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Is 2016 The Year Virtual Reality Finally Goes Mainstream?

You have probably been hearing a lot about virtual reality in the past couple of years; this coming year you finally may get to try it. Several major consumer headsets are hitting the market, allowing users to experience everything from travel, games, news and shopping.<p>But it's not clear whether …

Virtual Reality

The 'Super Mario' of VR will come with every Oculus Rift headset in 2016

Making video games is a risky business. It often takes years, millions of dollars, and thousands of man hours to create a single game. And who knows if it'll be a success!<p>Because of this massive unknown, people running game studios have figured out clever ways to help guarantee success. Ever bought …

Ready Player One

Retailers told to prepare for lower spending throughout 2016

Thinktank report says consumers are likely to divert spending to nights out and home improvement, with retail sales growth expected to fall year-on-year to 1.7%<p>Retailers will experience slower growth in 2016 as consumers divert spending to nights out and improving their homes rather than shopping, …

Three Themes That Will Define Successful Sales in 2016

The ELEVATE conference foreshadows a year of strategic social tactics, smarter process, and a re-humanization of sales<p>Earlier this month, we were honored to sponsor one of the largest virtual sales events in history-the ELEVATE conference-which drew in thousands of sales professionals, including …

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5 Energy Trends to Watch in 2016

This year was a big one for energy news. Ultra-low oil prices, coal plant closures, a landmark climate change deal in Paris, and records set for …

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5 Big Predictions for 2016: From Fashion to Tech to Fast Food

Futurist and trend spotter Jess Kimball Leslie on what to expect from the coming year.<p>Virtual reality chic, affordable (and adorable) housing, and fast food like you've never seen it before: 2016 is setting up to be a very exciting year. Futurist and trend spotter Jess Kimball Leslie takes us …

What Markets Say About 2016

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Eight Issues That Could Shape Politics in 2016

The 2016 presidential election has largely been defined so far by personal attacks and horse race polling. But significant policy differences exist between the candidates, especially Republicans and Democrats. And while those differences will be hashed out on the campaign trail over the next 11 …

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Bond Bears Hope for Relief in 2016

Resilience of bond market continues to confound those betting on price drop<p>The U.S. bond market barely budged in 2015 even as the labor market strengthened and the Federal Reserve raised interest rates for the first time in nearly a decade.<p>The resilience of the bond market continues to confound …

Stock Markets

7 ways mutual funds and ETFs will challenge investors in 2016

You don’t need tarot cards, a crystal ball, the entrails of animals, a rooster pecking at grains, tea leaves, or coffee grounds to tell the future of …

Six communications trends NGOs should follow in 2016

Digital evolution powered development communications this year. What should we consider for 2016?<p>1 | Digital first, but don’t forget the personal touch<p>We’ve finally reached a stage in development communications where digital comes first. No longer sidelined as a separate channel, it sits across all …

Qualcomm video shows how much smarter drones will get in 2016

A quick preview of the new Snapdragon Flight chipset<p>Earlier this year, chipmaker Qualcomm announced it would be producing a custom version of its widely used Snapdragon chipset for drones. The company says that its Snapdragon Flight processors will bring down the cost of drones, improve their …

Drones

Video game trends for 2016: Virtual reality, further blurred lines between TV and gaming

Of all the mainstream forms of pop art, perhaps only in interactive entertainment can a game be a success before it has even been released. For here is a medium that is still growing, both in the types of content available as well as the technology.<p>The year ahead will bring us titles that tackle …

Virtual Reality

Europe in 2016: Terror fears, migration, politics. But economy may turn a corner

Here's what to watch in Europe this year.<p>The European Union is bitterly divided and likely to remain so. Geopolitical tensions and terror threats aren't expected to abate. And the migrant surge will continue to cause political and social challenges. But it could also be the year Europe's sluggish …

Europe

2 States (Possibly) Raising Income Taxes in 2016

There aren't many state residents who enjoy a bump up in tax rates. In 2016, however, residents of one -- and possibly two -- states will be experiencing just such a bump. Will your bill to the state government be larger as a result? Read below to find out...<p>Photo: Boston Public Library, via Flickr.<p>…

Retirement

The 19 Things We’re Most Excited About Seeing in 2016

Glass Art

The Fix’s 2016 predictions!

