History

  • A Brief History Of Uber

    Uber epitomizes disruption. The company has changed the way we think about grabbing a ride, incorporating the same technology we take for granted today into a brand new experience for consumers and an opportunity for producers. That said, the company has come up against a number of obstacles and still, it’s valued well north of $10 billion. Read More

  • Chrome For iOS Bug Shows Private Browsing Search History In Google Mobile Search Bar

    Chrome For iOS Bug Shows Private Browsing Search History In Google Mobile Search Bar

    A new update for Chrome for iOS adds iOS 7 support, but there’s also a big flaw as discovered by UK development and design firm Parallax. It turns out that when you use the search/address bar in Incognito mode in Chrome, that history will show up when you return to standard browsing in Google’s mobile website search bar. Read More

  • Where The Free Software Movement Went Wrong (And How To Fix It)

    Where The Free Software Movement Went Wrong (And How To Fix It)

    The biggest change I’ve seen in the tech industry in the past decade isn’t social media, cloud computing, big data, consumerization or even mobile. It’s the mainstream acceptance of open source. Even 10 years ago open source was controversial. Back then “open vs. proprietary” arguments would still erupt at meetings and parties. Back then vendors spread FUD about… Read More

  • Here, Waste The Evening: Prince Of Persia Source Code Posted To Github

    It’s not every day that you see code like this: *——————————-
    * Superimpose “Turn disk over” message
    *——————————-
    FLIPDISKMSG
    lda #flipbox
    ldx #>flipbox
    jmp superimage Yep. That’s assembly language, about as far from Ruby as you can get. Read More

  • UK’s “Domesday Reloaded” Archives On Touch-Table At Bletchley Park

    UK’s “Domesday Reloaded” Archives On Touch-Table At Bletchley Park

    Among the forward-thinking digital projects of the computing silver age was the Domesday Project, which aimed to preserve mid-eighties life in the UK by means of digitizing slide photos and text describing day-to-day life. The text was on floppies mailed in to the project’s headquarters. The final product took up two laserdiscs. Forward thinking in concept, I should say, not necessarily… Read More

  • An Ode To The Polaroid SX-70

    Good old Harry McKraken gives the Polaroid SX-70 – one of the most amazing instant cameras in the world – more than its due. Created in 1972, this Polaroid flattened down to a little over an inch in thickness and featured, as Harry notes: “The virtual cascade of revolutions, mechanical, optical and electronic, that made the SX-70 possible,” rhapsodized a Polaroid… Read More

  • A Watch Created In 1969 Could Sense Heart Attacks… But Wait, There's More

    In 1969 a young inventor patented a unique heart-attack-sensing watch that used the wearer’s pulse to regulate the time. That’s right: there are no quartz crystals or tuning forks in here. The system senses your pulse and shows information on two registers – the standard, optimal time and a dial that runs faster or slower depending on the user’s current heart-rate. Read More

  • First Ever Sketch Of Alexander Graham Bell's Telephone Concept

    It was only 135 years ago, today, that Alexander Graham Bell was awarded his patent for the telephone. And here we have one of his first sketches of the magical device. To this day, it’s unsure if he was standing on the edge of his toilet, hanging a clock, and slipped on wet porcelain before drawing this. Read More

  • Gadgets of days gone by: Palm III

    This week at CrunchGear, we’re looking back at some of our favorite gadgets from the not-so-distant past — old phones, computers, media players, toys… those devices that still stand out in our memories despite their obsolescence. Feel free to contribute some of your own nostalgia. The Palm III was the first truly portable computing device I ever owned. Oh sure, I had a laptop… Read More

  • Happy birthday, NCSA Mosaic!

    Good golly, was it really seventeen years ago that NCSA Mosaic 1.0 was released? How far we’ve come in the nearly two decades since images were first rendered inline with text. Now we take it for granted that we can watch movies in our browsers! Read More

  • Today in history: the flight data recorder

    It’s not entirely clear to me that March 17 is the actual birthday of the so-called “Black Box”, but who am I to argue with Wired’s This Day in Tech? According to them, the idea for the flight data recorder was born in 1953 by an Australian named David Warren. The first prototype was complete in 1957, and within a couple of years became a standard feature on all… Read More

  • You know what's fun? Napoleon: Total War

    An idea of how much I enjoyed playing The Creative Assembly’s, by way of Sega, Napoleon: Total War pretty much all weekend long: I just ordered all four parts of Max Gallo’s biography of Napoleon from Amazon France. I don’t even speak French! (Well, a very little bit, but certainly not enough to read a four-volume biography written by someone who’s a member of… Read More

  • Happy Birthday, BBS!

    WWIV, Wildcat, Celerity — these hallowed names represent the best of a golden era of communication, back when “getting online” meant tying up the family phone line, remembering arcane Hayes AT codes to maximize performance out of the 9600 baud modem your dad borrowed from work, and TradeWars was the best multiplayer game available. Yes, I’m talking about Bulletin… Read More

  • Happy Birthday, LISA!

    Is it ironic that this $10,000 computer only sold 10,000 units? Released on January 19, 1983, LISA (Local Integrated Software Architecture) was a gigantic flop, but paved the way for the success of the Apple Macintosh, which paved the way for the success of the MacBook, which paved the way for the success of the iPhone, which paved the way for the success of the Apple Tablet! Read More

  • Babbage's 19th-century "difference engine" on display in Mountain View

    Charles Babbage is often cited as the father of modern computing — although perhaps “uncle” would be more accurate, since his designs never actually saw completion and computing is based on totally different principles. But his idea of a “difference engine,” a hand-cranked device that could solve mathematical problems, is essentially the first instance of a… Read More

  • Gopher: Content > Presentation

    If you spend any amount of time using the Internet as we know it today, chances are you have suffered some inconvenience from the variety of interpretations of the various “standards” used to create the web. Every web browser renders web pages slightly differently; some Flash content isn’t compatible with older versions of Flash (and some versions of Flash aren’t… Read More

  • SketchPad: the world's first electronic drafting program

    If you think AutoCad is complicated, what with its terrifying number of keyboard shortcuts, you should check out SketchPad, the world’s first electronic drafting program. Designed by Ivan Sutherland in the 1960s, it allowed an operator to draw line segments, arcs, and circles on an oscilloscope with a lightpen and a complex set of buttons, switches, and knobs. Videos after the jump! Read More

  • Do one thing, and do it well: 40 years of UNIX

    Generally speaking, 40 is considered “over the hill” in human beings. I’m 35, and as I get closer and closer to the crest of that hill, I can tell you with some certainty that the best is yet to come. I think the same holds true for operating systems. UNIX turns 40 this month. That’s right: it was four decades ago that Dennis Ritchie and Ken Thompson worked in the… Read More

  • 10 years ago today, Halo debuted at MacWorld

    Where were you 10 years ago today? Where were you July 21, 1999, to be redundant? (Me? I can guarantee that I was reading and refreshing wrestlezone.com.) In any event, you should know that 10 years ago Microsoft debuted Halo at MacWorld. Oh, how times have changed. Read More

  • Just try to relax … this won't hurt … much.

    While sitting in my dentist’s chair recently, I marveled at just how scary looking many of the implements on his tray were. And don’t get me started on that contraption I put my face into at the optometrists! It’s hard to believe that these implements of modern medicine will some day appear as quaint — and arguably as effective — as instruments of yore, like… Read More