The beginning of 2013 saw more evidence of the death of the high street as consumers increasingly flocked to the web for their shopping needs. In particular the shift from buying entertainment in solid-state form to digital form was put into sharp focus as the closure of the HMV and Blockbuster were announced alongside the record numbers of digital downloads.
The power of social media to instigate and amplify bad press was brought into sharp relief yet again with the tale of two retailers - Sellitonline.com and Tesco - who both suffered at the hands of online consumers.
Facebook launched their 'Graph Search' as their first major step into social search as well as continuing its evolution into a mobile service.
Sony launched their latest Xperia to compete in the smartphone marketplace. While Apple's share price fell sharply on disappointing iPhone sales.
And the annual CES show in Vegas was abuzz with automatic cars, new TV formats and gaming innovations.