Many of the large tech companies began releasing demographic and diversity data about their employees. People concerned the tech industry was largely a bunch of white dudes were basically proven right: Every major company was overwhelmingly run without much diversity, in terms of gender or ethnicity. The issue hit a flashpoint in October, when Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella said at a conference that women shouldn’t demand higher pay, but instead trust the system -- which was paying them disproportionately lower salaries to begin with -- to do the right thing. He’s spent the ensuing months apologizing and attempting to take a leadership position on equal pay.
OK, so there was one major shift in the smartphone industry: Apple finally joined the phablet trend when it released its 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus. Also worth noting: there are practically no major smartphone makers creating devices 4 inches or smaller anymore.
Samsung was at the top of the world at the beginning of the year, but it hasn’t ended it that way. The South Korean tech firm and Apple were the dominant smartphone makers. But with smartphone sales slowing and profits crashing, the company is struggling to find its stride. The company released its premiere smartphone, the Galaxy S5, with bullish expectations in April. But, according to a recent Wall Street Journal article, the device has sold 40 percent fewer devices than its predecessor.