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Deloitte: Top technology trends for 2013

By Rob Starr, Content Manager, Big4.com

The technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) practice at Deloitte today announces its technology trends predictions for the technology sector in 2013.

Strong sales of tablets and smartphones have prompted some to suggest that the PC is becoming an anachronism. From 2010 to 2012, sales of tablets and smartphones have grown from over 350 million to around 1 billion units. This is far greater than the volume of PC sales, which also grew over that period, just at a lower rate. PC sales were 350 million in 2010, 353 million in 2011 and are likely to be about 355 million units in 2012.In 2011, Deloitte predicted that tablets would be popular in the enterprise market, and so far companies around the world have purchased about 30 million of them.

Inadequate password protection may result in billions of dollars of losses, declining confidence in internet transactions and significant damage to the reputations of the companies compromised by attacks. As the value of the information protected by passwords continues to grow, attracting more hack attempts, high-value sites will likely require additional forms of authentication.

In 2013, Deloitte forecasts that a growing range of high-end TV sets are likely to incorporate gesture or voice based control as another of the technology trends. Deloitte predicts that on these devices, conventional remote controls may account for over 99.99 percent of all instructions sent by the user to change channel, vary volume, bring up a menu or control any aspect of the experience

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