Tech Talk With Vertical Motion | January 2022 Edition

Welcome to Tech Talk With Vertical Motion, where we recap the biggest tech news, events, and headlines to keep you in the know.

CES 2022

The 2022 Consumer Electronics Show went off without a hitch in early January, as a number of new and exciting tech was on display. Here are a few notable products that made their appearance in Las Vegas this month:

Foldable LaptopASUS ZenBook 17 Fold

Electric Pickup Truck – 2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV

AI Powered Drone – Skydio 2+

Smartphone Glasses – NxtWear Ai

Autonomous Tractor – 8R Tractor

Diabetes & Hypertension Monitoring – Movano Ring

James Webb Space Telescope

January has been an exciting month for space enthusiasts with the successful launch and deployment of the James Webb Space Telescope. On January 24th, the Webb Space Telescope arrived safely at its L2 observation point. It is now in the process of cooling down and preparing for the next stage of alignment and calibration. L2 or Lagrange Point 2 is one of five gravitational zones around the Sun and Earth where equipment of this nature can hold its position with only a few orbital adjustments. L2 offers additional protection from temperature and light exposure swings which supports the Webb Space Telescope’s need to remain cool as it views the cosmos with its infrared light technology. 

With the Hubble Space Telescope soon reaching the end of its life, the $10 billion Webb Space Telescope is set to continue this exploration. The Webb Telescope is estimated to be 100 times more powerful than the Hubble and will reveal images of some of the first stars and galaxies in the universe.

The Impact of Covid-19 On The Mobile App Industry

A recent article from TechCrunch shows new data on how the app industry has been affected by the global Covid-19 pandemic since 2019. Despite declines in travel-related applications, a number of other categories saw massive growth over the last couple of years. All things considered, the overall increase in app usage brought record highs to consumer app spending reaching $28 billion in the third quarter of last year.

Worst Impacted App Categories

  1. Navigation (-22%)
  2. Travel (-14%)

Best Impacted App Categories

  1. Medical (+187%)
  2. Business (+102%)
  3. Games (+39%)
  4. Health & Fitness (+31%)
  5. All Categories (+30%)
  6. Education (+19%)

Microsoft To Acquire Gaming Giant Activision In $68.7 Billion Deal

Tech giant Microsoft is ready to make its biggest push yet into the gaming industry since Minecraft, with the acquisition of Activision. Known for the creation of popular games including Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, and Diablo, Activision is expected to finalize a $68.7 billion deal by 2023. With this massive acquisition, Microsoft will become the third-largest gaming company behind Tencent and Sony. Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft says this deal “will play a key role in the development of metaverse platforms.” He goes on to say, “we’re investing deeply in world-class content, community and the cloud to usher in a new era of gaming that puts players and creators first and makes gaming safe, inclusive and accessible to all.”

Web Development Trends For 2022

Web development like all tech continues to evolve and shift rapidly. 2022 is expected to bring some exciting new trends in the world of web development. Here are some of the ones we are most excited about.

  • Progressive Web Apps (PWAs)
  • AI Chatbots
  • WordPress Development
  • Improved Native Cyber Security

Paving The Future of Carbon Footprint Tracking With CarbonGraph

We recently sat down with Co-Founder and CEO Sam Anderson to discuss his exciting new tech company CarbonGraph. This revolutionary startup “allows companies to calculate and share easily digestible data on the carbon footprint of their products and services.” Their innovative process creates enhanced visibility along the supply chain to support carbon neutrality efforts and more sustainable production practices. If you want to learn more about their exciting story check out our article here.

This is your communications officer on the bridge at Vertical Motion saying Godspeed and see you next month!

Vertical Motion Inc. is a Calgary & Kelowna-based business supporting the needs of entrepreneurs and business owners since 2006. Our team of expert business specialists, project managers, front and back-end developers, marketers, graphic designers, and professional advisors support the needs of both B2B and B2C businesses in all industries including Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Clean Technology, Augmented and Virtual Reality (AR/VR), Sports and Recreation, Real Estate, and Health Care. We specialize in creating custom Web, iPhone, Android, and Windows solutions for businesses of all sizes including startups, small businesses, not-for-profit organizations, and large corporations. Ready to take your idea to new heights? Drop us a line  

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Written By Tyler Mikitka, communications officer on the bridge at Vertical Motion.

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