This is the time of the year we love the most: the slow and quiet days after Christmas (which we spend relaxing, detoxing, and playing with our new gadgets), and the calm before the big, noisy, drunken, fiery, and hopefully bloodless storm known as the New Year's Eve celebration.
But many of us also use this period to reminisce all the things that happened in the year. And we tell you, a lot went down in the past 360-plus days, especially in the world of tech.
So, let's have a brief walk down 2013's memory lane for a little recap of all the things that made geeks stand up and take notice—from awesome, new gadgets to icons passing on. After this, you're all free to daydream all you want about 2014!
Happy New Year, geeks! Cheers!
Next-gen mobile toys cometh!
Oh yes, we’ve lusted after many, many gadgets this year. Fulfillment (read: being able to buy them) is a different story, though. Sob.
Here’s a quick rundown: gamers got all excited because of the release of the Sony PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Xbox One; the former will have its official local launch on January 14, 2014, and you can already do pre-orders. As for the latter, let's just hope it will arrive here before all your pubes turn grey. For smartphones, mobile beauties like the Apple iPhone 5C and 5S, Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy S4, LG G2, HTC One, Nokia Lumia 1020, and the Sony Xperia Z1 (among many, many other smartphones) debuted this year. Local brands like Starmobile, Cherry Mobile, and Torque also went wild on the quad-core trail, making local, budget-strapped geeks happy.
Wear and use them!
Wearable gadgets also started to arrive this year, allowing us to finally look like Inspector Gadget. The three biggest product categories are wearable computers (i.e. Google Glass), smartwatches, and fitness trackers.
Smartwatches really hit it big this year, with Pebble, Metawatch’s Frame and Strata models, the I’m Watch, Sony’s SmartWatch 2, and, of course, Samsung’s Galaxy Gear, among the most popular.
Fitness brands like Jawbone’s UP24 and the adidas miCoach Smart Run also became must-haves.