Computer History - 2011

Updated: 11/10/2017 by Computer Hope

Major computer events in 2011

ChromebookThe first Chromebooks with Chrome OS begin shipping on June 15, 2011.

Other computer events in 2011

On January 6, 2011 Aaron Swartz is arrested by federal authorities in connection with using MIT's network to download nearly five million academic journal articles from JSTOR.

Watson, an IBM Super computer beats the two best human Jeopardy players in a three day event with a score greater than the two human players combined on February 16, 2011.

The Silk Road comes online in February 2011.

Oracle renames StarOffice to Oracle OpenOffice and then later hands over all ownership and trademarks to the Apache foundation.

The United States government even holds a hackathon in 2011 to improve city transit systems.

Microsoft announces plans on May 10, 2011 to acquire Skype for $8.5 billion in cash.

Google+ is made available for invite only June 28, 2011.

Google introduces the Dart programming language in October of 2011.

Facebook replaces the Facebook Wall with the new Facebook Timeline in December 2011.

Ultrabook a new thinner version of laptop computers begin being released.

Intel introduces the Xeon Phi processor.

Facebook replaces the Facebook Wall with the new Facebook Timeline in December 2011.

New computer products and services introduced in 2011

Intel releases a small form factor computer they name the Nest Unit of Computing.

Intel releases seven new Core i5 processors with 4 cores, the i5-2xxx series (6M Cache, 2.3 GHz to 3.3 GHz) in January 2011.

Intel Sandy Bridge processor is released on January 9, 2011.

The MMO TERA is first released in South Korea on January 25, 2011.

Android version 3.0 (Honeycomb) is released February 22, 2011.

Apple releases the Thunderbolt hardware interface on February 24, 2011.

WebGL is released in March by the Mozilla Foundation.

Microsoft releases Internet Explorer 9 March 14, 2011.

BlackBerry releases the BlackBerry Tablet OS for the PlayBook in April of 2011.

Sony begins to notice an attack on April 17, 2011 that they later disclose compromised around 77 million of its Playstation accounts.

BlackBerry releases the PlayBook on April 19, 2011.

Android version 3.1 is released May 10, 2011.

Picaboo, which later became Snapchat, is launched in June 2011.

AMD releases the first mobile processors in their A4 line, the A4-3300M (2M L2 Cache, 1.9 GHz, 1333 MHz FSB) and the A4-3310MX (2M L2 Cache, 2.1 GHz, 1333 MHz FSB) on June 14, 2011.

AMD releases the first mobile processors in their A6 line, the A6-3400M (4M L2 Cache, 1.4 GHz, 1333 MHz FSB) and the A6-3410MX (4M L2 Cache, 1.6 GHz, 1600 MHz FSB) on June 14, 2011.

AMD releases the first mobile processors in their A8 line, the A8-3500M (4M L2 Cache, 1.5 GHz, 1333 MHz FSB), the A8-3510MX (4M L2 Cache, 1.8 GHz, 1600 MHz FSB), and the A8-3530MX (4M L2 Cache, 1.9 GHz, 1600 MHz FSB) on June 14, 2011.

Microsoft introduces Office 365 June 28, 2011.

AMD releases the first desktop processor in their A6 line, the A6-3650 (4M L2 Cache, 2.6 GHz, 1866 MHz FSB) on June 30, 2011.

AMD releases the first desktop processor in their A8 line, the A8-3850 (4M L2 Cache, 2.9 GHz, 1866 MHz FSB) on June 30, 2011.

Android version 3.2 is released July 15, 2011.

The first version of Snowlinux is released in August 2011.

NetflixNetflix introduces its online video streaming in September of 2011. The service allows users to stream full movies over the Internet.

AMD releases the first desktop processors in their A4 line, the A4-3300 (1024KB L2 Cache, 2.5 GHz, 1600 MHz FSB) and the A4-3400 (1024KB L2 Cache, 2.7 GHz, 1600 MHz FSB) on September 7, 2011.

Adobe announces Creative Cloud in October of 2011.

Apple introduces the iPhone 4s on October 4, 2011.

Android version 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) is released October 8, 2011.

Galaxy Note PhoneSamsung first releases the Galaxy Note smartphone in October of 2011 and the term phablet becomes a new way of describing larger phones.

The Kindle Fire is released for sale on November 15, 2011.

Cave Story+ is released on the Steam platform.

Computer companies founded in 2011

Fullscreen, Inc. is founded in January 2011.

The founders of launch the gaming site Twitch on June 6, 2011.

Netlux is founded.

Trello is founded.

Computer company events in 2011

Hitachi sells its hard drive division to Western Digital in March of 2011.

On April 12, 2011 Cisco announced that it "will exit aspects of its consumer business."

On June 29, 2011 Newscorp sells MySpace to Specific Media L.L.C for $35 million, around $473 million less than it initially paid for it.

On August 18, 2011 Hewlett Packard announces an interest in selling its Personal Systems Group, including WebOS.

Apple overtakes Exxon to become the world’s most valuable company on August 10, 2011.

Google announces it will acquire Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion on August 15, 2011.

Steve Jobs resigns as Apple's CEO due to health reasons on August 24, 2011.

SAP to Acquire 3-D Visualization Software Maker Right Hemisphere on September 6, 2011.

National Semiconductor becomes part of Texas Instruments on September 24, 2011.

TeleVideo discontinues the manufacturing and sales of all terminal products on September 30, 2011.

Google Buzz is discontinued on December 15, 2011 and replaced by Google+.

Computer pioneer deaths in 2011

Ken OlsenKen Olsen passes away on February 6, 2011 (Age: 84)

Jean Bartik passes away March 23, 2011 (Age: 87)

Paul Baran passes away March 26, 2011 (Age: 84)

Sidney Harman passes away April 12, 2011 (Age: 92)

Jack Wolf passes away May 12, 2011 (Age: 76)

Jeffrey Chu passes away June 6, 2011 (Age: 91)

Tony Sale passes away on August 28, 2011 (Age: 80)

Michael Hart passes away on September 6, 2011 (Age:64)

Einar Stefferud passes away on September 22, 2011 (Age: 81)

Steve Jobs passes away on October 5, 2011 (Age: 56)

Dennis Ritchie passes away on October 12, 2011 (Age: 70)

John McCarthy passes away October 24, 2011 (Age: 84)

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