Interapt’s Top Ten Tech Moments February 1st- February 5th

Virtual Reality: Coming Soon To A Clothing Store Near You

Shaun Ryan, Forbes

As we look ahead to the technologies that will bring the next wave of possibilities for retail, autonomous vehicles and 3D printing are sure to have a huge impact. But the technology I think will most start to come into its own in 2016 is virtual reality.

 

New report reveals that wearable sales surged in 2015

Rob Cappellina, Wearable

An estimated 13.4 million devices were sold according to research, dwarfing 2014’s 7.2 million, and the average price soared from $96 to $109, thanks to the release of premium devices, such as the Apple Watch.

MIT students win Hyperloop pod design competition

Jon Fingas, Engadget 

MIT has won a SpaceX competition that challenged students worldwide to design a pod for the ultra-fast tube transportation. The school’s team gets to build a vehicle that will run on a yet-to-be-built test track near SpaceX’s California headquarters.

Arcimoto SRK: an electric trike for joy ride

Verge Video 

The Arcimoto SRK is a three-wheeled electric vehicle with a unique design. It’s fast, fun, and maybe even a little bit practical. The Verge’s Sean O’Kane took it for a test drive in Las Vegas. Here is his initial reaction.

 

You can now Periscope straight from your Gopro camera 

Jason Lederman, Popular Science 

The live-streaming video app Periscope is cool, there’s no doubt about it. But it can be frustrating to broadcast something amazing and know your viewers can’t fully experience it because of the quality of your phone’s camera. That’s all about to change today, with the announcement that owners of the WiFi-enbaled GoPro Hero 4 camera will be able to stream video to the Periscope app on their phones, directly from their separate GoPro cameras.

 

Facebook is changing which posts you’ll see first in the News Feed — again

Karissa Bell, Mashable 

Facebook is once again tweaking its News Feed algorithm to help weed out posts you may not want to see. The company said Monday that it is updating the News Feed based on feedback from user surveys; the changes will affect which updates will appear at the top of your feed.

 

Google parent Alphabet passes Apple market cap at the open

Ari Levy, CNBC

Shares of Alphabet opened nearly 3 percent higher Tuesday, pushing the technology giant’s market capitalization past Apple to become the world’s most valuable public company.

Yahoo earnings expected to include layoff details

Mike Snider, USA Today 

When Yahoo delivers its fourth-quarter earnings performance Tuesday, Wall Street doesn’t want just numbers, it wants a glimpse at the road map of the ailing Internet company’s future.

A local feel for a global brand 

Uber

We want people around the world to feel like Uber was born in their city, so a conventional brand system simply won’t work. You can’t have the same look and feel in Chengdu as you do in Charleston and expect to be embraced by both cultures. At the same time, building a globally recognizable brand requires common elements people can associate with you.

 

Apple owes $626 million in damages after losing huge patent case

David Goldman, CNN Money 

A jury has ordered Apple to pay $626 million in damages after finding that iMessage, FaceTime and other Apple software infringed on another company’s patents.

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