2018 was an interesting year for technology. This year, data protection and privacy got more attention than ever before. It was this year (2018) that EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) reshaped the way companies collect and handle data. We also saw a great improvement in Artificial intelligence and increased adoption of technology in making crucial business decisions.
Without a doubt, 2019 is going to be bigger. Sixty years ago, Gordon Moore, the man who co-founded Intel predicted that computing abilities would radically increase in power over time while decreasing in cost. This isn’t just a prediction anymore, we are going to see this in reality as we enter 2019.
As we approach 2019, big and new tech companies around the world are unveiling their plans for the newest innovations in the field. It is important you pay attention as a consumer and more importantly, as a brand. As we saw in 2018, events in the tech industry are likely to affect your business irrespective of your industry. Technology is becoming very crucial in business, health, agriculture, education, and manufacturing.
What does this mean for you? It means you need to keep your eyes on the technology trends. This will help you know how to improve your business leveraging these technologies. Fortunately, you don’t have to wait for 2019 as we have rounded up the top technology trends to watch out for in 2019. Keep on reading to find out more:
Top 7 Technology Trends to Watch Out For in 2019
1. Artificial Intelligence (AI)
According to PwC estimates, artificial intelligence could add $15.7 trillion to global GDP by 2030. Thus, there is a rat race by top companies to develop revolutionary AI. China Bytedance has already invested $3.1 billion in AI while over 15 US companies have an investment of over $1 billion each in AI.
AI has been around since 1956 but experts believe that 2019 is the year AI will have its biggest domineering influence in our daily lives as companies deployed AI to improve cybersecurity. In 2019, expect AI’s to schedule trains, predict maintenance, treat patients in hospitals, and even do our chores at home. 2019 is going to be big for AI, now is a good time to start paying serious attention to this industry.
2. Smartphones Get Smarter
If you think your smartphone can do awesome things, wait until 2019, your smartphone will become a phenomenal tool to achieve lots of tasks easily. Chips from giant chip-makers such as Qualcomm and Huawei already include revolutionary AI capabilities and Machine Learning features.
It is possible that in 2019, the virtual assistant in your smartphone can be able to determine your needs in advance and act accordingly with no input from you. There will also be more AI-enhanced security in smartphones and more features that will make your smartphone more than just a smartphone.
As smartphones continues to change the way we use them in daily life and in business, there are plenty of online and mobile-based application that help with time and task management as well. Businesses and executives are now focusing more time and resources on compliance scheduling and employee scheduling, as there is now less of a need for manual focus on these areas. With online, mobile, and cloud-based scheduling solutions, not only are mobile devices getting smarter and more effective, but so are the brands and individuals who decide to use them to increase productivity.
3. 5G Connectivity
Don’t get too caught up on the 4G, there is a new kid on the block. Soon enough, 5G will take over the place of 4G with some big changes. 4G relied on high powered cellular towers but this won’t be the case with 5G. Instead, it will use low-powered cells distributed in a broader area to achieve incredible faster speeds.
Competition has already reached its peak on the 5G global stage. International 5G activity is growing at a fever pitch. South Korea, China, Japan, and then later United States are expected to be the one that will be at the forefront in the use of the 5G network. South Korea has already concluded a trial of 5G network and ready to roll it out in 2019. Other countries like China, Japan, and the United States are expected to follow them closely.
5G network is expected to play a crucial role in increasing interconnectivity and many more.
4. Cross-Platform Mobile Development (Progressive Web Apps)
Watch out for cross-platform mobile development in 2019. In 2018, developers are already turning to frameworks such as Reach Native, NativeScript, and even Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) for cross-platform mobile development.
The great thing with PWAs is that it enables mobile websites to work like apps. It will have the same interface as your app. The only difference is that you don’t have to download them. PWAs will help you to load apps faster, reduce mobile data usage, and save valuable memory space.
According to Michael Facemire, principal analyst at Forrester Research Cambridge, PWAs are likely to become the new standard for mobile app development in 2019. Developers love the idea of cross-platform mobile development and are keying into this idea on daily basis. Users will see just a little difference in the app interface.
Once apple support PWAs on Safari, we will see more cross-platform mobile development in 2019.
5. Blockchain Goes Mainstream
Blockchain isn’t just about Bitcoins and other cryptocurrencies. This technology offers security that is useful in so many other ways. Blockchain technology can also be deployed for use in banking, health, and even education. Experts predict that 2019 will be the year that blockchain operations will become mainstream.
A survey by the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance showed that 40% of banks surveyed believe blockchain will be a staple of finances within the next decade. Also, a good 20% of them confirmed they would deploy some form of blockchain technology for their operation next year.
Similarly, the United Kingdom Central Bank recently made an announcement that the apex bank will adopt blockchain technology in their interbank transactions as a means to strengthen their security systems. Indeed, there is no doubt that 2019 is going to be very massive for blockchain technology.
