The new year is just hours away (or perhaps have already begun, depending on your location). Before we officially say goodbye to 2015, here’s a look back at some of the biggest headlines we’ve had this year.
As a courtesy to confused tech users, we often write news updates when we’ve confirmed a downtime for any popular service. On March 11, when iTunes, the App Store, the Mac App Store, TestFlight and iTunes Connect became unusable, Apple users worldwide went into a bit of a panic.
A Twitter user even reported that his local Apple store in Birmingham, UK was unable to process payments with Apple’s software that they reverted to a traditional credit card flatbed.
— Nathan Ziabek (@NathanJozef) March 11, 2015
If it’s anything we’ve learned publishing on TNW, it’s that people love hearing about silly tech misuses. Such was the case when Tesla users were beginning to upload videos of them recklessly driving on busy roads and expecting autopilot to save them from crashing.
As Adobe Flash continues on its impending extinction, this year’s nail in the coffin was made when Google officially ditched the software for advertising on the Chrome browser. Instead, Google AdWords now defaults to HTML5 to help make it easier for advertisers to reach more audience.
April Fools’ Day in the tech universe can be a huge hit or miss, but it seems everyone loved Google’s easter egg this year which turns any part of Google Maps into a playable Pac-Man stage. My personal favorite stage? Lombard Street in San Francisco.
Are smartphone wars officially boring? As we’re introduced with more metal slabs everyday, we were happy to see some originality from Marshall’s London phone, an Android device that touts superior music speakers. It’s even got dual jacks for you to enjoy content with a friend.
Lenovo’s had a pretty rough year this year after being caught installing adware, dubbed Superfish, on a number of consumer laptops fresh out of the box. The aftermath brought some big lawsuits against the company, with Lenovo having to embarrassingly explain how users can manually remove the adware.
When free calling on WhatsApp finally arrived on Android, users were so excited that they were more than happy to share their phone numbers on our public Facebook page to get those with the feature to call them and help activate the service.
Probably not the most effective way to roll out a feature, but it certainly was amusing to see all the interested parties helping each other out.
— Natt การุณรังษีวงศ์ (@nattgarun) March 13, 2015
Our annual Web design trend forecast piece is consistently one of the most-read pieces on TNW, which accurately depicts our audience of tech-forward design lovers. Have a look back and see if you started noticing the above 10 trends this year, and keep your eyes peeled for our 2016 version.
On August 10, it looks like Snapchat accidentally rolled out a feature that wasn’t meant to be released. It would later be officially part of the social media service several weeks later, allowing users to collect trophies for the milestones achieved when using the app.
This year, Anonymous prepped for one of its biggest wars against several terrorist groups – from ISIS to the KKK. Many people were waiting for the data dump which promised to name figures, including US politicians, that may have been associated with the KKK.
The Paris shooting shocked the world this past November, and Facebook was quick to respond by opening Safety Check tool and a French flag filter for anyone who wanted to share solidarity with the country.
However, this also prompted some negative responses from victims of crises in other countries who felt they did not receive the same kind of support from Facebook.
With emoji quickly replacing text in our modern day language, it’s no surprise that people lost it when Apple officially unveiled what new emoji approved by the Unicode Consortium would look like in iOS 9.1.
The new update brought much-requested emoji like burrito, taco and the middle finger (complete with your choice of available skin colors.)
See #14. It seems people enjoy reading about goofs in the tech world, especially if it involves design. In this particular case, it seems Cisco failed to realize that placing a reset button right above the cable plug meant users risked pushing the button every time a cable is inserted. For data centers, this meant an entire network could have easily gone down for such a simple design fail.
But if you were in the market for a giant tub of lubricant, however…
Surprised? We’re not. The biggest headline of the year went to ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ after the first full-length trailer premiered during Monday Night Football in the states on October 20. Today, it continues to rack up traffic weeks after the movie officially premiered in mid-December.
Wanna know what this post looked like in 2014? Check out the biggest headlines from last year here.
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