2014 has been quite a busy year for tech news.
Without further ado, let’s go ahead and take a look at what made the tech news for 2014.
First of all, let’s take a look at how Microsoft made the news. On the desktop side of things, Microsoft announced a new operating system for desktop computers, tablets and hybrids. There was a lot of speculation as to what they would call it. However, we found out that they did not want to call it Windows 9, so they called it Windows 10. The technical preview has already received a good reception from a lot of people in the press including us. This was all due to the return of the start menu. Additionally, if you were on a desktop computer with a Keyboard and mouse, you would see the desktop. However, when you moved to a tablet, you would see the start screen from Windows 8.
Apple also had a busy year as they launched a bunch of new products. On the smartphone side of things, they launched the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus. Both of these also came with a new technology called Apple Pay. This allows peopele to pay for things using a finger print scanned in from the TouchID sensor on the iPhone or tablet. But that’s not all. They also introduced the iPad Air 2 and the iPad Mini. Both of which now feature the TouchID sensor. But we’re not done yet. On the software side, they also launched OSX Yosemite with it’s re-designed user interface along with iOS 8.
Samsung have kept their product line growing. They released the Galaxy Note Edge, the Galaxy S5, the Galaxy Note 4 and the Galaxy Alpha. On the tablet side, they released the Galaxy Tab S and the Galaxy Tab 4. Of course, the larger phones and tablets come with the Samsung S Pen which is a stylus with special functionality.
Security has also been big in the news this year. If you were infected by the dreaded cryptolocker virus then there was a bit of good news. A website called decryptolocker was created where you could download a tool to get your files back.
Of course, there have been a lot of hackers who were able to gain access to databases and steal the user names and passwords of different companies. DropBox, LinkedIn and even Google’s Gmail service to name but a few of the companies had their password databases stolen.
The EFF announced a new initiative this year called Let’s Encrypt. This is going to be a certificate authority which will be giving away SSL certificates for free.
Microsoft also ended software support for Windows XP. As of 8th April 2014, you will no longer get software updates to patch security holes.
It’s also been a busy year for gaming as well. There have been quite a few games getting re-iterations announced and released. A few 0f the major titles include Killer Instinct Season 2, Call of Duty Advanced Warfare, Street Fighter V and many others. Nintendo released the highly anticipated Super Smash Bros. for the Nintendo 3DS and the Wii U. They also announced a new Legend of Zelda game (coming out in 2015).
Virtual Reality has been making quite the splash in 2015. Oculus created a new version of their virtual reality headset. At the time of publishing, this headset is still being developed and they are hoping to release a full retail version of the Oculus rift in 2015. However, Samsung have also announced a headset called the Gear VR which is a headset that will put your phone right in front of your face. So it seems like there is a renaissance for virtual reality and it looks like we are only at the start. Let’s see what happens.
2014 also saw Wikimania come to London. For 3 days in August, the 10th Annual Wikipedia conference took place at the Barbican in London. There were over 200 talks that covered everything in the Wikipedia community including Open Data. A few of the main speakers included Jimmy Wales (the founder of Wikipedia), Jack Andraka and Brandon Harris(a senior designer at the Wikimedia Foundation).
2014 also saw the launch of some smartphones from ASUS. The three smartphones they released were they ZenFone 4, the Zenfone 5 and the Zenphone 6. All three of these are ASUS’ foray into the budget smartphone space.
That’s going to do it for the tech news of 2014. I would like to thank you for reading and hope that you continue to read Adi’s Tech Site in 2015.