Drew Turney
Technology Journalist

Drew Turney writes about technology, science, film, books, pop culture and the crossroads between any or all of them

Drew Turney
Technology Journalist

Drew Turney writes about technology, science, film, books, pop culture and the crossroads between any or all of them

From 3D printing to reality computing, here are four tech trends set to take off in 2015. Find out how they could help improve business efficiency.

Touchless payments

Mobile payments

Australia is ahead of the US and UK when it comes to mobile banking use. That makes us a prime market for mobile payments, which Deloitte's report says will happen this year.

Last year Computerworld said that all the major banks had launched mobile payment technologies and, according to a UK study, the value of near field communications (NFC) technology transactions (the technology mobile payments depends upon) will triple over the next three years.

Google Wallet, PayPal and other mobile payment solutions burst onto the scene a few years ago, but when Apple throws its weight behind a given technology it usually means it's ready to conquer the mainstream.  With Apple Pay now embedded in all their new devices, this will probably be the year your customers start to look for a mobile payment reader the way we look for an EFTPOS terminal today.

The new disposability

The 2015 smartphone market shows no signs of slowing down, with in-store smartphone purchases expected to increase by over 1000 per cent and the upgrade market set to exceed one billion devices.

The latest global figures on device recycling are from 2009, when the US Environmental Protection Agency said 2.37 million tons of electronics reached the end of their lives. Of those, we recycled only 25 per cent.

The good news is that more Australians learn about mobile phone recycling all the time. According to MobileMuster, awareness was increasing around 10 per cent per year as far back as 2005.

But most countries aren't as environmentally progressive as we are, and we're still producing a lot of e-waste. Treatment for real-world effects like soiled groundwater and waste transport will ultimately be reflected in utility bills and levies to pay for cleaning up.

Discover more business innovations

set to take off in 2015, read Deloitte’s full 2015 Technology, Media & Telecommunications Predictions report here.

Find out moreDiscover more business innovations

Man filming a video
Trends
3 businesses that are winning with video

Video technology has helped a lot of businesses deliver their services – and remain operational – throughout COVID-19. And for many, adopting this technology is not a Band-Aid ...

Man viewing furniture using augmented reality technology
Tech
Tech
Tech evolution: 3 ways to elevate your business

The pace at which technology is developing has made staying up-to-date more accessible, affordable and easier than ever. Adopting digital tools for your business could help str...

Man delivering packages
Trends
Conscious consumption: Even online, consumers choose local

Consumer behaviours and attitudes shifted in many ways as COVID-19 enveloped our reality. But one sentiment has become clear: consumers want to support local businesses, even w...

Woman practices yoga at home
Productivity
Productivity
Working from home: Habits for a healthy mind, body and business

Health and productivity are inextricably linked. So how can you ensure you’re setting yourself and your staff up for success while working from home?