Computer history - 2018

Updated: 08/02/2020 by Computer Hope

Major computer events in 2018

Malware

On January 3, 2018, information about Meltdown and Spectre attacks were first publicly released. The security flaws affect nearly all the world's computers and smartphones and could allow someone to get the contents of memory including sensitive information such as passwords.

On March 17, 2018, The New York Times and the Guardian revealed that the firm Cambridge Analytica harvested 50 million Facebook profiles and used that data to help Donald Trump's election team.

Other computer and technology-related events in 2018

In February 2018, an RCE was discovered in Valve's proprietary Steam protocol that had been undetected for ten years.

In April 2018, Belgium became the first country to declare loot box systems illegal, saying they encourage addictive gambling behavior in children and adults.

Microsoft released the Windows 10 April 2018 Update in April 2018, the first major update for the Windows 10 operating system since the Fall Creators Update.

On May 21, 2018, Epic Games announced it would provide $100 million for Fortnite e-sports tournament price pools in the first year of competitive play.

The European Union GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) law went into effect on May 25, 2018, for companies who conduct business in the EU. Some of the new laws GDPR enforces include:

  • Companies must provide the ability for people to view, download, and delete data about themselves that is stored on the companies servers.
  • If a company has a data breach, it must be disclose within 72 hours of it being discovered.

Companies found in violation of any of the new laws could face fines as high as 20 million Euros or 4% of the companies global revenue.

The name "bitcoin cash" was proposed in July 2018 by ViaBTC.

In July 2018, Radioshack is reborn, and sells its products within HobbyTown locations nationwide.

The Apple iPhone XS was an upgraded version of the X released on September 21, 2018.

In October 2018, Apple announced that future models of the iPad would use the USB-C connection instead of the Lightning connection.

On December 7, the largest Mersenne prime was discovered by GIMPS user Patrick Laroche in Ocala, Florida, using an i5-4590T CPU operating at 2.0 GHz. His number, 282589933-1, is the 51st discovered Mersenne prime, and is 24,862,048 digits long.

Blade SAS Shadow was released in the U.S. in 2018.

Samsung introduced the Samsung DeX in 2018.

Google merged Nest Labs into its home devices division in 2018.

New computer products and services introduced in 2018

Google introduced the Google Pay service for all Android and iOS devices on January 8, 2018.

EOS, a cryptocurrency, was launched on January 31, 2018.

AMD introduced an upgraded version of Zen, named Zen+, was released in April 2018.

On June 21, 2018, the University of Michigan announced the creation of the "world's smallest computer," an ARM Cortex-M0 microcontroller measuring 0.3 mm on each side.

In June 2018, AMD announced the Vega Instinct, the first GPU manufactured with a 7 nm fabrication process.

Microsoft released the Surface Go on August 2, 2018.

ByteDance acquired Musical.ly on August 2, 2018, and merged it into the TikTok app.

On August 13, 2018, NVidia announced its new Turing graphics processing architecture, capable of performing ray tracing in real time.

Microsoft released the Surface Studio 2 on October 2, 2018.

Microsoft released the Surface Pro 6 on October 16, 2018.

Google released the Google Pixel 3 and Google Pixel 3 XL in October 2018.

Adobe Premiere Rush was released in 2018.

Apple introduced the Apple HomePod in 2018.

Intel announced new Optane DC Persistent Memory in 2018.

Microsoft released Excel 2019 for PC and Mac in 2018.

Microsoft released Word 2019 for PC and Mac in 2018.

Project Atlas a cloud gaming service announced by Electronic Arts in 2018.

Epic release the Epic Games Launcher in 2018.

The Measure app was introduced as part of the iOS 12 update in 2018.

Moto Z3 and Moto Z3 Play were released in 2018.

One UI was released by Samsung.

Poly was founded in 2018.

Portal and Facebook Gaming was introduced by Facebook in 2018.

Samsung released the Galaxy S9, S9+, and Galaxy Tab S4 and Galaxy Note 9 in 2018.

Screen Time app was introduced by Apple in 2018.

Discontinued products and services in 2018

The Groove Music platform was later discontinued on January 1, 2018.

On April 13, 2018, Google shut down its goo.gl URL shortening service, replacing goo.gl with FDL (Firebase Dynamic Links).

Klout shut down on May 25, 2018.

Essential Phone was discontinued in 2018.

Goobuntu is discontinued.

Computer companies founded in 2018

Eve Systems was founded in 2018 by Elgato.

Computer company events in 2018

Microsoft's Groove Music platform that was discontinued on January 1, 2018.

Signal foundation and Microsoft partner to bring end-to-end encryption to Skype on Jan 11, 2018.

In January 2018, KrolLDiscovery changed its to KLDiscovery Ontrack, LLC.

Signal Foundation announced on Feb. 22, 2018.

Amazon acquired Ring in February 2018, making it a subsidiary of Amazon.com.

On June 4, 2018, Microsoft announced it would acquire GitHub for $7.5 billion.

On June 30, 2018, StumbleUpon became part of a new social platform called Mix.

In June 2018, Time Warner was acquired by AT&T, and its name was changed to WarnerMedia.

Logitech announced it would be acquiring Blue Microphones for $117 million on July 30, 2018.

In September 2018, MetroPCS was re-branded as Metro by T-Mobile.

On October 28, 2018, IBM announced its plans to acquire Red Hat for approximately $34 billion.

Elgato was purchased by Corsair in 2018.

As of 2018, Twitter had 320 million active users and over $3 billion in annual revenue.

Computer pioneer deaths in 2018

Stephen Hawking

John Barlow passed away on February 7, 2018 (Age: 70).

Stephen Hawking passed away on March 14, 2018 (Age: 76).

Burton Smith passed away on April 3, 2018 (Age: 77).

Peter Grünberg passed away on April 7, 2018 (Age: 78).

Robert Everett passed away on August 15, 2018 (Age: 97).

Paul Allen passed away on October 15, 2018 (Age: 65).

Evelyn Berezin passed away on December 8, 2018 (Age: 93).

Lawrence Roberts passed away on December 26, 2018 (Age: 81).

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