Computer history - 2018
Major computer events in 2018
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
On April 13, 2018, Google shut down its goo.gl URL shortening service, replacing goo.gl with FDL (Firebase Dynamic Links).
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.
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
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.
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 30, 2018, StumbleUpon became part of a new social platform called Mix.
Computer pioneer deaths in 2018
Stephen Hawking passed away on March 14, 2018 (Age: 76).
Paul Allen passed away on October 15, 2018 (Age: 65).