Tech Trends : A Look Back at 2015 in Technology

Gail Eddy, Nederland.   Every year there are new developments in the Technology world, and 2015 was no exception.

Here are just a few:

VR Headset – At the CES 2015 show in January, no one expected Virtual Reality for the masses to be available this year.  They were wrong!  Announced in time for Black Friday, Oculus has released a headset that works exclusively with the Samsung Galaxy smartphone.  More info here: http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2015/11/the-new-gear-vr-proves-virtual-reality-is-finally-consumer-ready/

iWatch – Apple has been developing their watch since 2011 and it was finally available in the spring of this year.  Reviews on the different tech sites that review these things have been mixed.  https://www.google.com/search?q=Apple+Watch&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8#q=Apple+Watch+review

Reviews by Amazon consumers are much higher.  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00WP9NFUG/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_dp_ps_1?pf_rd_p=1944687602&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=B00WUKULAC&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=0GFNG5R12PCAGDJZ0607

Intel Skylake – Chris is pretty excited about the new 6th generation Intel Core Processor.  He says it will run better on mobile technology.  Do you know what the 1st generation was?  Check out this article and astonish your geeky friends!  http://www.pcworld.com/article/2969373/components-processors/why-intel-calls-skylake-a-6th-generation-cpu.html

Tesla – Chris is also excited about the new Ludicrous upgrade to the Tesla Model S P90DL.  Well, anything that takes you from zero to sixty in under three seconds has got to be worthy of some salivation!  Here’s a link to DragTimes video.  http://insideevs.com/dragtimes-takes-delivery-ludicrous-tesla-model-s-p90d-video/

Car Hacking – This was a big story this past spring.  Computers in cars are pretty ubiquitous now and are just as susceptible to hacking as other computers are.  The difference here is that car manufacturers don’t seem concerned and are not doing what they could to make their systems more secure.  A previous blog about a report released by Senator Ed Markey has more information. http://geekforhireinc.com/car-hacking/

DieselGate – Earlier this year we found out that VW and Audi installed software on many of its 2009-2015 diesel models that would essentially “cheat” emissions tests.  From this NYTimes article “The software sensed when the car was being tested and then activated equipment that reduced emissions, United States officials said. However, the software turned the equipment off during regular driving, increasing emissions far above legal limits, possibly to save fuel or to improve the car’s torque and acceleration.”  http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/business/international/vw-diesel-emissions-scandal-explained.html. There’s more info here: http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1100125_vw-diesel-emissions-recall-what-you-need-to-know-in-10-questions

Late last month, VW announced their fix for the diesel engines.  Automotive News describes the modifications that will need to be made here.  http://www.autonews.com/article/20151126/BLOG06/311269963/vws-surreal-fix-turns-diesel-scandal-into-a-comedy

What do you think were the most significant technology announcements in 2015?

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