Technology stands still for no man, and 2010 has been a bumper year of firsts, scandals and spats. It was, for instance, the year that saw the rebirth of the Tablet PC, the abrupt, scandalous departure of HP's CEO, and the first signs that Goverments are prepared to stand up to Google's potentially monopolous position.

But what mattered to you this year? Looking at the most popular news stories on PC Advisor in 2010, it seems that broadband, PC security, the ongoing hand-wringing over who takes responsibility for illegal file sharing and, well, sexy new products - especially Tablet PCs. Here then, are the Top 10 Most Popular Technology News Stories of 2010.

Number 10: BT upgrades phone broadband bundle customers to fibre for free

There's no doubt about it, 14 years after the term was first popularised 'broadband' and just how broad it is remains a subject of some contention (if you'll pardon the pun). We published literally dozens of popular stories about broadband adoption, and putative improvements in the UK's data infrastructure, and you responded with hundreds of comments.

This particular story saw BT is offering customers that take a phone and broadband bundle the chance to upgrade to its fibre service for free, when it becomes available in their area.

The fibre service, which is known as BT Infinity, was launched in January this year and offers download speeds of 'up to' 40Mbps and upload speeds 'up to' 10Mbps. Prices start from £19.99 per month for the service, which BT claims is cheaper and faster than its cable competitor, Virgin Media.

Number 9: Apple iPad 2 coming by end of 2010

2010 was most definitely the year of the Apple iPad. It wasn't, as it turns out, the year of Apple iPad 2 - you can expect that sometime in the spring of 2011. Or so we think.

Back in August we thought a 7in iPad would be launched in time for the Christmas rush. We, and the rest of the world, were wrong (or misled), but it's fair to say the idea of an updated iPad was a very popular one.

Number 8: Microsoft releases Internet Explorer 9 beta

Nothing stokes the first quite like the release of a much anticipated, big name product, and few products are as widely used (and occasionally reviled) as Microsoft's once ubiquitous Internet Explorer web browser. Is it the answer to Microsoft's declining share of the web browser market? Is it faster than Chrome, as some critics claimed?

Probably not on both counts, but Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 is a major step forward for Microsoft, and its launched certainly caught your attention.

Number 7: Microsoft launches Windows Fix-It tool

Everything Microsoft does is big news because, well, it's Microsoft. And when it involves a free tool that helps users of Windows it affects just about everybody. A twist on the old marketing adage 'win, free, sex', 'Windows, free, fix' was a sure-fire winner straight out of the box.

MIcrosoft launched its self-support service for Windows XP and Vista users in April. Relying on technology baked into Windows 7, it's a combination of desktop client and back-end service that gives users of older versions of Windows some of the same functionality that only Windows 7 provides by default, and it's free.

What's not to like? (Hint: the fact that it's required in the first place.)

Number 6: Latest information on UK iPhone 4 stockists

...and if Microsoft makes for big news in the technology world, Apple can at times seem as if it is the entire technology world. For a company that retains a morbid suspicion of the media, Apple enjoys incredible coverage.

At first glance this may not seem like a 'news' story, but our regularly updating story about which mobile providers were offering Apple's latest Jesus phone, and what they intended to charge for it, remained popular for months as anticipation built toward the product's eventual launch. For the latest deals on the Apple iPhone 4, visit our dedicated Apple iPhone 4 deal comparison page.

NEXT: our Top 5 News Stories of 2010 >>

Looking at the most popular news stories on PC Advisor in 2010, it seems that broadband, PC security, the ongoing hand-wringing over who takes responsibility for illegal file sharing and, well, sexy new products - especially Tablet PCs. Here then, are the Top 10 Most Popular Technology News Stories of 2010.

Number 5: Brits accused of illegal file-sharing forking out £500

This is a story that's run all year, and still has legs going in to 2011. The news that hundreds of British web users were being forced to fork out £500 after being accused of illegally downloading digital audio and pornography files elicited a broad range of opinion from the many thousands of readers who read it, but mostly it was outrage.

Around 50,000 web users in the UK had received letters from legal firms such as ACS Law, some people ignored the summons, others contested it. The first eight cases that made it to court were thrown out by a judge who said that the case remained unproven.

