Android Timeline

Google has just made available the public beta of Android O during its I/O 2017 conference held between May 17 and 19, which means everyone with a compatible device can now check out the new features before the official launch. Although an exact release date hasn’t been announced yet, Google stated that O will be coming later this summer. In the meantime, let’s take a closer look at the other Android releases and see what they have been up to.

Android Timeline

The Android Timeline illustrates all major versions of the mobile OS and their release dates, as well as an overview of their distribution among Android users, as reported by Google at the beginning of May. Variants with a market share lower than 0.1% were not included in the chart. As can be seen from the graphic, Lollipop and Marshmallow are the most popular platforms, each with a share of over 30%, while the relatively new Nougat reaches only 7.10%. Although Nougat’s percentage seems low, it is a considerable increase compared to the 4.10% it had in April 2017.

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Ransomware History Timeline

Beginning on May 12, 2017, a new cyberattack has wreaked havoc around the world, infecting over 200,000 machines in 150 countries. The culprit is the so-called WannaCry (a.k.a. WannaCrypt) ransomware and it has affected hospitals, banks, oil companies and other organizations worldwide. Usually contained within email attachments, the malicious software exploits a critical vulnerability in Windows and spreads rapidly across networks, locking away files and demanding payment in Bitcoins to decrypt the data. Fortunately, users can easily protect their machines by installing the latest Windows updates and ensuring their anti-virus software is up to date.

Ransomware Timeline

However worrisome the WannaCry attack is, it’s certainly not the only one of its kind. Cryptoviral extortion has been around for quite a while, and such cyberattacks have spiked considerably in the last few years. As a reminder of how important PC security is, let’s take a look into the history of ransomware.

The Ransomware Timeline illustrates the most infamous cryptoviral extortion attacks throughout history, starting from Archiveus, discovered in 2006, to the recent WannaCry malware. While Archiveus was not the first ransomware case ever, it was the first strain to use asymmetric encryption, making it unprecedentedly invasive and difficult to remove. The Trojan encrypted all files in the My Documents folder and demanded victims to make purchases from an online pharmacy to receive the password that would unlock their data.

As can be seen from the timeline, ransomware attacks have increased exponentially since 2011, when an unnamed Trojan was the first to leverage mainstream adoption of anonymous payment systems. Most importantly, according to recent IBM reports, cryptoviral extortion cases spiked 6,000% in 2016 compared to 2015. Considering these facts and the latest WannaCry attack, now it is more important than ever to take precautionary measures and increase PC security.

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George Lucas Timeline

May 14, 2017, marks the 73rd birthday of George Lucas, one of the most successful film directors, producers and writers in Hollywood history. Born in 1944 in Modesto, California, and raised on a walnut ranch in an ordinary suburban family, Lucas would grow up to become a world-renowned filmmaker “responsible” for the legendary Star Wars saga, as well as the writer behind the adventures of Indiana Jones. To celebrate the filmmaker’s birthday, we have created a timeline of his life and career.

LinkedIn Evolution Timeline

The George Lucas Timeline illustrates major events and milestones in the director’s personal and professional life, including his first feature film (TXX 1138), his two marriages, the release of the Star Wars movies, and the birth of his youngest daughter. What many probably don’t know is that 1962 marks the year that may have completely changed the course of Lucas’ life and led him towards what he is today. In his late teen years, young George was planning to become a racecar driver. On June 12, 1962, just after his high school graduation, Lucas suffered a terrible car crash that nearly took his life – that accident determined him to permanently give up his dream and reevaluate his life, which ultimately led to him enrolling in the University of Southern California film school.

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LinkedIn Evolution Timeline

May 5, 2017, marks the 14th birthday of one of the largest and best-known companies in Silicon Valley. It’s been more than a decade since LinkedIn was built as a business-oriented social network. Now, it has grown into a massively successful public company that generates billions of dollars in revenue and boasts more than 500 million members. Founded by Reid Hoffman and launched on May 5, 2003 – date dubbed by the founder and his team as Cinco de LinkedIn – the social network has played a big role in bringing together professionals worldwide and has even changed the way we find jobs, collaborators, or potential employees. To celebrate the network’s anniversary, let’s take a look back and see how it all started.

LinkedIn Evolution Timeline

The LinkedIn History Timeline marks some of the major events in the evolution of the popular network, from the time it was founded, the day it was launched officially, and its first month of profitability, to its acquisition by Microsoft and its 500M member milestone. The graphic also includes important product features released throughout the years, such as Groups - seen even today as one of the best ways to network on LinkedIn - or the popular "Who’s viewed your profile" feature.

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Samsung Galaxy S Series Timeline

Released on April 21 in the US and hitting the shelves worldwide starting April 28, the brand-new Samsung Galaxy S8 is already getting praises. With record-breaking pre-order sales and positive critical reception, the S8 appears to be a home run. However, there are a number of issues cropping up as well, such as red-tinted screens, problems with the Device Quality Agent, and iris scanner fails – thankfully, no exploding batteries yet.

Samsung Galaxy S Series Timeline

Time will tell whether the new Galaxy phone will be a smash hit or face the same fate as the fiery Note 7. Meanwhile, we will let the future worry about itself, while we take a look back at the past and scan the Galaxy S series’ evolution throughout the years.

The Samsung Galaxy S Timeline is a chronological round-up of all major releases in the company’s flagship smartphone line, from the very first model, launched in 2010, to the fresh-out-of-the-oven S8. Samsung Galaxy S was a monster for its time, but it was not perfect by any means. The S2, the thinnest phone in the world at the time of its release, was the first in the series to cause a big splash in the mobile industry.

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