We’ve come a long way in just 10 years. While the 1990s saw computers, the Internet, and various consumer electronics steadily evolve from the sole purview of nerds into things everyone can use… it was the aughts which truly brought these technologies (and many more) into our lives. We’ve seen the birth of social networking, the slow death of wires, and the growth of both entertainment and business technology to the point that the gadgets, computers, and instruments we use today in both work and play look far, far different than those we used for 10 years ago.
Our pockets are emptier, but the few items inside them can do more than ever. Our televisions are thinner, but their screens display several times more detail. Our storage devices are smaller, but they hold massive amounts of data. In this list, we introduce you to the most recurrent technological advances of the past decade that made today’s life what it is: a border-less melting pot of technology, creativity and communication.
THE first place in its own right is definitely for the most used internet search engine in the world, and one of the best known brands worldwide. Google has become much more than a search engine, and is positioning itself in most sectors of technological industry (Android, Chrome), and as long as it doesn’t stop giving its many services, It will remain on seat. Giving users a mail with unlimited storage capacity was highly acclaimed. Also in recent months, Google tops the list in various parts of the world by distributing free information not being tied to any regime, country or political party.
2) Mobile phones
This technology is around since 20 years already, but it was in the last decade that it had been exponentially generalized. From being a luxury item, it has become a necessity (even for children). Nowadays, many families have a phone for every member.
3) Broadband Internet
Prior to the invention of home broadband, dial-up Internet access was the only way to access Internet and download files.
Lasting from 10 to 30 minutes to download one single song (3.5 MB) and over 28 hours to download a movie (700 MB), while being considered very inconvenient as it would impair the use of the home telephone line (which means getting a second line, thus increasing the costs), dial-up connection was replaced by 1997’s cable modem, although the common use of broadband didn’t begin rising until 2001. Having a broadband connection enabled faster downloads, crystal-clear voice and camera calls and DVD-like quality video streaming.
4) Wi-Fi Farewell, cables!
A device that can use Wi-Fi (such as a personal computer, video-game console, smartphone, digital camera, tablet or digital audio player) can connect to a network resource such as the Internet via a wireless network access point. Those access points has a range of about 20 meters indoors and a greater range outdoors.
Hotspot coverage can comprise an area as small as a single room with walls that block radio waves or as large as many square miles.
5) IPad / iPod
The first hard drive MP3 players were released in 2000. But Apple soon dominates the market, starting in 2001 with the first player to combine attractive design with ease of use and good capacity. Quickly, the iPod became a term known by all (such as Kleenex), marking the beginning of the era of MP3 glory. The new iPad, Apple’s tablet has caused a real earthquake in the media sector. Since Steve Jobs presented his new toy, newspapers have striven to develop applications to keep opportunities close as it is supposed to be very innovative for their businesses. Some analysts believe that the newspaper industry has seen in Apple’s invention a survival chance.
6) IPhone / Apple watch
Touch screen, easy to use and the amazing App Store. Apple was showcased with the launch of the iPhone three years ago. The device itself changed mobile communications and became an example for all manufacturers. iPhone is in its sixth generation and since it was born, the competition has struggled to overcome. Later, Apple went with another groundbreaking technology and surprised the world with a smart apple watch.
7) Social Networks
Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn: Web surfers spends more and more time in social media communities. The king is undoubtedly Facebook and for many it is addictive. However, many organizations are already warning of several problems in using such networks among minors.
8) Flat screens & 3D screens
The most anticipated technology: TV flat screens. Currently the predominant technology is LCD, but there are alternatives such as higher quality LED, OLED, QLED, 3D screens… In fact the world of television is in continuous progress and the groundbreaking sci-fi rollable tv screens are in fact already here…
9) HD/4K/8K Video – Game Consoles
Flat screens appeared, but DVD technology was not enough, so HD-DVD and Blu-ray invaded the market. Finally, the victory went to Blu-ray and lately to 4K, thanks to sales of the PS4 and the support of the film industry. The world of consoles is a special case, since the game industry withstands any type of crisis much better, selling millions of units. Sony and Microsoft are working to provide the next generation gaming with 8K to gain the market.
10) GPS Navigation
One of the best selling technological advances of recent years, providing the world of communications and transportation a relative ease. Each will have its own list of technological advances and certainly lacks many but we can take this list as a reference of what exist now and what is to come.