If you read about most famous people of the previous year, let’s have a look and remember the tech events that attracted our attention most in 2012. Fortunately, the year was not lacking in them. New gadgets, new site records, new laws – let’s recall everything.
Law against piracy
One of the most discussed problems of the previous year was SOPA and PIPA laws against Internet piracy. The laws caused a lot of negotiations: Jimmy Wales, Wikipedia founder, made the English version of the site go dark for 24 hours to protest against SOPA and PIPA. Google linked an online petition to its site, and said it collected more than 7 million signatures from the United States. Finally, on January 21 Congress recalled anti-piracy act.
Farewell to Megaupload
In the very same month a famose filesharing site – Megaupload was deleted from the Internet and its founder, Kim Dotcom, was arrested on behalf of the US government. However, Mr Dotcom managed to win several courts and now is planning to launch Megaupload’s successor – Mega.
Facebook + Instagram
On April Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced his plans about closer cooperation with popular Instagram service. It was said that the service would keep its independence and its users would be able to follow users separately from Facebook, keep their pics off Facebook and post them to other social networks. The acquisition cost Facebook $1 billion.
Apple Maps: Where Am I?
With the launch of iPhone 5 and iOS 6 the relationship between Google and Apple was broken and such apps as YouTube and Google maps were wiped off the screen. Instead of popular Google application Apple released its own maps that was a complete crap and almost drove people mad by sending them in wrong destinations. Apple CEO Tim Cook had to apologize for this fail and to suggest that user tried a different map application from the Apple Store.
Apple vs Samsung
You’ll hardly find a person who has never hear about Apple vs Samsung battle. Two companies have been accusing each other of patent violations, trying to get the supremacy in the mobile market. Apple continues to allege that Samsung has infringed on seven of Apple’s patents with 12 Samsung products. The fight began in 2011 when Apple sued Samsung in a US federal court for copying the iPhone and iPad designs. On the 24th of August, a US jury awarded Apple more than $1 billion in damages. Everyone thought the war was over, but for Apple. The company requested for a permanent US sales ban on 26 Samsung products. The request has been denied lately. And again it’s not an over! Now Samsung company requests to ban Apple products in Europe. It seems that the two companies simply can’t live without each other.
Twitter popularity was growing day by day the previous year. Even the Pope signed up for Twitter. The site hit the records for volume of tweets during the Olympics and then again during the presidential election. However, there were also negative moments connected to this social network. Unfortunately, Twitter continued to block third party Twitter clients forcing its users to tweet from the site.
New Windows OS
The biggest news of 2012 was the release of Window 8 – a completely renewed operating system that brought a lot of arguments about its new features and interface. Together with it Microsoft launched its new Surface tablet which popularity made the company’s shareholders admit that hardware was going to become a huge part of Microsoft’s future.
Google tried to keep abreast of Microsoft and released Nexus 7 and Nexus 10. The Nexus 7 is said to be a good alternative to quite pricey iPad and iPad Mini. The Nexus 10 goes with a 2560×1600 retina display and may also become a serious competitor to Apple tablets.
Project Glass: Future Is Coming
In 2012 Google X presented it’s new revolutionary product – digital glasses based on Android operating system that will display information in smartphone-like format and interact with the Internet via natural language voice commands. The idea seems to be pretty cool and totally safe if you also get a self-driving car presented earlier by Google X. Just imagine one day you are surfing the Net while your car drive you to work.
Bye-bye Last FM
At the end of 2012 one of the most famous music services – Last FM announced that since the 15th of January it will be available only for US, Canadian, German and British users. The news appeared to be rather sad for most European music lovers. Well, thanx to Freemake YouTube MP3 Converter there still remains a great option to get music for free from YouTube. Meanwhile, we’ll see who is gonna win in a battle Pandora VS Last FM.