Year In Review We look back at the best, worst, and most significant moments of the year, and look forward to next year. The Gizmodo staff has discussed the realistic technology we’re excited about for 2019, like itty bitty phones, video game streaming, 5G, and real-time translation (and why we shouldn’t get too excited about any of it). But the list that came from that discussion is limited by physics, laws, reality, and good editorial oversight. In the holiday haze (as some of the editors were off duty), we had another discussion about what technological innovations and developments we really want to see in the next year. Absolutely none of it will happen, but they provide an interesting glimpse into the id of Giz. Some were seemingly doable. Social media editor Emily Lipstein wants a streaming stick that allows you to watch anything, including Apple AirPlay and Amazon Prime Video. Reporter Sam Rutherford wants carriers to “stop misleading people with bullshit … [Read more...] about What Tech Do You Actually Want in 2019, Reality Be Damned?
Whats disruptive technology
What started out as a typical sunny day in San Diego for Pat Brogan ended with a trip to the emergency room. She was visiting the seaside city with her husband in August, and they thought it would be fun to rent two of Lime's electric scooters. A San Francisco Bay Area local and an avid cyclist and skier, Brogan liked the idea of zipping around town without using a car. After cruising along for about a mile, the couple started to descend a steep hill. Brogan, 63, eased on the brakes as her scooter gained speed -- only to discover they didn't work."I blew through three intersections and luckily didn't get hit," she said. "I'm now going 25 mph heading toward six lanes of traffic."By the end of the day she'd be in the hospital. And she's not the only one. Starting in March, a handful of tech companies dropped thousands of e-scooters across nearly 100 US cities, and injuries have surged. Two people have been killed in electric scooter accidents. And trauma surgeons are reporting daily … [Read more...] about Electric scooters are now disrupting wrists, elbows and heads
You couldn't miss the explosion of purple and magenta amid the sedate stone and marble interior of Grand Central Terminal's Vanderbilt Hall. T-Mobile was, at least temporarily, making its mark on the New York icon. The wireless carrier earlier this month had set up a pop-up event to promote the rebranding of its Metro prepaid arm, but I didn't really care about that. I was drawn by the promise of a 5G demo. And in one tiny part of the hall, jammed next to a giant replica of an Amazon Echo smart speaker, was a random collection of devices and experiences primed for 5G. There was a drone that could tap into the network for real-time controls and data exchange. An exercise bike and headset promised a cowboy-themed virtual reality experience. A collection of wine bottles featured photos of T-Mobile executives like CEO John Legere as an example of augmented reality -- point your smartphone at a bottle and Legere comes to life on the screen with a quip about how T-Mobile's … [Read more...] about 5G is almost a reality. Here’s what it’ll really feel like
An image of Bitcoin and U.S. currencies is displayed on a screen as delegates listen to a panel of speakers during the Interpol World Congress in Singapore on July 4, 2017. ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images In 2017 alone, the price of a Bitcoin exploded from under $1,000 in January to more than $10,000 in early December, earning the top cryptocurrency a market capitalization of more than $167 billion. The surprise success of Bitcoin has opened the floodgates to a torrent of new cryptocurrencies competing for investor dollars. Bitcoin is an invisible digital currency (with no physical backing) that can be sent from one internet user to another. It runs on blockchain technology. The blockchain works by recording financial transactions on a shared digital ledger that's encrypted on a peer-to-peer network. Instead of relying on a large financial institution or centralized servers to process payments, the blockchain runs on thousands of computers or "nodes" worldwide. Advanced cryptography … [Read more...] about Beyond Bitcoin: What’s the Next Big Cryptocurrency?
Advances in technology are important (and inevitable), but they leave outdated equipment in their wake. lorenzoantonucci/iStock/Thinkstock A disruptive technology is an innovation that uproots an established technology, or a revolutionary product or service that spawns a new industry [source: WhatIs.com]. Disruptive technologies are sometimes described as being simultaneously destructive and creative because they make old products — and sometimes even entire industries — obsolete, creating new ones in their place [source: Christensen, Howard]. Disruptive technologies have the power to change the way we work, live, think and behave. Imagine this: You're in your driverless car, on the way to a conference. Giving voice commands over the Bluetooth connection in your vehicle, you direct your smartphone to initiate a video call with a colleague. You remind her to bring the medical device prototype that you manufactured using a 3-D printer. You end the call and take out … [Read more...] about What’s a disruptive technology?