11 years ago, Apple launched its home-grown Apple Maps which became a laughing stock. Around a decade later, the app is better than ever
28 years ago, eBay started off as AuctionWeb and sold its first item: a broken laser pointer.
Over a Labor Day weekend in 1995, 28-year-old Pierre Omidyar began writing code for a website that would initially be called AuctionWeb. It was meant to offer an "honest and open marketplace" that would connect buyers to sellers directly. AuctionWeb went live on Sept. 3, 1995, with the first item purchased being Omidyar's broken laser point for $14.83. Omidyar reached out to the buyer asking if he had accidentally purchased the defective item. He learned that the transaction was intentional because the buyer wanted the spare parts to build his own.
It's been 14 years since Mac OS X Snow Leopard's official debut. Let's revisit this operating system and observe the offerings it packed.
There's no denying that macOS Sonoma, so far, is the most polished and capable OS for Apple's computers, especially when running on the latest Mac models. Though, at the same time, we can't ignore its predecessors, as they're what shaped the operating system via gradual improvements introduced throughout the years. For this reason, let's take a walk down memory lane and observe Mac OS X Snow Leopard (version 10.6), which launched on this day back in 2009.
Just over three decades ago, Linus Torvalds sowed the seeds for Linux by sending an email detailing his plans to develop a free OS
Linux is one of the most popular operating systems besides Windows and MacOS. Its high focus on security, customizability, and portability, together with low hardware usage, make it highly versatile for casual users and developers alike.
Windows 95 turns 28 today. it brought with it staple features like the Start menu, taskbar, and Internet Explorer.
On Aug. 24, 1995, Microsoft unleashed Windows 95 onto the world. Indeed, this massively influential OS release turns 28 years old today. Not only was it the first version of Windows to ship with Internet Explorer, but it also introduced elements that became staples of Windows for decades to come. Even to this day, you can feel the effects of Windows 95 throughout Microsoft's products.
12 years ago, Steve Jobs stepped down as Apple CEO, leaving behind a technological empire that would only grow stronger in the years that followed.
Who hasn't heard of Steve Jobs, the inventor, visionary, and businessman who co-founded the most valuable brand to date? On this day 12 years ago, Jobs submitted his resignation letter, marking the end of his era as Apple CEO. Despite that, the technology giant continued to grow since Jobs had built a solid foundation that still carries and supports the new Apple products we use today.
21 years ago, Mac OS X Jaguar 10.2 launched publicly, supercharging PowerPC-enabled machines in the process.
On this day 21 years ago, long before macOS Sonoma and the Mac Studio (2023), Apple launched Mac OS X Jaguar. Marked as version 10.2, this release introduced a number of improvements and features, including some foundations that today's machines still rely on. So, how notable was Mac OS X Jaguar? Let's find out!
Almost two decades ago, Google was practically forced into an IPO at a valuation of $23 billion. The firm is worth well over a trillion dollars now.
Despite having software and hardware products in a lot of major consumer and enterprise categories, Google is perhaps best known for its internet search engine. It's a name that has become synonymous with any terminology relating to searching the web, to the point that it's used as a verb. However, Google wasn't always this big, a major turning point for the company was the day it decided to go public 19 years ago today. Indeed, Google's initial public offering (IPO) happened on August 19, 2004, putting the company to become the behemoth it is today.
HP is a global leader in desktops, laptops, and printers. The household name was all decided on a coin toss between the founders
On August 18th, 1947 — exactly 76 years ago — Hewlett-Packard or HP (now known as HP Inc.) was incorporated, although the multinational personal computing giant was founded earlier in 1939. For many decades now, HP has been a household name in the personal computer, enterprise server, and printer industries, among many others. The world's leading PC manufacturer from 2007 to 2013, HP has produced widely respected products over its illustrious history.
It was when Microsoft finally decided to embrace the internet
On August 16, 1995, Microsoft first launched its web browser, Internet Explorer. Codenamed O'Hare (after the airport), it was officially named after Windows Explorer and, well, the internet.
The first iMac launched to the public on Aug. 15, 1998, and in those 25 years, the iMac shaped Apple in more ways than one
Apple is often at the forefront of innovation in the tech industry. For example, these days, Macs are all the rage thanks to the powerful Apple silicon, which helps these computers place at the top of the pack, even against the best Windows laptops and gaming PCs. The company's custom silicon changed the industry, but it wasn't the first time Apple made such an impact.
We take you back 29 years to the time Microsoft began plans to bundle Internet Explorer in Windows 95, and the ensuing antitrust case.
Most of us now consider it common practice for a vendor to bundle a web browser in its operating system; Windows ships with Microsoft Edge, ChromeOS comes with Google Chrome, macOS sports Apple Safari, while Ubuntu has Mozilla Firefox pre-installed. However, this wasn't always the case, especially in the early days of the internet when the technology was yet to reach mass market. In fact, Microsoft bundling Internet Explorer (IE) in Windows 95 was a pretty major move and was meant as a way to combat Netscape's growing popularity in the web browser space, in what would eventually be known as the "First Browser War".
IBM's legendary PC changed the face of home computers and the landscape of the industry, and it turned 42 years old today.
Today, IBM's Personal Computer, also known as the PC, turns 42 years old. It's hard to understate how important the PC was, not just in how it pushed the home computing market forward, but also how it had decisive implications for how the computing industry developed. Even 42 years later, we can still very much appreciate the consequences of the PC.