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 over 230,000 computers in over 150 countries demanding $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 (frequency modulation) 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 (artificial intelligence) to defeat the world's best DotA 2 player, Danil "Dendi" Ishutin, in a 1v1 game. Even more impressive was that the AI learned to play the game by playing itself in less than a month with a little human coaching.
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.
Facebook added Facebook Stories in 2017.
Netflix surpassed 1 billion viewing hours of people watching shows on its platform.
New computer products and services introduced in 2017
YouTube TV was introduced on February 28, 2017.
In March 2017, the first minimum viable version of WebAssembly was released.
Essential Home was introduced in May 2017.
The popular HQ Trivia mobile trivia game was released on August 26, 2017.
Twitter officially expanded everyone's character limit from 140 characters to 280 characters on November 7, 2017.
PUBG Corporation released PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds for PC (personal computer) 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 managed by Aliph Brands, which handles support for the Jawbone products.
Android version 8.0 (Oreo) was released on August 21, 2017.
Pixelbook was introduced on October 30, 2017.
The cryptocurrency Binance Coin was founded in China in 2017.
Cameo was 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.
The OnePlus 5 and 5T smartphones were released in 2017.
Nintendo Switch was released in 2017.
Moto Z2 Play was released in 2017.
Substack was introduced in 2017.
The IBM TS1155 generation 6 tape drive was released in 2017 and could store up to 15 TB of uncompressed data.
Computer company events in 2017
HPE (Hewlett Packard Enterprise) acquired SimpliVity for $650 million in January 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 started closing all its stores.
On April 3, 2017, CSC completed the merge with HPE to create a new company named DXC Technology.
HPE acquired Nimble Storage Inc. for $1.2 billion in April 2017.
About.com was renamed to Dotdash on May 2, 2017.
Boyd announced its acquisition of Aavid Thermalloy on May 18, 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.
The wearable maker Jawbone began liquidating its assets in July.
DXC Technology purchased Tribridge and its affiliate Concerto Cloud Services for $152 million in July 2017.
On September 12, 2017, Apple introduced the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 plus, with a new edge-to-edge and updated Secure Enclave. Apple also introduced the iPhone X and iPhone XS (iPhone 10) on November 3, 2017, with an OLED (organic light-emitting diode) screen, Face ID (facial recognition and replacement to Touch ID), and removed the home button.
On December 11, 2017, Apple announced it was acquiring Shazam.
As of 2017, the Alps company is known as Alps Alpine Co., Ltd.
In 2017, Cavium was acquired by Marvell Technology for approximately $6 billion.
DLive was introduced in 2017.
Vinpower Digital acquired the rights to the Optiarc brand and product line.
Shutterstock acquired Flashstock in 2017.
Time Warner Cable merged with Charter Communications and Bright House Networks in 2017, and is now known as Spectrum.
Houghton Mifflin Company changed its name in 2017 to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Security breaches and leaks in 2017
On September 7, 2017, Equifax announced that it had a security breach in July and that up to 145 million American accounts were stolen. The stolen information included social security numbers, credit card information, and other personal information.
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.
PivotX announced it would no longer be actively developing its open source blogging software.
Vidme was discontinued in 2017.
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).
Charles Bachman passed away on July 13, 2017 (Age: 92).
Lotfali Zadeh passed away on September 6, 2017 (Age:95).
Corrado Böhm passed away on October 23, 2017 (Age: 94).