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As 2015 draws to a close, we thought it would be a good idea to take a last, lingering look back over the past 12 months. After all, in order to move forward, it’s sometimes crucial to look back first.

As the writer and editor of Tech News Digest, a daily column distilling the biggest tech news stories into bite-sized chunks, I have seen the past year through the lens of technology news. But which was the biggest tech news story of 2015? Welcome to this week’s MakeUseOf Poll.

Christmas Gadgets

To answer this week’s question please scroll down the page until you see the poll staring back at you. But first, we need to look at the results from last week, when we asked, “Which Gadget Is Top of Your Christmas List? Which Gadget Is Top of Your Christmas List? [MakeUseOf Poll] Which Gadget Is Top of Your Christmas List? [MakeUseOf Poll] This week's poll is very straightforward, as we want to know which gadget is at the top of your wishlist, whether for Christmas or just in general. Read More

Out of a total of 200 votes, 18% chose I Don’t Need/Want Any New Gadgets, 15% chose A Computer, 13.5% chose A Smartphone, 11% chose A Tablet, 6.5% chose A Games Console, 5.5% chose A Pair of Headphones, 5% chose A Camera, 3.5% chose A Television Set, 1.5% chose An E-Reader, and 20.5% chose Something Else.

These results show that most of you either didn’t want any gadgets for Christmas 20 Gadget Gift Ideas For Geeks 20 Gadget Gift Ideas For Geeks Geeks love gadgets 365 days a year. However, with the holidays approaching, we really need to start compiling our Christmas lists. Read More , or wanted something we didn’t list. The former suggests our readers buy gadgets as and when they need them, and the latter suggests less mainstream fare was a big deal this year.

Of the gadgets we did list, computers, smartphones, and tablets came out on top, while cameras, TV sets, and e-readers landed near the bottom. This is probably due to how quickly certain gadgets become outdated, whether through actual improvements or planned obsolescence.

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Comment of the Week

We received a lot of great comments, including those from Maryon Jeane, Johng, and Alan. Comment of the Week goes to G37Addicted, who earns our admiration and affection for this comment Which Gadget Is Top of Your Christmas List? [MakeUseOf Poll] Which Gadget Is Top of Your Christmas List? [MakeUseOf Poll] This week's poll is very straightforward, as we want to know which gadget is at the top of your wishlist, whether for Christmas or just in general. Read More :

Nothing for me this year. The computers run fine, along with the tablet. My phone is a tad over a year old,and humming along nicely.

We chose this comment because it seems to sum up the majority view. Which is that most people’s gadgets are working fine at the moment, meaning upgrades are unnecessary. And, of course, those people who are desperate to own a new gadget will go out and buy one themselves anyway.

The Biggest Tech News Stories of 2015

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Thousands of technology news stories broke in 2015, some big, some small. Tech News Digest covered most of them, distilling them down to their core components, and cutting through the noise produced by other websites. But what, in your opinion, was the biggest tech news story of 2015?

Was it the launch of Windows 10 Windows 10 Reviews, Hide Unwanted Updates... [Tech News Digest] Windows 10 Reviews, Hide Unwanted Updates... [Tech News Digest] Windows 10 has landed, Windows Updates begone, LinkedIn stops spamming, Twitch tackles trolling, Metal Captcha battles bots, and drone racing takes off. Read More , the launch of the Apple Watch The Apple Watch Has Landed, YouTube Celebrates Turning 10, & More... [Tech News Digest] The Apple Watch Has Landed, YouTube Celebrates Turning 10, & More... [Tech News Digest] Apple Watch arrives, YouTube turns 10, Twitter launches Highlights, Snapchat suffers bug, Telltale loves Marvel, and Downton Abbey is better with lightsabers. Read More , or the battle to preserve net neutrality in the United States New Net Neutrality Rules Passed, Facebook Tackles Suicide [Tech News Digest] New Net Neutrality Rules Passed, Facebook Tackles Suicide [Tech News Digest] New net neutrality rules, Facebook prevents suicide, Apple Watch is launching soon, play Fable for free, Google hates Apple, and the Toejam & Earl sequel hits Kickstarter. Read More ?

Was it the launch of YouTube Red You Can Now Pay to Watch YouTube, The Dangers of Tesla Autopilot... [Tech News Digest] You Can Now Pay to Watch YouTube, The Dangers of Tesla Autopilot... [Tech News Digest] YouTube Red adds subscription fees, testing Tesla Autopilot, Android stops draining your battery, polling your friends on Twitter, Mythbusters stops busting myths, and Back to the Future in 90 seconds. Read More , the launch of the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil A Hype-Free Guide to the Latest Apple Event... [Tech News Digest] A Hype-Free Guide to the Latest Apple Event... [Tech News Digest] It's an all-Apple edition of Tech News Digest, with a look at everything Apple revealed at its latest event. Albeit minus the hype lumped in by other publications. Read More , or the hacking of Ashley Madison Hackers Out Ashley Madison Users, Speak Like Stephen Hawking... [Tech News Digest] Hackers Out Ashley Madison Users, Speak Like Stephen Hawking... [Tech News Digest] Cheaters are outed on dark web, how to talk like Hawking, the U.S. keeps control of ICANN, invest in video games through Fig, watch Netflix from afar, and take selfies with zombies. Read More ?

