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Tech 2017: BBC News Online’s biggest technology stories

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For a lot of, 2017 will probably be outlined by faux information and the fight-back in opposition to it.

Others will level to the weblog that uncovered sexism and sexual harassment at Uber, serving to power the resignation of the ride-hailing agency’s founder and paving the best way for different controversies to be uncovered.

Players might favor as a substitute to have a good time Nintendo’s revival due to its Change console, and motorists to focus on Elon Musk’s need to affect the trucking business.

However you, BBC Tech’s readers, targeted your consideration elsewhere – at the very least so far as our figures on what you clicked on recommend.

Under are the tales you made hottest for every month of the yr.

January: Undesired dimension

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The quiet loss of life of 3D TV was the primary of the yr’s large tales.

When Sony and LG unveiled their new tv ranges on the CES Las Vegas tech expo, it quickly grew to become obvious not one of the fashions supported the format.

Samsung and Philips had already ditched the expertise the earlier yr.

Strictly talking, 3D-on-the-home-screen wasn’t completely extinct – Panasonic got here out with a brand new set in February – however a mixture of client apathy, frumpy glasses and uninterested streaming providers had clearly doomed the additional dimension.

With CES 2018 simply across the nook, the query is whether or not we’ll quickly be capable of name time on curved screens too.

February: Nokia’s retro relaunch

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HMD World pulled off a advertising coup when it unveiled a brand new Nokia-branded 2G cellphone with the identical identify as probably the most iconic fashions of yesteryear.

The “reimagined” 3310 featured the traditional recreation Snake, provided prolonged battery life and type of resembled the unique design. However it lacked entry to Snapchat, WhatsApp and numerous different apps.

Furthermore, as soon as homeowners acquired over the nostalgia issue, they found the photographs it took had been each pixelated and onerous to get off the machine.

Even so, there was sufficient demand to justify a follow-up 3G mannequin in September, and the telephones seem to have helped elevate the profile of different higher-end Nokia handsets.

March: Watching the watchers

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Allegations that the CIA and MI5 had teamed as much as hack Samsung TVs had been made even juicier by the actual fact the mission had apparently been given a Physician Who-related codename.

In keeping with Wikileaks, the Weeping Angel assault induced compromised TVs to document audio when apparently switched off, earlier than later importing it to the cyberspies’ laptop servers.

Successfully, it allowed a room to be bugged with out producing giveaway radio indicators.

One idea for the mission’s identify was that similar to the malevolent sci-fi statues, the TVs had been nonetheless “alive” even once they gave the impression to be inactive.

Later within the yr, Wikileaks printed additional particulars, together with how the spy ware could possibly be uninstalled, in addition to claims about different CIA-related hacking instruments.

April: Fb and Google get scammed

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Though $100m (£76m) may look like pocket change to Google and Fb, the 2 corporations missed the funds after they – and a 3rd enterprise, Quanta Pc – had been allegedly conned by an electronic mail fraudster.

The accused is claimed to have faked messages from an Asian-based producer and satisfied his victims to wire funds to his account over a three-year interval.

The Lithuanian suspect, Evaldas Rimasauskas, was extradited from his house nation to New York later within the yr the place he now faces expenses for wire fraud, cash laundering and aggravated identification theft.

He denies the allegations.

Might: WannaCry wreaks havoc

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A typical chorus with cyber-security alerts is that, regardless of there being a hullabaloo of skilled opinions, there’s usually little actual affect to the general public. WannaCry was the exception.

The ransomware assault swept internationally locking out customers from tens of 1000’s of Home windows PCs. The assault – later blamed on North Korea – pressured NHS trusts in England and Scotland to cancel operations and different appointments.

It was subsequently revealed that they’d ignored earlier authorities warnings to replace their methods, which might have mitigated the issue.

The one upside was British cyber-security researcher, Marcus Hutchins, managed to set off a “kill swap”, halting the assault prematurely. Extra on him in a bit…

June: Ukraine assault

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Only a month after WannaCry, one other hack assault induced chaos – and this time the harm proved to be longer-lasting. An contaminated tax software program replace despatched to companies in Ukraine unfold worldwide, disrupting the operations of a few of the world’s greatest corporations.

They included delivery agency Maersk, supply large FedEx, promoting conglomerate WPP and the buyer goods-maker Reckitt Benckiser. In some circumstances it took months earlier than operations returned to regular, and associated losses totalling greater than $1bn had been declared.

Ukraine accused Russia of being accountable, however the Kremlin denied involvement.

