As 2016 draws to a close, we take the opportunity to review what has marked the technological news in the last 12 months.
From David Bowie to Carrie Fisher, it’s hard to miss the number of public figures who left us in 2016. It would be a shame to summarize the year that ends with these tragic deaths. This is why we present, in chronological order, our humble retrospective of what has attracted the attention of our readers this year according to our most popular articles.
January: The end of Internet Explorer
January marked an important moment for Microsoft, while the company officially withdrew its support from Internet Explorer. Faced with the general panic caused by this announcement, Microsoft however made a slight step backwards by promising to provide security updates only for users of its latest version, Internet Explorer 11.
February: Popcorn Time Online and pre-orders for the Galaxy S7
After going through a real roller coaster, Popcorn Time found itself resurrected again in February in the form of an extension compatible with Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari. Note that what some nicknamed the Netflix of the pirates is now operated by a new team that takes advantage of the source code that was publicly shared by the authors of Popcorn Time.
March: Let’s talk about TV
Following the announcement by the CRTC of new measures imposed on cable operators, the basic packages of $ 25 would come into effect in Canada.
The $ 25 TV packages did not have the desired effect.
Unfortunately, if this price seemed attractive on paper, the reality remained essentially unchanged for many consumers. Because service providers did not hesitate to stop offering the digital receiver free of charge to customers who wanted to reduce their bundle, imposing an additional charge on them, reducing the savings realized by such a transition.
April: Netflix tariff increases and rumors of the PS4 Pro
The grace period benefitting Netflix’s long-time subscribers was coming to an end last April. Within weeks of Netflix tariff increases, we took the opportunity to summarize the various options available to Canadian customers for the popular video-on-demand service.
May: Prudence at Nintendo and insistence of Microsoft
Some users of Windows 7 and 8.1 have had the nasty surprise of seeing their PC go to Windows 10 without their knowledge. Microsoft changed the behavior of an alert informing them that their PC was going to be upgraded to Windows 10 so that if they did not take care to manually change the upgrade schedule at the time Alert, they de facto accept the switch to the latest version of the operating system.
June: Google more transparent
It’s an open secret, Google knows a lot about you. We must however welcome the company for having made available to its users in June a tool to manage all the information collected by your use of its services.
July: Pokémon GO
The Pokémon GO phenomenon finally arrived in Canada in July, exactly one week before its launch in France. The success of the application in Australia, the United States and New Zealand has also pushed the action of Nintendo on the stock market.
August: Deployment and flaws in the Windows Update 10
The famous anniversary update of Windows 10 unveiled in March was officially deployed in August, one year after the launch of the Microsoft OS. You were then explained how to cause its download.
But what had to happen happened, and some users found themselves having to deal with serious problems caused by the installation of it.
September: Reminder at Samsung, novelties at Apple
While it was first believed that the first cases of explosions involving the Galaxy Note 7 in August were isolated incidents, their number increased to the point of forcing Samsung in September to put a brake on the supply Of the device in the markets where it was marketed, and finally to launch its first massive recall.
Of course, the month of September would not be complete without the craze surrounding the unveiling of a new iPhone by Apple, which this year has gotten rid of its analog audio port, and become waterproof, and whose model of 5, 5 inches now offers a dual camera on the back of the camera.
October: Google Pixel
Google said goodbye to its Nexus line by unveiling a brand new high-end phone, the Pixel. Stylish by its form and impressive by the capability of its main camera, we confront it with the iPhone 7 and the Galaxy S7 to determine how the offer of Google is measured compared to the giants Apple and Samsung.
November: Netflix offers the download
You intend to travel for long hours, you want to be entertained by watching a movie or a TV series on Netflix but the route you have to go does not allow you to be connected to the Internet? Since November, it’s now possible to download the content of your choice from the mobile application of Netflix.
It should be noted, however, that not all content is accessible offline. However, according to our observations, there are at least 900 content that can be downloaded, which augurs very well for the beginnings of a function that promises to extend its coverage.
December: Amazon Prime Video is launched worldwide
Offered since 2008 in the US market, Amazon’s video-on-demand service finally arrived in Canada and in more than 200 countries in total just a few weeks ago. That said, its content catalog is very thin compared to Netflix’s offer. In addition, the service is only available on an annual basis in Canada at C $ 79 per year.