Was it Internet Explorer morphing into Microsoft Edge Microsoft Gets the Edge, 1 Billion Devices Running Windows 10, & More... [Tech News Digest] Microsoft Gets the Edge, 1 Billion Devices Running Windows 10, & More... [Tech News Digest] Microsoft has the Edge, Windows 10 is huge, Secret gets shut, embed MS-DOS games in tweets, make money from Silent Hills, and watch Michael Bay get shown up by an amateur filmmaker. Read More , Lenovo getting caught installing adware Lenovo Installs Adware on PCs, Apple & Motorola Exchange Words [Tech News Digest] Lenovo Installs Adware on PCs, Apple & Motorola Exchange Words [Tech News Digest] Lenovo catches Superfish, Apple and Motorola argue, Samsung buys LoopPay, Reddit gives money away, saving video games for posterity, and random places to stick a GoPro. Read More , or the slow demise of Adobe Flash Adobe Flash Must Die, Apple Suffers From Staingate, & More... [Tech News Digest] Adobe Flash Must Die, Apple Suffers From Staingate, & More... [Tech News Digest] Facebook bashes Flash, Apple scrubs those stains, Walmart launches Black Friday 2, Nintendo suffers a real loss, Spotify maps the world, and R5-D4 ends it all. Read More ?

Remind yourself of the stories by following the links, and then vote in the poll below…

Once you have voted in the poll above, please explain in the comments section why you voted that way. What made that news story resonate with you so much? Do you agree with our selection of tech news stories? If you think there’s another, bigger story, tell us about it below.

The more information you can provide with your comment, the more accurate our conclusions can be based on the results. The best comment of the week will win our everlasting admiration and affection. At least until we all meet back here again this time next week with a new question.

Image Credits: Kevin Lim via Flickr and Carterse via Flickr

  1. Dennis
    December 28, 2015 at 5:16 pm

    I know this sounds utterly stupid, but I checked the Demise of Flash just to test to see if the poll was for real. but I should have checked Microsoft Windows 10. I thought Win 10 was going to be the fix for all the problems that Win 8 & 8.1 had imposed upon the world, but I should have known better. I still cannot get my windows to stack side by side and I've been to the community many times and posted about this and Microsoft has done nothing about it. What a mess. I do like having a sort of a "Start" button, but there's still a lot to be desired. I don't like the "Settings" because it's a try to get rid of the Control Panel, but they've made a mess of it all. It's like half and half crap. I could go on and on and on, but I won't. This has been one enormous failure. Hopefully Microsoft will get their programmers busy and fix a lot of this code.

    • likefun butnot
      December 29, 2015 at 4:09 am

      @Dennis,

      Windows 8/10 won't stack windows side by side if you're on a 4:3 display no matter how large or high resolution it is. Are you still using an older screen?

      • Dennis
        December 31, 2015 at 5:42 pm

        I'm using a Toshiba C75D-B7300 Satellite laptop which I purchased December 19, 2014 last year. It had Windows 8.1 preinstalled on it and when Windows 10 came out I upgraded to it.

        To be honest, I can't remember if windows would stack side by side when Win 8.1 was on it or not, but I think it would. I didn't have any complaints then, other than no start button! I had to go to the "Desktop" tile to do anything.

        • likefun butnot
          December 31, 2015 at 6:32 pm

          Do you have a Windows classic theme enabled for some reason? Are you perhaps using a basic video driver?

        • Dennis
          December 31, 2015 at 6:43 pm

          Oh, I'm glad you asked. I've got the Lightning theme enabled.

  2. Peter Fitzsimmons
    December 27, 2015 at 10:20 pm

    Of all the big tech news to come out this year one stands above the rest for many reason to me.

    I think the build up to Windows 10 was met with so much hype and desire for something other than the fiasco and mess of Windows 8, that when it came most people were apprehensive.

    Having kept one beady eye and refusing to fall for the hype all year I am still waiting for some good news around the worlds biggest computer company as to whether or not their Operating system is fit for purpose.

    Built up for months as THE NEXT BIG THING and then some, if has hit snag after snag. New updates present new issues for some and ruin for others (myself included).

    I still have one computer that has been saved from the peril of Windows 10, although my laptop has since bit the dust thats to the ill thought out ideas of Bill Gates and his pals at Microsoft.

  3. likefun butnot
    December 27, 2015 at 7:02 pm

    Apple slowly embracing the fundamental concept of literacy by displaying lower case letters on its iOS keyboard.

    Maybe some day the drooling fruit people will find out what a file system is.

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