ITP.net's tech 2017 round-up: January
Samsung opens up after Galaxy Note7 disaster, Uber cements UAE connect
The technology industry is at the centre of an ongoing wave of change, from emerging technologies stealing the limelight to cybercriminals determined to find new ways of exploiting organisations.
The year has not shied away from regional and international acquisitions to renowned companies facing bankruptcy and scandal. 2017 also welcomed a range of smartphones from high-end devices to classic handsets being reinvented to suit today's market.
From a regional perspective, 2017 became the year for the e-commerce sector to mark its space, plus flying taxis also became a reality and cybercrime showed no signs of slowing down.
ITP.net delves into some of the biggest regional and global IT stories from the year, covering all the doom and gloom.
January 2017 began on a damper as news emerged that Saudi Arabia's public and private organisations, in particular petrochemicals, suffered a cyberattack. Security firms suspected that Shamoon group were to blame and were using the disc-wiping Disstrack malware.
South Korean tech giant Samsung began 2017 with a clean slate, after a disastrous ‘phone-exploding' 2016, the company admitted that bad battery design caused the Galaxy Note7 to catch fire. Samsung's investigation revealed that there were two separate flaws; the battery was too large for the casing in one batch and in the second batch the batteries lacked insulation tape.
Unified communications specialist Avaya Inc had a troubled New Year start as it announced it had commenced a formal proceeding to restructure its balance sheet to better position itself for the future. This meant to facilitate its restructuring, the company filed voluntary petitions under Chapter 11 of the US Bankruptcy Code in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. Furthermore, Avaya's channel partners in the Middle East backed the vendor's Chapter 11 filing, citing it was the right move to make.
Uber began the year with the bang, as the ride-hailing firm deployed more than 14,000 taxis and limousines to Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority. The aims was to "fulfil the needs of customers and provide them with transportation solutions at a reasonable rate in a way that contributes to reduce the number of vehicles on roads".
Dubai Health Authority launched the first ‘robot' pharmacy at Rashid Hospital, where it was employed to dispense prescribed medication. The robot had been designed to store up to 35,000 medicines and dispense around 12 prescriptions in less than a minute.
On 9th January 2007, Steve Jobs unveiled the first iPhone that would shake up the smartphone industry, marking January 2017 as the 10th anniversary for the iPhone. We took you back to 2007 and looked at how the iPhone has changed.
Cybersecurity firm Keeper investigated the most common passwords used in 2016, and it is safe to say the researchers weren't too pleased. The password that topped the 2016 list was 123456 - take a look at the worst passwords here, if you see your, change it immediately!
The month ended with UAE's telecom company du announcing a restructure which meant shedding ‘tens' of jobs. However as part of the announcement, du CEO Osman Sultan revealed that Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Co (EITC), the holding company for du, was to launch Virgin Mobile in the region. This move meant the region would soon have three mobile operators.