If one word described the focus around the tech industry this year, it’s privacy. From user data mishandling to the private lives of major tech executives having an impact on company cultures, this year we’ve become more aware than ever of when to take control of your own privacy — and when it’s time to speak out.
The Verge 2018 tech report cards
Beyond that, 2018 has also been a quieter year for innovation than the last — from gadgets to gaming to smartphones, most products we saw this year have been building on the grounds 2017 broke without many major new hardware releases. So how did some of the biggest tech companies and industries fare this year on The Verge’s annual report cards? In this last week of 2018, we’ll take a look at the past 12 months in technology, and what we can hope to look forward to in 2019.
The Big Five
Products, Services, and Sectors
- Tech needed Congress this year more than ever
- AI’s moral reckoning
- Twitter: the most boring – but vital – social network left
- A quieter year for Samsung
- Snap’s losing streak
- How can Nintendo top 2017?
- AR and VR are still not readily mainstream
- A great year in music for artists
- The spirit of nostalgia is alive and well in the gadget world
- Headphones continue to be the most innovative category in tech