Jan 6, 2017
In Tech News: 3 Trends To Watch For in 2017
With 2016 closing in fast, technology is seeing a massive amount of innovation that will continue to take place in 2017 and will undoubtedly see much coverage within the tech news industry. Here are three trends that are sure to dominate headlines in 2017:
1) The rise of virtual reality
Virtual reality dominated headlines in 2016, and will most likely continue to do so in 2017. The field has seen innovation and breakthroughs like no other, and there continues to be creativity leveraged in the industry. With Facebook's acquisition of Oculus Rift, and companies such as HTC and Samsung releasing their own VR headsets, it is only inevitable that others will follow suit. Companies such as Microsoft, Qualcomm and Nintendo have all been rumored to be working on their own VR hardware, so perhaps that will be released in 2017.
2) Stronger cybersecurity measures
2016 saw a large focus on cybersecurity - possible the largest focus ever, from hacked emails and cloud systems to data leaks. 2017 will likely see a rise in stronger cybersecurity measures across the board, as well as product innovation from major players in cybersecurity to address customer demands. Companies will most likely take stronger measures to protect their own internal data as well as customer and client data, and software developers will have to rise to meet the challenge of increased security demands.
3) Self-driving cars will see more innovation
Self-driving cars are still a reality that seems far out, but 2017 will likely see developments that bring it closer to existence. While automobile developers have implemented some automated smart functionalities to cars (i.e. lane-assist features, cruise control) but the other end of the spectrum, self-driving cars (Autonomous), still needs development. Car companies will develop products closer to this dream, and bring it closer to mainstream adoption. There will not be a fully efficient and safe self-driving car this year, but there will be development to bring us one step closer to that technology.
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