Computer history - 2012

Updated: 06/06/2021 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.

The Ultra High Definition standard for televisions was announced by the Consumer Electronics Association on October 17, 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.

On January 4, 2012, Trident Microsystems, Inc. and Trident Microsystems Ltd., filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Motif became open source in 2012.

ProteanOS began development in 2012.

Seagate purchased LaCie for $186 million in March 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.

Microsoft discontinued the Windows Live brand between May 2012 and August 2012, and many of the Live services were added in Windows 8.

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 CUDA architecture is transitioned in 2012 to handling more general types of computation, such as mining cryptocurrency blockchains.

The Julia programming language was released.

New computer products and services introduced in 2012

Ansible was developed Michael DeHaan, Ansible and first released on February 20, 2012.

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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.

The first Chromebox came out on May 29, 2012.

On July 2, 2012, Gaikai was acquired by Sony Entertainment. The service would later become PlayStation Now.

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.

Google released SPDY in July 2012.

Ethereum, a cryptocurrency platform, was released on July 30, 2015.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) was released in August 2012.

Peercoin, a P2P cryptocurrency, was introduced in August 2012.

Microsoft released Windows Server 2012 on September 4, 2012.

Apple introduced the iPhone 5 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.

The HP Support Assistant utility began shipping with Hewlett-Packard computers in 2012.

Internet Explorer 10 was released on October 26, 2012.

Android version 4.2 was released on November 13, 2012.

Apple introduced the Lightning connector in 2012.

Asana was released in 2012.

The Cinnamon desktop environment was released by Linux Mint in 2012.

Microsoft released the Surface Pen in 2012.

The Lyft car-sharing service was introduced in 2012.

Open Broadcaster Software was released in 2012.

The Raspberry Pi single-board computer was released in 2012 in the United Kingdom.

Samsung released the Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II in 2012.

Wii U was released in 2012.

Computer-related movies released in 2012

The documentary Code 2600 was released on March 2, 2012. A movie containing a series of interviews with people who help build and maintain information technology.

Computer companies founded in 2012

Popsockets was founded in 2012 by David Barnett.

Tile was founded in 2012.

Tinder was introduced in 2012.

The Bitcoin Foundation, a non-profit organization, was founded in 2012 to promote bitcoin.

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.

On October 2, 2012, Commtouch completed its acquisition of FRISK.

Coinbase was founded in 2012.

Moxie Marlinspike left Twitter in 2012 and founded Open Whisper Systems to pursue open source development of future protocols, with a focus on community collaboration.

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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