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Apr292015

How Technology Is Advancing

Rapid advances in technology have allowed for massive social, political and cultural change in the past century. And the arrival of the internet has catalysed things further over the last two decades.



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Recent developments have been particularly influential, but people are so quick to embrace and adapt to new tech that it is easy to forget just how much things have changed. So here are three current and upcoming elements of the market that are making waves worldwide.

Mobility

At the moment, 93 per cent of Brits own a mobile handset and over-two thirds have a smartphone, according to figures from industry regulator Ofcom.

It is not just the rise of mobile devices as a means of communication that makes them so significant, but the way they are incorporating other forms of functionality and even eating into the market share of other gadgets.

PC and laptop sales continued to slip in the first quarter of 2015, with smartphones and tablets allowing people to browse the web, access social media service, use apps and play games all in once place.

Of course, the rise of mobility means that businesses need to adapt their websites to cope with being displayed on smaller touchscreen devices. And so mobile optimisation is a hot topic, with companies such as zetasoft.co.uk delivering web design Chichester businesses can use to stay ahead of the curve.

Broadband

Broadband has similarly empowered domestic users and businesses to flex their muscles in terms of productivity, communications and general IT resources. And with the average fixed-line connection in the UK rising to over 18Mbps as FTTC (fibre to the cabinet) ousts older ADSL services, the pace of improvement is quickening.

4G mobile broadband is another advance that is worthy of note, exceeding older fixed-line connections for download and upload speeds as well as giving communities in isolated areas the chance to get online using a superfast connection without having to wait for the fibre roll-out to arrive.

The downside is that this is creating the so-called digital divide, with well-connected urban areas being empowered by broadband and securing economic growth, while isolated regions where the infrastructure is less likely to be updated get left behind.

By 2017, there are targets to deliver superfast broadband to 95 per cent of premises in the UK, while in the future full FTTP (fibre to the premises) will allow for 1Gbps speeds to become the norm.

The Internet of Things

The Internet of Things is perhaps the most talked-about emerging tech trend at the moment, and it is tied closely to mobility and broadband connectivity.

From wearable gadgets such as the Apple Watch to connected home and office appliances, gadgets are becoming smarter thanks to wireless internet access.

This is allowing for greater degrees of automation, as well as enabling people to control heating, lighting and other elements remotely.

A decade ago, even the original iPhone would have seemed like a massive leap forward. Today even watches are expected to offer smart functionality.

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