Computer History - 2006

Updated: 08/08/2017 by Computer Hope

Major computer events in 2006

TwitterjQuery is first introduced in January 26, 2006.

Twttr, now known as Twitter is officially launched July 15, 2006.

Google announces plans to purchase YouTube for 1.65 Billion on October 9, 2006.

Other computer events in 2006

The Blu-ray is first announced and introduced at the 2006 CES on January 4, 2006.

On January 27, 2006 Western Union in the United States discontinued all telegram and commercial messaging services.

On March 2, 2006 Wikipedia volunteers create the article that passes the 1,000,000 article mark.

Jack Dorsey, the founder of Twitter posts the first Twitter post "Just setting up my twttr" on his account March 21, 2006.

Toshiba releases the first HD DVD player in Japan on March 31, 2006.

On August 6, 2006 MySpace announces its 106 millionth account was created.

Amazon.com opens AWS.

The Walt Disney Company purchases Pixar for $7.4 billion and makes Steve Jobs Disney's largest shareholder.

Skype announced that it had over 100 million registered users.

Intel announces it is stopping all future development of the BTX motherboard form factor.

The GIF standard and pictures becomes officially free on October 1, 2006.

U.S. President George W. Bush signs the USA Patriot Act into law October 26, 2006, giving law enforcement reduced restrictions on searching telephone, e-mail, and other forms of communication and records.

Microsoft introduces exFAT in November 2006.

TIME magazine names "You" as the person of the year December 13, 2006, with the continued growth and success of community driven websites and content.

The software suite for Windows known as Emergency Repair Disk Commander (ERD Commander) has its name changed to the Microsoft Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset (DaRT).

New computer products and services introduced in 2006

On January 5, 2006 Intel introduces the Intel Core and Viiv.

Google introduces Picasa.

Apple announces Boot Camp, which allows users to run Microsoft Windows XP on their computers April 5, 2006.

Google launches Google Calendar in April 2006.

Intel releases the Core 2 Duo processor E6320 (4M Cache, 1.86 GHz, 1066 MHz FSB) April 22, 2006.

AMD releases Socket AM2 architecture in May of 2006.

Apple releases the MacBook on May 16, 2006.

Toshiba releases the first HD DVD player in a computer with the introduction of the Toshiba Qosmio 35 on May 16, 2006.

Xubuntu is released in June of 2006.

BitTorrent Inc. releases Cache Discovery Protocol on June 22, 2006.

AMD announces its acquisition of ATI July 24, 2006.

Hong Jen Lee introduces LXDE in 2006.

Intel introduces the Intel Core 2 Duo processors with the Core 2 Duo processor E6300 (2M Cache, 1.86 GHz, 1066 MHz FSB) July 27, 2006.

The Intel Core 2 Extreme is first released on July 29, 2006.

Chi Mei Optoelectronics announces the first WQHD LCD display in fall of 2006.

Intel introduces the Intel Core 2 Duo processors for the laptop computer with the Core 2 Duo processor T5500 (2M Cache, 1.67 GHz, 667 MHz FSB), as well as other Core 2 Duo T series processors, in August 2006.

AMD introduces the Socket F CPU socket August 15, 2006.

The Microsoft XNA tool set is released August 30, 2006.

Apple introduces the iTV (now known as the Apple TV) September 12, 2006.

Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 is introduced October 18, 2006.

Google launches its Custom Search Engine service October 23, 2006.

Microsoft releases Windows Defender October 24, 2006.

Sony releases the PlayStation 3 November 11, 2006.

On November 14, 2006 Microsoft released its portable Zune media player.

Nintendo releases the Wii November 19, 2006.

Garry's Mod is made available on Steam November 29, 2006.

Microsoft releases Microsoft Windows Vista to corporations on November 30, 2006.

Google introduces patent search December 13, 2006, which searches over 7 million patents.

Mint Linux is introduced.

The Prime update is applied to the Haskell Programming language.

Computer companies founded in 2006

Pure Digital Technologies is founded.

Wix is started in 2006.

Funambol is founded.

Zotac is founded.

Computer company events in 2006

Yahoo! announces it will acquire the Webjay music playlist service January 9, 2006.

Google announces acquisition of Writely in March 2006, which becomes the basis for Google Docs.

McAfee buys SiteAdvisor.

Dell purchases Alienware May 8, 2006.

In June 2006, SBS is acquired by GE Embedded Systems.

Microsoft acquires Winternals Software on July 18, 2006.

On August 28, 2006 Corel announces its plans to acquire InterVideo.

Hewlett Packard announces its plans to purchase the PC maker VoodooPC September 28, 2006.

EICON purchased the Media & Signalling Division of Intel in October of 2006.

Google acquires JotSpot October 31, 2006, which later becomes Google Sites.

Google discontinues its Google Answers service.

The Walt Disney Company buys Pixar for $7.4 billion, a deal making Steve Jobs Disney's largest shareholder.

Tandberg Data acquires Exabyte.

Aspire International changes its name to Apevia.

Computer related TV shows released in 2006

The first episode of the IT Crowd is aired February 3, 2006.

The Belgian documentary Technocalyps is released in May 2006.

Computer pioneer deaths in 2006

Enid MumfordEnid Mumford passes away April 7, 2006 (Age: 82)

Kathleen Antonelli passes away April 20, 2006 (Age: 85)

Alan Kotok passes away May 26, 2006 (Age: 65)

William Norris passes away August 21, 2006 (Age: 95)

Bernard Galler passes away September 4, 2006 (Age: 78)

Ralph Griswold passes away October 4, 2006 (Age:72)

Raymond Noorda passes away October 9, 2006 (Age:82)

Alan F. Shugart passes away December 12, 2006 (Age: 76)

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