It was a big year for tech news. From Microsoft’s ongoing rebound to Amazon’s endless expansion, GeekWire reporters were busy chronicling the dynamic innovation economy.
But it was not just the giants of the industry making news. Some surprising stories rose to the top of our charts in 2015. Here’s a look at the top 20 stories on GeekWire, based on page views.
Take a look, and let us know what you think. And, while you are at it, let us know your favorite tech stories of the year. Here’s to an exciting 2016. Enjoy!
Here’s what Microsoft gave the teenager who was arrested for bringing a homemade clock to school (942 comments, 267,000 Facebook likes)
Full memo: Jeff Bezos responds to brutal NYT story, says it doesn’t represent the Amazon he leads (374 comments, 5,000 Facebook likes)
Two Seattle girls launched a balloon to the edge of space this weekend, and have the video to prove it (106 comments, 39,600 Facebook likes)
Apple Watch? Whatever. Reviewing the Timex Datalink, the world’s first smartwatch (24 comments, 499 Facebook likes)
Earthquake experts on ‘The Really Big One’: Here’s what will actually happen in Seattle (70 comments, 6,600 Facebook likes)
Here’s why this expert physicist thinks Toyota’s hydrogen fuel-cell car is ‘perfect’ (608 comments, 2,500 Facebook likes)
Trident missile launch sparks UFO freakout in Los Angeles and on Twitter (31 comments, 2,000 Facebook likes)
Sneak Preview: What it’s like to shop on Jet.com, the startup that’s gunning for Amazon (57 comments, 168 Facebook likes)
Toyota gives away patents to build ‘game-changing’ car of the future (47 comments, 920 Facebook likes)
The Xfinity Diet: How I slashed my monthly cable bill, and barely noticed the difference (47 comments, 468 Facebook likes)
Self-driving cars could reduce accidents by 90 percent, become greatest health achievement of the century (37 comments, 5,600 Facebook likes)
New ‘Illuminating Piano’ works with iPad or Windows to light the way for aspiring pianists (32 comments, 163,800 Facebook likes)
Watch: Tesla’s new autopilot technology prevents crash on slick Seattle road (34 comments, 7,500 Facebook likes)
Exclusive: Satya Nadella reveals Microsoft’s new mission statement, sees ‘tough choices’ ahead (110 comments, 508 Facebook likes)
This DIY hack for an air conditioner has nearly 3M views on YouTube (8 comments, 4,300 Facebook likes)
Photos: Tim Cook, Satya Nadella, Jeff Bezos and Mark Zuckerberg meet China’s president at Microsoft (39 comments, 4,900 Facebook likes)
This startup will pay for your dream wedding — but only if you’re willing to bet you won’t get divorced (21 comments, 3,200 Facebook likes)
This is bleeping awesome: Amazon Echo’s Alexa will cuss on command (30 comments, 39 Facebook likes)
A Silicon Valley exodus? Redfin analysis finds Bay Area residents are increasingly looking for homes in Seattle and Portland (84 comments, 5,300 Facebook likes)
Why I’m staying with Comcast – even though it’s Comcast (29 comments, 42 Facebook likes)