Need to know : The biggest stories of 2016 from the tech world.

2016 Tech Review 

Need to know : The biggest stories of 2016 from the tech world.

WHAT A YEAR. We’ve had breaches, balloon internet, Bluetooth 5, and Amazon Prime in blue jeans as it embraced Jeremy Clarkson and a rebooted Top Gear. In fact, we had so much significant news to recall that the first and most immediate task was choosing which ones not to cover. Choosing which order to do them in was easy, though – we’re taking them on a calendar basis. So here’s our look back at all the key moments from the tech world in 2016.

Lest' take a short look on 2016 Tech stores.


The first month of the year was, and always is, all about the CES consumer electronics show in Las Vegas. Everything and anything that we might have wanted to buy went on early display, with the big focus in 2016 on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray TVs and DVD players. Closer to home, we saw a merger between two major telecoms companies, BT and EE, and an immediate deficit in consumer choice when choosing a comms provider.


While February includes Valentine’s Day, it was also the month for some big, unromantic hardware releases. Chasing cash from your wallet alongside overpriced roses and restaurant set menus were the Microsoft Surface Book and the Samsung Gear 360. February also saw the rel cha 10-mil
release of the Raspberry Pi b 3, the model that took the charitable foundation into the 10-million shipment bracket.


No ides this March, but a significant launch in the VR space. We finally got to see the headset that started it all, the Facebook-owned Oculus Rift, and what its
virtual worlds look like. Also making us reach for the wallet, or check in the review cupboard for lurkers, was the HP Spectre, which we really liked, and the well-received iPad Pro 9.7in, which could probably have counted as an iDe of March.


April is known for showers and Microsoft showered more shame on Adobe Flash, a piece of software that was severely lacking in friends already, when it banned its use on the Edge browser. Flash is slowly being removed from the internet, having already been put in the shade by Google and Facebook, and abandoned, when possible, by users. The HTC Vive also arrived in April, and immediately threatened sales of the still fresh Oculus Rift.


Those people who spent the first few months of the year waiting to spend money via an Android mobile device will have welcomed the UK launch of Android Pay, as it meant they could finally wave their phones around in shops just like their iPhone/Apple Pay-using counterparts.


The Bluetooth 5 specification made its official debut in June promising more speed, better range and support for the speed, Internet of Things. Tim Peake arrived back from the International Space Station, and he had breathing Earth air on his mind. Meanwhile, we were enjoying the look and feel of the Moto G4 so much that we gave it the coveted Shopper Best Buy award.


Fashion, technology and time effectively killed off the video star in July when the last manufacturer announced that it was building its last commercial VCR models. Fans were disappointed, but shelves under television sets breathed a sigh of relift. Never mind that, though, home media took a little beating when Pokémon Go was launched and sent everyone into the streets to look for augmented pocket monsters. Meanwhile, if BT and EE’s $15.6 bn merger was a significant deal in your eyes, then you will recall that Softbank bought ARM for a little matter of $29bn, and made a significant change to the chip industry.while if you follow Google, you would be accompanying it into its third antitrust case.


Over at Google, a video chat app called Duo was launched, alongside the Nougat version of Android. The best news of all for anyone looking to upgrade their home computing system came from Intel, with the reveal of Skylake, its new super-powerful and energy-efficient processor architecture. Low on sunbathing opportunities this summer, people  the world were forced to remember how they set their Windows software to update their home machine to Windows 10, because this was the month when the free upgrade period ended. 


Apple decided to change the way people think about earphones and headphones, and launched the Apple iPhone 7 with its very obvious lack of a headphone jack. The Cupertino company hoped, and still does hope, that people will accept its AirPods alternative. Though the leaves started falling, sales were up at Raspberry Pi and September was the month that the Foundation announced 10 million shipments. Watching hardware move the other way was Samsung, which had the unfortunate business of starting to recall exploding Galaxy Note 7 devices to concern itself with. Amazon rounded out the month with the launch of Dash, its shopping button that made buying certain things in bulk a very easy task.


October saw telecoms firm TalkTalk slapped with a record £400,000 fine from the Information Commissioner’s Office for failing to adequately protect its consumer data, an issue that ultimately led to the loss of personal and banking details. Google scared rivals with a swathe of hardware launches, including the Pixel and Pixel XL phones, the Daydream headset and Home, its appositely named home management system.


There were a few fireworks in the tech world this month. A hack on a British retail bank Tesco cost the firm £2.5m in customer refunds, which is a lot of money and a big PR problem. Meanwhile, a single email-all message sent to 1.2 million staff at the NHS managed to bring a whole computer system to its knees. On a much larger scale, the UK Snoopers’ Charter passed into law, and brought privacy supporters to their knees in desperation. Microsoft, meanwhile, was being absolutely slated by Kaspersky Lab for pre-installing what the Russian security firm suggested was anti-competitive and very poorly performing anti-virus software.


Google started to talk about its self-driving car work like it was a real business and called it Waymo. Apple’s AirPods finally went on sale just in time for the present-buying rush, after long delays. Bluetooth 5, and all its good new features, was officially adopted by the Bluetooth Special Interest Group.  
Meanwhile, while everyone was focusing their attentions on turkey, someone hacked the KFC fried chicken loyalty scheme and roasted its users. Ho, ho, ho.

That's it, This is how our tech year of 2016 past for more stay tuned to

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