<i>In these final days of 2015 -- the most unpredictable political year I can remember -- I asked members of the Fix posse and myself a very difficult question: Make a prediction (or two) about what 2016 might hold for all of us. Here's what they came up with.</i><p><i>(And, yes, we will acknowledge at the top</i> …

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Science fiction and fantasy look ahead to a diverse 2016

After years of toil below the mainstream radar, a more inclusive generation of writers is set for crossover success<p>After fans fought back at the Hugos, seeing off the Sad Puppies with a host of votes for “no award”, we can look forward to SF becoming a little less old, white and male in 2016. The …

16 Sci-Fi Things To Look Forward To in 2016

From comics to movies to TV to books, here's what lies ahead in the next year for science fiction and fantasy.<p>2015 wasn't too shabby when it came to sci-fi, but there are great things ahead in 2016. Here are just a few of the things you have to look forward to in 2016 (and there's plenty more we …

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6 Education Stories To Watch In 2016

<i>Claudio Sanchez is the senior member of the NPR Ed team, with more than 25 years on the education beat. We asked him for his list of the top stories he'll be watching in 2016.</i><p><i>Claudio Sanchez is the senior member of the NPR Ed team, with more than 25 years on the education beat. We asked him for his</i> …

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Richard Engel Offers 10 Predictions for 2016

ISTANBUL — It's been a rough year.<p>ISIS erupted across the world, making even al Qaeda look tame. Syria got so bad that millions decided to leave and walk to Europe. Libya collapsed. The war in Afghanistan got longer. Terrorists rampaged in Paris, twice.<p>There were bright moments too, but they were …

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8 things that will (probably) happen in tech in 2016

Read The Telegraph technology team's predictions for the year ahead, including drones, robots, driverless cars and virtual reality<p>Virtual reality goes truly mainstream<p><b>Rhiannon Williams:</b> Momentum has been building for years, but 2016 is the year that virtual reality will truly take off. …

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Insiders give their top predictions for 2016

Get ready for a Ted Cruz-Nikki Haley ticket. And a GOP establishment freak-out in January.<p>Donald Trump will win the GOP presidential nomination and pick Mike Huckabee as his running mate. The FBI will file criminal charges related to Hillary Clinton’s use of a home-brew email server as secretary of …

Government

Automotive Technologies To Watch In 2016

Despite the scandal surrounding Volkswagen and its diesel engines that dominated the final months of 2015, the vehicles we drive today are cleaner, more fuel efficient, safer and faster than they have ever been since Karl Benz first fired up his Patent Motorwagen in 1886. The dramatic improvements …

Auto Shows

What's Next for Bitcoin in 2016

Some of the characters attracted to the digital currency bitcoin continue to be the biggest rivals to its success.<p>Earlier this month, the SEC charged …

What 2016 Will Hold for Facebook, Google, Twitter, and Other Tech Giants

The world's most successful technology companies use the platform business model. Here are 5 trends we see impacting both established and new platform companies in 2016.<p><i>This is a guest post by Applico Principal Greg Battle.</i><p><b>1. Facebook Famous</b><p>Facebook's app constellation strategy has gotten a lot of …

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5 Things to Watch For in 3D Printing in 2016

What is 3D printing good for?<p>That’s a question that’s become increasingly relevant in 2015, as the majesty of showing off 3D-printed trinkets has …

3D Printing

Wine: what to look out for in 2016

The developments in 2016 that are worth keeping an eye out for<p>One of the things critics are expected to do at this time of year is to spot trends for the coming 12 months, but the problem with wine is that there tends not to be a huge difference between one year and the next – I see no diminution …