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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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Windows: Finding a good text editor can be tough. Some lack basic features, like spell checking, and others are so heavy they may as well be word processors. Write! is a new application, currently in beta, that rides the sweet spot and delivers the features you'd actually find useful without the cruft (or system bloat) you don't want.

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Windows: We've all done it: in the middle of writing you get a notification that looks a lot more interesting, then another and another. Suddenly, you're distracted and procrastinating. FORCEdraft is a writing tool that stays open and blocks everything else on your computer until you hit the writing goal you set in the beginning.

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Downloading advanced development software is the best option for professional and enthusiast developers. However, beginners and hobbyist developers might prefer SourceLair. There's no installation required, multiple languages are supported, and it integrates with GitHub.

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Modern text editors allow you to use pre-defined snippets of code to improve your workflow. Emmet is a plugin for text and code editors that lets you quickly type CSS-like abbreviations and automatically expand them into a full block of code, saving you a lot of time and hassle.

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Whether you're a developer or a writer, a good text editor is a must-have. The humble text editor is great for managing code, writing down quick notes, or just as a distraction-free writing tool. This week, we're looking at five of the best, based on your nominations.

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Mac/iOS: ia Writer is one of the more popular minimal text editors, and the Pro edition for both Mac and iOS adds some useful extra features. While it retains the simplicity of just offering text on a page, Writer Pro also includes several modes for different stages of writing and an incredibly useful syntax control to give you a lot more power when you're editing.