There's no denying that 2017 was a big year for the tech industry. Massive cyberattacks hit companies all over the world, AI and machine learning took center stage, and (as usual) smartphone manufacturers continued to launch attention-grabbing flagship devices.
TechRepublic covered these stories in a variety of different ways, but there's no denying how popular video became with our readers as a means of understanding these stories. To help recap the year, here are the videos we created to address some of the top tech headlines of 2017.
1. Net Neutrality rolled back
In December, the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) under Donald Trump voted 3-2 to repeal the net neutrality regulations put into place under the Obama administration.
2. The Equifax hack
Credit reporting firm Equifax reported a massive data breach in 2017, noting more than 140 million people were at risk of having their personal information stolen.
3. Launch of iPhone X
With its innovative Face ID system and top-shelf appointments, the iPhone X made a splash when it was announced in September.
4. Bitcoin skyrockets
Cryptocurrency Bitcoin, and its underpinned technology blockchain, came into their own in 2017, especially as Bitcoin's value jumped high before dropping significantly.
SEE: IT leader's guide to the blockchain (Tech Pro Research)
5. Ransomware accelerates
Ransomware was one of the fastest growing attacks in 2017, powering massive attacks like WannaCry and others.
6. Windows 10 Fall Creators Update
One of the biggest updates to Windows 10 came with the Fall Creators Update, boosting cloud storage, sharing, security, and more.
7. AI is everywhere
Whether it was in digital assistant, big data platforms, or medical technology, artificial intelligence and machine learning dominated the tech landscape in 2017, leading many to question its impact on jobs.
8. Samsung Galaxy Note 8 launch
9. Alexa for business
Amazon officially made its Alexa voice service an enterprise product with the announcement of Alexa for Business in November.
10. Women in tech take center stage
Gender parity and equality in tech and sexual harassment and abuse in and outside of the workplace were important news stories in 2017. TechRepublic writer Alison DeNisco Rayome published an investigative report examining the state of women in computer science.
11. NSA cyberweapons leak
A major New York Times investigation revealed that serious cyberweapons were stolen from the NSA, and then used to wreak havoc on other organizations.
12. Tesla's triumphs
In 2017, Tesla celebrate the shipping date of its Model 3 sedan (despite some production setbacks) and unveiled its electric truck, the Tesla Semi.
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- Photos: The top 18 smartphones of 2017 (TechRepublic)
- Best gifts: Top tech gadgets of 2017 (ZDNet)
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Conner Forrest is a Senior Editor for TechRepublic. He covers enterprise technology and is interested in the convergence of tech and culture.