The year was quite busy. Here are some of the highlights or lowlights for the Geek in 2013.
Doctor Who Turns 50
And the Doctor came back again in 2013 for what may have been the biggest televised geek event of the year. The day of tribute was simulcasted in 94 countries and 1,500 movie theaters around the globe. We also learned of the upcoming Twelfth Doctor, Peter Capaldi.
NSA Snooping Programs Revealed
In June, the Guardian first published leaked documents from National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. These leaks about the top-secret NSA programs that track cellphone and Internet data has raised privacy issue awareness in the US and abroad and will continue into next year.
Micro Videos in Social Media mainstream
Early 2013, Twitter released Vine, a new social app for sharing six-second videos. Instagram quickly followed by allowing videos up to 15 seconds long. The app quickly became a hit, attracting artists, comedians, and creative types who viewed the few seconds as a challenge instead of a restriction.
New Versions of Game Consoles
After a long quiet period, two of the three major game-machine makers released new versions of their game consoles in November. The PS4 and Xbox One are seeing who is king of the holiday consumers' dollars.
Popular games this year were Grand Theft Auto, Call of Duty, and Pokémon x and Y.
Wearable Tech Is Sprouting Up
The age of wearable technology is not here yet, but in 2013 protoypes started towards common use. Google spread its Glass eyewear to thousands of early testers and it was big in New York Fashion Week this past Fall. Some companies launched various smartwatches and fitness trackers like Fitbit. Wearables could become very popular in the coming year.