Computer History - 2012
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 officially crosses the one billion active users mark on October 4, 2012.
Other computer events in 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.
The Community Desktop Environment for UNIX becomes free in August of 2012.
The space craft Curiosity lands on Mars August 5, 2012.
Pinterest 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.
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 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.
Android version 4.2 is released November 13, 2012
The Lyft car sharing service is introduced.
Computer company events in 2012
Intel starts using FinFETs for its commercial devices moving forward.
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.
Google sells Google SketchUp to Trimble on June 1, 2012.
Computer pioneer deaths in 2012
Kurt 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)