Computer history - 2016
Major computer events in 2016
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.
On October 11, 2016, Samsung announced it was 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.
2016 computer and technology top terms
The following are some of the top computer and technology-related terms in alphabetical order that were introduced or popularized during 2016.
Other computer events in 2016
IBM purchased the Weather Company's product and technology assets on January 29, 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.
The IFTF (Interactive Fiction Technology Foundation) is a nonprofit organization founded on June 30, 2016.
Ethereum Classic, a cryptocurrency, was released in July 2016.
On October 20, 2016, Otto and Budweiser completed the world's first shipment by a self-driving truck.
At approximately 7:00 A.M. EST 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.
In 2016, in the final year of his two terms of office, U.S. President Barack Obama delivered the keynote at SXSW Interactive.
The OnePlus 3 and 3T smartphones were released in 2016.
In 2016, the company Phoebe started using the brand name Airlink101.
Major security vulnerabilities were discovered in the way ImageMagick processes file names. Nicknamed "ImageTragick," these security holes potentially allowed RCE (remote code execution) by an attacker on the server.
In 2016, over 70 selfie deaths occurred in India when people were taking pictures near railroad tracks and not aware of oncoming trains.
New computer products and services introduced in 2016
On January 5, 2016, the video game streaming service Mixer was released.
Kotlin was first released on February 15, 2016 by JetBrains.
Blizzard released the first-person shooter multiplayer game Overwatch on March 24, 2016.
On March 30, 2016, Microsoft released the developer edition of the Microsoft HoloLens.
Vivaldi was first released on April 6, 2016.
Google Duo was released in 2016.
Pokémon GO was released on July 6, 2016, for Android phones and iPhone and was downloaded more than 10 million times within a week and became 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.
The Apple Watch Series 2 was released on September 16, 2016.
Microsoft released Office 365 and Excel 2016 in 2016.
Microsoft released Word 2016 in 2016.
Microsoft released Excel 2016 for Mac in 2018.
TikTok was released in September 2016.
The second-generation of the Amazon Fire TV Stick with the Alexa Voice Remote was released on October 20, 2016.
Mastodon was introduced in October 2016.
Bridgefy was introduced in 2016.
Houseparty was introduced in 2016.
The Moto Z was initially released in 2016.
The Oculus Rift VR (virtual reality) headset is initially released in 2016
Wallpaper Engine was introduced in 2016.
WireGuard was authored by security engineer Jason Donenfeld beginning in 2016.
Security breaches and leaks in 2016
A hack on Uber happened in 2016 where hackers downloaded the names, e-mail, and phone numbers of 57 million app users, along with 600,000 driver's license numbers. The hack went undisclosed until 2022, when the hackers testified that they agreed to sign an Uber nondisclosure agreement. Instead of disclosing the hack, Uber wrote it off as a bug bounty.
Computer company events in 2016
Google parent Alphabet passed Apple market cap to become the world's most valuable public company on February 2, 2016.
Time Inc. announced on February 11, 2016, that it would acquire Viant, the parent company of Myspace.
On February 16, 2016, Apple notified its customers about the U.S. government's demand that Apple create a tool to break or circumvent iPhone encryption.
EZchip Semiconductor merged with Mellanox Technologies on February 23, 2016.
Intel announced its plans to lay off 12,000 workers or 11% of its workforce as it moves into other businesses.
Lexmark announced on April 20, 2016; it would be acquired by Apex Technology of China for $3.6 billion.
Nokia announced it had acquired Withings for €170 million on April 26, 2016.
Joshua Brown became the first person to die in a self-driving car accident while driving his Tesla Model S on May 7, 2016.
As of June 9, 2016, the iMesh website and service are shut down.
After almost 14 years of operation Gawker Media filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy on June 10, 2016.
SoftBank announced its plans to buy ARM Holdings for $32 billion on July 17, 2016.
Nordic Games changed its name to THQ Nordic in August 2016.
On September 6, 2016, 130 ITT Technical Institute campuses close affecting more than 40,000 students and 8,000 employees.
Snapchat Inc. shortens its name to Snap Inc. on September 24, 2016.
On October 31, 2016, THQ Nordic announced that it had acquired all NovaLogic's franchises.
In October 2016, LDiscovery announced the acquisition of Kroll OnTrack, and changed its name to KrolLDiscovery.
On November 14, 2016, Samsung Electronics announced plans to buy Harman for $8 billion.
On November 21, 2016, Symantec announced it had purchased the LifeLock company for $2.3 billion.
On November 30, 2016, Fitbit announced plans to purchase Pebble for as much as $40 million.
Apple released the Apple AirPods wireless headphones on December 13, 2016.
Bethesda.net was introduced in 2016.
Datamax-O'Neil became part of Honeywell International Inc. in 2016.
Fairchild Semiconductor was purchased by and dissolved into ON Semiconductor in 2016.
L-3 Communications Holdings changes its name to L3 Technologies in 2016.
Microchip Technology, Inc. agreed to acquire Atmel in January 2016.
Figma was released in 2016.
Savoir-Faire Linux released Jami in 2016.
In 2016, QLogic was acquired by Cavium technology for approximately $1.3 billion.
Linktree came online in 2016.
Sunbeamtech went out of business in 2016.
Vertiv was founded in 2016.
Discontinued products and services in 2016
In 2016, Project Ara was canceled, and all development of the modular Android smartphone was stopped.
Computer-related movies released in 2016
Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World was released on January 23, 2016.
The documentary Zero Days that talks about Stuxnet was released on July 8, 2016.
The movie Hidden Figures was released on December 10, 2016.
Computer pioneer deaths in 2016
Peter Naur passed away on January 3, 2016 (Age: 87).
Edward Yourdon passed away on January 20, 2016 (Age: 71).
Ray Tomlinson passed away on March 6, 2016 (Age: 74).
Andy Grove passed away on March 21, 2016 (Age: 79).
Harold Cohen passed away on April 27, 2016 (Age: 87).
Solomon Golomb passed away on May 1, 2016 (Age: 83).
Seymour Papert passed away on July 31, 2016 (Age: 88).
Jay Forrester passed away on November 16, 2016 (Age: 98).
Hugh Loebner passed away on December 4, 2016 (Age: 74).