In the world of tech, a lot can happen in seven days. This week we take a look at the new Moto Mod concepts, the upcoming T3 Awards, Ticketmaster’s plans for digital passes and Volvo’s commitment to sustainability.
Motorola announces new Moto Mod concepts
If you have a Motorola device then you’ve already probably heard about Moto Mods, which are essentially snap-on modular hardware. Motorola is planning on adding six new products to its Moto Mods range, Techdroider.com reports.
This week in Ghana the Moto 360 Camera mod was unveiled, which will be capable of live streaming 360-degree video to social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram Live. Motorola also announced a speaker mod, a high-quality microphone mod called Studio and a DSLR mod which will allow users to attach DSLR lenses to their phone.
T3 Awards 2017
Our colleagues over at Three UK are delighted to be sponsoring this year’s T3 Awards. The premier tech awards are now in their 11th year and are taking place on 20th September in London, and you can get involved and help choose the winners.
Last year VR (Virtual Reality) was the big winner, with HTC Vive winning the coveted Gadget of the Year award, as well as Gaming Product of the Year and Innovation of the Year. Samsung cleaned up too, winning several awards including Brand of the Year and Phone of the Year with the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. Tesla, Microsoft and Dyson were among the other winners.
A T3 award is one of the most prestigious accolades in the industry, so we’re really excited to see what gadgets and innovations win big this year. You can vote for your favourite phones and gadgets at T3.com, and stay tuned to The Week in Tech for T3 Award updates this autumn.
Ticketmaster developing digital passes
Many of us print off our tickets for gigs, but soon all forms of paper tickets could be a thing of the past. Ticketmaster is currently developing a new smartphone technology called Ticketmaster Presence, Mashable reports.
Ticketmaster Presence will work by transferring data from smartphones directly to receivers in venues, effectively creating a ‘tap and go’ system and turning your smartphone into a check-in device, eliminating the need for printed out tickets and ticket agents. Presence is not currently available but is in development at 32 venues across North America. No doubt it’ll be the standard for concerts and events in a few years!
Volvo commits to going fully electric
Volvo made a ground-breaking announcement this week – all Volvo cars launched from 2019 onwards will have an electric motor, placing sustainability and environmental friendliness at the core of its future business model. The car manufacturer will be ceasing the production of cars with internal combustion engines, instead embracing electric and hybrid cars.
Volvo already has hybrid cars but has yet to launch a fully electric vehicle, which it intends to release in 2019. This week’s announcement is an encouraging confirmation of Volvo’s commitment to sustainable technology, and it will be interesting to see which other car manufacturer’s follow suit. Volvo is also testing self-driving cars and is aiming to have its first autonomous car on the market in 2021.
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