It was a great year for some gadget freaks and not so much for others
BANGALORE, INDIA: As is with every passing year, 2012, too, brought along its share of fortune and fiasco. The Indian world of technology was no exception, as it underwent chequered phases, alternating between good and bad times.
Throughout the eventful year, there were gadgets galore, new services being announced and trends that were passing clouds as well as a few, which are here to stay.
If we look back at the developments of 2012, it makes for an interesting study, replete with successes, flops and events that fall in between. An attempt by CIOL to compile a comprehensive set of developments threw up a mixed bag, which we list out below.
'Apple' of eyes
After a long wait, Indians could get their hands on to the latest devices from Apple - the iPhone 5 and iPad mini. Upon launch, the smartphone price started from Rs. 45,500 and the tablet hit the store shelves with a tag of Rs. 21,900, which were something along the expected lines.
While some were disappointed over lack of any major innovation, the bigger screen size of iPhone 5 and that the smaller version of the iPad had as many features as its big cousin at a much lower price tag were reasons enough to bring about cheer.
"We are Legion. We do not forgive. We do not forget." It is this unforgiving nature of the hacktivist group, Anonymous, that gave many a government, not the least Indian authorities, nightmares.
The group is not one to take the hundreds of curbs on Internet freedom and was always waiting to hit back, by launching DDoS attacks on public agency websites and even hacking and bringing down websites of the Congress party and that of Communications and IT minister Kapil Sibal. It might only intensify in 2013.