VPN

What is a VPN and Why Do You Need One?

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Key Points VPN is short for virtual private network.  Virtual Private Networks first started in 1996 and were invented by Microsoft as a method of ensuring that people could connect and share data freely and securely.  There are a variety of Virtual Private Network-related pieces of technology, including Virtual LAN, Virtual Private Lan Service, Pseudo […]

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Apple IOS

Apple iOS Operating System: History, Origin, and More

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Key Points In 1983, the first Apple phone prototype was created. In the United States, there are over 113 million iPhone users. With over 250,000 security features, iOS has a robust security platform. Foursquare was the first iPhone app, released in 2009. iOS has the largest app store of any platform, with over two million […]

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AutoCAD

AutoCAD Guide: History, Origin and More

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Six Facts About AutoCAD Autodesk’s AutoCAD is an industry-standard in CAD software. So much so that its name is synonymous with 3D design software. Due to piracy, older versions available online, company subscriptions, and worldwide use, it’s hard to get a ping on just how many people use AutoCAD, but the estimates say it could […]

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gmail

Gmail Guide: History, Origin, and More

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Five Facts About Gmail Gmail was originally released to the public in 2004. Gmail holds 20% of the global email client market. The Gmail app has been downloaded over 1 billion times from the Google Play Store. Gmail supports up to 74 different languages. Even as the standard email app for Android, the Gmail app […]

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VSync: History, Origin, and More

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VSync, also known as Vertical synchronization is a graphic technology that was invented to synchronize the frame rate of each game by using a refresh rate of a gaming monitor. The VSync tech was designed to offer a solution to screen tearing, which occurs when your screens show parts of multiple frames at once. Five […]

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Twitter app

TweetDeck Guide: History, Origin, and More

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Key Points: TweetDeck is one of the first apps created to improve the Twitter experience, only to be purchased by the main platform itself. TweetDeck is highly flexible and can be used for the web, an iPhone, or an Android. The original version of TweetDeck had a variety of supports for other social media programs, […]

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Eudora Guide: History, Origin, and More

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Six Facts About Eudora Development for Eudora started in 1988 at the University of Illinois and took over a year to create the first working version. Eudora was originally only 50,000 lines of code written in the C programming language and only operated on Apple Macintosh. As a University-developed software, Eudora was initially released for […]

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COBOL Guide: History, Origin, and More

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Four Facts about COBOL COBOL was one of the first programming languages designed for use in business and finance. When the language developed in the 1950s, it did not get attention from computer scientists who were more interested in developing resources for math and science applications. Grace Hopper is known as the Mother of COBOL. […]

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Javascript: History, Origin, and More

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Key Points: JavaScript is a high-level multi-paradigm programming language. High level means the language can be used independently of a particular type of computer. It is thought of as a high-level language because it is much closer to human languages than machine-level programming languages. It is multi-paradigm because it supports event-driven, functional, and imperative programming […]

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Microsoft Outlook

Microsoft Outlook Guide: History, Origin, and More

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Facts about Microsoft Outlook Outlook 98 was the only freely distributed version that was not included in Office. Outlook.com was formerly known as Hotmail. The name was changed in 2012. Outlook on the web was designed for businesses and is included Office 365, Exchange Online, and Exchange Server. It was formerly called Outlook Web App, […]

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4g tower

4G: History, Origin, and More

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Key Points: 4G is a broadband cellular network. It is a communication standard, meaning that individuals can use mobile or cable-connected devices to access the internet, exchange data, use their phones, or more. Development on 4G – including the development of what would qualify as a 4G network – first began in the 2000s, with […]

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5G network

5G Guide: History, Origin, and More

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Key Points 5G is the latest standard for wireless technology that is a network. The process of setting up a 5G network is a partnership between governments and telecommunication providers. 5G is a connectivity standard that will allow for exceptionally fast and modern internet speeds. 5G is the latest standard for wireless technology. The 5G […]

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HTML and its connection to the internet

What is HTML: Everything to Know

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Key Points: HyperText Markup Language (HTML) is a format language used by HyperText Transfer Protocol (HTTP) to organize and denote the presentation and functionality of an HTML document or website. The best way to start learning HyperText Markup Language tags is with educational and free online courses. CSS was designed to separate the presentation elements […]

