10 Surprising Technology Facts That You Didn’t Know

Technology is bringing us closer to the future we've always envisioned. But how did it come to this point, and where will it go from here? Check out these 10 tech facts to find out!


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These 10 tech facts cover everything from computers and the internet to gaming devices and tech behemoths like Google, Apple, and Microsoft.
So, without further ado, here are the top 10 amazing technological things you probably didn’t know!

#1. The Firefox logo isn’t a fox.

A frequent misconception is that because the browser’s name is Firefox, the logo must be a fox.

Surprisingly, the adorable fluffy creature depicted in the emblem is a red panda!

#2. The first Apple logo isn’t what you would think.

Sir Isaac Newton was originally depicted as seated beneath a tree, with an apple poised to fall on his head.

It was created in 1976 and contained the phrase “Newton…A mind perpetually voyaging through strange oceans of thought…alone” around the border.

It appears to be quite dark!

#3. Google rents out goats.

Instead of mowing their lawn, Google hires goats to graze on the grass at its Mountain View offices.

A herder will bring 200 goats, who will be herded by Jen, a border collie.

#4. Samsung is 38 years and 1 month older than Apple.

Lee Byung-Chull launched Samsung as a grocery business on March 1, 1938.

Apple Computer Inc. was founded on April 1, 1976, by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak.

#5. A Petabyte is a lot of data.

We all know that 1 gigabyte (GB) equals 1024 megabytes (MB), but did you know that 1 petabyte (PB) equals 1024 terabytes (TB)?

To put this in perspective, a 1 PB hard disc could store 13.3 years of HD-TV content.

A 50 terabyte hard drive could store all of humanity’s written works in all languages, dating back to the dawn of recorded history.

#6. The first computer mouse wasn’t made from plastic.

Doug Engelbart created the world’s first computer mouse in 1964! It was made of wood back then.

It was rectangular in shape and had a little button on the top right corner.

The chord coming out of the rear reminded him of the little rodents, so he named it a mouse.

#7. Computer Security Day is celebrated on November 30th

It was founded in 1988 with the goal of raising awareness about computer security issues.

Check your privacy settings on Facebook and change your passwords to something stronger to commemorate Computer Security Day.

You can also keep up with the newest technology news and ensure the security of your data stored on your phone or on the cloud.

This infographic on the Importance Of Having A Secure Password could be of interest to you.

#8. Yahoo’s original name was a mouthful

The original URL for Yahoo was akebono.standford.edu.

Yahoo was chosen because it was drawn from the imaginary race of beings in Gulliver’s Travels, “Yahoo.”

Bonus Fact: Amazon, too, wasn’t always Amazon. Cadabra was once just an internet bookstore called “Cadabra.com.”

In the 1990s, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos looked into other possibilities, including Relentless.com, which still redirects to Amazon.

Amazon was founded in 1994 and has since evolved into the behemoth it is today.

Bonus Fact: Snapchat was formerly known as Picaboo when it initially launched in 2011.

It wasn’t until 2012 that it was called Snapchat.

#9. Google is used by everyone as a spellchecker

Everyone, at the very least! 97% of people use Google to check if they spelled anything correctly.

I’m certain I’m one of the 97%!

#10. Every advertisement for iPhone’s have 9:41 set as the time.

This is due to the fact that Steve Jobs first launched the iPhone in 2007.

The 41-minute presentation that preceded the unveiling of the first iPhone was meticulously designed.

And the first photo taken with the iPhone displayed the time as 9:41 a.m.

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