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The technology industry often finds itself pontificating about the future, but the busy news cycle this year gave us plenty to discuss.

The technology industry often finds itself pontificating about the future, but the busy news cycle this year gave us plenty to discuss.

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    • December 27, 2011 batteryfast.co.uk Top 10 Biggest Tech Stories of the Year 2011 Top 10 Biggest Tech Stories of the The seeds of Hewlett-Packard’s mobile strategy, Year 2011 Google’s plans for Motorola post-acquisition, Intel’s 3-D silicon transistors and mobile payment systems CloudTags: technology , stories , 2011 , laptop bat- like Google Wallet were planted this year. But those teries , Samsung nc10 battery , Dell latitude d630 stories were left off of this list because their products battery , Compaq 484170-001 battery did not reach a mass market in 2011. Look for those to make big splashes in 2012. These 10 stories in 2011 had a huge impact that could resonate for many years: 1. Steve Jobs dies From humble middle-class roots to running the most valuable tech company in the world, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was powerful and revered. His death on October 5 after a long battle with cancerhttp://www.batteryfast.co.uk/battery-technology/top-10-biggest-tech-stories-of-the-year-2011/ made waves around the world. Public grieving could be seen outside Apple’s hun- dreds of stores, where fans left flowers, candles and written notes of tribute. His authorized biography The technology industry often finds itself pontifica- by Walter Isaacson, which came out in November, ting about the future, but the busy news cycle this instantly became a bestseller. year gave us plenty to discuss. At Apple, Jobs helped create the personal computer Very influential tech pioneers died; cyber-security industry, and built a team that worked with him cost companies billions of dollars; and trends in to design mega hits like the iMac, iPod, iPhone and electronics and on the Web provided new tools and iPad. He also found time to lead Pixar Animation created new challenges. Studios, the “Toy Story” creator that the Walt Disney Co. paid $7.4 billion to acquire in 2006. Smartphones and tablets each grew so immensely this year that we decided to give them their own mo- The fast-paced tech industry halted for a moment bile year-in-review list. after Jobs’ death this year, prompting business and world leaders to speak publicly about his impact. As for future talk, there were plenty of bold, futuris- It may never be the same after. tic initiatives that did not quite bear fruit this year. Love this PDF? Add it to your Reading List! 4 joliprint.com/mag Page 1
    • December 27, 2011 batteryfast.co.uk Top 10 Biggest Tech Stories of the Year 2011 2. Social media’s role as a tool for Members of the loosely organized group emerged protestors from the Internet underground this year with a series of politically fueled computer attacks on churches, e-commerce and banks. A sister group called Lulz Security staged its own hacks before quickly vanishing. After Sony’s online networks had been hacked, researchers discovered a file planted on one of its servers containing the Anonymous chant, “We are legion.” The word “hack” was so ingrained in people’s vernacular after all of these incidents that it became a catchphrase anytime a site was down or an account password had been stolen. Much praise was heaped on Facebook, Twitteran- 4. Tablet market gets dozens of new dYouTube after they played a role in the Arab Spring, entrants a series of protests in the Middle East that started late in 2010. The decade-old tablet PC market received a jolt with new products this year, sparked by the massive suc- Use of social networks to spread the word about cess of Apple’s iPad. demonstrations persisted this year, especially in thehttp://www.batteryfast.co.uk/battery-technology/top-10-biggest-tech-stories-of-the-year-2011/ Egyptian uprising that toppled longtime President Electronics makers tried to figure out whether Hosni Mubarak. consumers were looking for tablets or just iPads. Google, with its Android tablets, and Research in In London, participants in riots used BlackBerry Motion, with the BlackBerry PlayBook, were not Messenger. pleased with the answer. Micro reports from Occupy Wall Street and other Amazon.com may have cracked the formula with its U.S. protests frequently popped up on Twitter. $199 Kindle Fire. It has been selling about a million devices each week since it debuted in November. Perhaps in a nod to those events, Facebook CEO Hewlett-Packard only managed to attract meanin- Mark Zuckerberg said onstage at his conference gful sales to its TouchPad when it ran a $99 fire sale this year, “We exist at the intersection of technology to clear inventory. and social issues.” 