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Wearable tech explodes, smart watches on deck
From Google Glass to the Galaxy Gear, this year saw an explosion in wearable tech. Despite being in its infancy, many products — despite criticisms that they were "rushed" — are still at a concept stage that aims to eventually bridge the gap between mankind and machine. While most Americans remain mixed (and borderline skeptical) on wearable tech, we saw this year, the first wave of products that will all but certainly develop and pan out into 2014.
Despite good intentions, government suffers Obamacare website woes
To kick off the US's new healthcare law, Obamacare, it was necessary to enter the online world with a blast of registrations. Turns out the website wasn't even close to being ready and fell down at the starting line. Not only did spammers jump on the bandwagon, hackers also attacked the site. But the site's crucial flaw is that it just didn't work. President Barack Obama described the flaws in his own flagship policy's website as "unacceptable." He called in the Silicon Valley big guns to sort out the mess. Though the White House's deadline of November came and went, there are still reported issues on the healthcare marketplace.
Image: ZDNet; Healthcare.gov
Windows 8.1 released, hopes to regain customer confidence
In efforts to redeem itself after the widely accepted flop of Windows 8, Microsoft issued an update, Windows 8.1, to the world's most-used desktop operating system in efforts to claw back some of its loyal users.
Windows 8 (and the "confusing" Windows RT) may not have been all that to so many — millions have kept with aging Windows XP and many more stuck with Windows 7. At the very least, Windows 8.1 brought back in some fashion the Start menu and the ability to boot-to-desktop, bypassing the bevy of tiles on the redesigned Start screen. Whether it changes people's minds about Windows 8 remains something else entirely.