Oil prices are off about 40% in just one year. And the number of rigs drilling new oil wells has likewise plummeted since last summer. But U.S. oil production is up, and promises to keep climbing.
Advances in robotics. Tougher oversight of federal telecom rules. Paying for privacy. Making headway on getting high-speed Internet to rural areas. Another dot-com bubble ahead? And tech jobs among Kiplinger’s 10 best jobs for the future.
In a recent issue, we noted that the battery industry is poised for growth as both utilities and their customers look for ways to store energy for use when demand is high or the electric grid fails. Battery tech is advancing and costs are falling, but batteries are far from the only viable way to store energy or provide backup power in emergencies. Two other approaches — one novel and one traditional — are also making strides.
Doing away with passwords. Business opportunities stemming from breaches of federal computer systems. New communications technologies. The next target for privacy advocates. Health guidance from fitness devices. Online learning goes mobile.
The boom in shale oil and gas isn’t just unleashing a flood of new energy sources in the U.S. It’s also driving a massive build-out of the nation’s energy-carrying infrastructure, which is needed to bring that big bounty of crude oil and natural gas to market. At the same time, big changes for the electric grid mean utilities are investing heavily in new transmission lines to make sure your lights stay on.
Growing interest in digital currency technology. Protecting digital data. Securing connected systems. Better deals for business Internet. Robots that move like humans.
The hydraulic fracturing boom has unlocked massive new supplies of natural gas, and in the process has driven gas prices to rock-bottom levels. But signs of building gas demand suggest that a long-term price recovery is in the works.
What’s next for government surveillance. 3-D printing challenges. New ways for phones to connect. The value of wireless airwaves. New advertising technology.
Oil prices have rebounded from their winter lows. But the oil industry isn’t out of the woods yet.
This issue of Kiplinger’s Tech Alerts focuses on the future of wireless networks and the profound impact they’ll have on mobile communications. Also: Federal regulators and high-speed Internet, the coming shake-up in home security systems and the search for new computer chips.