Now that we’ve entered a new decade, it’s hard to look back and realize just how much life has changed since 2010. The past 10 years were a major catalyst for tech developments and advancements that essentially worked to make life easier. While some technologies came and went, others are continuing to flourish and grow in ways that we never thought possible. Here are three of the biggest tech advancements that have essentially dominated the past decade and are continuing to be on the rise.
Bitcoin is a type of cryptocurrency that was developed in 2009 by an anonymous man who called himself Satoshi Nakamoto. The goal of bitcoin was to essentially erase the middle man of currency trading. You download and use a virtual wallet that can be stored onto your computer. You then mine for and purchase this currency to use it in exchange for goods online. The value of each bitcoin goes up and down constantly, but its popularity has grown over the past 10 years to effectively dominate the decade, and millions of people are already actively using it. A recent study at Betway suggested that as of 2015, over 100,000 merchants accepted bitcoin as a legitimate currency.
In 2010, it was difficult to have any other form of online or television-based entertainment that didn’t involve cable networking. Fortunately, streaming services have taken the world by storm. These services allow you to watch what you want when you want. You get to watch your favorite movies and television shows on your smart TV, phone, tablet or on virtually any other WiFi-enabled device that you have. This has caused a sharp decline in DVD sales and many people are cutting the cord with their cable company, opting instead to pay for multiple streaming subscriptions per month.
In the past, if you didn’t save it manually or put it on a zip drive, you weren’t able to keep it. Thankfully, cloud computing has grown exponentially and is a must-have for people of all ages. The basis behind cloud computing is that anything you download, pay for and use online can be stored in the cloud. If you switch devices or if your laptop needs to be replaced, you won’t have to start fresh, since everything will be conveniently stored for you in the cloud. This has saved people millions of dollars and helped to keep vital information handy regardless of the type of device that is being used. This form of computing has also allowed users the chance to gain access to their information on multiple platforms and gadgets that they might use regularly.