Computer history - 2013

Updated: 01/31/2023 by Computer Hope

Major computer events in 2013

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Yahoo! announced it would purchase Tumblr for $1.1billion on May 20th, 2013.

Edward Snowden began to leak classified NSA information in June 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.

In May 2013, Facebook released the first version of the React JavaScript library and React Native framework, giving developers new options when developing web applications.

At 23:30:26 UTC on January 25, 2013, the largest known prime number containing 17,425,170 digits was discovered by GIMPS.

Microsoft announced in February that it would be moving away from Hotmail brand and begin moving over 300 million users to the new e-mail service.

Sony officially announced the PlayStation 4, a replacement for the PS3 gaming console on February 20, 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.

Microsoft unveiled the Xbox One on May 21, 2013, a new gaming console to replace the Xbox 360.

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.

Google introduced the Chromecast on July 24, 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.

In 2013, Acer, ASUS, and others announce they have no intentions of making any new versions of netbooks, officially killing the netbook computer.

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.

In 2013, Fiverr began allowing users to set prices and charge more than $5.

OnePlus was founded in 2013.

OpenZFS was released in 2013.

Google began development on Project Ara in 2013.

The Smarty Ring is a smart ring first purposed in 2013 to control and get alerts from your phone.

Google smart glasses, Google Glass Enterprise Edition were developed by Google in 2013, which, after development were canceled.

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.

Microsoft released the Surface Pro on February 9, 2013.

Google Keep was first released on March 20, 2013.

Steam Early Access was introduced on March 20, 2013.

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.

Opera Next was announced on May 27, 2013, the browser would later be renamed to Opera beta.

Waze was purchased by Google in June 2013.

Intel officially announced CPUs based on Haswell architecture on June 4, 2013.

Primecoin, a cryptocurrency, was launched on July 7, 2013.

Apple introduced macOS X 10.9, code-named Mavericks, at the WWDC on June 10, 2013.

Android version 4.3 was released on July 24, 2013.

The USB 3.1 standard was released on July 31, 2013.

Apple introduced the iPhone 5c and 5s with Touch ID and Secure Enclave on September 10, 2013.

Apple initially released the iPad Air in 2013.

Grand Theft Auto V was released for the PS3 and Xbox 360 on September 17, 2013, by Rockstar North.

Apple introduced iOS7 on September 18, 2013. With this update Apple introduced Apple FaceTime Audio.

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.

Microsoft released the Surface Pro 2 on October 22, 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.

Apple introduced the Control Center feature in 2013.

Microsoft released Excel 2013 in 2013.

Microsoft released Word 2013 in 2013.

Intel introduced the second generation of the Xeon Phi processors in 2013.

Solomon Hykes released Docker as open-source in 2013.

Mozilla introduced the Firefox OS in 2013.

Isis Mobile Wallet (later renamed Softcard) was first launched in 2013 as a joint venture between AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon.

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.

Swype, an on-screen keyboard application for iOS and Android smartphones was released.

Syncthing was introduced in 2013.

The Ripple cryptocurrency launched in 2013.

Rust game is introduced.

Samsung released the Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note 3 and Note 3 Neo in 2013.

Samsung introduced Samsung Knox in 2013. was first introduced in 2013.

The term unicorn company is coined in 2013 by Aileen Lee.

Vue was first developed in 2013 by former Google employee Evan You.

Dell first released the XPS 8700, XPS 18, XPS 13, XPS 12, and XPS 11 in 2013.

Computer company events in 2013

The Mega cloud storage and backup service was started by Kim Dotcom on January 19, 2013.

The US division of Atari filed for bankruptcy on January 21, 2013.

In January 2013, Pervasive Software was acquired by Actian.

In February 2013, Hewlett-Packard announced it will no longer offer VoodooPC products and closed the website.

GameSpy announced it was no longer going to be updating its site on February 21, 2013.

Belkin purchased the Linksys brand of networking equipment from Cisco on March 15, 2013.

I.R.I.S. became part of the Canon company in June 2013.

ALEXOS acquired ITIL in July 2013.

Google acquired the engineering and robotics company Boston Dynamics on December 13, 2013.

On December 2, 2013, Toshiba announced that it had purchased nearly all OCZ's assets for $35 million.

The Artec Electronics Co. website went offline in 2013.

The company RIM (Research In Motion) changes its name to BlackBerry Limited.

In 2013, Chaintech changed its name to Chaintech Technology Corporation.

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.

Enterasys was acquired by Extreme Networks in 2013.

In 2013, Linspire ceased operation.

In April 2013, Disney shut down LucasArts.

Open Whisper Systems was founded in 2013 by Moxie Marlinspike.

The website Patreon was founded in 2013.

Suntekgroup went out of business in 2013.

As of 2013, Targa no longer manufacture computers, laptops, or any computer accessories.

Computer-related movies released in 2013

Computer Chess was released on July 17, 2013.

Security breaches and leaks in 2013

Bit9 had its digital code-signing certificates stolen in 2013, which allowed hackers to target some of Bit9 customers.

Discontinued products and services in 2013

BlackBerry discontinued BlackBerry OS and released its BlackBerry 10 mobile operating system in January 2013.

On March 15, 2013, Microsoft discontinued Messenger in favor of Skype.

Fuduntu was discontinued in April 2013.

Adobe announced the discontinuation of Adobe Fireworks on May 6, 2013.

The Nextel iDEN network was officially shut down on June 30, 2013.

The RSS/Atom reader Google Reader was discontinued on July 1, 2013.

On July 6, 2013, Microsoft announced that they were shutting down MSN TV and would be officially closing the service on September 30, 2013.

Google Latitude was discontinued on August 9, 2013.

On August 19, 2013, Microsoft announced that on August 19, 2015, Microsoft Tags would be discontinued.

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.

The chat service Meebo was shut down in 2013 after merging with Google+.

Canonical, the creator of Ubuntu, stopped supporting Wubi in 2013.

Development of Crunchbang Linux ceased in 2013, and many of its contributors moved their efforts to a new project, BunsenLabs Linux.

SGI announced that support for IRIX ended in December 2013.

All Things Digital was discontinued on December 31, 2013.

In 2013, Acer, ASUS, and others announced they have no intentions of making any new versions of netbooks, officially killing the netbook computer.

Yahoo! Kids, and other Yahoo! projects, were shut down in 2013.

Computer pioneer deaths in 2013

Aaron Swartz

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).

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