EMPIST Tech News Roundup: Friday, January 4, 2019

News | January 4, 2019

Top tech news of the week: Happy New Year! This week’s tech news is all about predictions for tech in 2019. We’ve got the latest from transportation technology to 3D-printing and retail trends. Discover this and much more!  

5 Transportation Technologies That Will Boom or Bust in 2019 

Forbes | Mon Dec 31, 2018 — There has been a lot of hype around some of these futuristic modes of transportation. Could 2019 be their year to shine or plummet? The list of transportation projects includes autonomous cars, autonomous flying cars, tunnel-based transit, electric scooters, and commercial space flights. Tunnel-based transit has been a passion project of Elon Musk, along with The Boring Company. If things get rolling in 2019, we could be catching a ride on the Hyperloop, Express Loop in Chicago or riding in the new LA car tunnels. Read the full story >>  

MIT Researchers Are Now 3D-Printing Glass 

TechCrunch | Mon Dec 31, 2018 — It’s time for some tech news. The new system G3DP2 by MIT has perfected the process of 3D-printing glass. So, how on earth does it work? The system has a closed, heated box that holds the melted glass and an additional thermal controlled box where the glass is formed and printed. Pretty glassy, right? Read the full story >>  

4 Retail Tech Trends to Watch in 2019 

Tech News World | Wed Jan 3, 201 There’s a large amount of technology involved in the shopping process, and it’s not stopping in 2019. The new tech trends you’ve been seeing in stores are going to become more mainstream this year. Be on the lookout for real-time inventory management, open source retail locations, and the expansion of mobile and self-checkout. As an e-commerce business, it’s important to stay on your toes in the ever-changing tech landscape. Read the full story >>  

2019 Tech Conferences and Events to Add to Your Calendar 

TechRepublic | Mon Dec 31, 2018 — Tech news via conference? If you’re looking to network in the tech world in 2019, we recommend checking out some of the popular tech conferences this year. Companies like Microsoft, Gartner, Google, Dell, MIT, and IBM are organizing some pretty amazing seminars, and that’s just naming a few! Read the full story >>  

2019 Looks to Continue Another Lights-Out Year for Fintech Startups 

TechCrunch | Mon Dec 31, 2018 — The predictions were right on the money as FinTech grew 50 percentage points in 2018. Bitcoin had its time to shine, but FinTech came out on top as a more relevant company for venture capitalists. FinTech’s market cap grew to $170B in just 2 years, making them the one to beat in 2019. Now, that’s money in the bank! Read the full story >>  

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