2014: The Year Ahead

By Year in Review | Predictions, trends and recommendations for the next 365.

2014: The year of the iPhone-controlled everything

There are some technologies that happened way earlier than they had any right to. Frankly, putting a man on the moon in the days when the Apollo Guidance Computer really did have less power than a pocket calculator was an insane achievement.<p>And then there are those technologies that have taken way, …

iPhone

Which Brands Will Triumph In 2014?

<i>The following guest post is by Thomas Mueller, Chief Experience Officer for strategic branding firm Siegel+Gale.</i><p>Though the definition is often hotly debated, most can agree that brand experience means ensuring you walk the talk. It’s that moment of truth when a customer has the right experience …

Marketing

Will 2014 Be the Year of the Ocean?

The United Nations says 1998 was the Year of the Ocean, but I beg to differ. I’m fairly convinced that next year will be the year we see world leaders begin to take responsibility for the future of our ocean, and start to turn words into action.<p>We’re also going to see an innovation explosion – new …

Oceans

Tips for Travel Savings in 2014

Break a resolution yet? If any were travel-related, here’s some good news: In 2014, you can save while staying the traveler that you are.<p>In other words, set your nonnegotiable standards, then minimize costs and maximize value. For example: Let’s say you refuse to sleep in the same room with a …

Travel

2014 Is Going To Be A Huge Year For Tech, And Here Are The Facts To Prove It

JP Morgan analyst Douglas Anmuth and his team are incredibly optimistic about the Internet industry in 2014.<p>In an email he just sent out to clients, Anmuth says that Internet stocks increased in value 78% during 2013 thanks in large part to seven "key" trends.<p>He says, "We believe those underlying …

JPMorgan Chase

Space Missions and Events We’re Looking Forward to in 2014

While our spaceflight missions come to fruition in the heavens, they all have to start here on Earth. The next year in space will see a lot of …

Space

The most anticipated video games of 2014

If the video game medium were to be judged solely by 2013, it’d be easy to come to the conclusion that the industry has run out of ideas. With reboots, prequels and sequels ruling the console market, it became patently clear over the past 12 months that publishers were relying on safe, established …

Gaming
Money

Hungry yet? Five big ideas for food in 2014

Which big ideas will drive the food world? The Globe spoke with five leading players to find out.<p>Give the people what you want<p><i>Todd Perrin, chef and partner, Mallard Cottage, Quidi Vidi, Nfld.</i><p>I’m in the unique position of just having opened a brand-new restaurant. The biggest thing for me is, and …

Food

Why 2014 is a make-or-break year for Netflix—seriously this time — Quartz

<b>People are starting to realize that Netflix’s movie streaming library is limited</b><p>Netflix began life as a DVD rental service, mainly for movies. But these days, its movie library is beginning to look increasingly limited, especially compared to what’s available a-la-carte, on services like iTunes, …

Netflix

The Best of the Best Places to Visit in 2014

The Best of the Best Places to Visit in 2014<p>Andrew Harper<p>01.07.14<p>To help with 2014 vacation planning, the Andrew Harper team has rounded up the best of the best bars, restaurants, spas, adventures, and more from its 2013 travels.

Travel

For Your Diary — The Best European Events For Startups In 2014

Back in 2012 I’d been to enough tech startup conferences in Europe over the previous few years to work out which ones appeared to be most significant. Europe being the disjointed bunch of countries that it is has too many to mention. That ended up being a post about events in 2013. Update: This is …

Europe

20 Movies We Want to See in 2014

Movies

26 amazing startups you need to watch in 2014

You might be forgiven for thinking 2013 was a year of redundant, me-too startups flailing around trying to come up with the best way to gamify wage slavery, deliver butt wipes to your door, or make a buck off the badly misnamed “sharing economy.”<p>But we’re not here to tell you about all that.<p>We’re …

Startups

Will There Be a Chicken Wing Shortage in 2014?

