"2015 in tech"
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2015 in tech
2015 the year that brought us new Apple products at last, hacking scandals that rocked the Internet, and the mile stone near to every geeks heart.
The tech world this year has been dynamic, divisive, even dangerous.
Here are the 2015 tech moments that blew our minds.
Starting with a transitional phase for gadgets.
This year as the smartphone boom continued to cool even high profile handsets like the iPhone 6S, Moto X4, Samsung's curvaceous Galaxy S6 Edge, and the invite only One plus two all played second fiddle to headline grabbing wearables.
Like the Apple Watch which received a positive if not ecstatic reception when it arrived in April.
Other emerging technologies edged closer to commercial reality this year with 4K landing on more TVs and even a smartphone while HTC chose this spring to announce its VBR headset 2015 will be remembered as the year that Apple gave us some more varied tech to play with.
This year we rocked out with Apple Music, a streaming service to take on Spotify, fiddled with a brand new Apple TV with a gaming capable touchpad remote, and cowered in the shadow of the 12.9 inch iPad Pro.
Which appears to take some design cues from Microsoft Surface Pro Series of hybrids which in October added a fourth iteration that tops off a strong year for [UNKNOWN] and chums.
We were impressed with Microsoft's first laptop and Windows 10 which in the summer corrected the missteps of Windows 8.
But not all of 2015s tech was so cheery.
In fact, this year's technology are becoming fiercely more politicized as new questions arose surrounding the feature of the internet and our online security.
Where down with concerns that Samsung TV could be sending off private conversations to third parties then got progressively more unsetling as a series of major hacks challenge our view on how private our online activities really are.
Joining the ranks are Patrian, T Mobile and kids technology firm V Tech.
Extramarital dating site Ashley Madison was perhaps the year's highest profile security breach.
With the data flounder is dumping private users data online amount after the initial hack.
The lesson here is that nothing you do or say online is ever private.
March in the US will be SCC approve [UNKNOWN] you traveled
Rules, while hungry tech giants continue to consume each other.
In May, US network Verizon snapped up AOL for 4.4 billion dollars.
Then in November, the maker of Candy Crush got gobbled up by Activision Blizzard, for six billion.
Om, and indeed, nom.
2015 also saw the tech world take a much needed look at gender discrimination, both within the industry and online.
Sparked in part by Ellen Pao who stepped down as CEO of Reddit in July having lost a high profile gender discrimination lawsuit a few months earlier.
In the gaming world, Microsoft's Xbox one and Sony's PS4 continued their deadly duel while third placer Nintendo had a rougher year.
Fan favorite company president Satoru Iwata sadly died in July and the company dropped off a prestigious list of cool brands in October.
Confirmation in March that Nintendo would start making games for smartphones gives us hope for a brighter future.
And speaking of the future, 2015 was marked by a particularly significant date, one that's been in the calendars of geeks world wide since the late 80s.
The 21st of October 2015, the date that Marty Mcfly travelled forward to in sci-fi classic Back to the Future Part 2. Celebrities and brands alike left on this geek culture milestone.
While the internet imploded with 1.21 giga watch of fan further.
Mingle with the general dismay that the real 2015 is lacking in hover boards.
Well, unless you count those self balancing scooters that suddenly seem to be everywhere this year.
And if Back to the Future Day wasn't enough to satisfy your brain's nerd center, 2015 had plenty more geeky thrills on offer.
The Aaron Sorkin scripted Steve Jobs film finally got an airing.
While geeks reveled in a release schedule that featured Ant Man, The Avengers, a Jurassic Park sequel, and The Martian.
Oh, and did we forget to mention a new Star Wars film?>> Chewy, we're home.>> [SOUND]
Space adventuring back in the real world went pretty well too.
This year we found flowing water on Mars.
Amazon founded Jeff Bezos space flight company, Blue Origin, made history with a rocket that went to space then landed safely back on earth.
And NASA made our July with our closest ever look at Pluto.
As the New Horizon's probes [UNKNOWN] of 8000 miles above the dwarf planet surface.
How is that for a bit of perspective, eh?
But we want your perspectives, too.
What did you think of 2015's tech and what did you want to see next year?
Let us know and stay tuned to CNET.
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