Computer history - 2018

Updated: 10/07/2019 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.

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

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.

Samsung introduced the Samsung DeX in 2018.

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.

New computer products and services introduced in 2018

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

AMD introduced an upgraded version of Zen, named Zen+, was released in April 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 Studio 2 on October 2, 2018.

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

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

Poly was founded in 2018.

Computer company events in 2018

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

Klout shut down on May 25, 2018.

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.

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

Apple introduced the Apple HomePod in 2018.

Computer pioneer deaths in 2018

Stephen Hawking

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

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

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