What's Next in Tech

1_TOP NEWS

The Year’s Top Emerging Technologies 

Virtual clinical trials for testing new vaccines and therapies. “Spatial” computing, where the digital and physical worlds will be integrated in ways that go beyond virtual reality. These are two of 10 emerging technologies that have been singled out by an international steering group of experts convened by Scientific American and the World Economic Forum.


2_PRIVACY

Web Founder Unveils New Privacy Platform


Inrupt, the startup from World Wide Web founder Tim Berners-Lee, has announced an enterprise version of the Solid privacy platform, which allows large organizations and governments to build applications that put users in control of their data in online storage entities called Personal Online Data Stores or Pods for short, TechCrunch reports.


3_APPS

Zoom Reaches a Deal to End FTC Investigation

 

Zoom agreed to enhance its security practices to settle allegations from the Federal Trade Commission that the video conferencing company misled consumers about the protections it offers, Axios reports. The settlement is aimed at better locking down Zoom meetings and user data against intruders.


4_GEAR

Apple Unveils the First Macs to Run on its Own Chip, and More


Apple this week announced more details on its transition to Apple Silicon processors in the Mac. The company unveiled its new M1 processor, a new MacBook Air, a new MacBook Pro, and a new Mac mini, 9to5Mac reports.


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5_DATA

Say Goodbye to Google Photos’ Unlimited Free Storage 

 

Google Photos is ending its unlimited free storage policy for photos and videos, Google said in a Wednesday blog post. After June 1, 2021, CNet reports, new photos and videos uploaded will count toward the free 15GB of storage that comes with every Google account. The move is meant to spur people to sign up for Google's storage subscription service, Google One.


6_TECHNOLOGY

Getting to the Source of Technophobia 


When the bicycle first became popular in the 1890s, some tried to link this new transportation technology to an increase in cases of insanity. Today, humans still resist technological progress. Discover says fear of technology is not the sole reason.


7_STARTUPS

What a Robotic Kitchen Has Cooked Up

 

Often the first person at Spyce who touches your food is you. That’s because all of Spyce’s food is cooked using robots in a setup that Spyce, a Boston-area startup, calls the “Infinite Kitchen.” Its contactless cooking could help it thrive during the pandemic, Fast Company reports.


8_MARKETING

Combining the Best of Social Media, E-Commerce


Social commerce is a $89.4 billion market right now and it’s projected to grow to $604.5 billion in the next seven years. But what exactly is social commerce? Hootsuite explains.  


9_WORK

Digital Nomads' Dreams Disrupted


They moved to exotic locales to work through the pandemic in style. But now tax trouble, breakups and Covid guilt are setting in for digital nomads, the New York Times reports. 


10_SAY WHAT?

Smart Coughs

 

Researchers from MIT have developed an algorithm they say can differentiate the forced coughs of asymptomatic people who have Covid from those of healthy people, Mashable reports. The team used AI that can detect biomarkers like vocal cord strength, lung capacity, and neuromuscular degeneration. They are currently working on a free app that would enable anyone to cough into their smartphone.