Computer History - 2014

Updated: 05/21/2018 by Computer Hope

Major computer events in 2014

Satya NadellaSatya Nadella took over as Microsoft CEO on February 4, 2014.

Other computer events in 2014

All Composers Desktop Project software becomes open-source.

Reddit reaches 170 million registered users.

On February 7, 2014, the Bitcoin exchange Mt.Gox filed for bankruptcy after $460 million was reported stolen by hackers and another $27.4 million went missing from its bank accounts.

The development of Truecrypt discontinued on May 28, 2014.

The Macworld magazine announced it would cease all print production on September 10, 2014.

Gamergate started in August 2014.

Twitch.tv was purchased by Amazon in August 2014 for $970 million.

Information on the Shellshock vulnerability was first released to developers in September 2014.

Microsoft announced on September 30, 2014, the next version of Windows, which would be called Windows 10.

On October 1, 2014, a Japanese man was sentenced to two years in prison for manufacturing 3D printed guns. He becomes the first person to serve time for a 3D printed gun.

Apple released the Yosemite version of OS X on October 16, 2014.

The Silk Road 2.0 was shut down on November 6, 2014.

The FIDO Alliance released their first official specification on December 9, 2014.

New computer products and services introduced in 2014

Apple introduced the Swift programming language on June 2, 2014.

The DDR4 specification for Random Access Memory was released in September 2014.

Apple introduced the new iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and Apple Watch on September 9, 2014.

Android version 5.0 (Lollipop) was released on November 3, 2014.

The Babel programming language was released in 2014.

Blizzard Entertainment released the card game Hearthstone in 2014.

Computer company events in 2014

Google announced on January 13, 2014, that it had reached an agreement to acquire Nest for $3.2 billion in cash. Nest was the manufacturer of thermostats and smoke alarms.

On January 26, 2014, Google announced it had agreed to acquire DeepMind Technologies for $650 million.

On January 29, 2014, Google announced it would sell Motorola Mobility to Lenovo for $2.91 billion.

Sony announced it would sell PC business to Japanese investment firm on February 6, 2014.

The Turtle or Terse RDF Triple Language was approved by the W3C on February 25, 2014.

On April 11, 2014, the Galaxy S5 smartphone was released to the public by Samsung.

The Nokia deal with Microsoft was completed on April 25, 2014, making Nokia now Microsoft Mobile in a deal totaling $7.17 billion.

Google announced on June 20, 2014, that it would acquire Dropcam, the video home monitoring company for $555 million.

On September 15, 2014, Microsoft announced it purchased Mojang the makers of Minecraft for $2.5 billion.

On September 30, 2014, Google announced it would stop the Orkut social networking site.

On October 8, 2014, the proposal for Time Warner Cable and Comcast merger was approved.

In 2014, both Panasonic and Samsung announce they are discontinuing plasma screens and no longer plan on making plasma TV's.

Ukash was acquired by the Skrill Group and merged into their PaySafeCard online purchasing system.

Computer-related movies released in 2014

The Imitation Game was released on August 29, 2014.

Citizenfour was released on October 24, 2014.

Computer pioneer deaths in 2014

Patrick McGovernPatrick McGovern passed away on March 19, 2014 (Age: 76).

Andrew Kay passed away on August 28, 2014 (Age: 95).

Ralph Baer passed away on December 6, 2014 (Age: 92).

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