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Top 5: Tech surprises of 2017

Every year brings exciting new events in tech, and 2017 was no exception. Here are the top stories that surprised us this year.

Here are our top five tech surprises of 2017:

1. The success of Bitcoin

Well, it did fork a couple times, but neither proved fatal and the original blockchain kept going strong. Whether you think it's a commodity or a currency, Bitcoin seems to be going strong for now.

SEE: 18 new IT jobs created by Bitcoin and blockchain (TechRepublic)

2. The rise of autonomous vehicles

Not only is Waymo fielding cars with no safety driver, but an autonomous bus even had a minor fender bender in Las Vegas and the idea of autonomous cars didn't come crashing down in popular sentiment.

SEE: Will human drivers always be the weak link when sharing the road with autonomous vehicles? (TechRepublic)

3. Twitter

Take this however you want. You may be surprised it survived. You may be surprised how it became the dominant playground for politics. You may be surprised you found yourself watching TV on it.

SEE: Twitter Q3 takeaway: Data, enterprise tools can boost profits, revenue (ZDNet)

4. Amazon's acquisition of Whole Foods

Surprising in many ways, not the least of which is the poster child of online commerce investing even more heavily in brick and mortar. Amazon is expanding its physical bookstores too.

SEE: How Amazon's Whole Foods purchase could solve its grocery supply chain puzzle (ZDNet)

5. Samsung Note's rebound

In 2016 when Samsung recalled the Note 7, folks not only worried about Samsung's bottom line for mobile but doubted they would ever see a Note again. Not only did Samsung release the Note 8 in Q3, but the company can credit the phone's strong sales with helping the mobile business.

SEE: Samsung Galaxy Note 8 review: The pros far outweigh the cons for business users (TechRepublic)

If you weren't surprised by these, you need to make some predictions for 2018 and bank on them. What lies in store in 2018? Check out some of these predictions from TechRepublic and sister site ZDNet:


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About Tom Merritt

Tom is an award-winning independent tech podcaster and host of regular tech news and information shows. Tom hosts Sword and Laser, a science fiction and fantasy podcast, and book club with Veronica Belmont. He also hosts Daily Tech News Show, coverin...

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