Computer History - 2013

Updated: 03/01/2018 by Computer Hope

Major computer events in 2013

TumblrYahoo! announces it will purchase Tumblr for $1.1billion May 20th, 2013.

Other computer events in 2013

Facebook introduces Graph Search in January 2013 as it offers some users early beta access to the service. Graph Search is later released to everyone and allows people to use natural language in the Facebook search.

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

BlackBerry releases its BlackBerry 10 mobile operating system in January of 2013.

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

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

Sony officially announces the PlayStation 4, a replacement for the PS3 gaming console on February 20, 2013.

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

One of the biggest cyberattacks in Internet history happens on March 29, 2013 as a massive DDoS attack targets The Spamhaus Project.

Fuduntu is discontinued in April 2013.

The Joint Collaborative Team on Video Coding formally introduces HEVC on April 13, 2013.

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

Adobe announces 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 unveils the Xbox One on May 21, 2013, a new gaming console to replace the Xbox 360.

Edward Snowden begins to leak classified NSA information in June 2013.

The FBI shuts down the Silk Road on June 23, 2013.

On June 24, 2013 Apple announces it has no intentions of continuing to develop Safari for the PC or Microsoft Windows.

Google announces it will purchase Waze, a popular mobile social map application for $1.1 billion on June 11, 2013.

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

Google introduces the Chromecast July 24, 2013.

IDG announces on July 10, 2013 that the August edition of PC World magazine will be the last print edition of the magazine.

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

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 is discovered in September of 2013.

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 comes 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.

New computer products and services introduced in 2013

With consent from the Chinese government, Canonical Incorporated invents Ubuntu Kylin.

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

Android version 4.3 is released July 24, 2013.

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

Apple introduces the iPhone 5s and 5c on September 10, 2013.

Apple introduces iOS7 on September 18, 2013.

Microsoft releases Windows 8.1 on October 18, 2013.

Android version 4.4 (KitKat) is released October 31, 2013

Sony releases the PS4 November 15, 2013.

Google introduces Google Helpouts in November 2013.

Microsoft releases the Xbox One November 22, 2013.

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

Solomon Hykes releases Docker as open-source in 2013.

Slack is first introduced in 2013.

Computer company events in 2013

In January 2013 Pervasive Software is acquired by Actian.

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

GameSpy announces it is no longer going to be updating its site on Feb. 21, 2013.

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

ALEXOS acquires ITIL in July of 2013.

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

The website Patreon is founded in 2013.

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

Google discontinues its Google Checkout on November 20, 2013 and has since been replaced with Google Wallet.

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

Computer related movies released in 2013

Computer Chess is released July 17, 2013.

Computer pioneer deaths in 2013

Aaron SwartzAaron Swartz passes away January 11, 2013 (Age: 26)

Andreas Raab passes away January 14, 2013 (Age: 45)

Petro Vlahos passes away February 10, 2013 (Age: 96)

Erik Cassel passes away February 11, 2013 (Age: 46)

Mike Culbert passes away April 19, 2013 (Age: 47)

Douglas Engelbart passes away July 2, 2013 (Age: 88)

Wayne Green passes away September 13, 2013 (Age: 91)

William Lowe passes away October 19, 2013 (Age: 72)

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