50 Interesting Facts about Technology

Only one word can be used to define technology and it is stunning. There are so many different and interesting facts regarding it that will shock you and make you appreciate this term even more. We discovered 50 of them that are truly remarkable.

  1. Firefox is a web browser, but this word from means red panda in English. So, the icon in the web browser represents red panda and not as you know, fox.
  2. Apple II was launched in 1977 and the size of the hard drive was only 5MB. Today, a single photo is bigger in size.
  3. To use GIF images in 1994 you had to pay a fee. PNG was invented as a free alternative and the company who invented GIF canceled the fee.
  4. Most people read 10% slower when they read from a computer screen than when they read from a book.
  5. The first logo for Apple actually represented Sir Isaac Newton and an apple which falls down on his head.
  6. GPS is completely free to use. However, the maintenance and running cost is $2 million per day. The money is taken from the taxes in the United States.
  7. Bill Gates, a person who started Microsoft drop out of college.
  8. You can find a computer which was designed for Amish people. It is advertised as no music, no video, and no internet.
  9. Robota is the word that stands for the robot. It is a Czech word that also means work.
  10. Compact disks or CDs read the information from the inner part to the outer rim. This is completely opposite than vinyl records.
  11. Ubuntu is an operating system based on Linux. The name Ubuntu means “I am because of you” and it is derived from the African word.
  12. You cannot be forced to pay using Bitcoin, but you can’t cancel a transaction either.
  13. QWERTY keyboard was invented in 1868 by Christopher Sholes. August Dvorak invented Dvorak keyboard in 1932 and the goal was to be far more functional than the QWERTY.
  14. When you use a PC you blink 7 times per minute. Normal blinking rate is much higher, 20 times per minute.
  15. The first computer mouse was invented in 1964 by Doug Engelbart. It was made of wood.
  16. Video camera recorder or VCR was invented back in 1956 and the size was identical to a normal-size piano.
  17. The first Xbox included snippets of transmissions from Apollo.
  18. If you work at a computer and type 8 hours, your fingers will ‘’’travel’’ 12.6 miles.
  19. The first computer was invented far back in 1822 by Charles Babbage. It was very basic and obviously massive in size.
  20. 1 petabyte can hold over 13 years long TV shows in HD.
  21. Computer security day is celebrated on November the 30th each year.
  22. Around 86% of all people try to use their thumb USB drive upside down.
  23. NASA pulled a prank on the world on 1st of April 2005. The prank was that they discovered water on Mars.
  24. Sega Mega Drive got the last game in 2010. It was so popular that it was sold out before launch date.
  25. Amazon sells far more eBooks than regular books.
  26. It took 38 years for radio to reach 30 million users. Television did the same for 13 years. iPod got 50 million users in 3 years only.
  27. CompuServe was the first internet provider.
  28. The first iPhone presentation included several iPhones, but Steve Jobs had to hide the fact. If he used just one, the RAM memory will fill up and the iPhone will crash.
  29. It is known that people who use hands-free while driving are equally dangerous as drunk drivers.
  30. The first ever alarm clock was able to ring at 4 a.m. only.
  31. Spammers get 1 response for every 12 million spam emails they send.
  32. The first ever camera needed 8 hours to capture a single photo. This means you had to stay still for the entire time.
  33. 35 is the average lifespan of gamers who live and play games in the United States.
  34. An electric chair, popular in prisons and movies was invented by Alfred Southwick. He was a dentist.
  35. Sega Dreamcast was the first gaming console which allowed players to play online, real-time games. It was released in 1999.
  36. PNG can be said on many ways, but the team who developed this picture format wanted to be pronounced as ‘’ping’’.
  37. One of Google languages is Klingon. It was added in 2002.
  38. $680 worth transactions happen on eBay each second.
  39. Israel builds the first drones.
  40. Surgeons who played games as children cause errors 37% less.
  41. The chip in a credit card is based on EMV technology and it was invented in France in 1986. Germany started to use the same technology soon after.
  42. In 1999 one of the worst business ideas was PayPal.
  43. Astronauts who went to space in Apollo 11 had to sign photos so they families could sell them in a case of an accident. They were unable to get life insurance.
  44. You can type Alaska using just one row of your keyboard if you use QWERTY layout.
  45. 60% of revenues some games reach comes from 0.2% of all players.
  46. Around 2 million people use dial-up (56k) internet in the United States.
  47. Snapchat was launched in 2011 and known as Picaboo. In 2012 the name was changed to the current one.
  48. In 2017 Samsung received approval so they can test self-driving cars in their home country, North Korea.
  49. At or @ was the first new symbol to be added to Morse code in a few decades.
  50. Anthony Greco is better known as the first man to be arrested for sending spam messages. He was arrested in 2005.

These were the most impressive facts about technology that happened. There will be a lot more of them if we know that technology is advancing as we speak.

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