Masbad: A look on 2013

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By Roark L. Masbad

Wacky Tech

Sunday, January 5, 2014


HAPPY New Year!

I hope everyone celebrated without any injuries from firecrackers and other pyrotechnics during New Year’s eve.

Here’s a quick peek into what and how 2013 was in the world of technology.

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Console Refresh

Last year, we saw the refresh of two of the biggest consoles that dominate the console gaming market - the Sony Playstation 4 and the Microsoft Xbox One. Millions of these two consoles quickly flew out of the store shelves after their releases. Who will win the race is still a toss up and there are millions of loyal followers for each platform. You can check out PC Magazine’s reviews for the Playstation 4 and the Xbox One on their website.

Nokia gobbled up by Microsoft

Out of all acquisitions from last year, this one could probably be the most interesting to note. Microsoft bid for the handset business of Nokia to the tune of USD$7.2 billion. We remember that Nokia started producing mobile phones with Microsoft mobile OS and this could spell a possible success for Microsoft in the mobile phone arena. Possible but it may still not be clear. For more on this, check out PC Magazine’s article on this.

Apple’s releases

2013 also was the year Apple released three major updates to three of its products - OS X, iOS and the iPhone. OS X Mavericks sported a lot of improvements over the previous iterations of the operating system. The Finder app now has a tabbed interface and you can add tags to all the files you have in your system. The tagging is a boon for organisational freaks. It makes it easier for files to be searched anywhere in the system. And the best part, it was released for free. iOS 7 reflected a shift on Apple’s UI design - moving towards the flat design and they used, what I’d call, a candy-colored palette. It’s yummy. And as for the iPhone, Apple released the 5S. Tech-wise, it’s a big step up if you’re currently using the 4S or the 4. But if you’re already on the 5, it’s not much, if you ask me. Okay, sure,it could be a lot if you’re nitpicking the tech behind the phone. For more on these three, check the links below:

OS X Mavericks
iOS 7
iPhone 5S

Here are two more links for more of the top tech stories from last year:

* The Year in Review: the biggest stories of 2013

* The Year in Tech: 2013 Top Technology Stories

PS: I’m sure some of you received or bought new devices. And if you haven’t filled it with apps yet. Here’s something for you to check out: The best apps for all your new devices

Have a great week ahead everyone! See you again next week!

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