Last January, football fans and wing enthusiasts everywhere were brought to their knees by predictions of a chicken wing shortage directly ahead of the Super Bowl. Slate called it “The Great Chicken Wing Shortage of 2013.” Although Time and US News pooh-poohed the crisis, Fox News fanned the flames …

Super Bowl

Nine new buildings to look out for in 2014

Architecture

Urbanist Buzzwords to Rethink in 2014

Writing about urban policy issues, as we do here at <i>The Atlantic Cities</i> each day, can often be an exercise in translating wonky terminology for the …

Urban Planning

The Top 10 Workplace Trends In 2014

With the new year underway, it's the perfect time to assess the current work environment for themes, tips and trends. To this end, who better to ask than China Gorman, U.S. and Global CEO of Great Place to Work Institute?<p>Gorman provides an exclusive interview that offers a sneak peek into the 2014 …

The Workplace

World Cup Year Is Upon Us: How 2014 Will Define Brazilian Identity

Brazil is the most successful nation in the history of international football. The most celebrated in coming as close to creating a “brand” of football as anyone is ever likely to.<p>Since the 1970 World Cup winning side, considered one of, if not the, best team in the history of the sport, Brazilian …

top 10 countries

These 10 countries are destined for an epic year, whether they’re hosting festivals, cutting the ribbon on new attractions or simply raising their game for travellers. Feast your eyes on 2014's most unmissable destinations.<p>1. Brazil<p><b>All eyes on the pitch for 2014’s World Cup</b><p>A game of beach football …

Four Fearless Predictions For The Music Industry In 2014

Tonight 2013 comes to a close, and with it, so does a typically eventful year in the music industry. In the past 12 months, we’ve seen new releases by acts from Jay Z to Katy Perry, continued sparring between streaming services and rights holders–and twerking. So much twerking.<p>Yesterday I reeled …

Music Industry

The Ten Most Anticipated New Cars Of 2014

Five ways television can save itself in 2014 — Quartz

This was a game-changing year for the television industry, as Netflix—and the rise of other streaming video carriers—forever altered the way that we consume TV. So how are the networks supposed to thrive in this strange new world of streaming, stacking and binge-viewing? By making, and following, …

Netflix

Sneak-Peek: Top 5 Sky Events of 2014

<b>The New Year promises a pair of lunar disappearing acts and a potential surprise meteor shower, among other celestial delights.</b><p>While scores of amazing astronomical phenomena are in the offing, here are our picks for sky-watching events worth circling on your calendar for 2014.<p><b>1. Total Eclipse of</b> …

Lunar Eclipse

10 Global Elections to Watch in 2014

Forget the midterms: From India to Iraq, Cairo to Kabul, these are the races that will really matter in Washington this year.<p>While all eyes may be on the 2014 U.S. midterm races, it’s important not to forget that often the most significant elections take place beyond U.S. borders. After all, the …

The year ahead: ten amazing science and technology innovations coming up in 2014

From the world's largest underground hotel to Star Wars-style holographic communication, the coming year is set to unveil an array of incredible advances in science and technology<p><b>Beam yourself across the world</b><p>The growth in video communication has been exponential. Skype now boasts 300 million …

Space Science

Prediction 2014: Hardware Is The New Software

The biggest thing that I noticed in 2013 was the amount of energy in small hardware startups. Even without a really robust infrastructure for the Internet of Things (IoT), the same kinds of developers who have been launching software companies are now switching to hardware. In truth, the line …

Predictions

The Cost Of Social Media Fame In 2014? About $6,800

How much will social media fame cost you in 2014? At $6,800, it is probably cheaper than you thought.<p>This money will buy you a million Twitter followers, a million YouTube views and 20,000 likes on Facebook. As a bonus, you’ll also enjoy a robust number of Pinterest, Tumbler and Instagram followers …

Facebook

10 predictions for 2014

Lots of Tiger Woods, major winners, Masters field, and three guys I think will have big years.<p><b>More Golf:</b> Rankings | Schedule | Equipment | FedEx Cup<p>The PGA Tour season starts on Friday (wait, it started in October so it continues on Friday with the Tournament of Champions) and I wanted to get some …