The story continues to bubble along, with no end in sight, and the principle of dodgy downloaders being held legally responsible remains shaky. Regardless of what happens in 2010, you'll read about it first on PC Advisor.

Number 4: Critical Internet Explorer patch coming today

Here's how to bake a popular news story: take one ounce of Microsoft, and blend in a market leading product. Spice up with an unpatched vulnerability exploited in a geo-political attack on Google, season with publicity about the world's most secretive super power, and then garnish with an out-of-band update marked 'critical'.

When Microsoft in January announced that it was releasing an emergency patch for Internet Explorer (IE), and also admitted that attacks can be hidden inside rigged Office documents, the technology world took notice. This was not least because the vulnerability had been exploited in attacks against Google and other western multinationals, apparently from China. Far from being under the bed, the Reds were in the world's favourite search engine, it seemed.

Want to read about how Steve Ballmer is going to protect you from Chairman Mao? Of course you do. And you did.

Number 3: New Windows 8 features leaked this week

If there's one thing you like more than news about existing products from Microsoft, it's news about the future. What comes after Windows 7? Windows 8. We think.

We wrote this story in the week that documents thought to show Microsoft's plans for the next Windows operating system were leaked online. Apparently. And if the documents are genuine, Microsoft has some big plans for Windows 8. Microsoft may be looking at three broad PC categories for the future: Lap PC, Workhorse PC, and Family Hub PC.

Microsoft wants to add a facial recognition and proximity sensor feature called 'My PC Knows Me', according to the leaked documents.

The idea is that you walk into the room where your PC is, and the proximity sensor detects your movements and wakes the PC. As you sit down at the desk, your PC is already on so it can scan your face to log you in. The computer can also switch between different user accounts with the facial recognition feature.

Once you've finished using the computer and leave the room, the proximity sensor detects that no one is around, logs you off, and puts the computer to sleep.

This, and more even fantastical ideas, formed the story that you read in your droves.

Number 2: Windows XP users warned over F1 key

Once again the combination of a popular Microsoft product and the clammy hand of fears over internet security proved to be a winner, of sorts.

Microsoft in March warned Windows XP users not to press the F1 key when prompted by a website, as part of its reaction to an unpatched vulnerability that hackers could exploit to hijack  PCs running Internet Explorer (IE).

In a security advisory Microsoft confirmed an unpatched bug in VBScript found by Polish researcher Maurycy Prodeus, It offered more information on the flaw and provided some advice on how to protect PCs until a patch shipped. Then it shipped a patch. Business as usual for the world's largest software company, and it's long-suffering users.

NEXT: our Number 1 News Story of 2010 >>

Looking at the most popular news stories on PC Advisor in 2010, it seems that broadband, PC security, the ongoing hand-wringing over who takes responsibility for illegal file sharing and, well, sexy new products - especially Tablet PCs. Here then, are the Top 10 Most Popular Technology News Stories of 2010.

Number 1: Apple iPhone OS 4.0 adds 100 new features

It had to be Apple. And it had to relate to the year's two big products: the Apple iPad and Apple iPhone 4.

In April Apple offered a sneak peek at a developer preview of iPhone OS 4.0, the next major version of its operating system for mobile devices. It would go on to be, arguably, the product of the year. Apple iOS 4 launched in June, and is now on to version 4.2, but back in April when we brought you the news about its expanded feature set, this was big news.

At the sneak preview event Apple CEO Steve Jobs boasted about more than 1,500 new application programming interfaces (APIs) for developers in iPhone 4.0, letting them access features like the iPhone’s calendar, photo library, video-camera data, and more. App creators can also take advantage of OS X features like Quick Look, in-app SMS, and more. Plus, there are over 2000 APIs for hardware-accelerated math functions.

In addition, iPhone 4.0 boasts more than 100 new user features, such as playlist creation, 5x digital zoom in the camera app, tap-to-focus for video, auto photo-geotagging, the addition of Places functionality, the ability to change the Home screen wallpaper, improved spell-checking, and support for Bluetooth keyboards. Many of the features added are already available on the iPad, which currently runs iPhone OS 3.2.