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Hello! On Tech is back from our vacation break. I read books, went for walks, ate way too many desserts, and watched a million episodes of “Midsomer Murders” Hope you had a chance to think and recharge too,

For our first newsletter of the new year, I asked a selection of journalists from the New York Times to predict technological developments that they believe will be big in 2021

I’ve seen firsthand how the pandemic made immigrants more receptive to smartphone apps like Remitly and TransferWise for sending money home, there may be no going back to more traditional wire transfer payments

In August, I spoke to Mexican immigrant workers harvesting tomatoes on the east coast of Virginia Because of the coronavirus risks, their employer had restricted their daily trips to the fields and to their dormitories and workers could not make the usual visits to tiendas or shops where staff members usually assist with money transfers helping family members at home pay for food, education, clothing, and consumer goods

I remember a guest worker who showed me an app for one of the digital transfer companies on his phone and told me it worked well and was cheaper

Legislators on both sides of the aisle have stated that they are suddenly worrying about Americans’ privacy rights on the internet, so I look forward to seeing them put their money where their mouth is in 2021 by implementing comprehensive federal privacy laws introduce

Is that a pipe dream? Yes, however, if something good comes out of the backlash against tech companies, I hope that consumers will have more control over the rights to their own data

I have no reason to believe that the Biden administration will exonerate the tech sector than its predecessor.Its decision to run the Federal Trade Commission and Justice Department will most likely continue to pursue antitrust proceedings against Facebook and Google, as well as lawsuits give against other big tech companies

A key legal redress for internet businesses, Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, will top the list of tech-political battles for 2021, and I can’t wait to sit in the courtroom while the government’s antitrust lawsuits against Google and Facebook unfold Unfold It is rare to hear that top technology managers and their competitors open up their cases. Also of interest are the legal theories that could set precedents for the Internet

But I’ll have to wait a while to satisfy my curiosity, the Google antitrust judge has announced that the trial will begin in 2023!

The pandemic will most likely result in more venues requiring fans to ditch paper tickets and money and instead download an app from the team, stadium or Ticketmaster In one example of the potentially spreading digital shift, people who If you want to buy concessions in cash at the Atlanta Falcons Stadium, go to kiosks to convert money into a prepaid debit card

Mobile payments and tickets reduce scalping and ticket fraud, speed up purchases, and inform security officers who is in the building However, if fans are forced to use apps, they can be more easily tracked or hacked This excludes people who can’t or won’t use credit cards or smartphones, and denies people who like to collect ticket stubs – as well as gyms of fame

I believe that in 2021 we will have an even stronger focus on software and internet services that help us survive screens and less focus on gadgets

Video chat apps like Zoom, Google Meet, and Webex have been around for years, but they had to improve quickly when so many people flocked to them during the pandemic, we will likely see more products, the Peloton and Apple Fitness and virtualize fitness classes I’ve seen farmers market merchants who accept mobile payment services like Apple Pay and Square, and I see they stop working with cash for a long time – if at all –

Note that none of the above is about hardware Our phones, laptops and other devices are already very powerful, so the focus will be on the capabilities we get through software and services

An unusual move for organizing workplaces: Unions are relatively rare among employees of large tech companies. However, my colleague Kate Conger reported that more than 225 Google employees have formed a union with the aim of creating a structure for employee activism on issues like To create wage discrimination and technology ethics

Technology That Really Helped 2020: At his annual Good Tech Awards, The Times’ Kevin Roose praised lesser-heralded technology projects that made a difference, including a volunteer group that helps improve government technology, community-based efforts, educate color communities about potentially harmful ones Informing technology and party-style games to keep Kevin sane

The Echo of FarmVille: The goofy farming game everyone played on Facebook in the early 2010s was discontinued last week.My colleague Daniel Victor wrote that the techniques that made FarmVille popular – including nagging notifications to friends and encouragement, Check back daily to take care of your harvest – “Now being emulated by everything from Instagram to QAnon”

Check out this series of cats navigating an obstacle course made from plastic cups. Extra cuddles for the extremely naughty flounder

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