Editors’ highlights 2017: The year in tech

This year we have seen many new developments, new technologies and of course new smartphones. But not everything was convincing. We will show you what our editors have been thrilled with and which new ideas or announcements they have paid the most attention to.

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Lack of charging bays is the main obstacle to self-driving car rise, says Axa

Insurance firm boss warns infrastructure inefficiencies such as an overstrained National Grid present limitations for the future of autonomous vehicles

A shortage of charging points and strain on energy supplies are now the main stumbling blocks to the rise of driverless electric cars, according to the UK boss of insurer Axa.

Amanda Blanc said a lack of rapid charging bays and pressure on the National Grid have overtaken questions about accident liability as the biggest barriers to autonomous vehicles entering the transport mainstream.

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New Year’s resolutions for big tech: how Silicon Valley can be better in 2018

Tech is one of the richest and most powerful industries in America – and it gets an awful lot wrong. So here’s some seasonal advice for Silicon Valley’s biggest beasts

New Year’s resolutions are crap. The entire exercise is rife with failure and self-loathing, and you, dearest, have no need to make any. You are already reading the Guardian. You are perfect exactly the way you are.

Infinitely more fun than reflecting on one’s own shortcomings is diagnosing the problems of other, richer, more powerful entities. It is in that spirit that we have created a list of New Year’s resolutions for the tech industry. Our resolution will be to continue doing our best to hold them to account, which, like the most successful resolutions, is what we were already planning to do anyway.

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From the future of bitcoin to Facebook, 2018 in technology

Social networks and politics, the still unfulfilled promise of augmented reality, pay-to-play games: what might change in the year ahead

Both of the major smart home platforms have a long-running problem with “discoverability”: it’s very hard to let users know what their devices can do, particularly if they’re always improving thanks to rapid software updates.

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