6. Chatbots Join the Family
2019 will see a huge growth of voice-controlled chatbots. Not only can we control our smartphones with voice but a lot of other devices at homes as well. Of course, a lot of work still needs to be done to improve them but we believe that as they advance, we can expect to see more chatbots helping us in our homes in 2019 than ever before. Some experts even predict that chatbots will be among the top holiday wish lists in 2019.
7. Machine Learning Deployed For Cyber Security
Cybersecurity got a lot of attention in 2018 and this is expected to continue in 2019. Cybersecurity, no doubt, will once again be at the forefront of tech trends in 2019.
Machine Learning is a subset of AI (Artificial intelligence). Using machine learning, a computer can be programmed to learn to do something they are not programmed to do. They can do this by discovering patterns and insights from data.
In 2018 alone, about 87% of cybersecurity professionals use Machine Learning to secure their network against threats. This will continue into a total adoption in 2019. The Machine Learning market is expected to grow to $8.81 billion by 2022. LinkedIn also ranked Machine Learning among top emerging jobs. For companies interested in the tech industry, now is the time to hire experts in Machine Learning before the competition gets fierce.
Learning and understanding mobile and technology trends for 2019 well ahead of time will help your brand to stay ahead of the competition. Without a doubt, technology will become more important than ever in 2019. Businesses will deploy tech in creating brand awareness, value creation, advertising, research, and revenue generation. Note that these 7 technologies mentioned above aren’t necessarily the only technology to watch out for in 2019. However, we believed that these will be the game-changers in 2019.
Are you ready for the change?
4 Ways to Become More Detached from Blogging Outcomes
See that throwback featured image of me in Phuket, Thailand?
I became a globe trotting pro blogger in part through the power of detachment.
Blogging outcomes weigh you down and slow your blogging growth, if you are not careful.
Many bloggers mean well but are so obsessed with every view, Like, comment, share and dollar that they either struggle horribly or hold back stunning blogging success. How could I write over 100 eBooks if I obsessed with sales from my first eBook? How could I write 600 posts on Blogging Tips alone if I obsessed over metrics?
Eye-popping success finds largely detached, generous bloggers.
Follow these tips to become more detached from blogging outcomes.
1: Help More Ask Less
If you want blog comments, comment on other blogs.
Want blog traffic? Promote other bloggers.
Help bloggers to detach from your needs and to see greater success. Ask less and less for shares, comments and views, to detach from outcomes. Success finds generous bloggers.
2: Mention 2-5 Successful Bloggers Via All Posts
I recall focusing heavily on blogging profits early during my career. I linked to an ad or affiliate product once per post and linked to nothing else, obsessing over sales, attaching to outcomes. I gradually promoted other bloggers over years. Now I promote 2 to 5 bloggers virtually every post. I think more of helping them and less of helping me.
3: Manage Your Energy
Attachment is fear. Managing your energy helps you:
- face fear
- feel fear
- release fear
- dissolve attachments
I do 80 minutes of deep yin yoga daily. Plus I jog or walk for 45-60 minutes daily. Meditating helps too.
Managing your energy rocks because so many bloggers cling deeply to fear-attachments, to stats and money and to clients and blogging buddies, and need a daily ritual to unearth and release these attachments. I strongly suggest deep yin yoga because it helps you become comfortable. Big time quality developed by all generous, pretty darn detached, bloggers.
4: BE with Your Fear
I vividly recall sitting and BEING with my fear each time I checked my blogging inbox. I felt a general not enough energy pervade my being. Panic then ran through my body. Anger. Pain. Grief, at time lost. All fears reflected heavy attachments to:
- list subscribers
I totally believed I should have been further along at these points during my blogging career. Turns out, I was at the perfect place and time to feel deep fears, to dissolve attachments and to proceed from a generous, genuine, pretty detached, patient and persistent space.
Fighting fear only makes attachments grow. Not checking email for weeks because you feel terrified to check email makes the fear and attachment grow. But checking email hourly because you feel terrified that you:
- will miss out on clients
- are not making enough money, and need to check and see if you are making any aka enough money, yet
reflects your attachment to you. Ya know; “How am I doing-itis.” Check stats, check email, all the time, because you fear to see how you are doing.
Feel fear behind any strategy driven by fear. Let the fear go. Dissolve the attachment.
I check email here and there, never being attached to it. Email is not the source of my blogging success.
Treat blogging outcomes like mile markers on a highway, when you whiz by at 80 MPH. Note the stat for a few seconds and either move in a different direction or charge forward, based on how you feel about the stat, and what the feeling suggests to you.
Quick Tips to Easily Find People and Other Bloggers Online
Unlike Las Vegas — where ‘what happens there, stays there’ — once something is on the internet, it’s pretty much there forever. This is something bloggers, content creators and businesses know all too well. Whether it’s a WordPress article, social media updates, of photos making their way into the Google index, it’s likely going to be online forever.
