20 Amazing Technology Facts part - 2

Technology always surprises the world from their amazing facts, tricks, and their uses. Day by day, technology is changing and it's making history in their time. Here we bring the second part of the 20 Technology Facts series. Hope you read my last Blog of Technology Fact, if not then you can read here.

20 Amazing Technology Fact - Part 1

Tech Fact 1: Google’s first tweet was gibberish.

To a normal human, Google’s first-ever tweet on Twitter was nonsense! 😁😁😁It reads, “I’m 01100110 01100101 01100101 01101100 01101001 01101110 01100111 00100000 01101100 01110101 01100011 01101011 01111001 00001010”. Translated from binary to English, this tweet says “I’m feeling lucky.”

Tech Fact 2: The first cell phone call was in New York City.

In 1973, the first-ever mobile phone call was made by Martin Cooper, an employee of Motorola, made from the streets of New York City. It wasn’t until 19 years later when Neil Papworth sent the first SMS message, which brings us to our next tech fact:

Tech Fact 3: The first commercial text message was sent in 1992.

On December 3, 1992, a software architect, Sema Group, used a computer to text “Merry Christmas” to a Vodafone employee who was using an Orbitel 901 handset. These days, over six billion texts are sent per day!

Tech Fact 4: NASA’s internet speed is 91 GB per second.

The average household internet speeds are roughly 25 MB per second. That’s usually fast enough to watch Netflix with no buffer time. And let’s face the fact, if there’s any tech company that would actually make good use of the internet speeds, it’s NASA.

Tech Fact 5: More people have cell phones than toilets.

Out of all the 7.7 billion people in the world, over 6 billion of those have access to a cell phone. Meanwhile, only 4.5 billion have access to working toilets!

Tech Fact 6: The most expensive phone number cost millions.

Back in 2006, Qatar Telecom hosted a charity auction where they sold the phone number 666-6666. It sold for $2.75 million, bought by an anonymous bidder.

Tech Fact 7: Mark Zuckerberg is color blind.

The founder of Facebook purposely chose a blue color scheme because he has red-green color blindness! To him, blue is the richest and most prominent color that he can see.

Tech Fact 8: Music content makes up 5% of YouTube.

Even though 5% seems like a low number, it is the most engaged type of video on YouTube. They count for 20% of YouTube’s total views!

Tech Fact 9: MySpace lost all of its content before 2016.

Due to faulty server migration, every photo, song, and video that was uploaded to this one popular social network, all it was accidentally deleted. That accounts for 50 million songs from 14 million artists like Lily Allen and Arctic Monkeys. Of course, many of these have backups that are probably on Spotify by now, but those that didn’t are now lost forever.

Tech Fact 10: The QWERTY keyboard was originally designed to slow you down.

When typewriters were introduced, typing too fast would jam the keys. Using a QWERTY keyboard spaced out commonly used characters to slow typists down and prevent jamming. If you wanted to learn a more efficient keyboard, Dvorak is made for speed. While we’re on the subject of keyboards and typing, did you know that on a typical workday, a typists’ fingers will “travel” about 12.6 miles?

Tech Fact 11: The first webpage is still running.

In 1991, Tim Berners-Lee was working on developing the World Wide Web. That page is still up and functioning at info.cern.ch though don’t expect much. There’s no graphics and no background, just plain text and links on how to use the internet!

Tech Fact 12: Over 90% of the world’s currency is digital. 

I don’t know about you, but I almost never have cash! Between credit cards, debit cards, direct deposit, and online purchases, that leaves only about 8% of global currency to be physical money.

Tech Fact 13: Millions of hours of TV and movies are watched every day on Netflix.

Of course,  Netflix is a massively popular company, so it’s not that big of a surprise. The world spends about 164 million hours every day streaming Netflix, which is equivalent to 18,812 years’ worth of TV and movies every 24 hours. Now my binge-watching habits don’t seem so bad!

Tech Fact 14: There’s a term for old people who use the internet.

Seniors who are over 50 and use the internet on a regular basis are rare these days. So rare in fact, there’s a term for it – Silver Surfers.

Tech Fact 15: Tech companies often test their products in New Zealand.

New Zealand is such a diverse country with English-speaking residents, it’s a great place for testing. But the main reason is that since it’s somewhat isolated, news about a product failing won’t spread very fast.

Tech Fact 16: Until 2010, carrier pigeons were faster than the internet.

When comparing upload speeds, a test was done to fly a carrier pigeon with a USB stick 50 miles to an internet provider, while racing against an internet upload. The pigeon made it in just over an hour, while the upload took over two hours.

Tech Fact 17: The first photo ever uploaded to the internet was a comedy band.

A four-piece all-female parody pop group lays claim to being in the first photo to ever be uploaded to the internet. The group, called “Les Horribles Cernettes,” were colleagues with Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web. He asked them for some scanned photos of their band so he could publish them online, and history was made!

Tech Fact 18: Every advertisement for iPhones has 9:41am as the time.

This is because, in 2007, Steve Jobs first announced the iPhone at that time. The 41-minute presentation leading up to the reveal of the first iPhone was planned perfectly. And the first photo of the iPhone showed the time 9:41, at exactly 9:41am.

Tech Fact 19: Robot laws are being put into place.

The European Union is suggesting laws that implement an emergency kill switch into all robots. Additionally, they will be required to be programmed to never harm a human.

Tech Fact 20: Millions of tons of technology are thrown out each year.

Specifically, 220 million tons of old computers, along with other devices, are thrown away every year in the U.S. alone. 

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