With the year almost about to end, it’s but timely to list a roundup of the best tech news 2012. These are the 12 biggest tech updates in the year that was: both in a good and bad light.
No doubt about it, the iPhone 5 was the best there ever was this year. The phone was finally released last September but it has been the talk of the town since 2011. If you can recall, it was the iPhone 4S which was released last year instead of the well publicized, rumored, and long awaited for iPhone 5. But for those who actually have this unit, the question will be, “is it worth the long wait and publicity?”
Justin Bieber’s “Baby” is no longer the most viewed YouTube video of all time. South Korean K-pop star Psy and his worldwide hit “Gangnam Style” is now the official number one. The viral video, which started its reign on the YouTube waves currently has 1.59 billion hits and is still counting!
Mayan Calendar End of the World
The world didn’t end yet on 12-21-2012 despite popular prophecies from the historically mysterious Mayan civilization. The whole web world had been writing and preparing for it since the beginning of the year. Although most religious organizations interpreting Biblical scriptures believe that the Earth is in its last days, no one can pinpoint when exactly is the world going to end. Safely said, only God knows. As for the Mayan calendar ending on the aforementioned date, my personal take is that everyone who had been responsible for the tribe’s fortune telling had probably been already deceased and so the calendar ends on the said date.
Megaupload Shut Down
January this year, one of the biggest file sharing and downloading site, Megaupload has been shut down by the U.S. Dept. of Justice following countless complaints from the Motion Picture Association of America and the Recording Industry Association of America. Kim Dotcom, the company’s CEO, had been battling in courts for his case ever since. Meanwhile, the new Megaupload site is currently being developed.
Another controversial tech news this 2012 is John McAfee’s.McAfee, the founder of the popular anti-virus software company had been on the run for weeks after being tied to the murder of his neighbor and fellow American Gregory Viant Full in Belize. Over three weeks disguising, faking a heart attack, and changing numbers, he is now awaiting trial after being captured and deported from Guatemala.
Young Yahoo! CEO
Still on controversy is Yahoo! promoting Marissa Mayer as its CEO when she actually became rich and famous with Google. At 37, she’s one of the youngest CEO of a Fortune 500 company and is number 14 on Fortune magazine’s most powerful businesswomen.
With billion dollar companies like Google, Yahoo!, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, eBay, AOL, and Mozilla objecting to the Stop Online Privacy Act including countless websites and organizations, the bill was never even been drafted since it was first proposed last January of this year.
Samsung vs. Apple
In July 2012, Samsung won a lawsuit against Apple when the latter sued the former for releasing gadgets which are somewhat similar to the iPhone and iPad. The verdict was of course in favor of Samsung, which of course is quite predictable knowing that experienced and knowledgeable tech experts are not exclusively employed by Apple alone. China has countless of them for one and Apple outsources in China.
Apple vs. Google Maps
The Apple Maps flop had finally been retired when the all new version of the Google Maps had been released this month. Apple’s version, which was supposedly designed to replace Google’s in Apple devices including the iOS6 didn’t receive as much following as that of Google’s. The new version of Google Maps recorded over 10 million downloads during the first two days of its release alone.
Microsoft had its own share of failed attempts with the new Windows 8 back in October. The new operating system held no contest against the now governing tablet market especially with the launch of 7 inch tablets including Google Nexus 7, Amazon Kindle Fire HD, and the iPad mini. Windows 8 is a major disappointment when compared with its predecessor, Windows 7.
Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
Facebook added Instagram to its roster of companies for $1 billion in April but the latter promised to remain neutral to all social networking sites. That promise was not kept because Instagram eventually removed Twitter from its integration earlier this month.
Facebook Opens to the Public
Still on Facebook, the company had finally opened doors for the public last May. You can now buy shares of the second biggest site in the world. Since this IPO, Facebook had already cashed in $16 billion.
These are the best headlines for tech news 2012. Stay tuned for an upcoming post about what to expect in the tech world this coming year. For the meantime, techbugs.net is wishing everyone happy holidays!