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JSON (JavaScript Object Notation) – Complete history

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What is JSON: Everything to Know 6 Facts about JSON According to its creator, JSON is pronounced like the name Jason. However, most people say the word by emphasizing the letter j and pronouncing “son” like the “mon” in “monster.” JSON is an internationally defined standard, with definitions by two different standards organizations (ISO and […]

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Hypertext word cloud

The History of Hypertext: A Complete Guide

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Facts about Hypertext Hypertext comes in many forms, including as a link to another webpage, a file, a graphic, or more. The idea behind it was first developed in a Spanish story that was released in 1941. Hypertext made its public debut in the 1968 “Mother of All Demos” that featured the world premier of […]

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The History of Apache HBase: A Complete Guide

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Facts about Apache HBase Apache HBase is written in Java. Apache HBase has been used by some of the biggest names in software today, including Facebook, Alibaba, Bloomberg, Quicken Loans, Yahoo!, and more. Apache HBase is now operated by its own organization – the Apache Software Foundation – but was originally developed by Powerset. Powerset […]

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XML eXtensible Markup Language

Extensible Markup Language (XML) – Complete History of the eXtensible Markup Language

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Key Points To create a better system of world-wide-web data management James Clark compiled a new markup language called XML eXtensible Markup Language. The development of the markup language was done through email and weekly teleconferences. This allows XML users to quickly and efficiently create data transfer systems. What is XML: Everything To Know Managing […]

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Microsoft Windows

Microsoft Windows Guide: History, Origin, and More

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5 Facts About Microsoft Windows The original Windows operating system was designed to replace MS-DOS, but technically ran on top of it. Microsoft Windows offered a graphical user interface for personal computer users to click on boxes rather than enter commands. Windows 1.0 only used 1 MB of space and 256 KB of RAM. The […]

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Unix with Ken Thompson

The Unix Operating System Guide: History, Origin and More

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5 Facts About The Unix Operating System The Unix Operating System is the oldest operating system that has ever existed. Unix can run multiple application programs simultaneously. Unix was firstly written in the low-level PDP-7 assembler language before it was rewritten in 1972 with the new C programming language. Unix isn’t an operating system name; […]

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Ivan Sutherland working on the first prototype for Sketchpad.

The History of the Sketchpad Computer Program – A Complete Guide

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Key Points and Facts about Sketchpad Computer: Ivan Sutherland’s Ph.D. thesis in 1963 resulted in the creation of Sketchpad, a pioneering computer application. Sketchpad was a pioneer in the field of human-computer interaction (HCI). Sketchpad is regarded as the forerunner of today’s computer-aided design (CAD) software. It is also recognized as an important step forward […]

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Tetris

Tetris Guide: History, Origin, and More

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Key Points About Tetris A Russian is the original author of Tetris. The original function of the game was to reduce the intimidating effects of computers. The name, Tetris, was partly inspired by tennis. Tetris was originally distributed by piracy. What Is Tetris: Explained Tetris is a puzzle video game requiring players to strategically move, […]

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Steve Russell — inventor of Spacewar

Spacewar – Guide, History, Origin and More

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Key Points about Spacewar: Spacewar is recognized as the first video game with multiple users. The first version of Spacewar took about 200 man-hours to write. Steve Russell, the inventor of Spacewar, commented, “If I hadn’t done it, someone would’ve done something equally exciting, if not better, in the next six months. I just happened […]

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A screenshot from the first version of VisiCalc

VisiCalc of Dan Bricklin and Bob Frankston Guide: History, Origin, and More

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Key Points and Facts about VisiCalc: VisiCalc (short for “visible calculator”) was the first spreadsheet computer program for personal computers, launched by VisiCorp in 1979 for the Apple II. VisiCalc is famously known as “The killer app” for the Apple II. It sold over 700,000 copies in six years and up to one million copies […]

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Complete History of Aldus Pagemaker

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The History of Aldus Pagemaker: A Complete Guide Four Facts About Aldus Pagemaker While most people only think about Mac OS, Linux, and Windows, Aldus Pagemaker was also released for IBM PC. It was even released for IBM PC before it was released for Windows. The creators of Pagemaker, Aldus Corporation, were acquired by Adobe […]

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