Here is the list of the seven most significant technological advances we have seen in 2016:

1. Live streaming:

Live streaming technology has developed at an astonishing pace this year, particularly via Twitch, Facebook Live, Periscope due to several factors. These include the practicality of mobile devices, faster Internet connections, and a pressure of the trend to be “in the moment” all the time on the social media. As a result of this, live streaming technologies are becoming more diverse and dynamic. They are also getting more efficient, with fewer interruptions and greater accessibility.

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2. Virtual and augmented reality:

It has been a huge year for virtual reality (VR), all credit to the emergence of Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. Although it has seen a lukewarm welcome from the people, but it certainly has the potential to change the way we view our world. Augmented reality is also getting its fair share of popularity, with the breakout of apps like Pokémon Go which is bringing millions of users together for a shared physical and digital experience. Virtual reality tech is still a new concept which needs a lot of improvement, but the year 2016 has certainly seen the first baby steps towards the era with a blurrier line between the physical and digital realities.

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