The 5 most life-altering tech stories of 2015Bridget Carey looks back on the innovations and stories that made the biggest impact on technology this year, shaping what's to come.
It's time to look back on the most important tech of 2015. I'm Bridget Carey. This is your CNET Update. [MUSIC] 2015 was a little strange if you think about it. Microsoft gave us Windows 10, but never a Windows 9. Amazon created a little button to press For more toilet paper. And Google isn't really just Google anymore, it's Alphabet? Aside from the odd, there were innovations that made a big impact. Here at the top five tech stories from 2015 that are going to shape 2016. Number Number five, USB Type-C. You'll soon be saying good bye to the typical USB port. As laptops, tablets, and cell phones start to use USB Type-C. It's a faster port that can transform power and data and it fits in no matter which way you plug it. In Apple's new 12 inch Macbook, there's only one USB C port and that's it, nothing else. Now, don't hate me for this but I'm putting Apple Watch on the list at number four. Yeah, there were smart watches in previous years, but when Apple got involved, it changed the conversation. We now have luxury fashion brands like Swatch, Tagheuser, Gucci, and Fossil Jumping into the smart watch phase. At number three, Meerkat and Periscope. The Meerkat came out in March, it was an overnight sensation. Being able to live broadcast video from your phone and share it on Twitter and gain fans from around the world Was suddenly so easy and because the videos disappeared, it played off our fears of missing out so you had to watch it that moment. Twitter quickly de-clawed meerkat and launched a competitor Parascope which is the more popular choice these days. At number two, Google's self driving car. In May Google revealed- Its prototype for a self driving car it built from scratch. It had no steering wheel, accelerator or brake pedals. But it's not just Google that's accelerating in this space. Tesla rolled out a software update to give some of its cars the power of auto-pilot. And at number one, Hololens. At the start of the year, Microsoft surprised everyone by showing off a sleek, flashy headset with transparent lenses. This augmented reality tech kicked off a year of everyone seriously believing in the future of virtual reality, and with Oculus Rift, Playstation VR, and [UNKNOWN] launching next year. It sets up 2016 to be the year of virtual reality. Now I've had a blast covering it all, so I leave you with a few highlights of some of my favorite CNET Update moments. Be sure to catch us again at CBS starting January 4th. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Kerry. Simply perfect. Marshmallows! Excuse me. [UNKNOWN] To actually take it there. Shatterproof display. [MUSIC] [UNKNOWN] Yourself in Yoshi She could travel through green pipes. I'm going to ride in a petty cab. Would you want to live in a world with robots that have A.I? Yeah I would be totally interested. Christina, and i'm Bridget Carey, see you in the future.