Start to finish, 2018 was a memorable year in tech. From record-breaking highs to rock-bottom lows, through scandal and controversy, the biggest brands in the industry made an immeasurable impact on its future. Apple, Google, Facebook, and Tesla each contributed in both positive and negative ways.
We’ll touch on all the most relevant news from the past year, providing a comprehensive picture of the current state of tech.
The year 2019 is looking particularly ripe with opportunity when it comes to technology industry events, trade shows and conferences. In fact, with each passing year, as technologies branch and branch again, and as disruptive new tools find their way into industries far and wide, there are only more opportunities to bump shoulders with movers, shakers and thinkers in modern technology.
Here’s a rundown of 10 of the most interesting tech conferences to watch for in 2019.
As 2018 comes to a close, we find ourselves looking to the year ahead. While we do think about everything we have to get down and resolutions we hope we don’t break, there’s also the matter of making work easier. In the world of business, human resources or the HR department can sometimes be a meddlesome beast when this doesn’t have to be the case. When the time comes to make your business and your HR staff more efficient, consider a conference.
Conferences allow your staff to branch out to other companies and crowdsource new ideas. Integrating workable solutions from other companies might be just the thing to turn your business around. Even if the department isn’t slipping up, finding and going to these conferences can still make things better for all involved. A better HR department means happier employees and inevitably more profit. So here a few conferences to consider next year:
It’s clear that technology has changed the world as we know it. Today, the way we communicate and interact with each other is different. Technology has also altered the way we shop, browse through products and even reach out to brands. It’s estimated that 46 percent of all holiday orders in 2018, for instance, will be carried out via smartphones. Social media and mobile devices have even changed the way we share experiences. We could go on forever, really.
But something many people know less about is how technology has changed our celebrations and events over the years. When the pilgrims arrived on American shores back in 1620, they had no GPS or voice assistant to direct them to a family or friend’s house. They had no mobile devices or streaming apps to view recipes, watch tutorials or see how to cook a turkey. Heck, it was the first time they had ever even seen or heard of a turkey — smart tech certainly would have helped back then.
Today, our holidays are transformed in many ways by modern tech — from the freezers and cooking appliances used to preserve and prepare foods to the TV sets we turn on to watch the morning parade. We’ve become so dependent on it that it’s easy to take it all for granted.
The new iOS 12 update rolled out to Apple devices on September 17th, finally leaving the beta period behind. If you haven’t installed the update already, you can do so by going to Settings > General > Software Update on compatible devices. If you willing decided to not install the update, here are some reasons why you should consider iOS 12.
Many people don’t like change. Getting something new over something you already know works well enough might be a little intimidating. The fear of messing something up grows only larger when the device in question is for work and. However, the iOS 12 has a lot of updates for businesses and their employees. Checking them out and making the decision from there certainly won’t hurt and could, in fact, lead to increased productivity.
Transformative technologies are shaping the world around us, primarily for the better. Just consider conventional retail and commerce channels, for example. Customers now get to take advantage of a vast selection of convenience options that were never available in the past. You can buy products online and have them shipped — for free — to a local store. You can also leverage cross-platform experiences, where your online shopping habits and preferences are carried over to brick-and-mortar.
These kind of new and innovative experiences are only possible with modern technologies. That includes IoT or the Internet of Things, connected devices, big data and analytics, machine learning, and even mobile-friendly apps or services.
What are some real-world examples of the most innovative ways businesses are putting modern technology to use? Let’s explore further.
The New York Times has called it the “deadliest drug crisis in American history,” and for good reason. Every day, 115 Americans or more perish after overdosing on opioids. Of course, we’re talking about the modern opioid epidemic that has swept across the nation. Three-fourths of all drug overdose deaths can be attributed to opioids, prescription painkillers, heroin and synthetics like fentanyl notwithstanding.
It is considered a crisis not only because of the public health ramifications, but also its impact on social and economic welfare. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that prescription opioid abuse costs the United States $78.5 billion a year. That estimate includes the cost of healthcare, productivity loss, addiction and health treatment, and criminal justice burdens.
The health industry is full of gadgets and tech platforms that enhance patient care and ease the typical burdens felt by professionals who treat people in hospitals and similar settings. Below, you can get a rundown of some of the healthcare technologies you should already be implementing in day-to-day operations at your facility. They’ll almost certainly become part of your workplace in the future.
Virtual reality (VR) is more popular than ever before. From video games to interactive broadcasting, mainstream consumers are enamored with the new technology — but it’s not the only form of supplemental reality that’s making headlines.
Instead of replacing their entire surroundings with a virtualized world, many are using augmented reality (AR) to add various fun, creative and useful digital elements to the real world.
Already, businesses use virtual reality in a very real way to save money, retain customers and train employees. In 2018, VR will no longer be the hyped up “entertainment enhancing” tool it has become in 2017. Instead, it will take on the role of empowering businesses in a very real way.