Keeping up with the latest technology in your own best interest

Developers are continually improving our devices to last longer, perform better, and be more secure, accessible and entertaining

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technologySAN FRANCISCO, Calif. May 21, 2016/ Troy Media/ – Nobody wants to be “that guy.”

You know the one I’m talking about. The guy who brags about not having a television, or who pulls out a day planner when everyone is updating their calendars on a device. Or, worst of all, the person who can’t join in on a game or app because they’re still rocking a phone from four or five (tech) generations ago.

As frustrating as it is that technology changes as fast as it does, there are reasons for those changes, beyond people’s need for “fancy” or “new.” Developers, in fact, are continually improving the tech that make our devices last longer, perform better, etc. And as the hardware improves, the apps, and everything else related to it, follow suit. For example, the [popup url=”http://www.bodyguardz.com/iphone-7-cases-unequal-contact-technology.html” height=”1000″ width=”1000″ scrollbars=”1″]iPhone 7 cases[/popup] are more shock absorbent and better able to handle impact than the cases from the previous generation.

Keeping up with the latest tech isn’t just about “keeping up with the Joneses” or “keeping up appearances.” It isn’t even about the obsession many people have with needing the latest and greatest toys (though, okay, maybe that’s a part of it). Among other reasons are:

Safety

There is no doubt that the [popup url=”http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/future-smartphone-features/” height=”1000″ width=”1000″ scrollbars=”1″]new tech is safer[/popup] than its predecessors. New tech is built to be sturdier and more resilient to what nature can throw at us (like implementing water resistance). New tech is also – and this is important – built to keep all of your accompanying data – and by extension, you – safer. New technology, particularly smart technology, is built with security in mind. As tech advances, developers are able to make their operating systems, apps, etc. better able to withstand hacking, hijacking . . ..

For example, fingerprint scanning is far more advanced and safer than having to remember a passcode. It’s even possible that, within a generation or two, retina scans or facial recognition will be what unlocks your phone.

Accessibility

As important as security is accessibility. The trend in smartphones for a long time was to try to find a way to make them as small and as mighty as possible. This made them difficult to use for people who have occupational issues or, for that matter, large hands. The trend to smaller and smaller devices also led to a decrease in market penetration. So an increase in size not only benefited many users but the tech companies themselves.

Newer technology is also built to accommodate other challenges like vision problems, hearing issues, among others. For example, smartphone developers are improving touchscreens to make them [popup url=”http://www.afb.org/info/living-with-vision-loss/using-technology/cell-phones-tablets-and-other-mobile-technology-for-users-with-visual-impairments/touchscreen-smartphone-accessibility-for-people-with-visual-impairments-and-blindness/1235″ height=”1000″ width=”1000″ scrollbars=”1″]easier to use by people who are visually impaired[/popup].

Entertainment

If you’re a gamer, you are very familiar with the lack of cross-platform and multi-generational material. For the non-gamers out there, this means that XBox games are not always available for PlayStation users and vice versa. Even more frustrating, the newer consoles are rarely able to play the games made for older generation hardware.

With smart tech development, however, most of the apps you use on an older device are still usable and may even be faster and easier to use on newer devices. More importantly, developers understand the benefit of creating apps that are usable whether the user has an Apple or an Android device. It’s becoming rarer and rarer to find an app that is only for an iPhone or only for a Galaxy. This makes it easier to keep up with and play games with your friends, enjoy the same entertainment they do, etc.

So while it is true that there can be a lot of pressure to always have the [popup url=”http://www.troymedia.com/2014/11/14/will-that-be-the-iphone-6-or-6-plus/” height=”1000″ width=”1000″ scrollbars=”1″]latest releases[/popup] and the most up to date technology (a sort of social and status cache), keeping up with tech isn’t just about the superficial. Newer tech is smarter, safer, and more accessible than it has ever been before. Keeping up with releases is in your best interest in all areas of your life.

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