Computer History - 2012

Updated: 11/10/2017 by Computer Hope

Major computer events in 2012

On August 15, 2012 employees of Saudi Aramco begin to notice their computers were acting strange. They later discovered that they are victims of the largest cyber attack to date. The attack resulted in the data of at least 35,000 computers being partially or totally wiped out. The company's network did not come back online until five months later.

Facebook logoFacebook officially crosses the one billion active users mark on October 4, 2012.

Other computer events in 2012

Computer Hope, Craigslist, Google, Reddit, Twitter, Wikipedia, and more than 115,000 other websites go dark in protest of the Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPA) on January 18, 2012.

The Department of Justice seizes and shuts down Megaupload and its related sites on January 19, 2012 for Copyright infringements. One year later, Mega or mega.co.nz was launched.

Motif becomes open source.

ProteanOS begins development.

Vine is founded by Dom Hofmann and Rus Yusupov in June 2012.

Google and other companies migrate to IPv6 on June 6, 2012.

The Community Desktop Environment for UNIX becomes free in August of 2012.

The space craft Curiosity lands on Mars August 5, 2012.

PinterestPinterest is made available to everyone August 10, 2012.

On August 25, 2012 the Voyager 1 spacecraft, which launched in 1977 enters interstellar space. This feat makes it the first human spacecraft to leave our solar system or travel farther than 11 billion miles from Earth.

YouTube breaks an Internet record as over 8 million concurrent live viewers watch Felix Baumgartner break his own record by jumping from the edge of space (128,100 feet) on October 15, 2012.

The hacktivist group Anonymous is named one of the "100 most influential people" in the world by Time Magazine.

It wasn't the end of the world on December 21, 2012 as the Mayans predicted but the video Gangnam Style hit over 1 billion views on YouTube.

In December 2012, Time magazine noted that selfie was among its the "top 10 buzzwords" of 2012.

The Julia programming language is released.

New computer products and services introduced in 2012

The Raspberry Pi single-board computer is released in the United Kingdom.

The MMO TERA is first released in North America on May 1, 2012.

Adobe Photoshop CS6 (13.0) is released May 7, 2012.

Raspbian, a free operating system, is released in July of 2012.

Android version 4.1 (Jelly Bean) is released July 9, 2012.

Apple releases OS X Mountain Lion for desktops on July 25, 2012.

Apple introduces the iPhone 5 on September 12, 2012.

Apple iPhone 5 goes on sale September 21, 2012.

AMD releases the first desktop processors in their A10 line, the A10-5700 (4M L2 Cache, 3.4 GHz or 4.0 GHz in Turbo mode, 1866 MHz FSB) and the A10-5800K (4M L2 Cache, 3.8 GHz or 4.2 GHz in Turbo mode, 1866 MHz FSB) on October 1, 2012.

Apple introduces the iPad mini October 23, 2012.

Microsoft Windows 8 and Microsoft Surface is released October 26, 2012.

Android version 4.2 is released November 13, 2012

The Cinnamon desktop environment is released by Linux Mint.

The Lyft car sharing service is introduced.

Computer company events in 2012

Intel starts using FinFETs for its commercial devices moving forward.

Corel completes its acquisition of Roxio on February 7, 2012.

Facebook announces its intentions of purchasing Instagram for 1 billion dollars in cash and stock in April 2012. The deal is later finalized September 6, 2012.

On May 25, 2012 Dell completed its acquisition of Wyse.

Google sells Google SketchUp to Trimble on June 1, 2012.

On Jun 12, 2012 HTC purchased the majority shares of S3 Graphics from VIA technologies to acquire S3 Graphics and its patents.

PSION was purchased by Motorola Solutions on June 15, 2012.

Corel announces it has acquired Pinnacle products from Avid on July 4, 2012.

Computer pioneer deaths in 2012

Kurt LehovecKurt Lehovec passes away February 17, 2012 (Age: 93)

Thomas Cover passes away March 26, 2012 (Age: 73)

Gerald Estrin passes away March 29, 2012 (Age: 90)

Jack Tramiel passes away on April 8, 2012 (Age: 84)

Bill Moggridge passes away September 8, 2012 (Age: 69)

Richard Crandall passes away December 20, 2012 (Age:64)

Mark Crispin passes away December 28, 2012 (Age:56)

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