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More tantalising tech trends for 2014 – and beyond!

You’ve read our top trends. Here’s few more ideas set to shape the coming years

We’ve picked our key trends that will shape the future of technology, but it’s a debate that could run and run. So here’s a few more growing tech concepts to watch in 2014 and the years beyond.

Image recognition software

Drew Thomson, group CEO of social media trendspotter Starcount:

“We are all familiar with the power of mobile to put knowledge at our fingertips, but 2014 could take this to a whole new level. Where key-bashing to navigate search engines is still the norm for many, the development of image-recognition software is set to revolutionise the way we access the information we need. Photograph any object, from a restaurant menu to a smartphone, and your mobile will soon be able to tell you anything and everything you need to know. Get ready – 2014 is the year technology becomes truly intuitive.”

Online commerce working with local retailers

Dave Scheine, director of international operations at Yelp:

“2014 will be the year of online-to-local. Finally, advances in cloud computing, mobile tech, and payments have closed the loop enabling you to do transactions for physical services/activities online. Whereas in past years the media and consumer attention has been on e-commerce and m-commerce, I now see a shift towards enabling local commerce online via transactions that close the purchasing loop. Expect services that enable you to make dentist appointments on your smartphone, ordering food online from your favourite takeaway, booking and paying for your spa treatment on Yelp, hailing a taxi through Uber or Hailo, or ordering a maid via Taskrabbit to become much more mainstream and ubiquitous.”

Corporate apps

Francis Thornhill, European & UK marketing manager for Canon Europe:

“In 2013 organisations have really pushed into mobile and remote working practices with the introduction of cloud-connected printers and specialised mobile apps for document management. This has allowed employees to tackle traditional office-based tasks such as printing, feeding documents into business workflows or approving contracts on the go. But this wealth of apps will also force organisations to introduce corporate apps stores in 2014. These one-stop-shops will help employees and departments to keep an overview of the business apps available and help them to find the ones they need to be productive – and drive profitability – when out of the office.”

Ben Dowd, business director Telefonica UK at O2

“Many small businesses are starting to ask questions about which digital technologies they should embrace to help save costs and foster the growth they’ve started to see this year. I believe this will be on the rise in 2014, as more understanding and proof of the benefits of apps and digital services like Evernote, Office 365 and Yammer start to appear.”

Business-focused tablets

Stuart Conroy, managing director, Activ8

“Much is expected of Nokia / Microsoft this year in terms of tablet offerings which are due to start more wholesale business coverage. Whilst business users have adopted the iPad generally it still lacks traditional office tools within Microsoft Office. Apple has not released anything ground breaking and the latest series of iPhones and iPads have failed so far to catch the imagination that earlier models enjoyed. As a manufacturer of accessories for phones and tablets we expect to see a move to far more focused use of smartphones and tablets geared to people’s lifestyle whether business or activity led.”

Delivery drones

Stuart Conroy, managing director, Activ8

“The influence of logistics improvements generally. We are working with a German provider who can take orders by GPS, which given the Amazon drone story, could be an interesting development. At this point orders can be taken but courier companies will be upping their game to look at delivering by GPS.


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