Computer history - 2013

Updated: 06/30/2019 by Computer Hope

Major computer events in 2013


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 is later released to everyone and allows people to use natural language in the Facebook search.

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

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

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.

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 was discontinued in April 2013.

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

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

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 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.

Google Latitude was discontinued on August 9, 2013.

On August 19, 2013, Microsoft announced that on August 19, 2015, Microsoft Tags would 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 was discovered in September 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 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.

Google began development on Project Ara 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.

Microsoft released the Surface Pro on February 9, 2013.

Waze was purchased by Google in June 2013.

Intel officially announced CPUs based on Haswell architecture on June 4, 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 5s with Touch ID and 5c on September 10, 2013.

Apple introduced iOS7 on September 18, 2013.

Google released Google Shopping Express on September 25, 2013.

Microsoft released Windows 8.1 on October 18, 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.

Google introduced Google Helpouts in November 2013.

Microsoft released the Xbox One on November 22, 2013.

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

Solomon Hykes released Docker as open-source in 2013.

Google Glass was first introduced in 2013.

Slack was first introduced in 2013.

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

Rust game is introduced.

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

Computer company events in 2013

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

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

ALEXOS acquired ITIL in July 2013.

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

The website Patreon was founded in 2013.

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

Google discontinued its Google Checkout on November 20, 2013, and replaced it with Google Wallet.

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

Computer-related movies released in 2013

Computer Chess was released on July 17, 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).

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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