Computer history - 2012

Updated: 10/07/2019 by Computer Hope

Major computer events in 2012

On August 15, 2012, employees of Saudi Aramco began to notice their computers were acting strangely. 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.

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Facebook 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 SOPA (Stop Online Privacy Act) on January 18, 2012.

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

Motif became open source in 2012.

ProteanOS began development in 2012.

Vine was 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 became free in August 2012.

The spacecraft Curiosity landed on Mars on August 5, 2012.


Pinterest was made available to everyone on August 10, 2012.

On August 25, 2012, the Voyager 1 spacecraft, which launched in 1977 entered 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 jump 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 was released.

New computer products and services introduced in 2012

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

Apple introduced the Lightning connector.

Google Play

Google introduced Google Play on March 6, 2012.

Google released Google Drive, an online file storage service.

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

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

Raspbian, a free operating system, was released in July 2012.

Ubisoft released its Uplay client on July 3, 2012.

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

Apple released macOS X Mountain Lion for desktops on July 25, 2012.

Apple introduced the iPhone 5 along with the Apple EarPods on September 12, 2012.

Apple iPhone 5 went on sale on September 21, 2012.

AMD released the first desktop processors in their A10 line, the A10-5700 and the A10-5800K on October 1, 2012.

Apple introduced the iPad mini on October 23, 2012.

Microsoft released Windows 8, the Microsoft Surface, and the Type Cover on October 26, 2012.

Android version 4.2 was released on November 13, 2012.

The Cinnamon desktop environment was released by Linux Mint.

Microsoft released the Surface Pen.

The Lyft car-sharing service was introduced.

Computer company events in 2012

Intel starts using FinFETs for its commercial devices moving forward.

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

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

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

Google sold 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 announced it had acquired Pinnacle products from Avid on July 4, 2012.

Coinbase was founded in 2012.

Computer pioneer deaths in 2012

Kurt Lehovec

Kurt Lehovec passed away on February 17, 2012 (Age: 93).

Thomas Cover passed away on March 26, 2012 (Age: 73).

Gerald Estrin passed away on March 29, 2012 (Age: 90).

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

Bill Moggridge passed away on September 8, 2012 (Age: 69).

Stanford Ovshinsky passed away on October 17, 2012 (Age: 90).

Richard Crandall passed away on December 20, 2012 (Age: 64).

Mark Crispin passed away on December 28, 2012 (Age: 56).

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