Interapt’s Top Ten Tech Moments January 18th-January 22nd

Spotify introduces video for its phone apps

Jason Abbruzzese, Mashable 

Spotify users have awaited video since May 2015, when Spotify announced that it would be expanding beyond music and into the digital video space with a variety of partners including ESPN, Comedy Central, VICE News and many others.

New A9-Based 4-Inch iPhone to Replace iPhone 5s, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

Joe Rossignol, MacRumors

Apple’s next-generation 4-inch iPhone is more likely to include variants of the A9 and M9 motion coprocessor chips, allowing for always-on Hey Siri, according to 9to5Mac.

 

Starbucks Now Lets You Save The Songs You Heard In-Store To Spotify

Sarah Perez, Tech Crunch 

Starbucks and streaming service Spotify are expanding their relationship today with the launch of a new digital music experience for Starbucks customers which will allow them to identify songs being played in stores, then download and save those they like to a playlist on Spotify’s app.

 

NASA wants you to design its next robotic arm

Greg Nichols, ZD Net

The space agency is turning to Freelancer.com to crowdsource schematics for a free-flying robot. Do your ideas have the right stuff?

 

Snapchat appears to be working on a brand new chat interface

Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge 

Snapchat appears to be working on a new chat interface, which will make it look a lot more like a traditional messaging app. The new chat interface would make it much easier to send photos or start a video chat with another person.

 

Samsung is opening a VR film studio in New York City

 

Kwame Opam, The Verge 

Samsung is ready to double down on virtual reality filmmaking. In an announcement at Sundance last week, Samsung USA marketing chief Marc Mathieu stated that the company plans on opening a VR production studio based in one if its New York City offices.

 

GPS for indoors? The smartphone tech that guides you inside big buildings.

Raffaele Mastrolonardo, ZD Net

Italian startup Nextome has patented a technology that promises to make it easier and cheaper to deploy Bluetooth-based indoor geolocation services.

 

Why SoundCloud Will Be Worth More Than Spotify

Alex Moazed, TechCrunch 

SoundCloud recently announced it struck a long-awaited licensing deal with Universal Music, whose hit roster includes Kanye West, Adele and Taylor Swift. This latest deal provides SoundCloud with 50 percent coverage among the “Big Four” — Warner Brothers also has a deal with SoundCloud; Sony BMG and Sony/ATV are still holding out.

 

Drone Lobbying Heats Up on Capitol Hill

Cecilia Kang, Bits

The last time Congress weighed in on rules for nonmilitary drones, in 2012, the flying machines were hardly a hit with consumers. And companies said little about using them for commercial purposes.

 

Levitating bonsai tree from Japan mixes tech with ancient art

Adario Strange, Mashable 

Air Bonsai is a new bonsai-style miniature plant that hovers and spins over a magnetic base, all while you zen out to its sci-fi-like image of peace from the East.

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