Worst Tech Occurrences in 2016

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Summing up the worst of the year in technology,we have had Apple’s encryption battle with the FBI, Samsung’s explosive Galaxy Note 7 recall, Yahoo admitting that a data breach in 2014 exposed 500,000 million users and more many.Below are some in details:
Yahoo

Think your email account is safe? Think again. With other 500 million accounts hacked, Yahoo revealed the biggest data breach ever in during its sell out to Verizon for $4.8 billion in September. The compromised information was a treasure chest for criminals, including real names and email addresses, as well as dates of birth and telephone numbers. Furthermore the breach had occurred two years earlier, but had been kept a secret.

Pokemon Go

Pokemon is such a great game. So great in fact, that people felt it was worth dying for in 2016. Earlier this year, two men fell off a cliff while playing Pokémon Go. Obsessive Pokémon Go players also caused several car accidents—110,000 of them in 10 days in the U.S. alone, according to one report. Another four U.S teenagers were accused of committing a string of robberies by using Pokémon Go to lure victims to a Pokéstop. Arlington National Cemetery, the 9/11 Memorial, and the National Holocaust Museum are forced to politely ask Pokémon Go players not to hunt for critters on their premises.

Apple AirPods

At about N80, 000 a pair, Apple Airpods cost six times the minimum wage in Nigeria. But with big money comes big problems. One report pointed to possible syncing problems with the AirPods, as music streams to both buds simultaneously. Apple finally worked out the kinks and put the earphones on sale Dec. 13, several months after they were supposed to be released.

Several Wearables

Intel recalled the Basis Peak wearable after reports of burns and blisters due to the watch overheating. Microsoft Band 2, which was the company’s first attempt at a fitness tracker was ambitious but terribly bulky, and the sequel didn’t improve enough on the original. Stuck somewhere between a Fitbit and an Apple Watch, the Band 2 offered some improvements, but it suffered from an awkward band, an inconsistent heart-rate monitor and short battery life. It was also a bad year for Pebble, a pioneer in the wearables category that was never able to break through with the masses. This former Kickstarter darling raised nearly $13 million for the Pebble Time 2 and Pebble Core, but those watches are now cancelled. That’s because Fitbit has swooped in, purchasing Pebble to the tune of $40 million. But Fitbit is acquiring the company only for its software. Worse, existing Pebble owners will no longer get software updates, replacement chargers or warranty service.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7

In its 47 years of existence, Samsung has made some of the most incredible tech products in history, but there is no looking past the tragedy of the Galaxy Note 7. After about 35 reports of phones overheating and bursting into flames, Samsung told anyone with a Galaxy Note 7 to “power it down immediately” and return it. When some replacements also ignited, Samsung decided to stop manufacturing the phone altogether and recalled 2.5 million of the devices.

We’ve had Apple’s encryption battle with the FBI, Samsung’s explosive Galaxy Note 7 recall, Yahoo admitting that a data breach in 2014 exposed 500,000 million users

Yahoo

Think your email account is safe? Think again. With other 500 million accounts hacked, Yahoo revealed the biggest data breach ever in during its sell out to Verizon for $4.8 billion in September. The compromised information was a treasure chest for criminals, including real names and email addresses, as well as dates of birth and telephone numbers. Furthermore the breach had occurred two years earlier, but had been kept a secret.

Pokemon Go

Pokemon is such a great game. So great in fact, that people felt it was worth dying for in 2016. Earlier this year, two men fell off a cliff while playing Pokémon Go. Obsessive Pokémon Go players also caused several car accidents—110,000 of them in 10 days in the U.S. alone, according to one report. Another four U.S teenagers were accused of committing a string of robberies by using Pokémon Go to lure victims to a Pokéstop. Arlington National Cemetery, the 9/11 Memorial, and the National Holocaust Museum are forced to politely ask Pokémon Go players not to hunt for critters on their premises.

Apple AirPods

At about N80, 000 a pair, Apple Airpods cost six times the minimum wage in Nigeria. But with big money comes big problems. One report pointed to possible syncing problems with the AirPods, as music streams to both buds simultaneously. Apple finally worked out the kinks and put the earphones on sale Dec. 13, several months after they were supposed to be released.

Several Wearables

Intel recalled the Basis Peak wearable after reports of burns and blisters due to the watch overheating. Microsoft Band 2, which was the company’s first attempt at a fitness tracker was ambitious but terribly bulky, and the sequel didn’t improve enough on the original. Stuck somewhere between a Fitbit and an Apple Watch, the Band 2 offered some improvements, but it suffered from an awkward band, an inconsistent heart-rate monitor and short battery life. It was also a bad year for Pebble, a pioneer in the wearables category that was never able to break through with the masses. This former Kickstarter darling raised nearly $13 million for the Pebble Time 2 and Pebble Core, but those watches are now cancelled. That’s because Fitbit has swooped in, purchasing Pebble to the tune of $40 million. But Fitbit is acquiring the company only for its software. Worse, existing Pebble owners will no longer get software updates, replacement chargers or warranty service.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7

In its 47 years of existence, Samsung has made some of the most incredible tech products in history, but there is no looking past the tragedy of the Galaxy Note 7. After about 35 reports of phones overheating and bursting into flames, Samsung told anyone with a Galaxy Note 7 to “power it down immediately” and return it. When some replacements also ignited, Samsung decided to stop manufacturing the phone altogether and recalled 2.5 million of the devices.




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