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The 16 biggest tech stories of 2016

Technology doesn’t just change the world — it runs it. 
In 2016, the algorithms, networks and slabs of glass and metal that make up today’s digital tools had a direct impact on our lives in some very unexpected ways. 
From Facebook’s fake news problem to the Galaxy Note7 literally exploding, that impact wasn’t always for the good, but there were also signs of hope thanks to the promise of virtual reality and driverless cars.
Here are the biggest tech stories of 2016:
1. The headphone jack

Image: Lili Sams/MashableApple’s annual iPhone launch always hits the mobile world like a shiny glass meteor, but the new iPhone 7 had

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