Computer history - 2018
Major computer events in 2018
On January 3, 2018, information about the Meltdown and Spectre attacks was 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 April 2018, Belgium became the first country to declare loot box systems illegal, saying they encourage addictive gambling behavior in children and adults.
The European Union GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) law was enacted on May 25, 2018, for companies that conduct business in the EU. Some new laws GDPR enforces include:
- Companies must provide the ability for people to view, download, and delete data about themselves stored on a companies' servers.
- If a company has a data breach, it must be disclosed within 72 hours of being discovered.
Companies violating 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 was reborn and sold its products within HobbyTown locations nationwide.
On December 7, the largest Mersenne prime was discovered by GIMPS (Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search) user Patrick Laroche in Ocala, Florida, using an i5-4590T CPU (central processing unit) operating at 2.0 GHz. His number, 282589933-1, is the 51st discovered Mersenne prime number, and is 24,862,048 digits long.
Blade SAS Shadow was released in the U.S. in 2018.
The OnePlus 6 and 6T smartphones were released in 2018.
New computer products and services introduced in 2018
EOS, a cryptocurrency, was launched on January 31, 2018.
Two versions of PUBG mobile were released for Android and iOS on February 9, 2018.
CompTIA introduced the PenTest+ certification on July 31, 2018.
Microsoft released the Surface Go on August 2, 2018.
ByteDance acquired Musical.ly on August 2, 2018, and merged it into the TikTok app.
Microsoft released the Surface Pro 6 on October 16, 2018.
The Fire TV Stick 4K was released in October 2018.
Adobe Premiere Rush was released in 2018.
Microsoft released Excel 2019 for PC (personal computer) and Mac in 2018.
Microsoft released Word 2019 for PC and Mac in 2018.
The Measure app was introduced as part of the iOS 12 update in 2018.
Among Us was released in 2018.
Moto Z3 and Moto Z3 Play were released in 2018.
One UI (user interface) was released by Samsung.
Poly was founded in 2018.
The YouTube feature YouTube Reels became available to some users in 2018.
Discontinued products and services in 2018
The Groove Music platform was later discontinued on January 1, 2018.
Klout shut down on May 25, 2018.
The social networking service Path shut down on October 18, 2018.
Essential Phone was discontinued in 2018.
Goobuntu was discontinued in 2018.
The development of Swype was discontinued in 2018, and the application was removed from the App Store and the Google Play Store.
Computer companies founded in 2018
Computer company events in 2018
Microsoft's Groove Music platform was discontinued on January 1, 2018.
In January 2018, KrolLDiscovery changed its to KLDiscovery Ontrack, LLC.
In January 2018, Piriform Software Ltd. moved its website to CCleaner.
Signal Foundation announced on Feb. 22, 2018.
On June 30, 2018, StumbleUpon became part of a new social platform called Mix.
In September 2018, MetroPCS was re-branded as Metro by T-Mobile.
IBM and HCL Technologies reached an agreement on December, 6, 2018 that HCL would acquire select IBM software products for $1.8 billion. These products included Appscan, BigFix, Unica, Commerce, Portal, Notes & Domino, and Connections.
CapTherm Systems went out of business in 2018.
In 2018, Microchip acquired Microsemi.
As of 2018, Twitter had 320 million active users and over $3 billion in annual revenue.
Computer pioneer deaths in 2018
John Barlow passed away on February 7, 2018 (Age: 70).
Stephen Hawking passed away on March 14, 2018 (Age: 76).
Gerrot Blaauw passed away on March 21, 2018 (Age: 93).
Burton Smith passed away on April 3, 2018 (Age: 77).
Peter Grünberg passed away on April 7, 2018 (Age: 78).
Gerald Weinberg passed away on August 7, 2018 (Age: 84).
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).