2014 was slow year for new tech

2014 was slow year for new tech

At this time last year, I was the proud owner of a new iMac, a Windows 8 laptop and the PlayStation 4 game console.

This year, I have yet to buy a significant gadget.

Those purchases last year did not break the bank, but money is not the reason why I have cut back on tech devices this year.

On this last day of the year, it is safe to say that 2014 was pretty dry in terms of consumer tech.

Sure, there have been updates on popular devices, such as Microsoft's Surface Pro 3, and new form factors, such as the 12.2-inch Samsung Galaxy Note Pro tablet, but for the most part, this year's focus seemed to be on refining current software and services.

Sony rolled out a beta of its PlayStation Now video-game streaming platform for the PlayStation 4 console, and is working with Samsung to roll it out on Samsung Smart TVs next year.

Microsoft's biggest announcement was not about hardware, but a new Windows 10 operating system.

Meanwhile, the promise of more immersive curved TV screens has not prompted droves of fans to follow the curve. Nor have many succumbed to the allure of ultra-high-definition 4K displays. So TV vendors have been rather subdued this year.

Developers of wearable tech focused on refining their software instead of introducing new market changing devices, so 2014's fitness trackers do no more than those that debuted last year.

What's new? There are now three times as many brands trying to sell me the same thing.

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