2017 was a wild ride when it came to tech as there were many products that launched with game-changing features while some were filled with scandals and some just left us baffled. We decided to take you down the memory lane and remind you all what went down in 2017 in the technology space. Here are some of our favourite moments in technology that took place this year.
1. Rise Of Cryptocurrency
2017 was the year when every Tom, Dick and Harry was aware of cryptocurrency and its potential value as an investment. Many individuals, including some from our office, invested heavily in Bitcoin, seeking high returns. Cryptocurrency came into the limelight when hackers demanded it as a ransom when HBO’s servers were hacked. It was also touted as ransom during the infamous WannaCry attack.
Ever since then the prices for bitcoin shot up at an exponential rate and almost everyone I knew was either talking about it or investing in it. It’s not entirely sure whether Bitcoin is here to stay and become an integral part of the world economy or will it crash in the coming months. But, after 2017, we will be watching.
2. WannaCry Attacks
Cybersecurity had a bad year all over the world and one of the most famous attacks was the WannaCry ransomware attack. The cyber attack affected many institutions such as doctors at UK’s NHS, Andhra Police, FedEx, Russia’s Interior ministry, Renault, Telefonica and many others. Ransomware has been a common form of cyber attack in the past few years where it encrypts files on a computer that essentially blocks it from being viewed by a user, rendering it completely useless.
In India, the cyber attack had a dangerous effect on numerous computers of Andhra Pradesh’s police departments. In fact, at least 18 police units were infected with the ransomware. The cyber attack caused panic across the globe when computers of railway systems, police, private companies and hospitals were all affected, causing disruption of service and forced G7 countries to reform their policies to deal with such malicious attacks.
3. Tesla And Self-Driving Cars
This was the year for self-driving cars. It became a real thing and Tesla is at the forefront of this new technology. Over the course of the last 12 months, we have seen fully automated cars that are actually being driven on the streets with no driver behind the wheel. Tesla alone has three self-driving vehicles such as the Model S, the new Roadster and a new Semi truck. Other companies like Waymo, Uber and Lyft are also in the race and 2018 will be exciting to see some new advancements in the already exciting tech.
4. No Bezels, No Cry
This year we saw almost every smartphone remove the bezels on their screen and offer an edge-to-edge display instead. Samsung won the world’s hearts as they introduced the Galaxy S8 which looked not only beautiful but sexy at the same time. Apple followed suit with the iPhone X that also has minimal bezels and a notch that hosts an array of sensors for Face ID. We even saw budget smartphones like the Honor 7x adopt the same form factor and you can expect every smartphone in 2018 to do the same.
5. Augmented Reality
Augmented Reality is already a thing as Apple introduced the highly anticipated ARkit to their devices. It is the next major platform that will expand at a fast rate and might just become a thing people use in their daily lives. Ikea already has an app that maps your room and allows you to virtually place furniture before purchasing. Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook are also investing heavily in AR and claimed it will the next big thing in technology in 2018.
6. Smart Speakers
Every tech company is now manufacturing some form of smart speakers and these products have taken the world by storm. Amazon’s Echo, Google Home and Apple’s HomePod are capturing customer’s imagination and are not going anywhere anytime soon. Amazon’s Echo is probably the best out of the lot and can do everything from giving you style tips to becoming your bedside alarm clock.
7. Apple Admits To Slowing Down iPhones
It was long suspected that Apple intentionally slowed down old iPhones and the company finally admitted to the claim. Apple said that a software feature released last year that makes your iPhone operate slower to offset problems due to its ageing lithium-ion battery. The processors in older iPhones wants to hit faster speeds however, older batteries are not able to withstand the speed and would simply turn off. In order to address this issue, Apple released a feature with last year’s iOS 10.2.1 update that allowed better power management. This would slow down the operating system to prevent it from shutting down and Apple said, “only in cases of cold temperature, a low battery charge or very old batteries.”
8. Apple Launches the iPhone X
The world was excited about Apple’s keynote in September this year and with considerable anticipation, the company did not disappoint. Apple came out with their first device that features an edge-to-edge OLED display, front and back glass panels, wireless charging and the brand new Face ID.
The iPhone X is also the company’s most expensive smartphone ever and it managed to raise a few eyebrows due to the high price. Android smartphones are also following the same trend and are getting more expensing as high-end smartphones are taking over the market.
9. Samsung Rebound From Note 7 Debacle
Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 launch literally went up in flames and many wondered if the company would ever be abel to bounce back from the debacle. Samsung not only managed to bounce back but also impressed the world with the Galaxy S8 and the Note 8. Both smartphones had spectacular launches that featured devices with beautiful edge-to-edge OLED displays and a form factor that cannot be matched by any other device today.