Computer history - 2017
Major computer events in 2017
On May 12, 2017, the WannaCry ransomware attack began to attack computers running Microsoft Windows. The worm infected more than 230,000 computers in over 150 different countries and demanded $300 - $1,200 in bitcoin to unlock the computers encrypted data.
Other computer and technology-related events in 2017
On January 11, 2017, Norway became the first country to start switching off FM Radio and switching to DAB, a digital broadcasting technology.
The SamSam ransomware was released in May 2017.
On August 11, 2017, OpenAI became the first AI to defeat the world's best DotA 2 player Danil "Dendi" Ishutin in a 1v1 game. Even more impressive is that the AI learned to play the game by playing itself in less than a month with a little coaching from humans.
Practical exploits for Meltdown and Spectre were discovered independently in 2017 by researchers at Graz University of Technology in Austria, and Google's Project Zero in California.
New computer products and services introduced in 2017
In March 2017, the first minimum viable version of WebAssembly was released.
Essential Home was introduced in May 2017.
Twitter officially expands everyone's character limit from 140 characters to 280 characters on November 7, 2017.
PUBG Corporation released PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds for PC on December 20, 2017.
Blade SAS Shadow launched in 2017 in France.
Jawbone announced it would be liquidating all assets starting in July 2017. The Jawbone brand is currently managed by Aliph Brands, who handles support for the Jawbone products.
Android version 8.0 (Oreo) released on August 21, 2017.
The cryptocurrency Binance Coin was founded in China in 2017.
Cameo was first released in 2017.
The second generation of Google Daydream View was released in 2017.
Google Glass was brought back as Glass Enterprise in 2017.
KaiOS was introduced in 2017.
Lynda.com courses were re-branded and integrated into the LinkedIn Learning platform in 2017.
Pixelbook was introduced in 2017.
Nintendo Switch was released in 2017.
Moto Z2 Play was released in 2017.
Substack was introduced in 2017.
YouTube TV was released in 2017.
Discontinued products and services in 2017
The ooVoo service was shut down in November 2017.
On December 15, 2017, AIM (AOL Instant Messenger) was discontinued as a service.
Vidme was discontinued in 2017.
Computer company events in 2017
In January 2017, Mitsumi merged with Minebea and was renamed to MinebeaMitsumi.
China Oceanwide announced on January 20, 2017, that it had entered a definitive agreement to acquire IDG (International Data Group, Inc.).
Atlassian announced on January 9, 2017 that it was acquiring project management company Trello for $425 million. The acquisition was completed on February 3, 2017.
General Wireless Operations Inc. (RadioShack) filed for bankruptcy under chapter 11 on March 8, 2017, and announced it would start closing all its stores.
About.com was renamed to Dotdash on May 2, 2017.
On June 12, 2017, Conexant was acquired by Synaptics Inc.
On June 16, 2017, Amazon announced it had entered a definitive merger agreement with Whole Foods Market, Inc. for $13.7 billion.
In June 2017, Intergraph was re-branded as Hexagon PPM.
The wearable maker Jawbone begins liquidating its assets in July.
On September 7, 2017, Equifax announced that it had a security breach in July and that up to 145 million Americans accounts were stolen. The stolen information included social security numbers, credit card information, and other personal information.
On September 12, 2017, Apple introduced the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 plus, with a new edge-to-edge iPhone X with Face ID and updated Secure Enclave. The company also introduced the iPhone X and iPhone XS (iPhone 10) with a full OLED screen, top face sensors for Face ID, and removed the home button was released on November 3, 2017.
On December 11, 2017, Apple announced it was acquiring Shazam.
In 2017, Cavium was acquired by Marvell Technology for approximately $6 billion.
DLive was introduced in 2017.
Shutterstock acquired Flashstock in 2017.
Time Warner Cable merged with Charter Communications and Bright House Networks in 2017, and now known as Spectrum.
Computer pioneer deaths in 2017
Harry Huskey passed away on April 9, 2017 (Age:101).
Robert Taylor passed away on April 13, 2017 (Age: 85).
Alain Colmerauer passed away on May 12, 2017 (Age: 76).
Jean Sammet passed away on May 20, 2017 (Age: 89).
Charles Thacker passed away on June 12, 2017 (Age: 74).
Lotfali Zadeh passed away on September 6, 2017 (Age:95).
Corrado Böhm passed away on October 23, 2017 (Age: 94).