Normally we’d expect a bit of a respite in August, as things quieten down for the middle of winter and the world prepares for its Christmas tech offensive. Not this year, though. In our continuing series of round up posts looking back at the last twelves months this is what stood out in the eighth month of 2014.

Adam is the Editorial Director at htxt media. He has been writing about technology for almost two full decades now. In a previous life, he was the editor of PC Format and Digital Camera Shopper in the UK, before going on to work as a freelance journalist for seven years. His work has appeared in or on Stuff, The Guardian, Linux Format, TechRadar, Wired.co.uk, PC Gamer, Green Futures, The Journalist, The Ecologist and The Review. Adam moved to South Africa in 2012 and loves 3D printers, MakerFairs and tech hubs. He hates seafood. None of his friends remember this when cooking.