With 2018 coming to an end, let us have a look at the new which rocked the tech world. With privacy shaking scandals to huge technical innovations, these are the top 10 news of 2018.
10) Stephen Hawking dies at the age of 76
14th March cast a bad spell in the world of physics as Theoretical physicist, and author of A Brief History of Time, Stephen Hawking bid adieu to the world.
“We remember Isaac Newton for answers,” said Prof Kip Thorne. “We remember Hawking for questions.” Hawking’s remains were buried at Westminster Abbey, next to the grave of Sir Issac Newton.
9) Silicon Valley’s techies join hands to silence Alex Jones and end Infowars
August 2018 brought infamy for Alex Jones. It was because , Facebook, YouTube, Spotify, LinkedIn and Twitter banned the right-wing conspiracy theorist. Silicon Valley took a herculean leap to destroy his site InfoWar.
Apple also took a step forward and pulled most of his podcasts from iTunes.
8) Google employees protest work for the Pentagon
In April 2018, 4,000 Google employees signed a letter and protested against the company’s involvement in Project Maven, a Pentagon effort to develop an AI that can identify humans in military drone footage.
The letter stated, “We believe that Google should not be in the business of war.”
And according to the news in May 2018, a dozen of employees had quit their jobs for companies continued involvement in the project.
7) Infinity Wars’ Thanos snaps half the universe out of existence
On June 11, more than 700,000 redditors joined hands on r/thanosdidnothingwrong to put their fate in the mad giant’s hands.
This caused them causing exactly half of them to be banned in a single snap.
6) Websites with global ranking of top 5 globally on Alexa
5) Microsoft set to embrace Android as the mobile version of Windows
Microsoft unveiled an interesting change to its Windows operating system. Windows 10 will soon fully embrace Android to mirror these mobile apps to your PC during a press event in New York City in October 2018.
4) Apple becomes the first $1 trillion US company
They were good times while they lasted: In August 2018, publicly traded company in the U.S. to reach 13 figures in terms of market value.
By November 27, 2018, though, a market-wide rout in tech companies had dropped Apple’s value back down to $827 billion.
3) LinkedIn’s New Algorithm: A Game Changer for Marketers
In October 2018, Linkedin announced that it will overhaul its feed ranking system to help more creators get better engagement on the content they share.
2) RIP Net Neutrality
On June 11, 2018, Obama-era Net Neutrality rules officially came to an end, and former Verizon lawyer Ajit Pai today stands victorious.
His tireless efforts to deny the will of an overwhelming majority of American citizens have come to fruition: net neutrality protections are today officially eliminated.
The matter is anything but settled: Attorneys generals in 22 states plus the District of Columbia are currently suing the FCC, while California has passed Net Neutrality rules at a statewide level.
1) Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica Scandal
In March 2018, it was revealed that Cambridge Analytica, the company behind President Trump’s 2016 digital campaign, had gathered personal information on 87 million Facebook users without their permission.
After this story was published, Facebook came under harsh criticism from lawmakers in the United States and Britain.