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Emerging Technologies to Keep Your Eye On

Emerging Technologies to Keep Your Eye On

It is an exciting time to be alive, technology has evolved more in the last 100 years than in all the previous years combined.  2016 has been no different, technologies are emerging that will change the way we live in a radical way yet again.  There are plenty of gadgets on the market now to excite any geek but what is coming down the pipeline promises to be even better.  Here are some emerging technologies to keep your eye on.

SELF DRIVING VEHICLES

Right now when we hop into our cars and drive to work, we manually control almost every aspect of the car.  We speed up, slow down, and steer and all of it is second nature to us.  All of that will soon change, the self driving car has been in the works for years now and it is no longer just found in the pages of a science fiction novel.  In fact Elon Musk, the modern day Ironman and his company Tesla have already built such a beast.  They already have a self driving model of a Tesla.  While not quite mainstream yet it certainly won’t be long. Here is a video demonstration of the self driving car.

VIRTUAL AND AUGMENTED REALITY

Gaming has been one of the fields where emerging technologies have always shined, we’ve come a long way since Pong.  Graphics and gaming systems have gotten better and better over the years and 2016 brings yet another gaming innovation with the launch of Playstation VR.  While Oculus Rift first burst on the scene back in 2013 it was hailed as the first VR headset, the technology has gotten better.   VR offers an endless array of possibilities beyond gaming and the sensations are so realistic that they generate real life sensations, the potential in the field of education alone is enormous.

VOICE RECOGNITION

If you’re a fan of Star Trek then you’re familiar with the idea of walking into a room and saying “lights on”, not to mention telling your shower the perfect temperature you want your water.  We’re not that far away from that being a reality.  There are plenty of companies that are looking into ways that you can voice activate lights and fans.  At the moment your smartphone is one of the few devices that are voice activated.  You can change music, make calls and with virtual assistants like Siri you can do a whole lot more.  We have now reached the stage where language translations can happen in real time.

These are just some of the emerging technologies to keep your eye on, all of these and more promise to change our world.

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Tech Business News for October 2016

Tech Business News for October 2016

Here are the highlights of tech business news for October 2016. Here is a breakdown all the cool stuff happening in the technology industry.

  1. AT&T is buying out Time Warner for a bazillion dollars and now the telecom giant will own a bunch of cable networks like HBO, CNN, TNT and a bunch of other media properties. They announced the sale on Saturday night and AT&T claims that this will allow them to stream content from Time Warner across devices on the AT&T network.
  2. Google outshines Apple yet again. The Pixel launched recently and received some pretty good reviews and the digital assistant aptly named Google Assistant performs far better than Siri across the board.  This wouldn’t be a big deal except Apple has had years to make Siri better than it is.
  3. Samsung still hasn’t figured out why the Galaxy Note 7 keeps exploding.  There have been dozens of cases of the phone overheating, catching fire and exploding.  Samsung first tried to minimize the damage by issuing a recall of more than 2 million phones, then it finally had to say uncle and discontinue the whole phone.
  4. Airbnb got slapped in the face by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo as he signed a bill banning rentals for less than 30 days for multi unit buildings where the tenant is not present.  Multiunit buildings are every building in Manhattan, so that essentially takes the Manhattan market of the table for apartment owners and tenants looking to make some cash with Airbnb.
  5. In the UK a team of researchers have created an artificial intelligence program that successfully predicts the outcome of court cases.  It has correctly predicted the outcome of 79% of 584 cases from the European Court of Human Rights.
  6. Uber is trying to increase ridership in Mexico by launching it’s own debit card.  Partnering with Mastercard and the online bank Bankaool, Uber will launch its own branded Mastercard.  Card providers in Mexico don’t let providers use their debit cards to make online payments.  Customers signing up for the new card can get their first ride free, valued up $100.
  7. Snapchat, which now claims to be a camera company with the launch of its camera-glasses is heading in a new direction.  Towards television.  The social network wants to add to its online service with some original video programming.  The parent company Snap Inc is now trying to hire development managers for original shows ranging from breaking news to reality shows.

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