Computer History - 2011

Updated: 05/21/2018 by Computer Hope

Major computer events in 2011

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

Other computer events in 2011

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

Watson, an IBM Supercomputer 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 came 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 held a hackathon in 2011 to improve city transit systems.

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

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

Google introduced the Dart programming language in October 2011.

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

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

Intel introduced the Xeon Phi processor.

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

New computer products and services introduced in 2011

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

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

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

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

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

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

WebGL was released in March by the Mozilla Foundation.

Microsoft released Internet Explorer 9 on March 14, 2011.

BlackBerry released the BlackBerry Tablet OS for the PlayBook in April 2011.

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

BlackBerry released the PlayBook on April 19, 2011.

Android version 3.1 was released on May 10, 2011.

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

AMD released the first mobile processors in their A4 line, the A4-3300M and the A4-3310MX on June 14, 2011.

AMD released the first mobile processors in their A6 line, the A6-3400M and the A6-3410MX on June 14, 2011.

AMD released the first mobile processors in their A8 line, the A8-3500M, the A8-3510MX, and the A8-3530MX on June 14, 2011.

Microsoft introduced Office 365 on June 28, 2011.

AMD released 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 released 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 was released on July 15, 2011.

The first version of Snowlinux was released in August 2011.

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

AMD released the first desktop processors in their A4 line, the A4-3300 and the A4-3400 on September 7, 2011.

Adobe announced Creative Cloud in October 2011.

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

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

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

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

Cave Story+ was released on the Steam platform.

Computer companies founded in 2011

Fullscreen, Inc. was founded in January 2011.

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

Netlux was founded in 2011.

Trello was founded in 2011.

Computer company events in 2011

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

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

On June 29, 2011, Newscorp sold 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 announced an interest in selling its Personal Systems Group, including WebOS.

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

Google announced it would 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 became part of Texas Instruments on September 24, 2011.

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

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

Computer pioneer deaths in 2011

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

Jean Bartik passed away on March 23, 2011 (Age: 87).

Paul Baran passed away on March 26, 2011 (Age: 84).

Sidney Harman passed away on April 12, 2011 (Age: 92).

Jack Wolf passed away on May 12, 2011 (Age: 76).

Jeffrey Chu passed away on June 6, 2011 (Age: 91).

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

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

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

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

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

John McCarthy passed away on October 24, 2011 (Age: 84).

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