Chances are you too would like to leave words like twerking and selfie to 2013.
A new year means new trends, and while we can’t predict what new words will be added to the dictionary, we looked into the crystal ball and pulled out a few existing words you’ll likely hear more often in 2014. Don’t ring in the new year without knowing what they mean. Next
They say love is the universal language that’s priceless, but perhaps a universal currency can change the game.
Bitcoins are a new completely digital currency that is commonly referred to as cash for the Internet. A growing number of people and businesses are accepting Bitcoins for online transactions and the exchange rate to US currency in 2013 is high. That’s because there are a limited number of bitcoins available. New bitcoins enter the market by a process called “mining.” They are hidden amid a complex encrypted computer program that requires users to solve in order to mine out new coins. Learn more about bitcoins here.
No promises on what 2014 will bring for this currency since the Bitcoin software is still in its infancy, but it’s likely we’ll see the word used more often at online checkouts.
Printers were once relied on to get ink on a page, but the new wave of printers are now building out in 3D solid objects from designs by artists and engineers. 3D printers use a technique where successive layers of material are stacked in different shapes to form the object. 3D printers have been used to create fashion forward clothing, guns, and even fashion prosthetic limbs. Scientific researchers are also experimenting creating living organs using 3D printers.
All of the research on 3D printers is likely to yield some interesting finds in 2014. Next
Social media micro videos
If you thought Twitter keeps things short and sweet, think again.
Social media users are always looking for newer and faster ways to share snippets of their life, and 2014 may be the pithiest social media year yet. Micro videos will help the cause. Micro video apps, that is, the ability to create short videos, have been added to some of the largest social networks. By short videos, we mean really short. Instagram’s video feature only allows 3 to 15 seconds of video while Twitter’s Vine app only allows a maximum of 6 seconds. Next
Just when you thought Thanksgiving meant all your loved ones, Friendsgiving was fashioned and now you have to do a whole separate turkey dinner just for friends — because apparently friends don’t count on Thanksgiving. The word Friendsgiving is the melding of friends and Thanksgiving, and means exactly that — a Thanksgiving dinner with friends, held the weekend before Thanksgiving Day.
We heard the rumblings of Friendsgiving in 2013, and perhaps some of us were invited to said celebration. 2014 will likely bring about its commercialization (an after Friendsgiving sale, anyone?) and maybe a few more friends who’ll jump on the bandwagon and partake in the made up day.
First we had spoofs on motivational posters. Then the angry cat had his say. Now you can turn yourself or others into cartoon with the help of Bitstrips. Consider it the meme of 2014. Bitstrips are cartoon versions of you and your friends that can help you communicate with others. Insert a bit of sarcasm in the quote bubble and it can make for some fun and interesting scenes. All you need to do is create the peron you’d like to be a cartoon and place them in a scenario, then share online. Next
Gone are the days when you go to the bar just to drink.
Now, you have to drink and recreate a Picasso, thanks to the emergence of art bars. Art bars serve a full range of spirits but also employ a lead artist that walks you through the steps of painting your own masterpiece.
Along with art bars, you should probably know about ice bars too. That’s when your entire surroundings in the bar — everything from the walls to the furniture are made of ice.
Don’t even think about grabbing a Sam in 2014 without having to use your right brain or freezing your toots.
So Healthcare.gov hasn’t been working right. The website glitch launching the nation into full implementation of the Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as Obamacare, is so 2013.
But you haven’t heard the last of Obamacare.
Finding out the good and the bad of having a majority of Americans covered by health insurance through the law — that’s what we will likely hear about in 2014.
Many Americans will have health insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act beginning Jan. 1, 2014, which leaves 364 more days discover firsthand how health care services will change in the United States under the new law.
Brush up on the law with these 10 simple things that help explain the Affordable Care Act. Next
Many of us went green in 2013. Or at least we talked about it to the point where you may have thought methods to obtain solar and energy efficiency have fully evolved.
2014 is bound to take green to a whole new level. Get used to hearing about smart thermostats for your home. Smart themostats are digital thermostats that can be controlled via smartphones with the goal of curbing residential peak energy use. However, this isn’t just another tech gadget. Some energy companies are stepping in to the energy saving effort by offering peak-use rebate programs for customers that use this thermostat. As part of the pilot program, the utility company monitors the energy use in the home and sends signals to the respective thermostat company, which then adjusts the temperature of the home ever so slightly that dwellers don’t notice the difference.
Environmentalists rejoice. Back to the beginning
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