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Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.

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Internet Explorer has a 64-bit version and Chrome had its bits doubled in v37 (though it's an opt-in feature, despite being declared stable). Firefox has 64-bit builds available, but for the average user, they might as well not exist. That looks like it'll be changing next year, with Mozilla getting serious about promoting the browser's mainstream executable to the wider version.

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The 64-bit version of Firefox on Windows was to come to an end, according to Mozilla's Benjamin Smedberg last month. Despite the burgeoning memory requirements of modern browsers -- thanks to the increasing demands of a mixed media web -- the organisation was determined to focus its efforts on the 32-bit version. The news didn't not go down well and as a result, Mozilla has decided to keep the 64-bit door ajar.

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One of the big complaints about Foxtel Downloads is the fact it's not available for 64-bit Windows users (let alone Mac or Linux). Foxtel still doesn't have an official timeline for cross-platform support, but with a little messing around it is possible to access downloads on 64-bit Windows.