Computer history - 2013
Major computer events in 2013
Other computer events in 2013
Facebook introduced Graph Search in January 2013 as it offers some users early beta access to the service. Graph Search was later released to everyone and allows people to use natural language in the Facebook search.
The popularity of drones grew rapidly beginning in 2013.
One of the biggest cyberattacks in Internet history happens on March 29, 2013, as a massive DDoS attack targets The Spamhaus Project.
The Joint Collaborative Team on Video Coding formally introduced HEVC on April 13, 2013.
SingleStore launched their first database product, named MemSQL, in April 2013.
Adobe announced that they would no longer release new versions of their popular Creative Suite bundles on May 6, 2013. Going forward, all Adobe software is only accessible via a Creative Cloud subscription.
The FBI shut down the Silk Road on June 23, 2013.
On June 24, 2013, Apple announced it had no intentions of continuing to develop Safari for the PC or Microsoft Windows.
Google announced it would purchase Waze, a popular mobile social map application for $1.1 billion on June 11, 2013.
IDG announced on July 10, 2013, that the August edition of PC World magazine would be the last print edition of the magazine.
The Furusawa group at the University of Tokyo succeeds in demonstrating complete quantum teleportation of photonic quantum bits on September 11, 2013. This achievement helps bring quantum computer even closer to reality.
The trojan virus Cryptolocker was discovered in September 2013. The spread of Cryptolocker was stopped in May 2014, and was estimated that over $27 million was paid by victims as ransom, the largest ransomware total to date.
The Silk Road 2.0 came online on November 6, 2013, after the FBI shut down the original site.
On November 7, 2013, over 150 million records appear online from Adobe hack.
OnePlus was founded in 2013.
OpenZFS was released in 2013.
Google began development on Project Ara in 2013.
Yik Yak was launched in 2013.
New computer products and services introduced in 2013
With consent from the Chinese government, Canonical Incorporated invents Ubuntu Kylin.
Ubuntu Touch was released on January 2, 2013.
AMD released the Athlon II X2 280, on January 28, 2013. It has two cores and runs at 3.6 GHz.
Google Maps Engine Lite was released for Android devices in March 2013.
The first gaming tablet was released by Razer, named the Razer Edge Pro, on March 1, 2013. It is a tablet computer designed for playing PC games, with the power and performance to do so. It featured an Intel Core i7 processor, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD, NVidia GeForce GT 640M 2 GB video card, and a 10.1-inch display.
Primecoin, a cryptocurrency, was launched on July 7, 2013.
Android version 4.3 was released on July 24, 2013.
The USB 3.1 standard was released on July 31, 2013.
Google released Google Shopping Express on September 25, 2013.
Gridcoin, a cryptocurrency, was launched in October 2013.
Microsoft released Windows 8.1 on October 17, 2013.
Internet Explorer 11 was first released on October 17, 2013.
Android version 4.4 (KitKat) was released on October 31, 2013.
Sony released the PS4 on November 15, 2013.
NXT, a cryptocurrency, was released on November 24, 2013.
Google introduced Google Helpouts in November 2013.
Microsoft released the Xbox One on November 22, 2013.
Microsoft released Excel 2013 in 2013.
Microsoft released Word 2013 in 2013.
Solomon Hykes released Docker as open-source in 2013.
Giphy was introduced in 2013.
Google Glass was first introduced in 2013.
Pushbullet was released in 2013 by Andre von Houck, Chris Hesse, and Ryan Oldenburg.
Slack was first introduced in 2013.
Syncthing was introduced in 2013.
Rust game is introduced.
Talk.to was first introduced in 2013.
The term unicorn company is coined in 2013 by Aileen Lee.
Discontinued products and services in 2013
Fuduntu was discontinued in April 2013.
The Nextel iDEN network was officially shut down on June 30, 2013.
Google Latitude was discontinued on August 9, 2013.
Google discontinued its Google Checkout on November 20, 2013, and replaced it with Google Wallet.
The MMORPG EverQuest game was officially shut down in November 2013.
Canonical, the creator of Ubuntu, stopped supporting Wubi in 2013.
Computer company events in 2013
The US division of Atari filed for bankruptcy on January 21, 2013.
GameSpy announced it was no longer going to be updating its site on February 21, 2013.
ALEXOS acquired ITIL in July 2013.
Google acquired the engineering and robotics company Boston Dynamics on December 13, 2013.
The Artec Electronics Co. website went offline in 2013.
The company RIM (Research In Motion) changes its name to BlackBerry Limited.
DoorDash, an on-demand service for universal food delivery was created in 2013.
Doorbot in founded in 2013 by Jamie Siminoff. The company would later become Ring.
In 2013, Linspire ceased operation.
In April 2013, Disney shut down LucasArts.
The website Patreon was founded in 2013.
Computer-related movies released in 2013
Computer Chess was released on July 17, 2013.
Computer pioneer deaths in 2013
Aaron Swartz passed away on January 11, 2013 (Age: 26).
Andreas Raab passed away on January 14, 2013 (Age: 45).
Petro Vlahos passed away on February 10, 2013 (Age: 96).
Erik Cassel passed away on February 11, 2013 (Age: 46).
Mike Culbert passed away on April 19, 2013 (Age: 47).
James Martin passed away on June 24, 2013 (Age: 79).
Douglas Engelbart passed away on July 2, 2013 (Age: 88).
Wayne Green passed away on September 13, 2013 (Age: 91).
William Lowe passed away on October 19, 2013 (Age: 72).