2016: The Year In Tech

2016 saw some amazing advancements in technology, as well as some serious problems. Here’s a brief glance back at the best and worst news from 2016 technology.

  • Apple made some weird decisions

Like removing the standard headphone jack from their iPhone 7.  And removing all the USB ports on their new MacBook Pro.  And limiting the MacBook Pro to 16gb RAM.  No wonder the company is starting to lose market share to Samsung.  Even though Samsung was not without their problems in 2016…

Yep.  They included cheap, faulty Lithium Ion batteries that would explode if they were over charged, too rapidly discharged, or just plain got too hot.  But hey, no such thing as bad publicity, right?  Let’s ask Hillary Clinton…

  • The Democratic Party’s emails were hacked and released to the public

The leak arguably cost Hillary Clinton the presidency, and definitely strained political relations between the US and Russia, who was blamed for the attack.  While we can’t prove exactly where the leak came from, you can still read all of the leaked emails on WikiLeaks.  Speaking of Hackers…

If you aren’t familiar with the term “Randomware,” you should Read up on it – It’s a relatively new kind of computer malware that can lock you out of all your files, and make you pay a ransom to regain access.  Almost 50% of all businesses in the US were attacked by ransomware in 2016, and most were unable to recover all their data.   One of the reasons Ransomware attacks are so successful is because victims are made to pay using the anonymous crypto-currency Bitcoin, and now they are very rich because…

  • Bitcoin climbed to new highs in 2016

Aside from a brief bubble 3 years ago, Bitcoin had never been above $1,000 until the end of 2016.  As a matter of fact, Bitcoin was the #1 performing currency of 2016.  Many people still wonder if this fledgling digital money can continue to perform through 2017, but my money is on it’s long term success.  More and more things are becoming digitally automated, even cars..

Driverless cars are the holy grail of the automotive industry right now, and 2016 saw great strides towards the dream becoming a reality.  From new legislation, to testing, to business partnerships, to Google’s completion of millions of miles of road tests, driverless cars are on their way.

2016 was full of surprises, both good and bad.  And it was also a big year for Shreveport Fix It.  Look forward to our next blog post, where we will outline new products and services we will be rolling out soon, it’s an exciting time for our company!

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR!