• Facebook tightens iron grip on birthdays with recap videos

    Facebook tightens iron grip on birthdays with recap videos

    Twitter shows some balloons and Snapchat wraps your messages like presents, but Facebook is where people celebrate birthdays online. Now to reinforce itself as the home for your personal content and connections, Facebook is launching birthday recap videos that assemble the best wall posts you got for your birthday into a cute little clip. Here’s an example: As long as you list your… Read More

  • Snapchat Launches Birthday Party, A Duet Of Birthdate-Exclusive Lenses

    Snapchat Launches Birthday Party, A Duet Of Birthdate-Exclusive Lenses

    Today Snapchat announced a new feature called Birthday Party, which is essentially a duet of lenses – one of which can only be used on your birthday, and one that can only be used if snapping friends on their birthday. Snapchat will also put a cake emoji next to the name of friends who are celebrating their special day, essentially serving as a reminder to send them a happy… Read More

  • Google Turns 17 Today, Celebrates Its ‘Least Random Birthday’

    Google Turns 17 Today, Celebrates Its ‘Least Random Birthday’

    Here’s something that didn’t pop up for me on Facebook. Happy Birthday Google! Or is it Alphabet? No, it’s Google. The search site now CEO’d by Sundar Pichai is almost an turned 17 today. While even its founders aren’t exactly sure when the company was incorporated, this has been the day chosen to celebrate this year. Not a bad day either, after the… Read More

  • Yahoo To Get Its Iconic San Francisco Billboard Back

    Yahoo To Get Its Iconic San Francisco Billboard Back

    Happy 20th Birthday, Yahoo! What did you get, what did you get? I bet there’ll be parties galore. Gifts, prizes. Presents! – A BILLBOARD! A Billboard? – THE Billboard. If you’ve lived in, or have ever been to, the Bay Area, you’ve probably seen the Yahoo Billboard (it’s on Interstate 80). It was a pretty sad day for a lot of Yahoos when it was taken down… Read More

  • The Next Seven Years For Twitter Hang On Its Ability To Remain A Pure Communication Platform

    The Next Seven Years For Twitter Hang On Its Ability To Remain A Pure Communication Platform

    Twitter turned seven years old today. The company posted a fun video about its history, which we already know plenty about. We’ll get to that later, though. Another thing we know about Twitter is its impact. But the important question is this: What does the future look like for the company? To remain relevant for the next seven years, Twitter has to stay true to its original mission of… Read More

  • Raspberry Pi Celebrates It's First Year Anniversary

    Happy Birthday, Raspberry Pi! A Chat With Creators Eben And Liz Upton, Pi-Friend Limor Fried

    The Raspberry Pi project is one year old today, having launched on February 29, 2012 (they’re going to have a rager of a party in 2016.) I sat down with the Pi-parents themselves, Eben and Liz Upton, as well as Pi-supporter Limor Fried AKA Lady Ada of Adafruit Industries to talk about the special occasion. Read More

  • Wii Milestone: 30 Million Sold

    Nintendo just announced that they sold 30 million Wiis – that’s one Wii for every unemployed American as of last February or, if you’re a little more chipper, one for every Facebook user in the world. Read More

  • Old Man Laser: Officially over the hill

    Amazingly, the laser is 50 years old today. When it was originally discovered, many scientists felt that the shiny red light didn’t have any practical use. Of course now days, lasers are almost everywhere. Read More

  • Apache httpd is fifteen years old

    My buddy Rich tweeted a terse message yesterday afternoon: “Happy Birthday Apache Web Server, started 15 years ago today!” I had meant to write up the story then, but forgot it about it. Consider this my “Happy belated birthday” card. Read More

  • Lensbaby turns 6 and you get the presents

    Happy birthday to you!
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  • 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

  • Happy Birthday, Linus Torvalds!

    Guys! Sshhhhh! Listen. It was Linus “Linux” Torvalds birthday yesterday and we forgot to buy him a present. What we need to do is give him so more market share in the desktop OS market so here’s what we’re going to do: we’re all going to install and learn out to use Linux, even you guys back there running Windows 7. Just free up a little disk space –… Read More

  • Happy Birthday, Devin

    Right now Devin is probably doing Everclear shots and dancing the Macarena with an old woman in a pantsuit because it’s his birthday! That’s right, our own Devin Coldewey just turned 18 and he’s legal, ladies. If you see him tonight buy him a Fuzzy Nipple on CrunchGear. Read More

  • Steve Jobs is 54

    Happy happy! Safari is 4 and Steve Jobs is 54. The beloved head of Apple is eleven years away from retirement (hang in there!) and hopefully he’s going to make it through to another 54 years – he’s probably got a great health plan, after all. All kidding aside, it’s rare to find such a galvanizing figure in business. When they write the history of the 20th and 21st… Read More

  • Happy Birthday, Dear CrunchGear

    Today is our second birthday. Our cake is a little bare, as you see, so tune in tomorrow for the first of our 10 Days of CrunchGear celebration giveaways and drink a cold one in our honor tonight. Thanks for reading us and thanks for making this the greatest two years of my life. Except for the herpes. That sucked. Read More

  • Happy Birthday, John Biggs!

    Hey CrunchGear readers! Let’s give a shout out to our Fearless Leader, who’s celebrating his 33rd birthday today. John is the rubber cement that keeps CrunchGear going. He’s the cheese to our macaroni. He’s the glowstick to our sweaty, high-on-ecstasy raver. He’s the Dre to our Snoop. He’s the Hawaiian Punch in our lunchboxes. The Wayne to our Garth. The fire… Read More

  • Kid gets real Mario Party… awwwww

    Audrey loves her kids very much. For her son Tanner’s birthday she created a Mario-themed party complete with cool invitations, costumes, coin boxes and even Koopa decorations. She bought green and red hats, marked them with L and M, and made funny mustaches. She then bought some goodie bags and even made a supercool cake with Mario on it. Let’s just say nobody ever made me a… Read More

  • TXT MSG is 15 today

    saRAH STFU ALL OF UZZ….IM REALY CONFUSEDDDDD RYT NAW SUM OF U SAY VAGUR IZ GOOD ND SUM SAY IPHONE ROCKZ….OMGG!!!! FUK U IM GTN IPHONE! This is a perfect example of how a pubescent teen spells these days. Hell, saRAH is probably a 20-something. What are you even trying to say? I’m so confused. Sure, this sort of exchange is fine over SMS, but when it crosses into the classroom… Read More

  • Blogging Turns Ten This Year

    Happy birthday to you, you escaped from a zoo, you look like a monkey, and you smell like one too — HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BLOGGING! Although difficult to pinpoint the exact moment in time that blogging’s Big Bang occured, it is widely believed to have happened about ten years ago with Jorn Barger‘s Robot Wisdom website. I’m not exactly sure how the Wall Street Journal… Read More