KSTP Year in Review: 2017's Top 5 Technology Stories

December 27, 2017 08:28 PM

From a massive data breach to new discoveries, here are the top five technology stories on KSTP in 2017:

1. Equifax Says Data from 143 Million American Exposed in Hack

  • Credit monitoring company Equifax has been hit by a high-tech heist that exposed the social security numbers and other data of about 143 million Americans. Now those people have to worry about the threat of having their identities stolen. The news broke in September, and a month later, it was revealed 2.5 million more accounts were exposed. 

2. Suit: Apple Slowed iPhones, Forcing Owners to Buy New Ones

  • iPhone owners from several states sued Apple Inc. for not disclosing sooner that it issued software updates deliberately slowing older-model phones so aging batteries lasted longer, saying Apple's silence led them to wrongly conclude that their only option was to buy newer, pricier iPhones.

3. Super Big Black Hole from Early Universe Farthest Ever Found

  • Astronomers discovered a super-size black hole harkening back to almost the dawn of creation. The black hole lies in a quasar dating to 690 million years of the Big Bang. That means the light from this quasar has been traveling our way for more than 13 billion years.

4. What Happens Once 'Net Neutrality' Rules Bite the Dust?

  • The Federal Communications Commission voted in December on party lines to undo sweeping Obama-era "net neutrality" rules that guaranteed equal access to internet. The FCC's new rules could usher in big changes in how Americans use the internet. The agency got rid of rules that barred companies like Comcast, AT&T and Verizon from playing favorites with internet apps and sites.

5. Sharp Vision: New Glasses Help the Legally Blind See 

  • The headsets from eSight transmit images from a forward-facing camera to small internal screens — one for each eye — in a way that beams the video into the wearer's peripheral vision. That turns out to be all that some people with limited vision, even legal blindness, need to see things they never could before. That's because many visual impairments degrade central vision while leaving peripheral vision largely intact.


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