Wearables are already here (fitbit, misfit, nike fuel, pebble), they will proliferate and multiply in 2014, and change daily life in countless ways next year.
I predict privacy-related apps and services will get big this year as more people start to get fed up with the NSA kerfuffle. The guys from Pirate Bay are already working on a chat app, but I think that's just the start of it: Hemlis
I predict that Ukrainian opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko will be freed in 2014, but that she will only be able to help bring reform to Ukraine if she allies with Vitali Klitchko.
Unroll Me – It cleaned my inbox something fierce.
Marijuana legalization passes in 3 more states, George Zimmerman will shoot someone else (and the same people will rush to defend him), and gay marriage will ruin straight marriage, which starts a cascade of hedonism, which results in the rapture.
abetterqueue.com. This website is paired down and useful, and oh so obvious. It gives you a better way to manage a Netflix queue by cross profiling movie scores from Rotten Tomatoes with films that are available for streaming on Netflix.
Cell Phone carriers in the US will change their behavior on governing standard message rate SMS for mass texting. There are so many forms of messenger services getting into the mobile space that the way we message each other will evolve. Newer technology will continue to erode the US cell phone carriers’ monopoly on mobile messaging.
Pacer - I kept track of my walking progress throughout my recovery on a free mobile app that uses your device’s GPS to tell how many paces you have walked.
Facebook has invested a lot to make sure they can prove persuasion and branding works with Facebook ads. I predict they will do just that with new video ads in 2014. I'm also eagerly awaiting what the future holds for the 3rd party cookie, but I don't think anyone can accurately predict what that is right now.
Medium. It's a beautiful platform for readers and writers.
Identity & Credit protection services will see a resurgence in payment & use following even more high-profile digital theft events.
Apiary/API Blueprint: The Apiary application specifically allows one to not only document and define an API and it's collections of endpoints and properties, but to provide an open, scaffolded version of the API.
We will see at least one high profile data breach each month in 2014. The attacks will be similar in scope to those experienced by Target, Evernote and Adobe in 2013. Bonus prediction: a major cloud based storage provider (DropBox, Apple iCloud, etc) will be one of the victims.
motherfuckingwebsite.com - A satirical, profanity laced, reality check for builders of the web. NSFW.
Dems will push the minimum wage issue in their overall campaign strategy. As Rep. Israel said, “The more Republicans obsess on repealing the Affordable Care Act and the more we focus on rebuilding the middle class with a minimum-wage increase, the more voters will support our candidates.”
The populace will fully embrace the concept that the web is the web, regardless of the device used to view it.
Tempo. While I embraced the UI overhaul that io7 provided, I found the new calendar app difficult to use. Tempo is a great alternative.
In my opinion in 2014, we’ll see a real breakthrough in interactive video. Today, the technology exists to “tag” based on audio content and even recognizes faces and objects. I think it would be cool to search the web and get just the right clip of video to answer a question or solve a problem.
MyNetDiary allows you to personalize a calorie limit for weight loss, gain or maintenance. It makes food reporting and counting calories/nutrition info very easy to integrate into your day.
Charlie Crist will win the 2014 gubernatorial race in Florida. Snapchat will have a bad year as the trend starts to fade.
For the sake of variety: salads. Sweetgreen, purveyor of delicious salads, has a great app for purchasing said salads with just your smartphone. The app also promotes seasonal menu items, locates nearby stores and keeps track of your reward points without that pesky punch card.
Tech will push its way into the workout scene more than it did in 2014, with "smart" health clubs (such as Koko Fit) and wearable tech, which will remove the need to pay additional money for a dietician and personal trainer.
Waze. It's incredible to plan a route and be able to look ahead and see where people have reported accidents, traffic jams, speed and police traps, and road hazards.
More news organizations will begin to offer unique native advertising where the line between sponsored content and newspaper content begins to blur. Video will also become a more prominent ad unit for online newspapers, which will expand opportunities for using pre-roll advertising.
Body Weight – This app is great for when I’m traveling or it’s too cold to get to the gym. It has a variety of different exercises that you can put together in an effective, full body workout with voice and timing cues.
Bill Peduto and his leadership team will overhaul Pittsburgh's infrastructure while still supporting working families as he did with the "prevailing-wage" bill in 2009. http://www.ournewpittsburgh.com/
My favorite new app is Device6 due to its outstanding use of the platform. It's a creepy, interactive mystery novel/game/puzzle.
The Chicago Blackhawks will be back-to-back Stanley Cup Champs, and Wisconsin, Ohio and Florida will all be electing new Democratic Governors.
Google Now - I can get current weather reports, upcoming flight itinerary, and score updates on my favorite teams with the tap of a button.
T-Mobile will collectively acquire so many Verizon and AT&T users that it will become the second largest network in the United States. This will scare other carriers so much that we'll finally see unlimited talk, text and data plans drop below $70 per month in attempt to lure customers back.
Netflix - It's been around for awhile but they are pushing online streaming forward. I don't think streaming sites like Vudu or Viki would exists without Netflix; especially the idea of streaming high definition…Legally.
Congress will pass a bill raising minimum wage to $10.10/hr
By the end of 2014, someone will get the bright idea to sell a phone or mobile device with a front-facing camera that's better than the rear–facing one. It will not sell well.
Blackberry is going to shut down their hardware division by Q3.
Altomail. By AOL (yes, they're still around), Altomail is a web-based mail service that works with Gmail and other IMAP services and organizes your inbox into different types of email: daily deals are presented visually, correspondence is presented linearly. Alto Mail comes closest to organizing Email in the way we actually consume it.
In 2014, I predict that traditional news outlets will attempt to counter the prevalence of short, viral content with more in-depth, interactive long form pieces like the New York Times’ recent “Invisible Child.”
Instapaper isn’t new, but it’s my favorite website redesign of 2013. The clean layout looks great and creates a unified user experience across devices.
Facebook's new "click to donate" button for non-profits is just a preview of "click to donate" for political campaigns. This will unleash an additional layer of grassroots giving, making it even easier to donate across devices through Facebook's mobile app.
I prefer both Venmo's mobile and desktop experiences to PayPal's. My friends and I use it to pay each other back for group dinners, monthly utilities and Costco runs.
When you add up all the votes cast in all of the congressional elections across the country in 2014, Democrats will receive more votes than Republicans, but actually lose seats. Also, the Chicago Cubs will lose a lot more games than they win and not make the playoffs.