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The hype life: 2016 tech that wowed and whiffed

Virtual reality. Space travel. Flagship phones and next-gen computers. What 2016 tech was worth the wait, and what left us cold?

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We've all fallen victim to hype at one point or another, and the year that was proved no exception.

Our faith in the iPhone was rewarded and getting excited about machine learning taught us better. Space travel had us looking again to the skies and the Galaxy Note 7 crashed and burned. With dozens of major releases, huge upsets and ever-changing tech trends, it was a roller coaster ride of a year for the tech world.

Here's a rundown of the times when we were all aboard the hype train and the times where we were left at the station. Alone. In the rain.

Anything we missed? Let us know what exceeded your expectations or didn't live up to the hype in 2016 in the comments!