There's plenty for tech companies to do in the new year. Here's a wish list for 2016:
PICK AND CHOOSE ONLINE TELEVISION
In 2015, HBO and Showtime freed themselves from traditional television shackles. Both now offer app subscriptions directly to consumers - with no cable or satellite TV service required.
Associated Press video game critics Lou Kesten and Derrik J. Lang’s favorite titles of the year featured monster hunters, treasure hunters, guardian spirits and murder suspects:
Visions of cars that drive themselves without emitting a bit of pollution while entertaining passengers with online movies and social media are what’s taking center stage at the Tokyo Motor Show.
Japan, home to the world’s top-selling automaker, has a younger generation disinterested in owning or driving cars. The show is about wooing them back. It’s also about pushing an ambitious government-backed plan that paints Japan as a leader in automated driving technology.
YouTube's top-earning celebrity is a 25-year-old videogame-playing jokester who took in $12 million over the past year.
Forbes magazine says Felix Kjellberg, better known by his handle "PewDiePie,'' tops its list of people who have spun short online videos into huge piles of cash.
You don’t need to be a wizard to see the “Harry Potter” books come to life.
The seven books are getting a makeover with more than 200 new illustrations in enhanced e-books made for Apple devices. More than half of the illustrations are animated or interactive, with such touches as a golden snitch from Quidditch matches flying away as you tap it on the screen. Series creator J.K. Rowling also goes deeper into some of the characters and story lines with a handful of pop-up annotations.
Jeb Bush follows Donald Trump on Twitter but that’s a one-way street: Trump mainly follows people with a connection to himself. Ted Cruz’s follow list is a big tea party, though he keeps an eye on President Barack Obama, too.
Marco Rubio seems open to following everyone under the sun — Democrats, fellow Republicans, insiders of every type and an odd assortment of outliers who offer advice on body-piercing, playing craps and getting out of debt.
Photography gets even better with Apple’s new iPhones.
Although the iPhone is already among the best smartphones for everyday shots, images from previous iPhones haven’t been as sharp as what rival cameras produce. The new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus models address that, with 50 percent more detail, while introducing animation for still images and brighter low-light selfies.
Each year, Apple dazzles its devoted fans with faster, sleeker, more powerful iPhones with better cameras and a bevy of bells and whistles.
So, what’s to become of last year’s model?
Top Paid iPhone Apps: 1. Minecraft: Pocket Edition, Mojang. 2. Heads Up!, Warner Bros. 3. Five Nights at Freddys 4, Scott Cawthon. 4. VHS Camcorder, Rarevision. 5. Geometry Dash, RobTop Games AB. 6. Lara Croft GO, SQUARE ENIX INC. 7. Akinator the Genie, Elokence. 8. Plague Inc., Ndemic Creations. 9. Ski Safari 2, Sleepy Z Studios Pty Ltd. 10. 7 Minute Workout Challenge, Fitness Guide Inc.
The Ashley Madison hack is a big reminder to all Web users: If you submit private data online, chances are it will never fully be deleted.
The hackers, who stole the data about a month ago and then posted it online this week, claimed in a statement that part of the reason for the theft was Ashley Madison’s fraudulent promise to fully delete users’ information if they paid the company a $19 fee.
The digital age of music distribution has taken the music industry completely by storm. In the last decade, streaming services have become one of the most popular ways that consumers can affordably and conveniently access their favorite artists’ music.
That’s why Taylor Swift made headlines when she took her entire discography off Spotify and other platforms last year. The move was made just before Swift’s 1989 was released exclusively in stores. Music consumers have gotten used to immediate and unlimited access to our favorite artists through streaming services, so Swift’s decision shocked.
If you’re headed to the beach or any other weekend getaway, don’t forget these “essential” gadgets.
Of course, no technology is truly essential. You’re at the beach! Disconnect! Go swimming! Build sandcastles!
Still can’t leave the gadgets behind? Well, consider these: