What Is Your Favorite Tech Innovation Of 2012? [We Ask You]

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The end of the year is approaching fast, with 2012 set to turn into 2013 in a matter of weeks, assuming of course that the Mayans were wrong. It’s been a great 12 months in the world of technology, with lots of new innovations pushed out into the world. But what has been your one highlight?

Whether it be websites or Web services, smartphone apps or computers programs, gadgets or hardware, technology is always pushing forward into the future. So much so that it’s often a useful exercise to stop and take stock once in a while, to catch up with any innovations you may have missed, and any trends that may have passed you by. Which leads us neatly on to this week’s We Ask You question.

This Week’s Question…

What Is Your Favorite Tech Innovation Of 2012?

We can break this question down into three separate categories. You’re welcome to put forward a suggestion in any one of the following categories or, alternatively, all three. It doesn’t matter whether your chosen innovation has been covered here on MakeUseOf through the year or not, what matters is that you pinpoint something released or revealed during 2012 that has had an impact on you in some way.

New Website/Service: The Web is a constantly changing collection of sites, pages and services. It rarely stands still, though there are some properties that are seemingly ubiquitous. Is there one new website or Web service released in 2012 that stands out for you?

New App/Program: Smartphones have become so popular and so powerful now that the apps that appear on them can safely be lumped in with computer programs. Is there one of either an app or program released in 2012 that has stood out for you above all others?

New Gadget/Hardware: We all love new gadgets and hardware, don’t we? The problem is so many new ones are released each year that few of us can afford to buy all that appeal to us. Is there one new piece of hardware or gadget that rose above the others for you?

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I don’t want to give examples in any category for fear of compromising this snapshot of opinion. So don your thinking cap and let us know what your favorite tech innovation of 2012 is.

Drawing Conclusions

All comments will be digested to form conclusions in a follow-up post next week where we will detail what You Told Us. One reader will be chosen for the coveted Comment Of The Week, getting their name up in lights, the respect of other readers, and 150 MakeUseOf points to use for MakeUseOf Rewards. What more motivation than that do you need to respond?

We Ask You is a weekly column dedicated to finding out the opinions of MakeUseOf readers. The questions asked are usually open-ended and likely to necessitate a discussion. Some are opinion-based, while others see you sharing tips and advice, or advocating tools and apps to fellow MakeUseOf Readers. This column is nothing without you, as MakeUseOf is nothing without you.

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Comments (61)
  • Cutler Cox

    Nvidia’s kepler based GPU’s.

  • Anonymous

    MY favorite one was surely the lumia 920….I just think that it is the coolest phone ever…..Though i also like the samsung note 2……I also like Netduino which is quite a cool thing….

  • Rajaa Chowdhury

    Convergence ha been the name of the game in technolgy for years now. Also different form factors converge to get a single device created. Case in point of yesteryears’ are the AIO desktops and printers. Now with tablets an established and popular form factor, users still rue the on single thing the most, a physical keyboard which does feel like one. With Windows 8 launched, lot of established hardware OEM have now emerged with a converged form factor of a tablet with a laptop. All leading OEMs have jumped into the fray. Example, Dell Latitude XT3 tablet PC and also plethora of other similar offerings from Dell, HP, Lenovo, etc. Though the visibility and the shout is not too much, but surely, slowly and steadily, the few form factor is getting established delivering the convenience of both the tablets and a laptop.

  • Raman Bathina

    I hope raspberry pi is the tech innovation of 2012.

  • Ana Georgievska

    iPad 3!

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