Computer History - 2016
Major computer events in 2016
On October 11, 2016 Samsung announces it is permanently discontinuing the production of the Galaxy Note 7 after several of the early versions and recalled versions were catching on fire. The company says the decision could cost the company as much as $3 billion.
Other computer events in 2016
On June 20, 2016 the Sunway TaihuLight supercomputer from China topped the list of the world's most powerful computer. The computer can perform around 93,000 trillion calculations per second.
In August of 2016 Dropbox began to force password resets after discovering that over 68 million accounts were being shared from an earlier 2012 attack.
On September 26, 2016 Yahoo confirmed that in 2014 that the account information of around 500 million users was stolen by hackers.
On October 20, 2016, Otto and Budweiser completed the world's first shipment by a self-driving truck.
At approximately 7:00 am ET on October 21, 2016 Dyn began experiencing a DDoS attack. The attack was highly distributed, involving tens of millions of IP addresses. Affected companies include Twitter, SoundCloud, Spotify, Netflix, Reddit, Disqus, PayPal, Etsy, Github, Time, and Sony.
New computer products and services introduced in 2016
On January 5, 2016 the video game streaming service Mixer is released.
On March 30, 2016 Microsoft releases the developer edition of the Microsoft HoloLens.
Pokémon GO is released July 6, 2016 for Android phones and iPhone and is downloaded more than 10 million times within a week and becomes the fastest growing app in history. According to SurveyMonkey the game also became the most active game in July when it surpassed 21 million active users.
On September 16, 2016 Apple announces the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus and how they have discontinued the 3.5mm headphone jack.
On October 4, 2016 Google introduces the Pixel smartphone, new Wi-Fi routers, a virtual reality headset, new Chromecast devices, and the Google Home.
Computer company events in 2016
Google parent Alphabet passes Apple market cap to become the world's most valuable public company on February 2, 2016.
In February the FBI requested that Apple create a crippled version of iOS to allow them access to the iPhone 5C in the investigation of the holiday party massacre in San Bernardino months earlier in December 2015.
Time Inc. announces on February 11, 2016 that it will acquire Viant the parent company of Myspace.
On February 16, 2016 Apple releases a message to its customers about the United States government demanding Apple assist in breaking its encryption and protection by making a custom operating system that circumvents their security features.
On March 12, 2016 AlphaGo, a DeepMind AI from Google beats Go champion Lee Se-dol for the third straight time at playing the ancient Chinese board game of Go. Although AlphaGo won the championship Lee did win the fourth game.
Google announces that on March 15, 2016 it will shut down Picasa.
Intel announces its plans to layoff 12,000 workers or 11% of its workforce as it moves into other businesses.
Lexmark announces on April 20, 2016 it will be acquired by Apex Technology of China for $3.6 billion.
Nokia announces it has acquired Withings for €170 million on April 26, 2016.
Rovi announces it will buy TiVo for $1.1 billion on April 29, 2016.
Joshua Brown becomes the first person to die in a self-driving car accident while driving his Tesla Model S on May 7, 2016.
After almost 14 years of operation Gawker Media files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on June 10, 2016.
On June 13, 2016 Microsoft announced it has reached an agreement to acquire LinkedIn for $26.2 billion.
SoftBank announces its plans to buy ARM Holdings for $32 billion on July 17, 2016.
On September 6, 2016 130 ITT Technical Institute campuses close affecting more than 40,000 students and 8,000 employees.
On October 27, 2016 Twitter announced that in the coming months it would discontinue the Vine mobile app.
On October 27, 2016 Qualcomm announced it plans on buying NXP Semiconductors for $39 billion.
On November 14, 2016 Samsung Electronics announces plans to buy Harman for $8 billion.
On November 21, 2016 Symantec announces it has purchased the LifeLock company for $2.3 billion.
On November 30, 2016 Fitbit announces plans to purchase Pebble for as much as $40 million.
Vertiv is founded in 2016.
Computer related movies released in 2016
The documentary Zero Days that talks about Stuxnet is released July 8, 2016.
Computer pioneer deaths in 2016
Ray Tomlinson passes away March 6, 2016 (Age: 74)
Andy Grove passes away March 21, 2016 (Age: 79)
Harold Cohen passes away April 27, 2016 (Age: 87)
Seymour Papert passes away July 31, 2016 (Age: 88)
Jay Forrester passes away November 16, 2016 (Age: 98)