We Predict…

Amazon will be able to leave packages inside your home, even when you aren’t there…

You’re not home, but that doesn’t mean tech companies can’t swing by and drop off your dinner order or a 12-pack of paper towels. Amazon kicked this odd category off earlier in 2017 with a service that lets delivery people access your home through a special smart lock. Look for more partnerships between delivery services and smart home technology over the next year.

The FCC’s Net Neutrality Rule Change may impact your internet connection charges…

Chances are you pay a flat monthly fee for your internet connection now. Some companies charge different prices for faster or slower connections, but don’t limit what you can access.

The recent repeal of FCC’s net neutrality rules have opened the doors for internet service providers to experiment with different pricing structures. In theory you could be charged more for a Netflix and Amazon Prime Video tier, or social media networks could be an additional monthly fee. Any changes are likely to start small, as companies test the reactions of customers and see if they flee to competitors (where there are any).

Cell Phone Cameras will continue to hurt the digital camera market…

Most smartphone camera upgrades have focused on improving the actual camera, like packing more pixels or a bigger sensor into a limited space. Now companies like Google are using computing to take photos to the next level. The Pixel 2 smartphone is able to detect the outline of a subject and throw the background out of focus, and the company recently released a few small photography apps. Look for big improvements in how your photos look, like less noise in low light, and fun new tricks.