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2020 trends in tech: A new year equal new trends. 2020 already has new trends in the tech world. Check out a few tech trends that are ready to takeover.

1. The New Wave Of Video Streaming 

The Streaming Wars have gone hot, and CES 2020 will be a major battlefield with the likes of both Quibi and NBCUniversal, which is launching its Peacock service this year, giving keynotes at the show. Both will get a chance to make their case to customers, detailing the kind of content their respective streaming services will offer when they arrive in the spring — and plenty of celebrities will surely appear. As everyone tries to catch up to Netflix, services are going to multiply. Yes, things are going to get confusing, but consumers will have more choice than ever.

2. Travel Gets An Upgrade

Call it the Away Effect: Tech has always played a big part in travel, but many travelers today are both tech-savvy and extremely online, which has created opportunities to innovate. This goes beyond “smart luggage” with batteries and special pockets for charging cables — transportation companies like Delta, who is keynoting, now see themselves as selling an experience and not just the act of getting from point A to point B. Expect to hear how Delta is leveraging tech to offer all kinds of services besides just flights.

3. Privacy No Longer An Afterthought

As the conversation about data privacy has gotten louder, CES — which tends to give outsize influence to non-U.S. tech companies — has largely ignored it. The tide is changing with CES 2020, though, with several panels that will address the issue directly, including a live-streamed panel with the Chief Privacy Officer of Facebook, Erin Egan, and Apple Senior Director of Global Privacy Jane Horvath. Sure to be discussed: California’s SB-327 law, which just went into effect Jan. 1 and requires smart-home devices to have “reasonable” protections of user privacy.

4. TV Tech: MicroLED, Mini-LED And 8K

You thought TV technology peaked at 4K? Think again: TV manufacturers will always find new ways to sell you sets with bigger screens, more pixels, and arguably extraneous features. Most current TVs use either LCD or OLED tech, and OLED is generally better but more expensive. A newer tech called MicroLED, pushed hard by Samsung, is meant to challenge OLED. It wasn’t ready for prime time last year, but it’s expected to arrive for consumers in 2020.

China’s TCL, however, has a new tech confusingly called Mini-LED. Mini-LED is really an improved version of the LED-backlit LCD screens that are common today, improving the picture so it’s at least close to OLED and MicroLED sets, but for a much cheaper price.

And no CES would be complete without TV screens with ridiculous resolutions: 8K displays aren’t new, but they’ll certainly be more common at CES 2020 than ever before. While there’s little point to owning one (there’s virtually nothing shot in 8K, and at typical viewing distances the human eye can’t discern the improvements), there’s no doubt it’ll eventually become the successor to 4K. Consumers may not immediately be sold on every advance in TV tech, but they do understand more pixels. Read More

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