Tech Facts

  • In 2012, at least 17 newborn girls were named Siri.
  • The very first Apple logo featured Sir Isaac Newton sitting underneath a tree, with an apple about
    to hit his head.
  • Alaska is the only state in America that can be typed on one row of a traditional English QWERTY
  • There are more than 682 million iPhone across the globe.
  • A red panda is native to the Himalayas and southwestern China. Translated, the English word for
    red panda is "Firefox," which is where the browser gets its name.
  • The word robot comes from the Czech “robota." In English, robota translates to "forced labor."
  • Created in 1956, the first ever VCR was the size of a piano.
  • The world's first camera took eight hours to snap a photo.
  • About 1 out of 8 married couples actually met each other on the Internet.
  • Tech companies often test new products in New Zealand. The reasons for this? The country is diverse,
    its residents speak English, and if a product is a flop, news doesn't spread as fast because it is relatively
  • Bill Gates's house was designed a Mac.
  • In 2012, NYU-Poly constructed a robotic fish and placed it in a tank of golden shiners. The robot simulated
    the fishes' motions so well, it was eventually accepted and became their leader.
  • There is a factory in Japan which can run unsupervised for 30 days at a time -- it's almost entirely manned
    by robots.
  • In Mexico City, there are special bins that offer free wifi to people who properly dispose of their dog poop.
  • There used to be fake Apple stores in China. They were so fake, in fact, that even the staff were convinced
    they were working for Apple.
  • Carrier pigeons beat internet upload speed as late as in 2010. They actually sent pigeons over with USB
    sticks the same time they started uploading a video over broadband. The pigeons won.
  • The first alarm clock could only ring at one time of day, four o'clock in the morning.
  • When the first iPod prototype was shown to Steve Jobs, he dropped it in an aquarium. No, it wasn't just a
    klutzy move: Jobs used the subsequent air bubbles to prove there was empty space and it could be made smaller.
  • Phantom Vibration Syndrome is the name given when someone thinks their phone is vibrating but isn’t.
  • In 2012, Apple sold 340,000 iPhones every single day.
  • In Japan, 90% of mobile phones are waterproof, as many people even use them in the shower.
  • One of the first Computer Science Ph.D.'s was earned by a nun.
  • If you find a security bug in Facebook’s code, they are willing to pay big money (like $500 and upwards) for
    you to tell them about it.
  • In the tech world, November 30th is known as “Computer Security Day."