2017

HP Spectre x360 13 (late 2017) review     – CNET
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The updated Spectre x360 13-inch convertible laptop adds terrific battery life and top-notch performance to its class-leading design.

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After WannaCry and NotPetya, ransomware dwindled in 2017     – CNET
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Hackers wreaked havoc all summer with ransomware. Researchers from Malwarebytes think users might have stopped hackers by getting smart.

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iPhone 7 Plus was almost China's top selling phone in 2017     – CNET
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Apple, the only foreign phone maker to hit China’s top 10 list, was beaten to the top spot by Oppo’s R9S.

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US border guards searched 60 percent more devices in 2017
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In 2017, the US Customs and Border Protection searched 30,200 electronic devices. That's over 60 percent the number of searches its personnel conducted the year before to the dismay of privacy advocates. Some also view the rise in searches as a produ…

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US border agency searched 30,200 phones and computers in 2017     – CNET
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Searches of electronic devices at the border increased nearly 60 percent from 2016. The agency also released updated guidelines for conducting searches.

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It’s the Jons 2017!
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 Happy New Year! It’s been a transformational year in tech. The golden era of startups ended. Sorry about that. The tech industry finally rolled over a big rock it had ignored and/or leaned on for years, and exposed the squirming morass of sexual harassment beneath. We witnessed major AI breakthroughs, a cryptocurrency megaboom, really truly […]

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What were your best nine Instagram photos from 2017?
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 You might have noticed a new end-of-year trend on Instagram the past few days. If so, you can thank 2017bestnine.com, a website that lets you automatically collect and collage your most-liked photos of 2017. Best Nine has been around for a while, so many of you may be familiar with the tool already. But for […]

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2017 in Tech: The Year of Foreshadowing Big Things to Come
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2017 may be the year that developments in the tech world truly were overshadowed by other world events: deepening divisions in the United States and the looming threat of war with North Korea; numerous sexual misconduct scandals; terrorist attacks in Europe and elsewhere; and the announcement of yet another royal wedding in the United Kingdom, […]

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Tech ads of 2017: Call of Duty best, Facebook worst     – CNET
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Commentary: A look back at how tech companies tried to communicate in 2017 offers many sobering moments. And some that boggle the mind.

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