Interesting Facts and Technology

On August 2, 1922, at the end of Alexander Graham Bell’s funeral, the entire US telephone system was shut down for 1 minute to pay tribute to its inventor.
  1. According to Apple, everything a person says to Siri is anonymized and sent to Apple to be analyzed and is stored for up to two years.
  2. In 2013, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg followed in the footsteps of Apple CEO Steve Jobs by making his annual salary $1.
  3. Every hour of every day, 91 percent of all adults have their mobile phone within arm’s reach. That’s less than two feet away.
  4. In 2012, a French woman received a phone bill for $15 quadrillion dollars of cancellation fees. The company only admitted the error after offering her a payment plan twice.
  5. In 1998, Sony had to recall 700,000 camcorders with night vision technology after they realized it could see through people’s clothes.
  6. There is a robot baby seal called “PARO” in Japan used for therapy by hospital patients or psychological treatment. It responds to human touch and voices.
  7. Financial statements show that Google earns $20 billion a year from advertising. That’s more than CBS, NBC, ABC, and FOX combined.
  8. The first computer built by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak was done with spare parts acquired for free from their employers.
  9. The baby diaper company, Huggies, created an application that alerts a parent when their baby pees by monitoring changes in diaper humidity.
  10. On August 2, 1922, at the end of Alexander Graham Bell’s funeral, the entire US telephone system was shut down for 1 minute to pay tribute to its inventor.
  11. In Norway all prisoners have access to the internet in their cells as the government believes it is important to maintain a connection to the outside world.
  12. By typing “about: robots” into the Mozilla Firefox URL bar, it will load and show a message from our “future robotic overlords.”
  13. According to a study done in early 2014, 1 in 9 US adults believed HTML is an STD. 1 in 5 believed blu-ray was actually a marine animal.
  14. In 1999 it was discovered that every single Hotmail account could be accessed by using the password “Eh.”
  15. Since 2012, almost all mobile phones in Japan were made waterproof because women liked to use their phone in the shower.
  16. In 2011, it was discovered that 69% of children aged 2 to 5, that were born in the Western world, can use a computer mouse. Yet only 11% can tie their own shoes.
  17. On average, 222 million tons of technology gadgets such as old computers are thrown out in the U.S. every year.
  18. In 2003, Queen Elizabeth II knighted the father of the world wide web, Tim Berners-Lee, for his pioneering invention.
  19. Until 2007, Facebook’s homepage featured a picture of Al Pacino covered in binary code. It was created by Facebook Co-founder Andrew McCollum.
  20. When the iPhone was born in 2007, its camera suprisingly didn’t even have flash, auto focus, optical zoom, or video recording. It could only take still photos.
  21. On Facebook you are unable to block Mark Zuckerberg. After a 2010 viral campaign protesting Facebook’s privacy policies, a failsafe triggered causing this status.
  22. Despite exporting $500 billion of electronic products in 2014, including all of Apple’s products, only 20% of China’s population own a personal computer.
  23. Besides being some of the biggest names in the tech industry, HP, Google, Microsoft, and Apple share another commonality. They were all started in garages.
  24. Most US cell phone carriers have developed a system in which you can text 9-1-1 for help. This will automatically take the location of the SMS and send help there.
  25. According to Sophos, every day at least 600,000 Facebook accounts and 30,000 websites are attempted to be hacked.
  26. Apple’s original logo was Isaac Newton sitting under an apple tree while reading a book. They then changed it to the famous bitten, rainbow colored apple.
  27. Apple has a secret room in their California HQ where people open the packages of their products, trying to find what package elicits the best emotional responses.
  28. In 2013, a Sophos survey found that the average technology user owns 2.9 devices, such as smartphones, tablets, and laptops.
  29. In a 2010 study it was found that of all the active pages on the web, 37% were sites geared towards adult content.
  30. The first YouTube video ever uploaded was by San Diego Zoo co-founder Jawed Karim on April 23, 2005 and was titled “Me at the zoo.
  31. A single Google search needs more computing power than it took to send Apollo 11 to the Moon. The Apollo computer was less equipped than a modern toaster.
  32. In 1994, two Stanford University graduates founded “Jerry and David’s Guide to the World Wide Web,” which is now known as Yahoo!
