What a year it has been. Brexit, Donald Trump, everyone dying...it's fair to say 2016 will not be a year remembered with much fondness, at least not on a global level.
The technology sector was no stranger to these dramas, with numerous high-profile stories dominating the headlines throughout the year, ranging from security scandals to government gaffes.
V3 has put together a round-up of some of the biggest stories from the past 12 months to help you recall all the major news events of the past 12 months. Roll on 2017.
10. Samsung's exploding Note 7 smartphones
No surprise this makes the list. For months it was impossible to avoid the build-up to the unveiling of the Note 7, Samsung plan to beat Apple in the smartphone market by beating its iPhone 7 to market.
However, that rush was to prove Samsung's undoing. Within a few weeks of the first devices going on sale reports started to emerge of some devices setting fire and exploding, causing havoc for their owners.
At first it was believed to be isolated incidents. But it soon became clear this was something much bigger and within a few days Samsung was issuing a global recall to replace the first batch of phones on the market. Problem solved right?
Definitely not. Incredibly, the second set of phones, that Samsung had told everyone would be safe, where just as fire prone as the first. This led to Samsung halting all sales, at a cost estimated to be $5bn. Not cheap.
All in all it was a disaster for the firm and let its arch rival Apple clean up.
Samsung has promised it will be back bigger and better next year, but it will have to go some to win back thousands of customers who were left burned by their experience with the Note 7.
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