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The INQUIRER review of the year

Fri Dec 23 2011, 08:00

Pirate Bay founders Fredrik Neij and Peter Sunde launched Bayfiles, a Hong Kong based filesharing web site that will actively block and delete files that "violate third-party copyrights".

IFA saw the launch of two Sony tablets and Samsung's Series 7 Chronos laptop, while Samsung was also in the news with the launch of its Bada 2.0 SDK.

Meanwhile, HP announced it would ship more units of its soon-to-be-defunct tablet as demand for the device showed no signs of abating.

Also at IFA, Samsung was forced to remove the Galaxy Tab 7.7 from the show floor after a German ban of its devices in its patent war with Apple.

Amazon's big day came with news of its first tablet, the Kindle Fire. Analysts hailed the device as a real competitor to the Ipad, particularly because of its $199 price tag.

October saw the much anticipated launch of Apple's Iphone 4S, which looked exactly the same as its predecessor, but with a faster processor and a 64GB model.

October was also the month that the industry mourned the sad news of the passing of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.

Later in the month, RIM suffered a huge Blackberry network outage that arguably has hit its image ever since. It was forced to apologise several times but it didn't help when a fix took days to come.

October also saw the unveiling of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich as well as Samsung's Galaxy Nexus smartphone running it.

In November it emerged that Adobe had decided to drop Flash for mobile web browsers.

The celebration of 40 years of the microprocessor showed just how much of an impact the technology has had on the computing world since 1971, when they contained just 2,300 transistors, until the present day, when they can contain over a billion.

Meanwhile, Apple celebrated an ITC patent dispute victory over rival HTC, with which it was locked in legal battles on several fronts. The court ruled that Apple had not infringed patents belonging to HTC's S3 Graphics unit, a decision which could lead to the Taiwanese handset maker pulling out of its acquisition of S3.

Mobile software outfit Carrier IQ came into the spotlight as it faced a growing firestorm over its secretive mobile analytics software that is deeply embedded with mobile operating systems.

It emerged in December that Amazon had thought about buying beleaguered business Research in Motion (RIM), but cooled to the idea.

Reportedly Amazon was not the only firm courting RIM, and the report says that a few other businesses were sniffing around and making eyes at it.

Meanwhile, US Senators wrote to the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) expressing concerns about Google's internet dominance.

Google's Android was also in the news, when it emerged that BT is suing Google over the Android operating system, which it has decided infringes some of its intellectual property.

AT&T also withdrew its controversial bid for T-Mobile USA. µ



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