back to top
Tech

Do You Know What Happened In Tech In 2016?

A year of exploding tech, unrelenting hacks, and countercultural forces.

Posted on
  1. What tech blew up in 2016?

    Getty Images
    Correct
    Incorrect
    The Samsung Galaxy Note7
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Fake News on Facebook
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Theranos
    Correct
    Incorrect
    All of these and more
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Everything exploded. Oof.

    The Note7 quite literally exploded, leading Samsung to recall its flagship smartphone before anyone even knew the source of the problem; fake news on Facebook convinced your relatives that completely made up hoaxes about the US presidential candidates were true, and Facebook didn't do anything to stop it; and Theranos went from being worth $9 billion to approximately $0 after the Wall Street Journal revealed that the company's proprietary blood testing machines were putting patients in danger.

  2. Whom did Apple fight in 2016?

    Correct
    Incorrect
    The US Department of Justice/FBI
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Samsung
    Correct
    Incorrect
    The headphone jack
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Everybody
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Apple had many battles to fight in 2016.

    The maker of the iPhone fought the DOJ over the security of the San Bernadino shooter's iPhone; boxed with Samsung in court over patent rights related to the design of the Galaxy line of smartphones; and told the public that the headphone jack, one of the oldest plugs out there, wasn't useful anymore when the company released the jack-less iPhone 7.

  3. Facebook and Instagram copied what other company a lot in 2016?

    Getty Images
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Microsoft
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Snapchat
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Uber
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Google/Alphabet
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    The artist formerly known as Snapchat

    Snap Inc seems to have the cool factor. Facebook and Instagram both introduced disappearing message features in their apps in 2016, and Instagram directly copied "Stories," but Snapchat's user base doesn't seem to have declined in response. Here's to hoping we won't see Facebook glasses any time soon.

  4. Who got hacked in the USA 2016?

    Getty Images
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Hillary Clinton/The Democratic National Committee
    Correct
    Incorrect
    The government
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Yahoo
    Correct
    Incorrect
    The Internet of Things
    Correct
    Incorrect
    All of the above and more
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    ALL HACKS ALL THE TIME

    Hillary Clinton's emails, released by WikiLeaks (almost certainly provided by Russia), dogged her throughout her campaign; government agencies, even ones that certified the security of voting machines, were hacked; hackers broke into Yahoo to steal info on 1.5 billion of its users; and the Internet of Things almost took down the entire internet when hackers attacked the server provider Dyn by infiltrating your connected refrigerator. And there are likely other hacks we don't know about, yet.

  5. How was Twitter's year?

    Getty Images
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Easy
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Breezy
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Beautiful
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Abysmal
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    2016 was rough for Twitter.

    Harassment, no one wanted to buy the company, more harassment, navigating the popularity of Donald Trump's Twitter, slowing user growth, continued harassment, executive departures, and shutting down Vine. No fun.

  6. The darkest corners of the internet converged into what 2016 countercultural force?

    Getty Images
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Mommy bloggers
    Correct
    Incorrect
    YouTubers
    Correct
    Incorrect
    The alt-right
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Gilmore Girls discussion threads
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Bernie bros
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Tumblr social justice advocates
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    "We memed a president into office" — 4chan user

    The loosely affiliated white nationalist movement that calls itself the alt-right coalesced from the more aggressive forces of the internet: trolls prone to racist and sexist harassment. They were overwhelmingly pro-Donald Trump and were overjoyed at his victory in the election. As one 4chan user put it: "We actually memed a president into office."

  7. Are self-driving cars transforming the roads of America into something more like "The Jetsons"?

    Getty Images
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Yes
    Correct
    Incorrect
    No
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Getting there
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Maybe someday

    Uber, Google, Tesla, and others have tested self-driving cars in the streets, but you still can't buy one, and no one is sure if they're safe yet. We'll have to wait to commute in an autonomous pod.

Blake Montgomery is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in San Francisco.

Contact Blake Montgomery at blake.montgomery@buzzfeed.com.

Got a confidential tip? Submit it here.

Promoted
Take quizzes and chill with the BuzzFeed app.