It was a weird year in tech. Silicon Valley tried to reinvent the hat. Sex toys were vulnerable to hacking. Apps tried to save the world and social media was treated like a drug even though it probably isn’t.
Here is a brief look back at BTRtoday’s top tech stories of the year.
Sex tech has come a long way from the first vibrator in the 19th century. Today’s vibes come with smartphone apps, Bluetooth technology and even cameras. But they use surprisingly poor security technology that leaves users open to exploitation.
What if saving the planet was less of a chore and more like a video game? While it takes teaching urgent truths about global warming seriously, Greenie app puts people’s competitive impulses to use saving the planet.
Biotechnology and brain-computer interfaces have become increasingly sophisticated. That new tech enables amazing medical breakthroughs. But unfortunately, it also opens up new and alarming possibilities for hackers.
Silicon Valley developers are increasingly trying to make their technology as habit-forming as possible. Their intentions are surely bad, but they don’t understand human nature well enough to really pull it off.
It’s an Atari baseball cap with two embedded speakers and a microphone that connects via Bluetooth to your phone. Speakerhat is that perfect marriage of sloppy nostalgia branding and ear splitting annoyance.
His Oval Office actions might be reckless and chaotic, but he’s inspired elegance and simplicity in coders.