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2012 Tech Trends

Thankfully, now that everyone has survived the Mayan Apocalypse of 2012, we can finally take some time to reflect back and discuss some of the popular techie gifts and trends that came from out of 2012.

In 2012 we experienced a kind of photo sharing madness that we have never quite seen before. The ability to capture a moment and share it in an instance via Instagram and other apps is just as addictive as following your favorite person on Twitter or your friends on Facebook. There are even apps like Glymps that captures video footage during the five seconds right before a photograph is taken so you can look back onto the the craziness of your friends right before their picture.

While the first Apple iPad tablet has been available to the public since 2010, the craze over them has not gone away. Today there are a slew of manufacturers trying to jump on the tablet device craze from Amazon to Barnes & Noble to Google’s own version of the iPad. Apple has even released its own revised version of the iPad, the iPad mini. Do you have a favorite device? Visit our Facebook page and let us know!

Thanks to Siri we are now able to control our tech devices from Apple through special voice control commands. You can ask Siri to call a friend for you, tell you your daily appointments, direct you to your next destination, and so much more. Before you know it, Siri will be your best friend. Don’t have an iPhone? Don’t worry! You can use Voice Control on your Android based phone or you can always download Dragon Dictation. This app will help you get your notes on paper while you are driving or when your hands are full.

Think you have the next million-dollar idea? Why not take it online and try crowdfunding? Thanks to the JOBS Act businesses are now able to take their ideas and ask for funding, up to $1 million, from non-accredited investors: every day people. For example, Kickstarter is where creators and innovators can go to ask for this funding in exchange for small rewards. To date, the biggest Kickstarter campaign is Pebble, which was funded in 2012 and was able to raise over $10 million.

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