There was no shortage of news from the world of technology in 2016, good and bad.
While we made big steps towards a world of self-driving cars, this year also saw one of the biggest hacks of all time.
Here’s the ways technology made a big impact on our lives in 2016.
You were asked one more question at airports
“Do you have a Samsung Galaxy Note 7?”
Airport staff weren’t interested in a smartphone recommendation. The were worried about the phone exploding mid-flight.
Despite being well received by critics, the first reports of the phone exploding came from South Korea less than a week after it went on sale.
It was recalled, then replacement devices started exploding, so Samsung recalled the device again. Airlines worldwide banned the devices on flights.
Finally after stopping all sales, Samsung permanently discontinued production of the Galaxy Note 7.
Experts think the whole debacle could cost Samsung up to $17 billion and tarnish its other phone products.
You forked out for some fancy new headphones
Apple pulled the wraps off the iPhone 7 in September and as expected, the company removed the 3.5mm headphone jack that’s been the industry standard since the Walkman.
Along with the announcement, the tech giant showed off its new wireless headphones. People got mad.
But tech analysts said this was just the latest in a long line of moves by Apple to try and steer the technology market.
Whether or not it pays off is yet to be seen. Not long after, Google announced its big push into the smartphone market with the Pixel. Complete with headphone jack.
You got super mad about #censusfail
Holy cow were you upset about the 2016 census, which was conducted online for the first time.
The website crashed on census night and didn’t come back online for 40 hours.
We’ve since found out there were DDoS cyber attacks from overseas, but that problems could have been fixed by turning a router off and on again.
Don’t worry though, in a Senate committee inquiry looking at the whole shemozzle, the ABS promised it had learned its lesson and the 2021 census would be much better.
You got the chance to log off from real life
This was the year virtual reality stopped being an interesting (and expensive) experiment and became a full blown consumer product.
Sony (Playstation VR), Facebook (Oculus Rift), Samsung (Gear VR) and Google (Daydream) all launched virtual reality headsets this year.
With the world’s largest companies pushing the technology, Australia’s virtual reality industry is calling for more investment$US2.16 trillion by 2035.