The end of the year is nigh, and 2017 has been an epic year for technology. We thought it would be a good idea to look back over the past year in tech news to see which stories made the headlines. But remember, we try to cover tech news you can make use of, as that’s our thing…
In January, Netflix launched a new app for DVD rentals, Instagram added ads to Stories, Chrome added support for FLAC files, Samsung explained why the Galaxy Note 7 exploded, Google announced all new Chromebooks would run Android apps, and HP recalled 101,000 batteries.
The only thing that can stop a bad guy with an on-fire Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is a good guy with an on-fire Samsung Galaxy Note 7
— The Only Thing (@OnlyThingTha) December 22, 2017
In February, Club Penguin went offline, Sony added support for external hard drives on the PS4, WhatsApp enabled two-step verification, Cloudflare was found to be leaking passwords, a new version of the Nokia 3310 was announced, and Microsoft launched the Xbox Game Pass.
I miss club penguin. Simple times.
— Drew Ferrell (@drewbeydubie) December 22, 2017
In March, YouTube launched YouTube TV for cord-cutters, Google split Hangouts into Meet and Chat, Pandora launched Pandora Premium, Netflix replaced its ratings with thumbs-up and thumbs-down, Google added live-location tracking, and then Facebook promptly followed suit.
Dunno who’s paying for my pandora premium but god bless u
— english muffin (@sarahengeng) December 11, 2017
In April, Android became more popular than Windows, Facebook helped us all spot fake news, the Xbox One got a Steam-like refund system, Spotify started offering discounts to students, Duolingo launched a premium subscription service, and Apple started offering free educational classes.
The phrase "fake news" is the new "whatever." It means nothing, sounds vapid, & we are all dumber for repeating it.
— Rita Konaev (@RitaKonaev) December 22, 2017
In May, Yik Yak went the way of the dodo, Microsoft unveiled Windows 10 S, Amazon added free voice calls on Echo devices, Microsoft announced it was bringing Linux to Windows 10, Google Photos learned a trio of awesome new skills, and Apple begged Android users to switch to iOS.
I’m ready glad I blocked out the point in my life where I regularly used Yik Yak
— Lexie Hawley (@lexiehawley) December 17, 2017
In June, Microsoft launched the newly redesigned Skype, Google tried to keep kids safe online, Microsoft unveiled the Xbox One X, Facebook finally started supporting GIFs, you finally had the chance to tip your Uber driver, and we discovered that the new Yahoo Mail is actually rather good.
I can't drive for Uber because I like to speed and i know I won't get any tips
— Marcos Garcia (@GotDeportedYolo) December 11, 2017
In July, Sony started pressing vinyl records again, Microsoft launched Microsoft 365, Microsoft ended support for Windows Phone, Google brought Google Glass back from the dead, Google Play Protect started keeping Androids safe, and Adobe committed to killing Flash in 2020.
Omg wtf even is Adobe flash player and why does it always need updating
— Louise Ashe (@louiseashe_) December 12, 2017
In August, Mozilla launched its Test Pilot program, LastPass doubled the price of LastPass Premium, Consumer Reports said don’t buy a Microsoft Surface, MoviePass started offering unlimited movies for $10, Microsoft reminded us Bing exists, and Tinder launched Tinder Gold.
Tinder: Upgrade to Tinder Gold to get unlimited likes!
Me: I’m lonely as hell but I’m not spending money on this app, idiot
— What If John Cena Played Minecraft? (@the_bird_roads) December 22, 2017
In September, Roku launched its own movie channel, Apple suffered an iPhone X leak, Chrome finally started blocking autoplaying videos, we learned that CCleaner had been distributing malware, PicMonkey destroyed its free offering, and Mozilla unveiled the Firefox Quantum beta.
Woke up to a unauthorized charge from @PicMonkey and they have no customer service phone number and no one has responded to my email.
— Myleah (@myleahhh) December 11, 2017
In October, Microsoft killed Groove Music, Netflix raised prices to fund original content, Microsoft admitted Windows 10 Mobile is dead, we bid farewell to AOL Instant Messenger, Amazon launched Amazon Key, and WhatsApp afforded us the ability to delete sent messages.
A day in the life of someone with ‘Amazon Key’:
“HEY, they cleaned out the whole F#@KING house!!”
The End ??
— A.J. Upton (@ajuptonwrites) December 19, 2017
In November, Blizzard made Starcraft II free to play, Twitter gave everybody 280 characters to play with, South Park landed on Android and iOS, EA took abuse over Star Wars: Battlefront II, Valve tried to fix Steam user reviews, and Amazon launched Echo buttons for quiz nights.
Can someone please explain Minecraft to me in 280 characters or less?
— Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg (@TheRaDR) December 21, 2017
In December, Apple started offering tutorials on YouTube, Facebook launched Messenger Kids, Google launched Android Go for budget handsets, internet pioneers begged the FCC to save net neutrality, Apple admitted to slowing down old iPhones, and Spotify launched on Linux as a snap.
Apple admitted to slowing down older iPhones. If you're reading this on an iPhone, it's 2024 and the sexiest man alive is an old, spooky tree.
— Matt Fernandez (@FattMernandez) December 21, 2017
Forget the Bad News and Focus on the Good News
As with every year, 2017 has been a mixed bag. There have been countless bad news stories, but we prefer to focus on the good. As you can see above there has been plenty to make use of this year, and that’s all that matters. Thanks for reading, and we look forward to seeing you in 2018.
What was your favorite tech news story from 2017? Is it one we covered or one that fell outside of our remit? Do you have any predictions for the world of tech in 2018? What would you most like to see happen? As always you can let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
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