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

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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.

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.

Drawing Conclusions

All comments will be digested to form conclusions in a follow-up post next week where we will detail what You Told Us. One reader will be chosen for the coveted Comment Of The Week, getting their name up in lights, the respect of other readers, and 150 MakeUseOf points to use for MakeUseOf Rewards. What more motivation than that do you need to respond?

We Ask You is a weekly column dedicated to finding out the opinions of MakeUseOf readers. The questions asked are usually open-ended and likely to necessitate a discussion. Some are opinion-based, while others see you sharing tips and advice, or advocating tools and apps to fellow MakeUseOf Readers. This column is nothing without you, as MakeUseOf is nothing without you.

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Comments (41)
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Ced

    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.

  • Patti

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

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