5. Google+ 3. Hackers The Guy Fawkes mask, a stark white symbol of political upheaval, can be seen at many Occupy protests, but the accessory from the movie “V for Vendetta” was adopted earlier by an online group called Anonymous. Love this PDF? Add it to your Reading List! 4 joliprint.com/mag Page 2
    • December 27, 2011 batteryfast.co.uk Top 10 Biggest Tech Stories of the Year 2011 nue publishing more about themselves online each year — now, whether they actively choose to or not. 7. Patent wars The biggest names in mobile, including Apple, Google, HTC, Microsoft, RIM and Samsung, have engaged in a giant game of patent Risk. These companies have filed lawsuits and counter- suits in countries around the world to seek licensing agreements or block the sale of rivals’ products. Google has said that its $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility was to gain the phone maker’s stockpile of patents. People are spending more of their time on social networks than searching the Web. In other words, Check with your local government about whether more Facebook and less Google. you can legally buy a Galaxy Tab in stores this week. So Google created its own Facebook-like environ- 8. Spotify and Facebook take on digital music ment in Google+. Users can share photos and browse friends’ updates.http://www.batteryfast.co.uk/battery-technology/top-10-biggest-tech-stories-of-the-year-2011/ Google+ got off to a promising start, but Facebook has had a long lead. Google asserts that its social network is key to the future of the company. That’s a big bet. 6. Facebook and partners add ‘frictionless’ sha- ring What do you call it when someone you know finds out something about you without you telling them? Facebook calls it “frictionless,” and companies that have implemented the feature, including some With iTunes and iPod, Apple had a strong formula music-streaming services and news publishers, for dominating the digital music industry. Amazon have found a great promotional vehicle. and Google haven’t made a dent. Still, many are opposed to their private reading But Spotify has proved itself as a worthy opponent habits being broadcast instantly to their Facebook in Europe, and after years of negotiations with the pages. Zuckerberg is convinced people will conti- record labels, it finally hit U.S. shores this year. Love this PDF? Add it to your Reading List! 4 joliprint.com/mag Page 3
    • December 27, 2011 batteryfast.co.uk Top 10 Biggest Tech Stories of the Year 2011 Facebook Music, a page that shows what friends are listening to, has helped introduce wider audiences to on-demand streaming services like Spotify, MOG, Rdio and Rhapsody. 9. Apple becomes the most valuable company in the world When Jobs returned to Apple in 1997, he said the company was weeks away from bankruptcy. Over the next decade, he orchestrated a masterful turna- round that culminated in Apple briefly becoming the world’s most valuable company by market ca- pitalization. Exxon Mobil has reclaimed a sizable lead, but that shouldn’t undermine how effective Apple has been in creating a lust for gizmos. The ultra-thin iPad 2 has done gangbusters, and the iPhone 4S, with Siri, has introduced voice-command services to a wider audience this year.http://www.batteryfast.co.uk/battery-technology/top-10-biggest-tech-stories-of-the-year-2011/ 10. IBM’s Watson beats human champs on ‘Jeo- pardy!’ At times, the Watson computer, built by IBM, failed to understand some nuances of the English language, prompting mocking laughter. However, as the world had learned when IBM’s Deep Blue defeated chess champion Gary Kasparov, computers aren’t clueless. Watson proved that two smart men, Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter, were no match for banks of servers running artificial-intel- ligence software. Related Aricles: Did you enjoy this post? Why not leave a comment below and continue the conversation, or subscribe to my feed and get articles like this delivered auto- matically to your feed reader. Love this PDF? Add it to your Reading List! 4 joliprint.com/mag Page 4