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10 Innovations That Changed The World Of Technology Forever

Written by: Vinayak
Updated: Monday, July 1, 2013, 21:39 [IST]

Technology has come so far that we take it for granted, we tend to forget about how it evolved from being just an idea to being a world wide phenomena. From incredible smarphones that serve as min-computers to PCs that can be converted to tablets, from wearable computing devices to apps that let you communicate for free, everything had a beginning. Let us take a trip back to the past, reminisce on introductions to the tech world that changed our lives for ever.

Motorola DynaTAC 8000X

It was 1984, when Motorola released a device called Motorola DynaTAC 8000X. This would go on to become the first ever commercial cell phone to go on market. Dr. Martin Cooper of Motorola made the first publicized handheld mobile phone call on a larger prototype model on April 4, 1973.

IBM Simon

In 1992 IBM showcased a device called IBM Simon at COMDEX (Computer Dealers Exhibition). This evidently  was the world's first smartphone. This device could make calls and came with features including calendar, address book, fax modem, calculator, notepad, an email app and basic games. It came with a 4.5 inch display with a resolution of 160×293 pixels.

Archie

In 1990, Alan Emtage, Bill Heelan, and J. Peter Deutsch, who were postgraduate students at McGill University, started writing some codes for a tool that indexes FTP archives, allowing people to find specific files. They called it Archie and it happened to be the first ever Internet search engine. Now a days, Google is almost synonymous with the term Internet search engine, but Archie came to existence 6 years before Google was even started. Reportedly, the developers of the search engine did not earn a dime for it, now that's a bummer.

SixDegrees.com

In 1997 a site called SixDegrees.com was launched. This site allowed users to create profiles and list their friends. This was the first recognized social media network site.

Java

James Gosling, Mike Sheridan, and Patrick Naughton in June 1991 started working on a programing language to make interactive television possible. The language was too advanced for TV sets of that time. First named as Oak, it was renamed to green and eventually to java. The language in time would transform into virtual machine. Sun Microsystems released the first public implementation as Java 1.0 in 1995. Now The language is the most used platform for making apps today.

World Wide Web

In 1992, a British computer scientist called Tim Berners-Lee built a new information system called the World Wide Web and the first ever website http://info.cern.ch.

First image on Internet

The first image that was available on the Internet was a picture of four women. It was posted by Tim Berners-Lee him self.

Sex.com

Believe it or not porn has played a critical part in the expansion of world wide web today. Sex.com is the first ever pornogrphic site to go online. The site was registered in 1994 by entrepreneur Gary Kremen.

E-mail

US programmer Raymond Samuel Tomlinson implemented an email system in 1971 on the ARPANET It was the first system able to send mail between users on different hosts connected to the ARPAnet. Tomlinson evidently was the first person to send an email, but he has forgotten what he typed on the e-mail.

cathode ray tube amusement

Thomas T. Goldsmith Jr. and Estle Ray Mann constructed a game from analog electronics in 1947. Called as the cathode ray tube amusement device, it was the earliest known interactive electronic game.

 

 

Story first published:  Saturday, June 29, 2013, 21:29 [IST]
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