2013 Technology Predictions

As we prepare to ring in the New Year, we begin to think of the future and what newTech Predictions technologies and knowledge it might bring. Will it bring hover boards or robot butlers? Will we ever get past touch screens and invent Star Wars-esque holograms? Or will 2013 bring us some new and exciting technologies we have never dreamed of before?

Here are our top five predictions for the future:

  1. Cars Won’t Hover…but They’ll Drive Themselves. Design Mind Creative Director Katie Dill recites the prediction that “in 2017, Google’s self-driving car will be available for everyone.” While a self-driving car may sound wild, many vehicles can already parallel park without the help of their driver, and with cameras and sensors blind spots and other dangers are becoming things of the past.
  2. Apps for Healthy Living. With apps and new technologies like the FitBit tracking our movements and sleeping patterns, people will be more motivated to get active. The more technology takes us outside our homes and cuts ties with cords, the more people will get into the sunlight, track their exercise and meal plans and compare them to their online community.
  3. Goodbye Credit Cards, Hello M-commerce. That’s right, mobilized payments; Inc.com predicts that smart phones will displace credit cards “the way plastic once toppled cash.” Entrepreneurs are creating apps and networks like Square, the credit card reader for mobile devices and Dwolla an online and mobile digital-cash network that could undercut payroll processes with one MassPay feature.
  4. Blue Skies No More, Cloud Coverage Ahead. The cloud will grow and grow and grow. More and more people are participating in cloud technology. We will begin using it to sync data over devices, manage content and keep our personal preferences consistent on every device we use. Public, private and hybrid clouds will become more useful and more widely used while the use of virtual private network methods will decline.
  5. Objects and Machines will Communicate.The internet of things will expand. A term Forbes describes as “a set of technologies that will connect the real and digital worlds by embedding sensors in everyday objects and establishing real-time communications between objects and machines,” sounds more realistic than ever.  With the expansion of mobile technology and sensors, technologies that can learn, and the multitude of apps available will be large contributors to this futuristic trend.

We can’t possibly predict all the new year will hold and we know there are some life-changing technologies that haven’t been revealed to consumers yet and are sure to blow our minds. So for now we’ll just sit back, relax, and keep waiting for either our predictions to come true or for that robot butler to freshen our drinks, one of them has to happen eventually, right?

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Why 2013 is Your Year

Recently Forbes released a list of occupations that require a bachelor’s degree2013 Sparklers Image and that have produced the most jobs post-recession. They called the list the “Top Jobs for 2013” and chose four IT positions for the top ten, and two more to round out the top fifteen. Whether or not you’re in the market for a new position, you can agree that this is good news. We are recovering post-recession with a surge in need for IT professionals and a continued appreciation for the work you do.

Claiming the number one spot on Forbes list is software developers with a 7% growth since 2010, adding over 70,000 positions. The number two job on the list, which went to accountants and auditors, added a little under forty thousand new jobs (37,123) and while that number is large, IT jobs launch ahead. Grouping all IT positions in the top fifteen together, IT jobs have created 151,194 positions since 2010. Check out the job growth rate for the other IT jobs below:

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Holiday Tech-Gadget Wish List

The holidays are fast approaching so we’ve put together seven great gift ideas for the gadget-lovers on your list. They range from practical to just plain fun, but isn’t that what tech-gadgets are for?

1. iPhone 5:

iPhone 5If the Apple-user on your list doesn’t already have this, they’re sure to want it. It has a new panoramic-shooting camera, a 4-inch retina display and it’s the thinnest, lightest iPhone ever. Not to mention that the new A6 chip adds 2 times the performance and graphics of previous versions.

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Is Windows 8 Swiping the Top Spot?

Whether you’re a Microsoft or an Apple user, you’ve probably heard about the release of Window 8. Many of the new features and options have sparked enthusiasm. Hongkiat.com says one of their favorite features is “Windows-To-Go,” an app where you can insert your USB device into your Window 8 PC and “make a copy of [the] OS complete with settings, wallpapers, files and even apps.” When you plug the USB into another PC with Windows 8 already installed it will look “exactly like the OS you normally use with all settings intact.” The feature is a great back up plan for viruses or clean up as well as to ease the transition from work to home life.

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Introducing esp.com 12.0

Last week, ESP launched our new, completely redesigned website (and blog). We jumped on the website-bandwagon early, securing esp.com as our domain and joining the world wide web in 1993, just two years after it was launched for public use. To keep up with the ever-changing nature of web pages www.esp.com has constantly been tweaked and changed, including at least 12 major revisions since its first go-live.

Our new site answers some of the issues we’ve had with our most recent revision by making it easier for us to connect with, and in turn make connections between, our clients and our job seekers. Are you looking for IT professionals or are you looking for a job? Your unique needs drove a design and layout that would easily allow you to find what you’re looking for. Through the main navigation bar or the convenient links and toolbar on the home page, access what you need without needing to dig through pages.

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