As another year draws to a close, we've been reflecting on the main events, launches and products of 2014. Here, the team at V3 each pick their highlight of the year, along with their choice of the most disappointing in the technology space.
Editor Madeline Bennett
The coding revolution is my pick for the most exciting thing in tech this year. There's a huge market for tech skills in the UK and abroad, and the younger generation is currently missing out on these opportunities by being taught about technology in the wrong way.
But that all changed in September, when the new curriculum came in, bringing with it encouragement and an obligation on schools to teach students about programming and computer science, rather than spreadsheets and websites. The shift in approach means that school leavers will now be equipped with the skills needed to join anything from a mobile app firm in Tech City, to a giant like Google or Facebook.
However, while the potential is there for a surge of skilled techies to burst onto the UK jobs market, I'm also concerned that real change will not be realised.
If teachers don't get the IT training required to acquire these new tech skills themselves, they won't be able pass this knowledge onto their students; and as the IT industry is so fast-changing by nature, kids will need to have constant updates to their lessons to keep them relevant.
So I hope that technology vendors will sign up to offer their services and volunteer time to go into schools and work with teachers and students to ensure that the coding revolution blazes ahead in 2015, rather than fades away.
Technology editor Dan Robinson
2014 was the year that cloud computing really started to mature, the hybrid cloud in particular becoming a focus as vendors realised that customers need to integrate cloud resources with existing infrastructure.
VMware brought its vCloud Hybrid Service (now vCloud air) to Europe, offering a seamless way for customers to expand to the public cloud.
Meanwhile, there has been a buzz around containers as a way to package, deploy and scale up applications rapidly in a cloud environment, the Docker project being the focus of much of the attention.
The community-led OpenStack cloud framework also continued to mature and gain credibility. HP pinned its entire cloud strategy on it, while firms such as Oracle and VMware released their own distributions for customers already using their respective software stacks.
However, prominent outages of AWS and Microsoft's Azure services this year served as a reminder that the cloud is not without risks.
Senior reporter Alastair Stevenson
One of the worst and most dangerous events of 2014 was the discovery of Heartbleed. The security vulnerability was uncovered by researchers with a Finnish company called Codenomicon at the start of April.
Its potential for harm was significant as OpenSSL encryption is used by open source web servers such as Apache and Nginx, which host 66 percent of the world's sites.
While the far-reaching nature of Heartbleed makes it one of the worst things to happen in 2014, for us here at V3, it is also, in the long run, one of the best.
Heartbleed's discovery left millions of people and companies in danger, but it has undeniably raised awareness about the need for more robust security.
This has been showcased by the multitude of firms and projects, including Google and OpenSSL, which have begun to re-evaluate their development and defence strategies in Heartbleed's wake.
As a result the infamous flaw has earned its place as one of the best and worst events in 2014.
News editor Dan Worth
There was plenty to be excited about this year, but having covered telecoms for five years and being a native of Cornwall, the rollout of broadband to reach 93 percent of the county was a great end-of-year story for me.
This was the icing on the telecoms cake as improvements in the UK's digital infrastructure were announced throughout the year.
Yes, there are still gaps out there but they are diminishing all the time. The success of such projects is evidence that, despite being maligned initially, the government's funding, and BT’s work, is turning the UK into a digitally advanced nation.
However, as digital communications become the backbone of our modern world, it is disappointing to see the government continue to rush through laws designed to monitor our lives, notably the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act.
This was rushed through in just seven days in response to changes in the law introduced by the European Commission earlier in the year and shows that knee-jerk reactions to technology remain commonplace in Whitehall.
Other gripes for 2014 include the continued use of the word 'selfie', while the success of Flappy Bird made little sense.
Reporter Roland Moore-Colyer
This year could be seen as the real start of the Internet of Things (IoT). Where once it was touted more as a buzzword than an actual trend, the technology industry is now seeing some real momentum behind it.
SAP has been gearing up its HANA Cloud platform to be IoT-ready allowing for high levels of data throughput and processing, which enables actions to be taken in real time on all the data flowing from numerous connected devices.
The recently opened Digital Catapult has also outlined that the IoT will be one of its main areas of focus to drive the UK's technology industry. The centre now hosts start-ups working on everything from IoT devices to innovative uses of the data gathered from networked gadgets.
The recent launch of a UK IoT network by Arqiva is further evidence of a strong future for the IoT.
I do not feel that the same can be said about wearable technology. Devices like Google Glass were well-hyped but failed to live up to expectations, given the lack of people I see wearing the high-tech frames around London.
Smartwatches have also failed to impress me. Outside fitness tracking, smart wrist wear fails to offer anything that a smartphone can't provide.
And while Apple has created a smartwatch that appears to have captured the attention of gadget-spotters, its one-day battery life strikes me as rather disappointing. But it will be interesting to see how it plays out in 2015.
However, the lacklustre consumer offerings may be mitigated by the potential use of wearable technology in industrial situations, where information could be delivered in a hands-free way.
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