Tech Events That Made 2011 Memorable

By SiliconIndia   |   Friday, 30 December 2011, 08:42 Hrs
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Bangalore: With 2011 waving us all goodbye, there are some things that techies will always remember when they look back at this year.

1.  The birth of Google+:  Google ventured in to the social networking domain with Google+, which issued private invites for the launch of its beta version, but receiving a limited edition invite soon became a popular thing and everybody wanted one. Google+ then became available to everybody, and Buzz (which had privacy-related concerns and problems) had to go away so that people would focus on the new social networking site. Google+ was different from other social media sites as it incorporated the concepts of categorizing friends into “circles” and a group video chat feature called “hangouts”.

2.   The war of the patents: Apple warred over patent rights and sued Samsung, HTC and Motorola (notable android phone and mobile device development companies) since they had used the features, and style of Apple products. Samsung and Apple have filed around 24 court suits since April all around the world, with Apple scoring partial wins in the form of delaying the release of the Samsung Galaxy 10.1 tab in Australia, and banning it temporarily in Germany. However, this month saw Apple also denied the petition to temporarily prohibit the launch of four other Samsung products.

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