  33. In 2011, the United Nations declared that Internet access is a basic human right and disconnecting individuals from it is against international law.

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Interesting Facts and Technology
  1. According to Apple, everything a person says to Siri is anonymized and sent to Apple to be analyzed and is stored for up to two years.
  2. In 2013, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg followed in the footsteps of Apple CEO Steve Jobs by making his annual salary $1.
  3. Every hour of every day, 91 percent of all adults have their mobile phone within arm’s reach. That’s less than two feet away.
  4. In 2012, a French woman received a phone bill for $15 quadrillion dollars of cancellation fees. The company only admitted the error after offering her a payment plan twice.
  5. In 1998, Sony had to recall 700,000 camcorders with night vision technology after they realized it could see through people’s clothes.
  6. There is a robot baby seal called “PARO” in Japan used for therapy by hospital patients or psychological treatment. It responds to human touch and voices.
  7. Financial statements show that Google earns $20 billion a year from advertising. That’s more than CBS, NBC, ABC, and FOX combined.
  8. The first computer built by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak was done with spare parts acquired for free from their employers.
  9. The baby diaper company, Huggies, created an application that alerts a parent when their baby pees by monitoring changes in diaper humidity.
  10. On August 2, 1922, at the end of Alexander Graham Bell’s funeral, the entire US telephone system was shut down for 1 minute to pay tribute to its inventor.
  11. In Norway all prisoners have access to the internet in their cells as the government believes it is important to maintain a connection to the outside world.
  12. By typing “about: robots” into the Mozilla Firefox URL bar, it will load and show a message from our “future robotic overlords.”
  13. According to a study done in early 2014, 1 in 9 US adults believed HTML is an STD. 1 in 5 believed blu-ray was actually a marine animal.
  14. In 1999 it was discovered that every single Hotmail account could be accessed by using the password “Eh.”
  15. Since 2012, almost all mobile phones in Japan were made waterproof because women liked to use their phone in the shower.
  16. In 2011, it was discovered that 69% of children aged 2 to 5, that were born in the Western world, can use a computer mouse. Yet only 11% can tie their own shoes.
  17. On average, 222 million tons of technology gadgets such as old computers are thrown out in the U.S. every year.
  18. In 2003, Queen Elizabeth II knighted the father of the world wide web, Tim Berners-Lee, for his pioneering invention.
  19. Until 2007, Facebook’s homepage featured a picture of Al Pacino covered in binary code. It was created by Facebook Co-founder Andrew McCollum.
  20. When the iPhone was born in 2007, its camera suprisingly didn’t even have flash, auto focus, optical zoom, or video recording. It could only take still photos.
  21. On Facebook you are unable to block Mark Zuckerberg. After a 2010 viral campaign protesting Facebook’s privacy policies, a failsafe triggered causing this status.
  22. Despite exporting $500 billion of electronic products in 2014, including all of Apple’s products, only 20% of China’s population own a personal computer.
  23. Besides being some of the biggest names in the tech industry, HP, Google, Microsoft, and Apple share another commonality. They were all started in garages.
  24. Most US cell phone carriers have developed a system in which you can text 9-1-1 for help. This will automatically take the location of the SMS and send help there.
  25. According to Sophos, every day at least 600,000 Facebook accounts and 30,000 websites are attempted to be hacked.
  26. Apple’s original logo was Isaac Newton sitting under an apple tree while reading a book. They then changed it to the famous bitten, rainbow colored apple.
  27. Apple has a secret room in their California HQ where people open the packages of their products, trying to find what package elicits the best emotional responses.
  28. In 2013, a Sophos survey found that the average technology user owns 2.9 devices, such as smartphones, tablets, and laptops.
  29. In a 2010 study it was found that of all the active pages on the web, 37% were sites geared towards adult content.
  30. The first YouTube video ever uploaded was by San Diego Zoo co-founder Jawed Karim on April 23, 2005 and was titled “Me at the zoo.
  31. A single Google search needs more computing power than it took to send Apollo 11 to the Moon. The Apollo computer was less equipped than a modern toaster.
  32. In 1994, two Stanford University graduates founded “Jerry and David’s Guide to the World Wide Web,” which is now known as Yahoo!
  33. In 2011, the United Nations declared that Internet access is a basic human right and disconnecting individuals from it is against international law.
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