Computer history - 2016

Updated: 08/02/2019 by Computer Hope

Major computer events in 2016


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.

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 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 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.

New computer products and services introduced in 2016

On January 5, 2016, the video game streaming service Mixer was released.

In March 2016, Amazon introduces the first version of the Amazon Echo Dot.

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.

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.

Google released Android version 7.0 (Nougat) on August 22, 2016, and introduced the Google Daydream View.

TikTok was released in September 2016.

On September 16, 2016, Apple announced the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus and how they have discontinued the 3.5mm headphone jack and introduced AirPods.

On October 4, 2016, Google introduced the Pixel smartphone, new Wi-Fi routers, a virtual reality headset, new Chromecast devices, and the Google Home.

AMD introduced the Infinity Fabric system bus technology in December 2016.

Microsoft released the Surface Studio in 2016.

The Samsung Family Hub was released in 2016.

Computer company events in 2016

On January 14, 2016, Nokia announced it had taken control of Alcatel-Lucent.

Microsemi acquired PMC-Sierra on January 15, 2016.

Google parent Alphabet passed Apple market cap to become the world's most valuable public company on February 2, 2016.

In February, the FBI requests for Apple to create a version of iOS to allow them access to the iPhone 5C in the investigation of the holiday party massacre in San Bernardino in December 2015.

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.

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 announced that on March 15, 2016, it would shut down Picasa.

Intel announced its plans to lay off 12,000 workers or 11% of its workforce as it moves into other businesses.

GDPR was first enacted on April 14, 2016. Any individual or business that handles personal data had until May 28, 2018, to begin following the GDPR rules.

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.

Rovi announced it would buy TiVo for $1.1 billion on April 29, 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.

Western Digital announced it had approval for the purchase of SanDisk on May 10, 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.

On June 13, 2016, Microsoft announced it had reached an agreement to acquire LinkedIn for $26.2 billion.

SoftBank announced its plans to buy ARM Holdings for $32 billion on July 17, 2016.

Verizon confirmed that it would purchase Yahoo for $4.8 billion on July 25, 2016.

On September 6, 2016, 130 ITT Technical Institute campuses close affecting more than 40,000 students and 8,000 employees.

On September 15, 2016, Logitech announced it had purchased Saitek from Mad Catz for $13 million in cash.

On September 30, 2016, Avast announced it had acquired a majority stake in AVG and would be operating as a single company as of Monday, October 3, 2016.

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 1, 2016, HPE (Hewlett Packard Enterprise) announced that it had completed its acquisition of SGI.

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.

Grace Hopper (Posthumously), Bill Gates, and Margaret Hamilton receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom on November 22, 2016.

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.

Apple introduced the Touch Bar in 2016.

Google introduced Google Assistant in 2016.

Vertiv was founded in 2016.

Computer-related movies released in 2016

The documentary Zero Days that talks about Stuxnet was released on July 8, 2016.

Computer pioneer deaths in 2016

Edward Yourdon

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).

Seymour Papert passed away on July 31, 2016 (Age: 88).

Jay Forrester passed away on November 16, 2016 (Age: 98).

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