#383 Oct 13, 2014 – Gartner’s Top 10 Tech Trends for 2015

This week’s headline story: Gartner’s Top 10 Tech Trends for 2015

The SwamiTech research firm Gartner has released it’s annual list of strategic technologies for the year ahead. Gartner delivers technology research to global technology business leaders to make informed decisions on key initiatives. Gartner is advising corporations to keep an eye on the following technologies in 2015.

  • Computing Everywhere. Gartner advises IT departments to confront design challenges involved in ubiquitous availability;
  • the same with The Internet of Things (IoT);
  • 3D printing – expected to grow 98 percent in 2015, followed by a doubling of unit shipments in 2016;
  • Advanced, Pervasive and Invisible Analytics – Gartner says every application is an analytical app today;
  • Context Rich Systems. Knowing the user, the location, what they have done in the past, their preferences, social connections and other attributes all become inputs into applications;
  • Smart Machines;
  • Cloud and Client Computing;
  • Software Defined Applications and Infrastructure;
  • Web-Scale IT;
  • and Security

Gartner also made the provocative prediction that an emerging “super class” of technologies, that perform a wide variety of work, both the physical and the intellectual kind, will replace a third of all workers by 2025.

Read more about Gartner’s top 10 using the links in the show notes.

in other tech news…

  • Twitter Sues FBI, DOJ To Release NSA Request Info [NewsFactor]

    Twitter is suing the FBI and the Department of Justice to be able to release more information about government surveillance of its users. The social media company filed a lawsuit in a California federal court to publish its full “transparency report,” which documents government requests for user information.

and in Tech Industry news…

  • Better than Coke: Apple, Google Are Top Brands — Again [NewsFactor]

    Apple cracks top 5 global PC sellers list [Computerworld]

    For the second year in a row, Apple and Google are the number 1 and 2 brands — not just among technology brands, but all brands. According to Interbrand’s annual Best Global Brands ranking, Apple, is number one and Google, is number two. Apple’s success isn’t only credited to it’s mobile devices. Apple Macs and Macbooks are the third most popular computers in the US and the fifth most popular in the world with roughly a 9 percent year-over-year growth.

  • Report: Google X working on seamless, modular large-format displays [ars technica]

    Google X is working on creating “large-scale video displays” that are “composed of smaller screens that plug together like Legos to create a seamless image.” The modular design would allow for different screen shapes and sizes, just by moving the modules around.

  • Living with the Moto Hint: It’s Google Now inside your ear [Computerworld]

    Motorola has developed a new Bluetooth headset that allows you to talk with your phone without having to press a button or take your phone out your pocket. The Moto Hint fits inside the ear where it is less noticeable than a typical Bluetooth headset, and is always on alert for voice commands. Pairing the Hint with the Moto X handset and Google Now, enables the user to ask Google Now questions, or dictate messages with Google Now responding audibly in the headset.

  • HP To Split Into Two Separate Companies, Slash 5,000 Jobs [NewsFactor]

    HP is splitting into two companies: Hewlett-Packard Enterprise will include HP’s enterprise technology infrastructure, software and services businesses. HP Inc. will cover the firm’s personal systems and printing businesses and retain the current logo. HP also plans to slash 5,000 jobs as part of its restructuring plan.

  • Salesforce Going Mobile with Two New Platforms [NewsFactor]

    Salesforce Kicks Off Dreamforce with $1 Million Hackathon [NewsFactor]

    San Francisco-based CRM giant SalesForce has announces two new platforms designed for mobile devices: Sales Cloud1 is aimed at helping sales reps “grow sales faster with new consumer-inspired mobile sales apps.” Service Cloud1will enable service professionals to deliver “more personalized, smarter and faster customer service experiences.” The company says the offerings are designed to help sales and service professionals connect with customers “in a whole new way.”SalesForce is kicking off its annual “Dreamforce” event this week with a hackathon featuring $1 million in prizes.

  • Mobile Revolution Shakes up Silicon Valley [NewsFactor]

    The past two stories point to a larger revolution taking place in Silicon Valley. According to analyst Michael Liedtke, Smartphones, tablets and other gadgets aren’t just changing the way we live and work. They are shaking up Silicon Valley’s balance of power and splitting up businesses. Long-established companies such as Hewlett-Packard Co. and eBay Inc. are scrambling to regain their footing to better compete against mobile-savvy trendsetters like Apple and Google, as well as rising technology stars that have built businesses around “cloud computing.”

  • More Grief for Apple: iOS 8 Adoption Slows to a Crawl [NewsFactor]

    Due to assorted problems with Apple’s latest mobile operating system, users are adopting it more slowly than they did with past releases of iOS. In fact, adoption of iOS 8 has slowed almost to a standstill with less than half of Apple’s mobile devices running iOS 8 since its release in September.

  • Latest iPads, Mac System Expected at Oct. 16 Event [NewsFactor]

    Apple is expected to step up its efforts to boost recently slumping iPad sales with the unveiling of its latest tablet computer at an Oct. 16 event.

and finally…

  • New iPhone 6 Issue Pretty Hairy for Apple [NewsFactor]

    From Bendgate to Hairgate, the iPhone 6 is suffering its share of negative comments on social media. First, users were complaining that the iPhone 6+ developed a bend when stored in tight fitting pants. Now iPhone 6 users are complaining that the seam where the aluminum meets the glass snags strands of hair, pulling them out when the phone is pulled away from the ear. One user tweeted: “Congrats, Apple, for finally getting hipsters to shave.”

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