2013 was an eventful year for technology. Tremendous growth was sustained by global tech giants like Facebook, Twitter and Microsoft. Great inventions and innovations were noted in the form of Google Glass, Samsung Smartwatch and iPhone 5S. But like past, technology shoot of 2013 accompanied concerns about man’s lost control over his privacy – mainly due to the increasing incidence of hacking, spying and data snooping. Let’s have a look at the some of the technology triumphs and falls of 2013.
Twitter Draws Increasing Attention in 2013
Twitter aptly won the label of ‘world’s second biggest social network’ in 2013. It registered a phenomenal year-on-year growth, with 2013 third quarter increasing in the volume of 231.7 million monthly users. The repo was strong enough to get it a whopping $32.76 billion valuation from its IPO in November this year.
Snapchat takes Social Media by Storm in 2013
In 2013, the social media messaging platform welcomed Snapchat, a unique photo-messaging application. The storm with which it established its appeal among the users was a compelling reason for Facebook to offer it a €2.3bn bid. Snapchat, however, turned down the offer.
Bitcoin Gets an Honorable Endorsement from Economists
Until 2013, nobody would have imagined clearing bills and payments with a digital currency. Bitcoin established that notion.
It scored an unprecedented soar following endorsement by economists and central bankers in 2013, and the legacy was noted when a high number of online stores and services started accepting it (or should I say craving for it?). The cyber currency rose to more than $1100 in the end of this year!
Netflix and Spotify Stormed the Online Streaming Industry
Millions of customers were added in customer shelves of online video service ‘Netflix’ and online music service ‘Spotify’. Increasing preference for online streaming greatly pressured DVD/CD makers to refine and redefine their services.
Blackberry retrenched in 2013
Long serving as a vintage smartphone, Blackberry faced a stiff competition from Android and iOS based devices and loosened long committed customer segments. Most of the models Blackberry launched in 2013 drastically flopped in the smartphone market.
The 2013 Downfall of PCs/Desktops
The world went more mobile in 2013, and so did businesses. A great number of PC/Desktop demanders shifted to tablets, smartphones and laptops in this year. The PC market fell about 10 per cent for the second consecutive year.
SMS services continued to Decline in 2013
The long favorite texting technology finally started inviting its alternative in the form of smartphone applications like Viber and Whatsapp. Not even reduced SMS charges of phone carriers could bring back the lost consumer appeal.
Edward Snowden Spitted It All!
Edward Snowden revelations about NSA spying sparked a series of critical moves by internet users to safeguard their online privacy. Snowden exposed the NSA’s mass surveillance program telling the world how the big names of internet (Facebook, Gmail, Yahoo etc) were involved in collecting every bit of online information in the name of security.
If you haven’t hear of the Snowden story until now, do read our blog ‘Story Behind NSA Spying Scandal.
Big Hacking Events of 2013
From a minor data breach affecting Facebook’s founder wall to the shocking cyber attack to a European parliament, 2013 has seen a great many hacking events. Some of the stories we have covered earlier are hyperlinked below:
And there are many others we couldn’t cover or list….Pardon. If you’d like to sniff deeper, here is an add-on ‘Big Hacking Stories of 2013’.
That’s not the end. While I was just about to wrap this article, news about a mysterious hack involving BBC servers have just unveiled. The Russian hacker involved in this event broke in one of the BBC servers use for a file transfer facility on the sub-domain ftp.bbc.co.uk and it is reported that the exploit was sold on one of the hack forums.
2013 was awesome for technology, but it was also heavy for hacking and spying. As we enter 2014, we need to be ever more informed about how to drive the best of it by controlling our privacy and security. The New Year is anticipated to have a fierce-security privacy battle, and you should make sure you remain on the triumphant side.
Wishing you a security-full New Year in advance….
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