Computer history - 2006
Major computer events in 2006
jQuery was introduced on January 26, 2006.
Apple introduced the first Mac Pro on August 7, 2006.
2006 computer and technology top terms
The following are some top computer and technology-related terms in alphabetical order that were introduced or popularized during 2006.
Other computer events in 2006
On March 2, 2006, Wikipedia volunteers created the article that passed the 1,000,000 article mark.
Totally Awesome Computers went out of business on March 3, 2006. All customers who need additional assistance should contact PC laptops.
On August 6, 2006, MySpace announced its 106 millionth account was created.
Condé Nast purchased Wired News in 2006. Wired News and Wired magazine started operating together as WIRED.
Skype announced that it had over 100 million registered users.
On October 1, 2006, The Software Freedom Law Center announced that all Unisys patent claims interfering with the employment of the CompuServe GIF (graphics interchange format) have expired. All users should no longer fear patent claims when using the GIF format.
U.S. President George W. Bush signed the USA Patriot Act into law on October 26, 2006. The law gave law enforcement reduced restrictions on searching telephone, e-mail, and other forms of communication and records.
TIME magazine named "You" the person of the year on December 13, 2006, with the continued growth and success of community-driven websites and content.
The name PowerPC was changed to Power ISA in 2006.
New computer products and services introduced in 2006
Google introduced Picasa in 2006.
Google launched Google Calendar in April 2006.
Intel released the Core 2 Duo processor E6320 (4 M cache, 1.86 GHz, 1066 MHz FSB) on April 22, 2006.
Microsoft released Word 2007 in 2006.
Xubuntu was released in June 2006.
BitTorrent Inc. released the Cache Discovery Protocol on June 22, 2006.
Hong Jen Lee introduced LXDE (Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment) in 2006.
Chi Mei Optoelectronics announced the first WQHD (Wide Quad High Definition) LCD (liquid-crystal display) in the fall of 2006.
The Microsoft XNA (XNA's Not Acronymed) toolset was released on August 30, 2006.
VKontakte was released on October 10, 2006. Today, it is known as VK.
Google launched its Custom Search Engine service on October 23, 2006.
Google introduced a patent search on December 13, 2006, which searches over 7 million patents.
The MagSafe connector was introduced in 2006.
Mint Linux was introduced in 2006.
Optiarc was founded in 2006.
PaintTool SAI was released in 2006.
PureVPN was introduced in 2006.
FreeMap Israel, now known as Waze, was released in 2006.
PowerShell originated in 2006 when Monad (Microsoft Shell) was renamed to Windows PowerShell.
The Prime update was applied to the Haskell programming language.
Discontinued products and services in 2006
On January 27, 2006, Western Union in the United States discontinued all telegram and commercial messaging services.
Computer companies and organizations founded in 2006
23andMe was founded in 2006.
The non-profit Digital Wish was founded by Heather Chirtea in 2006.
Funambol was founded in 2006.
Pure Digital Technologies was founded in 2006.
Riot Games was founded in 2006.
Shopify started in 2006.
Windstream was founded in 2006.
Wix was started in 2006.
Zotac was founded in 2006.
Computer company events in 2006
Yahoo! announced it would acquire the Webjay music playlist service on January 9, 2006.
McAfee bought SiteAdvisor in 2006.
Corel finalized the acquisition of WinZip on April 26, 2006.
ABIT was acquired by Universal Scientific Industrial Co., Ltd. in May 2006.
As of May 2006, Angstrom Microsystems is no longer in business.
EICON purchased the Media & Signalling Division of Intel in October 2006.
Reddit was purchased by the Conde Nast corporation for a reported $10 million on October 31, 2006.
Google acquired JotSpot on October 31, 2006, which became Google Sites.
SanDisk completed its acquisition of M-Systems on November 19, 2006.
Aspire International changed its name to Apevia in 2006.
Maxtor was acquired by Seagate Technology in 2006. Maxtor is now a subsidiary of Seagate, and is still using the Maxtor name.
Redbubble was released in 2006.
CTX went out of business in 2006.
Computer-related TV shows released in 2006
The first episode of the IT Crowd was aired on February 3, 2006.
The Belgian documentary Technocalyps was released in May 2006.
Computer pioneer deaths in 2006
Enid Mumford passed away on April 7, 2006 (Age: 82).
Kathleen Antonelli passed away on April 20, 2006 (Age: 85).
Alan Kotok passed away on May 26, 2006 (Age: 65).
William Norris passed away on August 21, 2006 (Age: 95).
Bernard Galler passed away on September 4, 2006 (Age: 78).
Ralph Griswold passed away on October 4, 2006 (Age: 72).
Raymond Noorda passed away on October 9, 2006 (Age: 52).
Alan F. Shugart passed away on December 12, 2006 (Age: 76).