powered smartphone http://www.ubuntu.com/devices/phone

4) Ubuntu for Android, turning my android phone into a desktop http://www.ubuntu.com/devices/android

Jeff C.

1) SSD reliability improve. I mean come on wasn’t this the next most important feature of them next to speed. It has no moving parts so it should not fail. Things have improved and some of the better manf are now offering 5 yr warranty. But I can get a WD Black hard drive with 5yr warranty. Come on SSDs should be warrantied for 8-10 yrs considering the premium paid for them. I believe when they fail at least data is still readable, just can’t write to it anymore.

2) Windows 8 – Microsoft needs to realize they screwed up and release a new edition for desktop that has start menu. Worst marketing mistake I have ever seen. There are youtube videos of tech geeks first using Windows 8 and they take forever to figure it out. Mom computer users are going to be baffled. I guess more good news for apple computers though.

3) Windows – please finally add these long waited improvements
– standard developer API for managing of an applications settings. So backup programs can backup all these, they can be restored easily. Today its in ini files, registry entries, in the apps database, app data directory, etc, etc. Users should have a way to reinstall windows, reinstall apps, and then restore an apps settings easily. Not the case today.
– metadata built into shell. I should not need MediaInfo or PDF plugins to tell me what metadata my pictures, music files, etc contain. In fact the search feature should allow me to find files by searching their metadata. Built in shell tools to tag and add metadata to files. Trying to keep files organized in directories and then find them later is a nightmare. The beauty of metadata is it moves with the files. Its like tagging solution for your files on your desktop. We have too much information today, that is why solutions like EverNote are so popular. So why is file organization so bad on the desktop after so many years. yes, you can install tools like mp3tag, mediainfo, doc mangement tools but their is no unified solution and it seems a no brainer that something like this should be built into an OS.
– first their was “DLL hell” so windows Vista sorta solved that, but since XP we now have “codec hell”. Install one video editing program that has its own mpeg2 direct shows codec, then install another 2 more apps like this that use direct show and you will soon experience the pain. That why players like VLC that have built in codecs are so popular, they just play everything without issue. Codec hell for Direct Show needs to be solved.

4) Some revolutionary break thru in battery technology – Ultra capacitors, Graphene nano based flux capacitors. I believe this would truly even break us out of a recession for many varied reasons related to how energy effects everything we do.

5) Cheaper multi-layer Bluray media – I have an HD camcorder, camera with large RAW images, and cute kids = lots of media on my disk. I don’t want to lose these. But I need media prices for the 50GB and 100GB to come down. Its seems we are at the below $100 price point for BD burners so why has it taken this long. DVD-R prices never took this long to fall.

6) A reliable and log lasting media to backup on. DVDs and even Bluray do not cut it. I think DVD media is like 7 years in best conditions and that’s if your an educated consumer and buy the better brands. I have a father law who bought many of those cheapo brands DVD-R at big box stores and now has data only 2 years later that cannot be read from discs. Bluray I believe improved that out to a few more years thanks to durable coating and better tech, but its still iffy beyond 10 years. CES 2013 showcased a technology called M-Disc and I am hoping this is the answer and has reasonable prices.

Jeff C.

7) cheaper mobile access plans for non-phone devices. Looks like Verizon is catching on. For version wireless accounts, one can now add additional mobile devices and share the same data bucket. Verizon on their business accounts also has a nice feature called unlimited bandwidth and it works like this: you go over a certain cap and then it just throttles down to a lower 3G speed. There should be no fear of go over and unlimited via throttling should be an option in every plan. I would even put up with small ads on my tablet for a free wifi plan for my tablet. I don’t need a wireless phone as my work already provides me with work phone, but I do have multiple mobile devices. But its almost always necessary to buy into a wireless contract to get wifi for these mobile devices. There should be better data only, pay monthly as you go for wifi devices and then watch the non-phone mobile device market explode.