Interapt’s Top Ten Tech Moments: November 30th-December 4th

Amazon Shows Off Prime Air Delivery Drone

By Keith Wagstaff, NBC New-Tech

In a new video, Amazon revealed that the Prime Air drones will deliver packages weighing up to five pounds in 30 minutes or less.

Drone delivering a package – autonomous logistics

Swatch partners with Visa to enable NFC payments in their new analog smartwatches

By James Vincent, The Verge

Swatch has announced that it’s bringing contactless payments to its forthcoming Bellamy smartwatch in the US next year. The Swiss company, which is the largest watchmaker in the world by revenue, originally unveiled the analog Bellamy in China this October. The watch doesn’t connect to the internet, but uses a near-field communication chip (NFC) to make payments at contactless terminals.

 

AR app allows user to see another world of wireless signals

By Dante D’Orazio, The Verge

The app offers an augmented-reality experience: spin your iPhone or iPad around you, and your device will act like a window into a previously invisible world. Spherical wavefronts emanate from wireless routers and distant cell towers. You might even spot a satellite passing overhead.

 

PhoneDrone offers a whole new dimension for smartphones

By Drew Prindle, Digital Trends

PhoneDrone, which launched on Kickstarter earlier this week, is basically an exoskeleton attachment that turns your smartphone into an autonomous quadcopter drone.

 

Apple’s Swift Programming Language is Now Open Source

By John Biggs, TechCrunch

Swift, Apple’s programming language aimed at OS X and iOS developers, has gone open source under the Apache License. This means all of the source code, including the code for a new package manager, will be available to edit and compile and programs can be created without attribution. Apple is also revealing further plans for the language on their new site, swift.org (the site is down at the moment).

 

Apple may release a new 4-inch iPhone in 2016

By Raymond Wong, Mashable Tech

Apple will reportedly refresh its smallest iPhone with a new metal design in early 2016, according to Ming-Chi Kuo, a KGI Securities analyst with a solid track record reporting on unreleased Apple products.

 

Google Glass could come back with a less intrusive, flexible designs

By Alicia Marie Tan, Mashable Tech

The next iteration of Google Glass could get a whole new look. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted Google a patent on Nov. 24 for a “wearable device with input and output structures” that could be Glass’ redesign.

 

Facebook tests live video-streaming for the masses

By Steven Musil, CNet

The social network is letting a small percentage of iPhone users share video on their news feeds of events in real time.

 

No longer need an invite to buy a OnePlus 2 Android Smartphone

By Liam Tung, ZDNet

From Saturday, December 5, fans of the well-specced $389 OnePlus 2 can buy the Android phone unlocked without an invite. Chinese smartphone maker OnePlus is permanently shuttering its maligned invite system for the OnePlus 2, some five months after releasing its second Android handset.

 

Google launches Android camera app for virtual reality photos

By Karissa Bell, Mashable Tech

Cardboard Camera, available now on Google Play, allows users to capture 360-degree panoramas that they can view in Google Cardboard. You can also capture sound, along with the image, for an even more immersive experience.

 

Sources:

http://www.nbcnews.com/tech/innovation/amazon-shows-prime-air-delivery-drone-celebrity-guest-n471246?cid=sm_tw

http://www.theverge.com/2015/11/30/9817758/swatch-smartwatch-bellamy-nfc-payments

http://www.theverge.com/2015/11/28/9811910/augmented-reality-app-lets-you-see-wireless-signals

http://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/phonedrone-kickstarter/

http://techcrunch.com/2015/12/03/apples-swift-programming-language-is-now-open-source/

http://mashable.com/2015/12/03/new-4-inch-iphone-rumor/#gOU1fzgcpEqy

http://mashable.com/2015/12/01/google-glass-redesign-patent/#FNSIWxFbZZqj

http://www.cnet.com/news/facebook-tests-live-video-streaming-for-the-masses/

http://www.zdnet.com/article/oneplus-2-android-smartphone-you-no-longer-need-invite-to-buy-one/?tag=nl.e539&s_cid=e539&ttag=e539&ftag=TRE17cfd61

http://mashable.com/2015/12/03/google-cardboard-camera-app/#a53eoYajf5q6

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