Interapt’s Top Ten Tech Moments: December 14th-December 18th

A syringe with tiny sponges can seal a gunshot wound in seconds

By Alicia Marie Tan, Mashable

Oregon-based startup RevMedx designed the XSTAT 30, a syringe-like device inject blood-absorbing sponges into a wound, sealing it in less than a minute, as reported by Popular Science. The FDA approved the device for civilian use in a press release on Dec. 7.


FAA announces drone owners must register by February 19th, 2016

By Ben Popper, The Verge

The Federal Aviation Administration announced that all units weighing between 0.55 pounds and 50 pounds must be registered by February 19th, 2016. Anyone caught flying without proper registration after that date could face stiff penalties. The FAA says civil penalties include a fine of up to $27,500. Criminal penalties include a fine of up to $250,000 and up to three years in jail.


Mozilla kills Firefox OS, bowing out of mobile race

By Jeremy Kirk, PC World

Mozilla has ended its ambitious entry into the smartphone race, saying Tuesday it will stop offering Firefox OS phones through operators. The withdrawal is unsurprising, even though Mozilla heralded the OS as one of its major projects in its recent annual report.

goTenna allows smartphones to text and share locations

By Eileen Brown, ZDNet

goTenna addresses the need for off-grid communication when you need it. It is a small, rugged device that pairs wirelessly with your smartphone and attaches to your gear. It works anywhere on the planet, regardless of whether a cell signal or Wi-Fi is available. Users can text and share locations, even when Wi-Fi and cell service is unavailable.

Microsoft pulls latest Windows 10 Mobile release

By Mary Jo Foley, ZDNet

Microsoft has removed the latest Windows 10 Mobile build it made available to Lumia 950 and 950 XL users due to installation problems. A Microsoft Answers forum moderator acknowledged Microsoft had unpublished Windows 10 Mobile build 10586.29 from its public update servers due to a variety of problems experienced by some of those trying to put the latest release on their Windows 10 phones.

Google courts startups in emerging markets

By Larry Signan, ZDNet

Google said it will expand its Launchpad program to help startups in India, Brazil and Indonesia get rolling. In a blog post, Google said it is expanding its Launchpad program, which helps developers design and develop apps, to include Launchpad Accelerator. Launchpad Accelerator provides six months of support and training to startups in India, Brazil and Indonesia to build apps and businesses.

Netflix has created “smart” socks that detect when you fall asleep and pause the show you’re watching

By Nathan McAlone, Business Insider

Netflix has built socks that read your body to understand when you fall asleep, and then automatically pause your Netflix show. Netflix not only built the prototype of these socks, but it also actually put some totally do-able DIY plans online so you can make your own. Netflix based the sleep-detection system in the socks off of “actigraphy,” which uses an accelerometer to tell when you’ve stopped moving for a while (presumably when you’ve fallen asleep). In the socks prototype, an LED light in the cuff of the sock begins to flash red when you’ve been immobile, letting you know it is about to pause your show. If you move at all, it cancels the countdown.

Uber partners with Facebook to allow riders to request rides through Messenger app

By Biz Carson, Business Insider

Uber has come to Facebook Messenger. This isn’t just a link encouraging Facebook users to grab a ride to their next event, like you’ll see in Google Maps, but a way to call an Uber ride without even opening the app.

Apple CEO Time Cook finally picks his right-hand man

By Christina Warren, Mashable

In a press release, Apple said that Jeff Williams has been named chief operating officer and Johny Srouji has been moved up to the executive team as senior vice president for Hardware Technologies.

Brazil has blocked access to WhatsApp for 48 hours

By Rich McCormic, The Verge

Brazil is in the midst of a WhatsApp blackout, after a court in the country ordered access to the messaging service blocked for 48 hours, starting at midnight on Thursday, local time. A judge in the city of Sao Paulo initiated the blockade on the service, telling Brazil’s telecoms companies to stop the use of the country’s most popular messaging app, but did not divulge the name of the company or individual responsible for the injunction.

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