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Geek.com’s top tech news stories of 2013

As 2013 draws to a close, it’s a good time to look back on what happened in technology over the past 365 days. Rather than focusing on the biggest stories of the year or the most important happenings, we’re going to take this chance to review the crowd pleasers.

These are stories that were smash hits on Geek.com, some of which came as no surprise of us, others which, frankly, we couldn’t believe were getting so much attention. Some of the stories were huge, some were just amusing, either way, they say a lot about the last year in technology. [And yes, these are just news stories. The article will leave out reviews, how tos, and all that other stuff.]

Geek.com’s top new stories of the year

  1. BlackBerry 10 tells your friends when you’re watching porn
  2. Modder proves SimCity can run offline indefinitely
  3. When will get an iOS 7 jailbreak? 
  4. Windows 8 password reset trick requires no third-party software
  5. Bricked PS4 reports are very real
  6. Redline: PS4 overheats at Sony event
  7. Keep 32 molecule discovered, kills the bacteria that causes tooth decay
  8. Glitch makes players billionaires in GTA Online, Rockstar responds with banhammer
  9. Chinese appliances are shipping with malware-distributing WiFi chips
  10. Sony’s stock price explodes as first details of Xbox One drop
  11. More Nexus 5 details emerge, camera takes one for the team (again)
  12. What a DDoS attack looks likevideolan_ddos
  13. Galaxy S4 Google Edition to be announced at Google I/O
  14. McLaren to replace windshield wipers with a force field of sound waves
  15. DIY lightsaber is almost as dangerous as an actual lightsaber
  16. The most expensive Pokemon trading card of all time is on sale for $100,000
  17. Asus to manufacturer Nexus 10 refresh
  18. Google’s Nexus 5 is coming and it needs to be a big deal
  19. Disk encrypting Cryptolocker malware demands $300 to decrypt your files
  20. Apple stores everything you tell Siri for two years
  21. Microsoft redesigns the Xbox 360, offers 2 free games each month via Live Gold
  22. How to watch the Lydrid meteor shower tonight (and why you should)
  23. New form of proto-based matter is essentially a lightsaber
  24. Google expected to unify chat under the name “Babble”
  25. Call of Duty: Ghosts hacked already, aimbots and wall-hacks implemented

So what stories blew up and would have caused our servers to melt if we hadn’t moved to a highly scalable cloud infrastructure long ago? Shockingly, BlackBerry was at the top. Given the company’s state of affairs in 2013 that might come as a surprise, but the story wasn’t exactly great for them. After BB10, we see coverage of this year’s epic SimCity snafu, and then the heavy hitters start coming. These are the meat and potatoes of tech news: iOS, Windows, Grand Theft Auto, and the next-gen consoles.

One major trend we saw this year was massive interest in the PlayStation 4 and a good deal less (but still a considerable amount) in the Xbox One. Sony won over the hearts and minds of gamers early on in 2013 and held firm, leading to a considerable sales lead going into 2014.

One overarching topic that was of a huge amount of interest to our readers was Google. Between core Google news, like the unification of chat services, and then Android news, most importantly the Nexus 5, we saw an insatiable interest in news about the search company.

After that, throw in some space news and some cool science, and the list is about set!

Thanks for a great year and thanks for reading. Looking forward to doing it all again in 2014.

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