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Pre-caffeine tech: More on 2011, seeing eye pugs!

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Our pre-caffeine roundup is a collection of the hottest, strangest, and most amusing stories of the morning. Here's everything that you need to know before taking that first sip of coffee today

Good ol' 2011 is almost over and that means we're getting sentimental and reviewing the top stories of the last 365 days.

Speaking of Steve Jobs, in the summer of 1976, a printer who had just met Jobs and Steve Wozniak jotted down an apologetic note to a colleague about the young entrepreneurs: "This joker [Jobs] is going to be calling you ... They are two guys, they build kits, operate out of a garage ... Told him we'd like to see what they've got ... Sounds flakey. Watch it!" LOL!

Meanwhile, the past year has offered plenty of major stories to keep gamers chattering. Here's what we thought were the most important stories to hit the industry over the past 12 months.

In other game news, a hardware rep who enraged gamers across the Internet after a hostile customer service email exchange went viral spoke exclusively to's In-Game. He feels bad.

Oh! And 2011 had plenty of scientific weirdness, ranging from doomsday predictions to game-playing chimps. It's up to you to decide which weird tales take the prize. Vote now!

Of course, lots of folks are making best-of-2011 lists, and Nielsen's no exception. The research firm says that Google was the "most visited U.S. Web brand," Facebook "held its lead among social networks and blogs," and Apple was the "top smartphone manufacturer," while Android was the "leading" smartphone operatingsystem.

Meanwhile, that "Doomsday" minister is totally mum on a 2012 forecast. With two strikes out for 2011, Harold Camping says little about new date for world's end.

And yet, for the third time this month, VerizonWireless is experiencing data service outages for some users of its 3G and 4G networks in various places around the country.

In closing, this blind pug comes equipped with a seeing-eye pug!

— compiled by Helen A.S. Popkin, who invites you to join her on Twitter and/or FacebookAlso, Google+.