5 of the Biggest Technology Stories of 2015
In just a few days 2015 will be over! It was a year full of highs and lows, backlash and controversy, and even Tumblr posts that completely changed the industry. So, to send off 2015, we have recapped the biggest technology stories of the past year.
1. Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
With the Samsung Galaxy S5, the biggest criticism was that the phone failed to offer anything revolutionary. ‘Where were the big changes?’ they asked. In 2015, Samsung answered that with the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the S6 Edge. Not only were the two handsets made of glass and metal instead of plastic (another key criticism of the S5) but the S6 Edge also offered a curved screen.
So popular was that curved screen design that Samsung ran out of units and the company is said to be following it up with a larger variant next year called the S7 Edge Plus.
2. Konami vs. Kojima
While this one came to a head earlier this month when (Metal Gear series creator) Hideo Kojima set up his own development studio and teamed up with Sony, Kojima has been battling (Metal Gear publisher) Konami since the beginning of the year. It was alleged that Konami was unhappy with Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain’s high budget and Konami ended up shutting down one of Kojima’s internal teams, removing his name from The Phantom Pain boxart and banning him from industry event, The Game Awards.
It will be some time until we get the full story on what happened, but the controversy saw many fans turn against Konami for their actions.
3. Apple TV
For some time the Apple TV has given cord-cutters a chance to ditch cable subscriptions, but the newly released generation of the device also offered gamers a chance to ditch consoles. The ability to play games was introduced with the latest Apple TV, with titles such as Guitar Hero Live and Disney Infinity 3.0 being made available.
It’s early days for the device yet, but some are suggesting that it could entice casual gamers away from the likes of the PS4 and the Xbox One.
4. Batman: Arkham Knight PC
Batman: Arkham Knight was meant to close out the thrilling Batman: Arkham trilogy, but on PC the game was nigh on unplayable. With gamers voicing angry opinions en masse, Warner Bros. Interactive (the game’s publisher) pulled it from sale, offering refunds to anyone who’d bought it.
Vowing to fix the problems and bring it back from buggy hell, the Batman: Arkham Knight PC relaunch was almost as bad as its initial release and understandably, fans were not happy.
5. Taylor Swift vs. Apple Music
This year Taylor has been part of many a battle – vs. Nicki Minaj, vs. those violating copyright, and vs. the women-shaming media – but none were more high profile than with her open letter to Apple Music. Apple Music kicked off as a three-month free trial but Swift was unhappy that Apple had no plans to pay artists during that time, so, she wrote a letter, posted it on Tumblr, and successfully got the company to change its policy.
While some praised the chart-topping singer for pioneering artists’ rights, others lashed out at her earlier decision to remove music from Spotify (which has free membership) and only offer her tracks on Apple Music (paid sub only), accusing her of not caring about her poorer fans. So, it was divisive then, but it certainly got everyone talking.
(Header image via Mirror.co.uk)