Vector 25: Top tech stories of 2013!

Vector is our cross-site, cross-platform technology show where we discuss the biggest news with the brightest people. To close out the year, Georgia Dow of ZEN & TECH joins Rene to talk about the top technology stories of 2013, including revelations about government surveillance, social networks and the mob mentality, boredom vs. change aversion, and the internet of things.




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Rene Ritchie has been covering the personal technology industry for almost a decade. Editorial Director at Mobile Nations, analyst at iMore, video and podcast host, you can follow him @reneritchie on [Snapchat](, [Instagram](, or [Twitter](
  • Whoever that chick is holding that watch, she needs to clean underneath her nails...GROSS
  • Lol, what a stupid comment. Let's see what your hands look like, especially when you are doing a podcast. That's Georgia from iMore, she takes great care of her hands, if you watch, you'll notice her hands are always immaculate, manicured, and always have these crazy sexy/pretty designs. As for what they said, I liked it, and that's the thing, we're all a part of Mobile Nations, and though we can be biased at times, the editors and staff at the various sites all try to explain their arguments for and against clearly. You don't always have to agree with them, that's the point of an opinion. I've had various phones/smartphones over the year, I buy based on my personal financial situation, and what I want/need and what is available. Right now, for me, Android is what works for me best. I'm sure there are many of us who appreciate all tech companies and how they impact our lives, and I'm sure many of us also appreciate what each brand and manufacturer brings forward. I personally love all this competition, we are seeing such great strides, it's ridiculous the devices we are getting each year.
  • I can't force myself to listen to this retarded podcast anymore because they are so completely biased. RR is obsessed with all things Apple and that's fine. However, he should at least acknowledge the flaws in his own favorite OS. Here is the pattern most iOS individuals follow:
    1. Apple makes more money than any other company, ever! As if it benefits them in any way. This fact doesn't benefit the fanboi in any way unless they are a share holder.
    2. "It just works." Yeah, if you have a limited OS without the possibility of setting as default any other application, it is going to a very limited way.
    3. RR definitely falls into this camp: Apple created the entire idea of a smartphone and all other smartphone makers are copying. If you think this, you sell humanity short. I think other companies were onto the same ideas and only Apple were able to halt progress by other MFGs by the use of patents and strong-arming politics.
    In the end, happy 2014.
  • Sorry you feel that way. It reflects not at all what I think or how I act, so I'd encourage you to examine any biases or preconceptions you might have and consider how, if at all, they may be distorting your perceptions. If you self-identify with your gadgets, and care so very much what bits and atoms are in the pockets of others, than maybe Mobile Nations isn't for you. Personally, I believe these companies should be fighting over us, and not us over them. Using iOS or Android or any other platform is no different than liking Coke or Pepsi, DC or Marvel, beer or wine, or any of hundreds of other things. (I happen to like all of them at different times.) Perhaps more than anyone, you should listen to Vector, and to ZEN & TECH as well. The world is way brighter when you don't care about fighting over gadgets :)
  • Yeah, I completely agree. It's funny: when I first joined this site, I was a complete Android fanboy. I blindly bashed any- and everything that wasn't made by Google and/or didn't benefit the Android ecosystem in some way, shape, or form. But, after really seeing what Mobile Nations was truly about, I started to really see and appreciate the different technologies made by the many tech companies. And, though we may not always agree with others' viewpoints, we can appreciate their different perspectives. Oh, and also a +1 for Zen and Tech. Posted from my "Gift from God" Nexus 5 or my "God-Given" iPad Mini Retina.