DK’s Tech Prediction for 2016

If you have been following this blog for some time, you will know that I will always do a tech prediction at the start of the year. And to be honest, most of these predictions don’t come true so don’t take them too seriously. But still it is a fun way to start the year.
So here goes…..
Drones… drones everywhere
No, I’m not saying the sky will be filled with flying drones. But I’m predicting that 2016 will be the year of the drones hitting mainstream. With drones getting cheaper and cheaper, buying a drone will be like buying a PC or a camera. And yes, that is going to cause quite a bit of problem.
Drone accident
I hope I’m wrong with this. But with so many drones flying around, I think we will see an accident between an airplane/helicopter and drone this year. Maybe the drone operator flew the drone too near the airport or too high that it hit the plane/helicopter. I’m also guessing its just minor damage to the plane/helicopter but serious enough to force the pilot to do an emergency landing.
Facebook launches virtual reality social networking
We all know that Facebook acquired Oculus Rift in 2014. Oculus Rift should be releasing their VR headset later this year and I suspect Facebook will make full use of it by announcing a VR extension to Facebook. Something that allows you to wear the VR headset and interact with your Facebook friends.
Touch gesture comes to Mac OS
After seeing the iPad Pro in action, I got this feeling that touch gestures will finally be coming to Mac OS soon. Yes, I know Apple said that they won’t be putting touch screen on Mac OS devices. But I think the times has changed and we will finally get to see touchscreen MacBook Pro, MacBook Air and iMac this year.
Most smart phones will switch to USB Type C except iPhone
2016 will be the year USB Type C gain popularity and start showing up in most of your devices like laptop and smartphones. While most smartphones launched in second half of 2016 will be using USB Type C, I’m guessing that Apple will stick to Lightning port for iPhone and iPad.
Canon or Nikon release a full frame mirrorless camera
This is just a wild prediction. But with the success of Sony full frame mirrorless camera, I’m guessing Canon and Nikon should be working on something to rival that. I guess we might see it in 2016. Just a wild guess.
WhatsApp loses its popularity
Nothing last forever. I’m predicting that by end of 2016, most users will be switching away from WhatsApp and moving to other chat messaging app. I’m guessing most likely Telegram but I won’t be surprised if it is a new messaging app that we haven’t heard of yet.
Netflix is going to be a big hit in Singapore
We all know that Netflix will be coming to Singapore this year. I predict that Netflix will be a big hit despite the fact that some shows will not be available due to MDA censorship and content rights ownership. At least it is easier to get most content without having to mess around with VPN.
Singapore will regulate UberX
We know the Land Transport Authority is looking into this. I predict that LTA will announce a set of regulations for UberX and other similar services. I’m guessing there will be over regulations to make it a so called “levelled playing field” with the taxi companies. Most likely all UberX drivers will need to take the same Taxi Driver’s Vocational Licence.
Nobody cares about the Digital and Social Media Advertising Guidelines by ASAS
The Advertising Standards Authority of Singapore (ASAS) is now seeking public inputs for its consultation on the draft Digital and Social Media Advertising Guidelines. I don’t know if anyone from the public told them to save the trouble and not do it. But the ASAS will most likely release the guidelines in 2016. I’m predicting that most bloggers, youtubers and online influnecers will ignore it. These are just guidelines and not law. So why would anyone follow it?
Disclaimer: These predictions are my own views and not representative of those of my employer.

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