The next category in our look back on 2011 is technology. Quite a bit happened over the last year:
- My purchase of the Nook Color. While I admit I’m mostly only using it when traveling, it does (when rooted) serve as a nice comic book reader.
- HP supposedly planned to put WebOS on all its machines starting in 2012… then, well, I covered WebOS’ implosion in the “mobile” entry already. That, and HP’s plans to stop making its own laptops and desktops (in an attempt to badly ape IBM), on which they’ve since reversed course.
- Google launched social network site “Google+.” While I conceded (to everyone’s shock) to Facebook last year, I’m still not sure about Google+. Aspects of Google+ sound appealing, and it’s gaining ground, so I don’t think it’ll go the way of MySpace just yet. Still, from a security standpoint, Facebook (for all its flaws) doesn’t try to do remotely as much stuff in our online lives as Google does. Speaking of social networking flaws…
- In August, someone noted a big privacy issue regarding professional social network site LinkedIn.
- Not to be outdone by the Nook Color/iPad, Amazon.com introduced the Kindle Fire to compete with the Nook Color (and the iPad, indirectly). And not to be outdone by that, Barnes and Noble introduced the upgraded “Nook Tablet,” plus some major software upgrades to the Nook Color.
- The year’s biggest tech industry story, of course, was the retirement and death of Steve Jobs.
Nearing the end of the 2011 round up!