Wednesday, 4 January 2012

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Technology became ever more pervasive in 2011, dominating headlines while delivering them via increasingly ubiquitous mobile devices.

The tech world lost Steve Jobs, who stepped down as CEO of Apple in August and succumbed to cancer in October. Apple, the company Jobs founded in 1976, briefly overtook Exxon Mobil as the most valuable company in the world in August, and unveiled the much-hyped iPhone 4S, with its voice-recognition program Siri, days after Jobs’s death.

“His biggest point of pride was the company he built, not any single product,” said Yankee Group analyst Carl Howe. “I see no signs they’re running out of steam. With Siri, they’re going to astonish people with how much product they sell this holiday. I could see a $30 billion or $40 billion quarter.”

Apple said it sold 4 million units of the iPhone 4S in its first weekend available. Earlier in the year the company said it had sold more than 11 million iPad tablet computers in one quarter.

Add that to the 700,000 smartphones and tablets running the Android mobile operating system that Google said are being activated every day, and you’ve got the mainstreaming of the mobile computer.

Some tech companies stumbled publicly. Netflix raised prices and reversed course on splitting its DVD and movie-streaming businesses after customer blowback. Hewlett-Packard announced the spinoff of its PC business, ultimately leading to a leadership change and new CEO Meg Whitman reversing the PC decision. And sales of Research in Motion’s BlackBerry plummeted along with its stock price before it suffered an embarrassing worldwide service outage.

This month, AT&T and T-Mobile dropped their proposed $39 billion merger, triggering a $4 billion payment from AT&T to T-Mobile parent Deutsch Telekom. Observers said it signaled an end to the rubber-stamping of telecom mergers.

The proliferation of mobile devices enabled social media platforms to incubate everything — from simple flash mobs to widespread social movements such as the Arab Spring and Occupy Wall Street.

“At first it was really creative, people show up in a train station and dance or whatever,” said Emerson College social media marketing professor David Gerzof Richard. “It’s very easy to apply that notion to civil disobedience and self-organizing. Twitter and Facebook aren’t the movement; they provide the medium for their users to accomplish goals.”

Gerzof Richard, whose class was treated to dinner by Patriots [team stats] wide receiver and prolific tweeter Chad Ochocinco, said social media hit a critical mass in 2011, with businesses and the mainstream media.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg made news with a series of offline moves, first saying he’d stay in Boston if starting Facebook today, then visiting Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to recruit and floating the idea of a Boston office and, finally, by launching that East Coast office — in New York. =>Mark Zuckerberg Iphone

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