Sixty-five years ago, in a cluttered lab in Manchester, UK, three scientists changed the world of computing forever. Working with a machine they'd built and nicknamed Baby, they ran the first ever program to be stored electronically in a computer's memory.
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Back in 1981, Bill Gates and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen pulled of an audacious feat: they licensed MS-DOS to IBM in a deal that saw them retain entire control of the software. To mark the occasion, the pair were photographed amid a sea of contemporary computers — and now they've recreated the image.
Shocking as it may be, we as a species have been desperately clutching mobile phones like our lives depended on it for the past 40 years. And it's hard not to get a little nostalgic.
Forty years ago, senior Motorola engineer Marty Cooper made one very important phone call. From midtown Manhattan, Marty called Joel Engel, then the head of rival research department Bell Labs. When Joel picked up, Marty uttered something rather unexpected: "Joel, this is Marty. I'm calling you from a mobile phone, a real handheld portable mobile phone."
Obama may seem like a "hip" man of the people, with his Google+ hangouts and his Reddit AMAs and his talking to the kids over the Twitters, but he's just following in FDR's trailblazing footsteps. Because, on March 12, 1933, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt became the very first president to reach the people on a more intimate level — through radio.
Contrary to the cries of conspiracy theorists, there was once a time when man travelled to the moon, and on this day in 1972 we made one last splashdown in the Pacific Ocean before cutting ties. Since then, mankind hasn't travelled more than 640km above the Earth's surface (the moon lies almost 386,000km above).
Exactly 109 years ago today, Orville and Wilbur Wright took their first successful flight near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. With Orville as pilot, they were the first to give man the heavier-than-air, self-powered wings that allowed them to soar 120 ft in 12 seconds and tear Icarus a new one in the process.
The GIF turned 25 years old this year. But how has it evolved through the last quarter-century? This little claymation ditty tells the tale of everyone's favourite part of the internet.
Today the Kindle turns five and it's come a long, long way in that past half-decade. In case you don't remember, in 2007 the first generation Kindle had an 800x600 screen, 250MB internal memory and was the only model to ever have a microSD slot. And it launched for the low, low price of $US400. Despite the price tag, the device was wildly popular, selling out in the first few hours, and remaining out of stock until April 2008.
Android turns five today! It doesn't seem like all that long ago that BlackBerries ruled the world, the iPhone was brand new, and the Open Handset Alliance showed everyone its new open-source software standard called Android.