Interapt’s Top Ten Tech Moments January 4th-January 8th

CES 2016 in Las Vegas, NV

CES is the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. Held in Las Vegas every year, it has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for more than 40 years—the global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace.

Some gadgets include: Daqri Smart Helmet, that makes a construction site an augmented reality playground, PicoBrew, the Keurig of brewing beer at home, and Cerevo Tipron, a moving projector robot controlled by an app. And this barely covers it.

LG made an 18-inch display you can roll up like a newspaper

By Nick Statt, The Verge

LG Display has a prototype 18-inch screen it’s showing off at the Consumer Electronics Show this week that rolls up like a piece of paper. The technology builds on LG’s forward-looking OLED work focusing on bendable, rollable, and curving displays. The company showed similar technology last year as a proof of concept, but kept images behind closed doors.

 

Apple patent introduces simultaneous photo capture with multiple cameras

By Kellen Beck

The latest patent filed by Apple details the idea of using two cameras to simultaneously capture two different fields of view in the same direction. By taking two photos with different focal lengths, a device like a phone could have an effective optical zoom without an actual moving lens.

 

Google’s ‘Project Sunroof’ Expands

By Associated Press, NBC News

Google is expanding an online service that quickly tallies up considerations of going solar and whether homeowners should consider buying or leasing photovoltaic panels costing thousands of dollars. Google’s Project Sunroof combines the eye-in-the-sky images behind Google Earth with calculations on how much shade trees cast over a rooftop, data on local weather patterns, industry pricing and available subsidies to arrive at its bottom line.

Toyota snubs Apple, Google with Ford tech tie-up

By Arjun Kharpal, CNBC

Toyota has chosen a technology developed by Ford to allow consumers to access smartphone apps and features via their dashboard, eschewing similar technology offered by Apple and Google.

Ford’s SmartDeviceLink (SDL) – an open source software – allows drivers to access smartphone apps via the dashboard touch screen or even voice control. Toyota will be adopting the feature for upcoming vehicles, Ford said in a statement ahead of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas on Monday.

Facebook accused of deliberately breaking some of its Android apps

By Alex Hern, The Guardian

In a report from tech journal The Information, Facebook is accused of selectively crashing its Android app, for long periods of time, in an effort to discover the threshold at which users just give up and go away. But the lure of Facebook proved too strong: “The company wasn’t able to reach the threshold,” the site says, with someone familiar with the experiment adding that “people never stopped coming back”.

Microsoft slashes IE support, sets ‘huge’ edict for Jan. 2016

By Gregg Keizer, Computerworld

Hard on the heels of a decision to step up the frequency of Windows updates, Microsoft on Thursday announced it would give customers 17 months to stop using older versions of Internet Explorer (IE), including the most popular of them all, IE8.

 

 

Apple Dives Deeper Into Artificial Intelligence By Acquiring Emotient

By Drew Olanoff, TechCrunch

According to a report by the Wall Street Journal, Apple has acquired Emotient, an artificial intelligence startup. The company confirmed the move to the WSJ.

The San Diego-based company was founded in 2012 and has raised $8M from investors like Intel Capital and Seth Neiman, and had been tinkering around with products like Google Glass and other wearables.

Slack Promotes Former Twitter Boss April Underwood To VP Of Product

By Josh Constine, TechCrunch

Slack’s rocket ship has a new co-pilot. April Underwood, Slack’s former head of platform who just launched its App Directory and Slack Fund, has leveled up to become the startup’s VP of Product. Underwood joined Slack in June after nearly five years at Twitter where she was a Director of Product.

 

Oculus Rift Will Cost $599

By Brian X. Chen, NYTimes Bits

After months of teasing the introduction of its Oculus Rift virtual reality goggles, the company said on Wednesday that it had opened orders for the system, which includes a headset and controller devices, with a price of $599. That’s without a computer included — you’ll need a fast one that will probably cost around $1,000. The device begins shipping in March.

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