26 Global Tech Facts for the Curious Mind

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From the moment you wake up to the moment you go back to sleep, Technology is everywhere, and I mean everywhere. Technology is not only rapidly changing, but it’s changing so fast that most of us don’t even recognize these changes. We take most of it for granted and consider it the norm.

But the future is approaching even more quickly than we think. Let’s give you a list of 35 Incredible Technology Facts you (probably) didn’t know!

  1. Over 3.8 billion people use the internet today, which is 40% of the world’s population.
  2. There are over 3.5 billion searches per day on Google
  3. 340,000 tweets are sent per minute and 500 million tweets are sent per day.
  4. Facebook is a divorce lawyers best friend. In fact, 1 in 7 divorces is blamed on Facebook.
  5. 250 million hours of TV shows and movies are watched daily via Netflix
  6. In 2013, Amazon had 1,000 robots operating in its warehouses. Now Amazon has 45,000 robots operating across 20 warehouses.
  7. There are more than 300 million photos uploaded to Facebook every day, 800 million likes per day, and 175 million love reactions per day.
  8. More than 56 million hours of music is streamed daily.
  9. NASA uses the movie Armageddon as part of its training program.
  10. The Firefox logo isn’t a fox. There is a common misbelief that because the browser is named Firefox, the logo must be a fox. Surprisingly, the cute furry creature in the logo is actually a red panda!
  11. Google rents out goats.: You read that right, instead of mowing their lawn, Google rents goats to eat the grass at their Mountain View headquarters. A herder will bring 200 goats which are herded by a border collie named Jen.
  12. The name for “robot” has dark origins. If you look into the etymology of “robot,” it comes from the Czech word “robota” which translates to forced labour or work. The word was first used to refer to a fictional humanoid in a play in 1920.
  13. Samsung is 38 years and 1 month older than Apple. Samsung was founded as a grocery store on March 1, 1938, by Lee Byung-Chull. Apple Founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak created Apple Computer Inc. on April 1, 1976.
  14. Domain name registration used to be free. Way back when people didn’t realize how huge the internet would be, registering a domain name was free until 1995. When a fee was introduced, it was high! Prices were typical $100 for two years of registration.
  15. The Radio took 38 years to reach an audience of 50 million. You would think the invention of the radio would be a big deal, but it took 38 years for the radio to reach an audience of 50 million. Meanwhile, the iPod only took 3 years to reach the same milestone!
  16. Credit card chips have been around for a LONG time. To many, credit card chips are a relatively new fad. However, chip technology has been around since 1986! It was first used in France, followed shortly after by Germany.
  17. GPS is free… for some. Even though it is free to use GPS globally, it costs $2 million dollars to operate every day.
  18. The first computer mouse wasn’t made from plastic. Back in 1964, Doug Engelbart invented the first-ever computer mouse! Back then, it was made out of wood.It was rectangular and featured a little button on the top right. He called it a mouse because the cord coming out of the back reminded him of the tiny rodents.
  19. Literally, one time! The first mechanical alarm clock could only ring at 4 a.m. invented by Levi Hutchins in 1787. It wasn’t until 1876 that a wind-up alarm clock was made that could be set for any time.
  20. The first online gaming was before the year 2000. Sega Dreamcast was the first 128-bit console to hit the market. Released in 1999, it was the first console that allowed real-time online play. Unfortunately, it was a little too early for it’s time, as back then, most internet connections were not reliable enough.
  21. When agreeing to the Terms & Conditions for iTunes, you are agreeing to not use it to make nuclear weapons. The clause states, “You also agree that you will not use these products for….the development, design, manufacture, or production of nuclear, missile, or chemical or biological weapons.”
  22. The original URL for Yahoo was akebono.standford.edu.The name Yahoo was selected because it was derived from Gulliver’s Travels slang, “Yahoo” which was a fictional race of beings in the book.
  23. Also, Amazon wasn’t always Amazon either! The company was originally named “Cadabra.com,” Cadabra was an online bookstore only.
  24. CEO Jeff Bezos didn’t just start Amazon. He explored other options in the ’90s, some of the websites still redirect to Amazon, like Relentless.com.
  25. Amazon domain was registered in 1994 and has grown into the big monolith that it is today.
  26. When Snapchat first launched in 2011, it had the name – Picaboo. That name wasn’t renamed to what we know as Snapchat until 2012.

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