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17 Inventions That Changed The World of Technology

Did you know Apple debuted its Operating System in 1984 and Microsoft Windows in 1985?

And the very popular Napster was unleashed on the web in 1999?

I don’t know about you, but I find myself looking at my junk drawer at the older gadgets I own, and I think about when they were first available to us. To my shock, I find out that most of the technology we use today is less than fifty years old.

These devices have shaped how we live, and they play an integral part in our daily lives, but do you wonder, where would we be had someone passed on the idea of the web or if the PC was never created?

Find out more about when some of your favorite devices made their debut and changed how we all consume technology.

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  • The Internet – 1960s 2 of 18
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    Not to be confused with the web. The Internet is basically the highway that gets you from point A to point B.
    It was created in the '60s as a military experiment to communicate, and has turned into what it is today thanks in part to the Father of the web, Tim Berners-Lee.

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  • PC – 1965 3 of 18
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    Can you believe how big and clunky PC's were back in the day? I was in elementary school when I was introduced to the IBM computers with the black screen and green letters. How times have changed. 

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  • Mouse – mid ’60s 4 of 18
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    The term mouse was used in the mid-'60s and the first prototype debuted in 1968 and was shaped like a ball.

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  • Sony Walkman – 1979 5 of 18
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    Do you remember owning a Sony Walkman?
    I do. I remember being the happiest girl getting lost rocking to Motley Crue, Poison, Tears for Fears, Duran Duran, The Bangles, and of course The New Kids On The Block.

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  • Laptop – 1981 6 of 18
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    Did you know the first laptop weighed over 23 lbs? It was as heavy as a one-year-old. Crazy to think that was considered lightweight for a laptop at that time.

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  • CD Player – 1982 7 of 18
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    Available in the '80s but too expensive for many of us to purchase at the time, some models went for over $700! Good thing 30 years later it is no longer the case. 

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  • Apple’s first tablet – 1983 8 of 18
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    Can you believe this is what Apple's tablet looked like in the '80s?

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  • Nintendo – 1983 9 of 18
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    Did you know in 1983 the video game market crashed? And Nintendo rebuilt the industry with this console and dominated the video game world?

    Growing up, this was by far my favorite gaming console. I loved playing Super Mario Brothers and Zelda.

  • Game Boy – 1989 10 of 18
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    This was one of the first handheld gaming devices.

    Can you say Tetris!

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  • The World Wide Web – 1989/1990 11 of 18
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    I know! Crazy to think the web has been around for less than 25 years. Tim Berners-Lee, a British computer scientist, thought it would be a good idea to create a hypertext (HTML) language-based project known as the World Wide Web. He put the proposal on his boss's desk and voilà - the web was born. 

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  • PlayStation – 1994 12 of 18
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    Sony was the new kid on the block when it debuted the PlayStation in 1995, starting the CD-ROM gaming revolution. 

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  • DVD – 1995 13 of 18
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    Do you know what DVD stands for? Digital Versatile Disc.

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  • iTunes – 2001 14 of 18
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    iTunes debuted and completely changed how we purchase and listen to music.  I loved the thought of not having to buy a CD and purchasing only the song I liked, as opposed to an entire album.

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  • iPod – 2001 15 of 18
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    It seems like a lifetime ago when the iPod made its debut and changed how we listen to music. Gone were the days of carrying CD's in my handbag.

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  • XBOX – 2001 16 of 18
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    Twelve years ago Microsoft jumped into the world of gaming and shattered the competition, outselling the PlayStation and the Wii. I remember being very excited and feeling like a kid in a candy store playing video games until 2 or 3 am. Now I'm lucky to be up past 9 pm!

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  • iPhone – 2007 17 of 18
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    Can you believe it's been six years since Steve Jobs introduced the world to the first generation iPhone uttered the phrase "Say hello to iPhone."

    The iPhone shaped the mobile market, introducing a product unlike anything we had ever seen before. I still own the first generation iPhone and can't believe that we actually used to use actual keys to type text messages.

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  • iPad – 2010 18 of 18
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    This is a quote from Steve Jobs speech back in 1983.

    "Strategy is really simple. What we want to do is we want to put an incredibly great computer in a book that you can carry around with you and learn how to use in 20 minutes ... And we really want to do it with a radio link in it so you don't have to hook up to anything and you're in communication with all of these larger databases and other computers."

    Who would've thunk it!

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