2013 tech news quiz

Snowden, Ballmer, 3D handguns, iPhone 5s – this year had it all

It’s been a wild year in technology. From the controversial revelations of former NSA consultant Edward Snowden to the announcement that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will retire, the news has been varied and unpredictable. Now here’s a brief quiz to see how well you’ve been paying attention to the stories big and small that came out of high tech in 2013. Keep track of your score and see how well you did at the end.

NSA leaker Edward Snowden

NSA leaker Edward Snowden has successfully avoided capture by the U.S. government and works where now?

a)    Russian bank
b)    Russian website
c)    Russian ISP
d)    Russian foreign intelligence service (SVR)

NSA leaker Edward Snowden

NSA leaker Edward Snowden has successfully avoided capture by the U.S. government and works where now?

b)    Russian website

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 iPhone 5s and 5C
Credit: REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

The 1,417-deep line that greeted the launch of the iPhone 5s and 5C at the New York City Apple store was:

a)    shorter than for iPhone 4
b)    the shortest line ever for an iPhone launch
c)    the longest ever for an iPhone launch
d)    second only to the line for iPhone 3G

iPhone 5s and 5C
Credit: REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

The 1,417-deep line that greeted the launch of the iPhone 5s and 5C at the New York City Apple store was:

c)    the longest ever for an iPhone launch

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Twitter
Credit: REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Twitter went public this year with a minimum share price of $26 and ended its first day:

a)    at $44.90
b)    at $26
c)    at $24.90
d)    with trading suspended

Twitter

Twitter went public this year with a minimum share price of $26 and ended its first day:

a)    at $44.90

SpaceX

SpaceX went public this year, and its founder, Elon Musk, also founder of PayPal and Tesla, came up with what next big thing?

a)    self-flying plane
b)    submersible auto
c)    a half-hour L.A.-to-San Francisco train ride
d)    atomic fusion process to turn lead into gold

Elon Musk

SpaceX went public this year, and its founder, Elon Musk, also founder of PayPal and Tesla, came up with what next big thing?

c)    a half-hour L.A.-to-San Francisco train ride

Microsoft buying Nokia

One of the biggest tech deals approved in 2013 was Microsoft buying Nokia for $7.2 billion, but Microsoft also bought what other company?

a)    PhoneFactor
b)    Yammer
c)    Perceptive Pixel
d)    Apiphany

Microsoft

One of the biggest tech deals approved in 2013 was Microsoft buying Nokia for $7.2 billion, but Microsoft also bought what other company?

d)    Apiphany

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iPhone 5s

What innovation did Apple add to the iPhone 5S?

a)    curved screen
b)    fingerprint reader
c)    lightning connector
d)    panoramic camera

iPhone 5s

What innovation did Apple add to the iPhone 5S?

b)    fingerprint reader

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Steve Ballmer

After announcing his retirement in August, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer closed his last employee meeting with a song from:

a)    Rocky
b)    Dirty Dancing
c)    Chariots of fire
d)    Saturday Night Fever

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer

After announcing his retirement in August, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer closed his last employee meeting with a song from:

b)    Dirty Dancing ("Time of My Life")

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Healthcare.com
Credit: REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

In an attempt to calm the outrage about glitches in the HealthCare.gov website, President Obama compared them to growing pains faced by tech companies, saying,

a)    “I don't remember anybody suggesting Apple should stop selling iPhones”
b)    “It’s not Windows Vista bad.”
c)    “Like Google Glass, the benefits are worth waiting for.”
d)    “Only Facebook receives this much criticism for normal issues found with new software.”

Healthcare.com

In an attempt to calm the outrage about glitches in the HealthCare.gov website, President Obama compared them to growing pains faced by tech companies, saying,

a)    “I don't remember anybody suggesting Apple should stop selling iPhones”

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Cisco

Despite its professions to be more of a software company, Cisco came out with Insieme hardware as the answer to what networking challenge:

a)    Virtual servers
b)    Software defined networking
c)    Generic switches
d)    100G bit Ethernet

Software defined networking

Despite its professions to be more of a software company, Cisco came out with Insieme hardware as the answer to what networking challenge:

b)    Software defined networking

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3D printer

The name given to the first handgun made this year on a 3D printer is a tip of the hat to what historical weapon?

a)    FP-45 Liberator single-shot pistol
b)    B-24 Liberator heavy bomber
c)    M-4 Liberator rifle disguised as a cane
d)    T-14 Liberator light tank

3D printer

The name given to the first handgun made this year on a 3D printer is a tip of the hat to what historical weapon?

a)    FP-45 Liberator single-shot pistol

Bitcoins

Which of these well-known companies accepts Bitcoins as payment?

a)    Amazon.com
b)    eBay
c)    Tesla
d)    Virgin Galactic

Bitcoins

Which of these well-known companies accepts Bitcoins as payment?

d)    Virgin Galactic

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America’s Cup

A stunning come-from-behind America’s Cup victory was scored by a Team USA sponsored by what tech giant?

a)    Microsoft
b)    Oracle
c)    IBM
d)    Google

Oracle
Credit: REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

A stunning come-from-behind America’s Cup victory was scored by a Team USA sponsored by what tech giant?

b)    Oracle

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female CEO

The female CEO of what tech company recently bought a funeral home?

a)    Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer
b)    HP’s Meg Whitman
c)    IBM’s Ginni Rometty
d)    Xerox’s Ursula Burns

Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer

The female CEO of what tech company recently bought a funeral home?

a)    Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer -- for $11 million

McAfee’s 2013 list of most dangerous celebrities
Credit: Wikipedia

Who is the only man on McAfee’s 2013 list of most dangerous celebrities as gauged by how frequently their names are used to lure Web surfers to malware?

a)    Justin Bieber
b)    Adam Levine
c)    George Clooney
d)    Jon Hamm

McAfee’s 2013 list of most dangerous celebrities

Who is the only man on McAfee’s 2013 list of most dangerous celebrities as gauged by how frequently their names are used to lure Web surfers to malware?

d)    Jon Hamm

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retirement

While not as anticipated as the retirement of Microsoft’s Ballmer, what other tech CEO has announced he will hang it up once a replacement is found?

a)      Intel’s Paul Otellini
b)      Cisco’s John Chambers
c)      Juniper’s Kevin Johnson
d)      Samsung’s Oh-Hyun Kwon

Juniper’s Kevin Johnson

While not as anticipated as the retirement of Microsoft’s Ballmer, what other tech CEO has announced he will hang it up once a replacement is found?

c)       Juniper’s Kevin Johnson

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How’d you do?

0-2 -- Rip Van Winkle
3-5 -- Headline reader
6-8 -- Page skimmer
9-10 -- News hound