It’s not just about posting and uploading content on the internet that you need to worry. It’s also all of the massive and easily accessible information that can be found online as well. With more data leaks taking place than ever before, and pretty much having privacy being a thing in the past, it’s easy to find information on anything and anyone with just a few clicks of a button.
For example, have you ever met someone at a blogging conference or event, but forgot to grab their business card? A lot of times we want to meet such people again but have no clue how to find them or their contact details. Through social media and using online tools like a people search, finding exactly what you need is now easier than ever before. Thankfully, we have this amazing platform called the internet – where we are able to find people around us ourselves.
There are plenty of other ways to find information or direct contacts for people online. In addition to using a People Search, social media is also a great method for finding whatever you are looking for. This is especially true if you can find someone on LinkedIn.
To start off, simply grab a notepad and write down the name of the person you want to search. Once you do that, branch out names of people you think are associated to them or at least the name of the person who introduced them to you if you were meeting them for the first time. Next, try and connect businesses, offices, college, university or any piece of information you think is or can be relevant to them. By now, you must have a web looking piece of information already giving you a clue.
How Do People Search Engines Work?
Making the best use of the amazing platform that we discussed – the internet, we need to find online people search engines which will process all the information we know and share possible match results for people we are looking for. To help you understand what a people search engine is and how do people search engines work, just imagine a library or a music record store. People search engines have a huge pool of database with information that is allowed to be displayed publicly. Such information contains phone numbers, education, employment history and sometimes criminal history as well. However, the information uploaded with any people search engine must be approved or must be in accordance with Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).
Once you have the maximum information with you uploaded in a people search engine, it will run a match and show most relevant list of result for people associated with that information. You may further screen the results by looking at each option individually to figure if that’s the same person you are searching for.
Meanwhile, there are other sources to track someone apart from people search engines. Finding people through social media platforms has also been observed to take a troll. Many youngsters put up millions of searches every day through social media platforms including Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat, etc. to find people they just met or to know more about them.
In all, finding someone in today’s world is no longer a rocket science. With multiple online people search engines and various social media platforms, tracking someone down has become as easy as finding a book in a library or a record in a music store.
How to View the Relationship Between Your Blog and Social Media
Alonzo Pichardo says it best.
“Buy your own domain and hosting and make that your own main hub. Social media is a branch of the marketing tree. That’s all.”
He shared my video on Instagram. Video registered 3,926 views. Here it is:
I filmed the video because I spent 20 minutes clicking profile links of folks who Liked my updates. I found a few self-hosted WordPress blogs, read and commented on these blogs. Relationships established. But most Instagram users:
- had no blog to speak of
- linked to YouTube
- linked to Facebook
For the heck of it, I spent a good 3 minutes looking for one user’s blog. I found an obituary (he was young and alive but shared a common name) and a collection of spammy “look up his information sites.” He claimed to be a blogger via his Instagram bio but he is no more a blogger than I am a werewolf.
Think about Alonzo’s advice; the blog is your main hub, or root, or base of your tree, and social media acts like branches. Offshoots, nothing more.
Instagram owns Instagram. Instagram:
- can kick that kid off of Instagram for 1 of a billion reasons, in a heartbeat
- WILL change their algorithm, soon enough, forcing the kid to change his strategy, uprooting his online world
- forces the kid to make his brand, Instagram’s brand
Not investing is a domain and hosting is about the biggest mistake you can make online because not owning your site hands your power, your decision making, your branding potential and your monetizing potential to someone else.
Social media is a branch. Spend most of your time daily working on your blog and networking with other bloggers who own their self-hosted, WordPress blogs. Unless they change their values or quit blogging, this is the most sound, intelligent approach to blogging.
Use social media for a little bit daily to:
- tag bloggers you mention on your blog
- help bloggers in groups related to your niche
- share your blog posts
- share other blogger’s blog posts
You are a blogger. Not an Instagrammer. You are a blogger. Not a Facebook-er. Spend most of your day on blogs. Not social media.
Marios Tofarides runs an authority blog on eBooks. Not in a billion years could he make his social media profiles look anything like his branded, self-hosted blog. Paula at Contented Traveler runs a first class travel blog. She could never re-create her blog’s branding, style and voice on social media. Sarah Arrow built a well known brand and thriving business by making her blog stand out, through creating, through connecting and through smart blog branding. Impossible to do this, through social media alone.
Pay Up to Play Up
I can mention your blog on Blogging From Paradise, a DA 47 blog read by many influencers.
I can mention your blog on Blogging Tips, a DA 48 blog read by many blogging influencers.
But I never link to free platform blogs because no influencer or experienced reader trusts information on free platforms. If you cannot invest $3 a month, you carry too much of a fear-lack-poverty conscious energy, that seasoned readers and top bloggers know to avoid.
I never link to a social media profile because….social media is not a blog!
Pay up to play up.
Invest in a domain and hosting. Move up in blogging circles. See social media as branches, using Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as secondary or even tertiary means for helping people. Spend most of your time on your self-hosted, WordPress blog and networking on other self-hosted, WordPress blogs.
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