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Tech Talk Thursday: Nov. Announcements Worth Noting

Tech Talk Thursday: Nov. Announcements Worth Noting

This month cited new trends in virtual reality (VR), hardware innovations, and a company expansion.

Top Tech Announcements for November

YouTube VR for Oculus Go

On November 12th, YouTube launched its VR app that is available in the Oculus Store now. It supports 360-degree and standard video. In addition, it includes social features so users can watch the same video with colleagues that are wearing headsets.

Business Impact: YouTube is the largest social media network in the world, so it makes sense for them to integrate new technologies into their viewing system. As your business creates 360 videos, consider using YouTube VR. In addition, the Oculus Go is a standalone headset that allows viewing on mobile devices, including smartphones. This is the way of the future as headsets become cordless and Wi-Fi enabled.

LG’s Gram Comes with Three New Models

LG Gram laptop has a 13.3, 14- and 15.6-inch models with speculation they will be announcing a 17-inch unit to go head-to-head with Apple’s MacBooks. These ultra-lightweight, touchscreen laptops each have Intel® Core™ i7 processor, Windows 10 and a 10-hour battery life.

Business Impact: This device is perfect for a busy professional who wants eye-popping graphics and a large screen to complete detailed work. It won’t replace Apple products, as these users are very loyal to the Mac product line. However, for Windows users that are looking for a comparable alternative, the LG Gram fits the bill nicely.

Samsung Shows off Foldable Phone

The Infinity Flex smartphone will have two display screens, with the smaller screen residing on the front, akin to a typical smartphone. When available, the user will be able to open the smartphone like a magazine, which reveals the larger screen with the ability to fold out to a full seven inches. The device will be able to run three mobile apps at once.

Business Impact: Is this the future of smartphone technology? Hard to say, but it’s the most innovative one since the launch of the iPhone ten years ago. This is one I will definitely be keeping my ear to the ground on, especially if it’s well accepted in the corporate marketplace.  

Bots of the Future

According to a new study by Data & Society, social media metadata – likes, comments and reactions – are being used by bots to hoodwink individuals to think they are connecting with real people. According to this same report, over 50% of Americans receive their news from social media, which given the above parameters, allow fake news to still reign.

Business Impact: This is a clear indication of “buyer beware”. Know who you are connecting to, obtain your news from credible sources and report spam activity to platform providers. Continue to conduct social listening and monitoring about your business to keep your reputation intact in the event of a bot attack.  

Amazon Selects NYC and Northern Virginia for H2

$5 billion and more than 50,000 jobs are what awaits National Landing, VA and Queens, NY as Amazon rolls out their second headquarter locations. They are also putting an Operations Center of Excellence in Nashville, that will create more than 5,000 jobs.

Business Impact: If your business is in these three areas, the residual affect of more jobs will be felt. With an East Coast presence, centered around our Nation’s Capital, look for Amazon to deliver more in the arena of logistics excellence using AI, blockchain and drones.

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