Year in tech: The stories making headlines in 2021


By Jane Wakefield
Technology reporter

2021 introduced us to tech terms including Metaverse and NFT (non-fungible token).

Facebook took a dramatic new direction, heading off into virtual reality.

The internet, which had held up remarkably well over a series of lockdowns, experienced a few wobbles.

And we learned that those chips in all our devices, which we take for granted, weren’t infinite.

Here’s our rundown of some of the biggest stories on the BBC Technology site over the past year.

January: Winter of disconnect

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Even though he lost the presidential election at the end of 2020, Donald Trump continued to make headlines into 2021.

The tweet that led to the ban was seen as particularly inflammatory given the storming of the Capitol building just the day before.

The events acted as a wake-up call to social media networks which had previously allowed politicians to have, more or less, free rein posting online.

During the course of the year both Facebook and Twitter…



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