2013 in Review: TechHive's top stories

We’re just hours away from a new year, but before we start the clock on 2014, let’s take one final look back at the year that was. Specifically, here are the stories that piqued your interest during 2013—the most-read stories on TechHive over the past 12 months.

It’s an eclectic list that runs the gamut of what we cover—mobile devices, gaming, gadgets and Web culture. And as exciting as this part year has been, we’re looking forward to bringing you even more of the latest developments in tech during 2014.

1. The 15 best Android widgets

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iOS has its App Store, and Windows Phone has its Live Tiles, but Widgets are one of the things that set Android apart. Our most-read story of the year showcased 15 widgets that can help to transform the home screen of your Android device.

2. 13 must-have iPhone camera accessories

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The best camera is the one you’re carrying with you. If that happens to be the built-in camera on an iPhone, we tracked down lenses, mounts, and other accessories to make that best camera even better.

3. The 10 best racing games

Whether you feel the need for speed on your gaming console, mobile device, or PC, we counted down titles that are worthy of the pole position when it comes to racing games.

4. Why I switched from iPhone to Android

Why did tech writer Andy Ihnatko hand over his iPhone 4s for an Android phone? Plenty of you were curious enough to read his three-part series to find out the reason.

5. Teach your old iPod new tricks: Six unauthorized upgrades

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From swapping out the old hard drive for solid-state option to changing color of the backlighting, we found plenty of ways to breathe new life into your aging music player.

6. How to share files on iOS 7 using AirDrop

iOS 7 added the ability to share photos, videos, web pages, map directions, and more with others on your local network. Clearly, a lot of you wanted a first-hand demonstration of how that feature works.

7. Al Gore talks about uncertain ‘Future,’ spider goats at SXSW

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The former vice president came to Austin’s South By Southwest show to talk about his new book, and we had a prime seat.

8. Best April Fools’ Day pranks in recent Internet history

There’s a lot of trickery on the Internet, but trust us when we tell you that this round-up of notable April Fools’ Day gags was on the level.

9. Evolution of the smartwatch

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In a year that saw the arrival of smartwatches from Pebble, Samsung, and Qualcomm, we thought it was time for a look back at how we got to this point.

10. An iPhone fan’s month with Windows Phone

So Andy Ihnatko wants to give up his iPhone for Android, huh? Well, we made Lex Friedman give up his iPhone for a Windows Phone device with hilarious consequences.

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