Mass Consumption

:: 2000 ::
:: 2001 ::
:: 2002 ::
  • The first working quantum computer is built by IBM.
  • NEC unveils the ESS ( Earth Simulator System). It is the world’s fastest supercomputer.
  • RIM releases the first Blackberry phone.
  • The Nintendo GameCube appears.
  • A massive attack against the internet’s root DNS servers is launched.
:: 2003 ::
:: 2004 ::
:: 2005 ::
:: 2006 ::
:: 2007 ::
  • The Apple iPhone is released in the U.S.
  • Microsoft releases Windows Vista worldwide.
  • Microsoft unveils the original Surface, which was a touchscreen table.
  • The Android mobile operating system is introduced.
  • Gmail is officially released to the public.
:: 2008 ::
  • Streaming video service Hulu is launched.
  • The IBM Roadrunner is operational at Los Alamos. It’s the first petaflop capable supercomputer.
  • Google releases the Chrome web browser.
  • Microsoft releases Windows Server 2008.
  • Github is founded.
:: 2009 ::
  • Microsoft releases Windows 7.
  • Palm releases webOS.
  • The online payment system Bitcoin is released as open source software. It is considered one of the earliest digital currency systems.
  • News of Michael Jackson’s death causes major websites to crash and Google to block all related searches for 30 minutes.
:: 2010 ::
  • Apple releases the original iPad to great success.
  • Chromebooks debut.
  • The Cray Jaguar beats the IBM Roadrunner for fastest computer in the world, but is quickly toppled by China’s entry, the Tianhe-1A.
  • Apple introduces the iPad.
  • The Fujitsu K Computer in Kobe, Japan named the fastest in the world at over 8 Petaflops per second.
  • Instagram is launched.
  • The game changing Stuxnet worm is discovered.
  • The IBM Watson supercomputer beats two human opponents on Jeopardy.
:: 2012 ::
  • The Raspberry Pi is released.
  • Microsoft debuts Windows 8.
  • An IBM Blue Gene/Q system, the IBM Sequoia becomes the fastest supercomputer.
  • Pinterest is launched.
:: 2013 ::
  • The Cryptolocker virus is discovered.
  • Microsoft reveals the Xbox One and releases Windows 8.1.
  • Internet video media app Vine is launched.
:: 2014 ::
  • The Heartbleed bug is discovered.
  • Sony Corporation suffers one of the largest hacks in history.
  • Microsoft releases the source code for the original versions of MS-DOS and Word.
:: 2015 ::
  • Windows 10 is released.
  • Apple releases the Apple Watch.
  • The Surface Book is introduced.
:: 2016 ::
  • The U.S. government attempts to force Apple to create a version of IOS that circumvents security.

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