A complicating consider reporting the cyber-strike was that the safety business struggled to decide on a reputation for it – with Petya, NotPetya, Pneytna, Petrwrap, SortaPetya and Goldeneye among the many variants instructed.

July: Bitcoin’s large second

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Bitcoin’s future appeared unsure when there have been rival plans mid-year to deal with a slowdown within the period of time taken to course of transactions within the digital forex.

With out delving too deeply into the proposals – you’ll be able to learn up on Bip 91, Bitcoin Limitless and Segwit2x in the event you dare – a compromise deal was ultimately struck to make the underlying expertise, the blockchain, extra environment friendly.

However the plan fell aside earlier than it had an opportunity to be absolutely enacted in November. That failure did not forestall Bitcoin’s worth from effervescent greater. When the article in query was printed, it was value about $2,400 per coin.

By December, it was near $20,000.

Gradual processing occasions, nevertheless, stay a headache. Earlier this month, the common time taken to verify a Bitcoin transaction was near 24 hours.

August: From hero to hounded

Marcus Hutchins by no means wished to be uncovered because the “Wannacry hack hero” and his identify solely grew to become public after British newspapers revealed him to be cyber-security blogger Malware Tech in opposition to his will.

That act carried a vicious sting in its tail when the 23 yr outdated was arrested by the FBI after a visit to Las Vegas.

The US accused him of getting developed banking malware a number of years in the past and of promoting it on darkish net boards – expenses Mr Hutchins denies.

The accusations induced fury amongst different cyber-security professionals, with some vowing to limit the help they provided the authorities.

Mr Hutchins is at the moment launched on bail in Los Angeles the place he’s awaiting trial.

Within the meantime, the Trump administration just lately acknowledged that it was “fortunate” Mr Hutchins had thwarted Wannacry, though it averted mentioning him by identify.

September: iPhone X uncovered

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Curiously, a significant leak about Apple’s iPhone X forward of its official launch managed to draw extra eyeballs to BBC Tech than the precise unveiling of the machine itself.

Particulars included the cellphone’s identify, the set-up course of for its facial recognition expertise and the inclusion of its animated emoji characters.

An additional ingredient of schadenfreude was supplied for firm critics by the truth that an earlier leak had disclosed that Apple had employed ex-FBI and NSA employees to thwart such spoilers.

It is questionable whether or not the reveal truly dampened demand for the £1,000 handset.

The US agency has forecast document gross sales for its present quarter. Nonetheless, in latest days some analysts have begun to query how strong demand will probably be later in 2018.

October: Amazon thieves busted

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When an organization will get to be Amazon’s dimension it has to depend on automated methods to take care of objects reported as broken or lacking by their meant recipients.

A US couple thought that offered them with a possibility. They used tons of of pretend identities to order devices from the web retailer, reported issues that triggered substitute deliveries, after which offered on all the products for a revenue.

The $1.2m scale of their crime, nevertheless, meant their exercise had in truth been detected and so they ultimately pleaded responsible to mail fraud and cash laundering after being arrested.

Erin Joseph Finan and his spouse Leah Jeannette Finan had been alleged to have been sentenced in November.

However that has been delayed after they had been accused of defrauding one other web retailer within the months after the unique expenses had been filed.

November: Tough begin

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“The long run is right here,” Navya’s self-driving shuttle bus had emblazoned on its facet because it launched its Las Vegas pick-up service.

Sadly, lower than an hour later, that future concerned a supply lorry backing into its entrance. As one passenger later recounted, the “crash” appeared to happen in slow-motion and solely induced superficial harm. However the story sped internationally.

Though the human driver was in the end held accountable, the police report – made public earlier this month – advised a extra nuanced story.

The trucker stated they’d turned on their hazard lights and sounded a back-up alarm to warn surrounding motorists that they had been straightening up the cab.

It had by no means occurred to them that an automatic car would reply by remaining stationary of their path with out doing extra to stop the accident.

December: Slowing down

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Apple might have had the perfect of intentions, however its love of secrecy left even a few of its greatest followers shaking their heads this time spherical.

It was solely after a weblog by the makers of the Geekbench app went viral that the US agency publicly confirmed it had been intentionally slowing down ageing iPhones to assist handle efficiency points brought on by their batteries sporting out.

It subsequently emerged that the agency had apparently privately briefed some analysts on the choice a yr in the past, however had not shared the main points with its shoppers.

Whether or not these clients would actually have most popular thicker handsets with larger or swappable batteries is open to debate.

However the threat it faces is that consumers suspect it’s untrustworthy.

At time of writing, Apple is being sued in eight separate circumstances within the US over the matter, in addition to dealing with authorized motion in Israel.

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