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The Drill Down 507: The Drill Bits – Awards 2017
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TDD Drill Bits Awards 2017

On this week’s The Drill Down podcast, we put current news aside in order to review the year 2017, and this year, as we did last year, instead of merely having a stack-ranked list of top news of the year, we’re gonna make tech news compete for awards, affectionately called The Drill Bits. So put on your tuxes, get in the limo, and roll out the red carpet, “˜cause the show’s about to begin!


2016 Predictions for 2017

    • DWAYNE: Twitter Goes into Acquisition Talks (Incorrect)
    • TOSIN: Silicon Valley Vs Traditional Business (Incorrect)
    • ANDY: Model 3 Will Not Ship in 2017 (Somewhat Correct)
    • TOSIN: Nintendo Switch will bring the game company back from the brink (Correct)
    • ANDY: Net Neutrality Naysayers Strike Back (Correct)
    • DWAYNE: Bitcoin will be something to watch (Correct)
  • Andy w/ 1.5 points
  • Tosin w/ 1
  • Dwayne w/ 1

The Drill Bit Awards 

Category Nominee 01 Nominee 02 Nominee 03 Winner
Wearables Fitbit Apple Android Wear Apple
Smart Home Alphabet Amazon Hue Hue
Best Voice Assistant Amazon Echo Plus Amazon Echo (NEW) Google Home MIni Google Home MIni
Sharing Economy Lyft AirBnB Uber Lyft
Streaming Video Service Amazon Netflix Hulu Hulu
Streaming Audio Service Spotify Google Apple Spotify

Audible Book of the Week

Music Break: Take A Bow by Madonna

The Drill Bit Awards

Category Nominee 01 Nominee 02 Nominee 03 Winner
Worst Cybersecurity

(Biggest Hack)

Uber Equifax Yahoo Equifax
Most Significant Hacks Paradise Papers The Social Dialogue of the United States by Russia WannaCry WannaCry
Gaming Platform Xbox One X Sony Playstation 4 Pro Nintendo Switch Nintendo Switch
Most Impactful Video Game of the year Cuphead Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Super Mario Odyssey Super Mario Odyssey
AR & VR Oculus HTC Vive Playstation VR Playstation VR
Best New Computer Apple iMac Pro Apple Macbook Pro 13″/15″ w/ Touchbar MS Surface Book 2 Apple iMac Pro
Best New Tech Innovation (in the Market) Tesla Electric Semi trucks FDA-approved CRISPR Blindness treatment Thyssenkrupp Multi rope-free elevator FDA-approved CRISPR Blindness treatment
Best New Science Innovation (in the Lab) Transparent Solar windows Gene therapy ending deafness ‘Atomic Fingerprinting’ Gene therapy ending deafness
Best Use of Social Media #RESIST / Rogue accounts #MeToo Facebook/”fake news”/Russia manipulation #MeToo
Worst Fail Uber Woes Apple’s Batteries Yahoo! Data breach Uber Woes
Most Weird/ Creepy Boston Dynamics’s Robots: Atlas & Spot MIni Google admits it tracked user location data Wanna Cry Ransomware Hacks Wanna Cry Ransomware Hacks

Music Break: I.G.Y. by Donald Fagen

Predictions for 2018

  • DWAYNE: Twitter Goes into Acquisition Talks
  • TOSIN: AR is going to blow up
  • ANDY: Net Neutrality defenders strike back
  • TOSIN: Disney will announce an Original, unEdited Star Wars trilogy
  • ANDY: Model 3 *will* finish shipping in 2018 (all pre-ordered reservationists only)
  • DWAYNE: Clean, green tech will go mainstream in building codes.


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Geeks Of Doom’s The Drill Down is a roundtable-style audio podcast where we discuss the most important issues of the week, in tech and on the web and how they affect us all.

Hosts are Geeks of Doom contributor Andrew Sorcini (Mr. BabyMan), marketing research analyst Dwayne De Freitas, and Box product manager Tosin Onafowokan.

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