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.
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 Christmas20 Gadget Gift Ideas For Geeks20 Gadget Gift Ideas For GeeksGeeks 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 This is probably due to how quickly certain gadgets become outdated, whether through actual improvements or planned obsolescence.
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
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?
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.