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Top ten technology news of 2011
Technology is literally the spine of every industry these days. What happens when technology does..

THE YEAR 2011 will be remembered for many unexpected twists and turns of events, which will leave an imprint on mankind of a long time to come. From political to cultural, sports to entertainment, the year 2011 has, in every perspective, been unique.

Before the curtains are drawn on 2011, the spine of every industry, which is technology, too, witnessed its own shares of ups and downs. Mentioned below are ten top news in the tech world that had everyone glued, as reported by a leading Indian business blog.

1)

acquires Skype

Microsoft, the father of computing made its largest acquisition by taking over VoIP service provider Skype Corp. Skype, which to date has more than 650 million registered users, was sold at a tag of $8.5 million.

2) Chrome OS/Chromebooks launched by

Taking a direct pot shot at other operating systems, Google Chrome OS is even today shipped with Chromebooks. The sale of product, which started in June 2011, has seen quite a good response so far.

3) Apple iPhone 4S launched

Apple doused the fire around the launch/release of the much-anticipated Apple iPhone 5 by launching the iPhone 4S. Although the phone survived to bear the criticisms of die-hard Apple product lovers, the noose was eventually tightened around the new Apple CEO Tim Cook.

4) Steve Jobs passes away

This is probably the greatest setback to the tech industry. The man who revolutionised technology with his brain numbing inventions left the entire world in a state of shock when he lost his battle to pancreatic cancer in October 2011. Under Jobs’ leadership, Apple Inc. churned out some path-breaking inventions such as iPad, iMac, iPod, and iPhone amongst many other services.

5) Apple launches iPad2

Apple launched its signature tablet iPad 2 and the sales spread like wild fire throughout the globe. During the year of launch, 15 million products were sold and literally gave nightmares to Apple’s rivals such as Samsung Galaxy pad.

6) BlackBerry messenger services hit twice

Only a BBM addict would know what it feels like staying out of touch at two different intervals with their fellow BBM subscribers. Research in Motion (RIM) the brain behind BlackBerry was flooded by status messages and tweets about what waste of money it is to own a BlackBerry smartphone.

7) Malware attacks Android market

In October 2011, Steve Jobs let his wrath go lose against Android. He was quoted saying by many media houses that, “I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple's $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong. I'm going to destroy Android, because it's a stolen product. I'm willing to go thermonuclear war on this.” However, it was later also publically accepted that Android and many of its applications were inspired from Apple. The biggest shock to Google came when more than fifty of its applications were found to carry malware (a software that steals data) and left many users of the free Android platform chewing their nails.

8) Eight lakh subscribers walk out on Netflix

Success went into the heads of the management of Netflix, the company that rents online videos and left them to search corners to save their grace as eight lakh subscribers deserted the company in a span of three weeks as it had abruptly hiked the rates of its rentals.

9) Microsoft launches Microsoft Office 365

With the launch of Microsoft Office 365, Microsoft opened up another window of opportunities for its users to access applications and tasks with the help of basic MS softwares such as Word, and spreadsheets, etc., online.

10) Sony playstation network gets hacked twice

As the network got hacked twice in 2011, the company labelled it as an external intrusion, and had to suspend all the activities after the second hack-gate incident, which took place leaving more than 90,000 subscribers stranded.

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