2020 TECH FUN FACTS TO BLOW YOUR MIND
1. There’s a name for when you assume that your handset is vibrating, but it doesn’t.
This is my favorite technical reality on this list!
“Phantom Pulse Syndrome” is the name of someone who feels their phone is vibrating, but it’s not.
Study indicates that someone is over-involved with their phone because of this.
2. Google’s first tweet was incoherent nonsense.
To a average person, Google’s first Twitter tweet was nonsense!
It reads, ‘I am 01100110 01100101 01100101 01101100 011001 01101110 01100111 00100000 01101100 01110101 01100011 011011 011011 0111 011001 00001010.’
Translated from binary to English, this tweet says, “I feel fortunate.”
3. The first phone call was made in New York City.
In 1973, Martin Cooper, an employee of Motorola, made his first cell phone call from the streets of New York City.
It wasn’t until 19 years later that Neil Papworth received the first SMS message.
4. More than 6,000 new computer viruses are developed and published every month.
This figure has grown significantly since 1990, when there were just 50 documented computer viruses.
Today, 90% of emails contain some sort of malware, and most people don’t know about it.
5. The Internet speed of NASA is 91 GB per second.
The average household internet bandwidth is about 25 MB per second.
Currently quick enough to stream Netflix with no buffer time.
And let’s face the fact that if there’s any tech business that can really make decent use of their Internet speeds, it’s NASA.
6. More people have smart phones than toilets.
Of the 7.7 billion people in the country, more than 6 billion have access to a mobile phone.
In the meantime, only 4.5 billion people had access to functioning toilets!
7. Some people are terrified of technology.
People have all sorts of strange worries and phobies out there, and technology is no different!
Aptly termed technophobia, this paranoia originated from the Industrial Revolution, because workers became terrified that robots would steal their jobs.
It refers in a similar manner to today’s culture, as do people who are fearful of technology being more sophisticated, such as artificial intelligence technology.
Let’s just hope this phobia doesn’t preclude them from reading the truth of this technology!
8. Detecting a security vulnerability in Facebook’s code will pay off.
To be precise, Facebook costs $500 for disclosing any vulnerability flaws.
Much better, $500 is just the baseline at which it starts, meaning you might actually gain more!
9. About a third of the divorces are due to Facebook.
Thirty-three percent of divorced couples said Facebook was an excuse to split up.
Any of these more basic explanations are such factors as improper communications to other individuals, which leads spouses to clash, hidden social media profiles, and concerns about marriages.
10. Originally, the QWERTY keyboard was programmed to slow you down.
Typing too hard would jam the keys as the typewriters were added.
Use a QWERTY keyboard spaced out widely used characters to slow down typists and avoid jamming.
If you decided to learn a more powerful keyboard, Dvorak is built for tempo.
When we’re talking about keyboards and typing, did you know that on a normal working day, the typists’ fingers could “travel” for about 12.6 miles.
11. Any nations have missed the age of landlines.
Nigeria, Ghana, and Bangladesh have gone from zero to 100. Owing to lack of money, it was too difficult to adapt to landline use.
Less than 1 % of people of these countries have landline service, but over 85% have access to mobile phones.
12. About 90 % of the world ‘s currency is digital.
I don’t know anything about you, but I almost never have cash!
Among credit cards, debit cards, direct deposits, and internet transactions, only around 8 percent of the world’s currency remain physical income.
13. Before 2010, carrier pigeons had become quicker than the internet.
When comparing upload rates, a test was conducted to fly a carrier pigeon with a 50-mile USB stick to an internet provider when racing against an internet upload.
The pigeon did so in just over an hour, although the upload took two hours.
14. Per iPhone commercial has a time of 9:41 fixed.
This is when Steve Jobs announced the iPhone for the first time in 2007.
The 41-minute demonstration leading up to the first iPhone was perfectly designed.
And the first screenshot of the iPhone revealed the time at 9:41.
15. Many of today’s popular businesses started off in the garages.
Right, apart from Apple, most big name businesses started out with modest beginnings.
HP, Google, and Microsoft were both started in the garage.
16. Most internet traffic isn’t from real persons.
About 51% of internet traffic is non-human. Over 30% is from hacking programs, spammers, and phishing.
Be careful with your computer security!
17. There is also artificial intelligence capable of anticipating epidemics.
Artificial intelligence (87% accuracy) has been developed to assess outbreaks of disease, such as dengue fever.
It is hoped that this technology can be able to forecast outbreaks of more dangerous diseases such as Ebola and Zika.
18. Google is consuming the same amount of electricity as 200,000 households.
Not unexpectedly, this tech powerhouse needs a lot of power!
That’s around 0.013 per cent of the world’s energy consumption.
And while not all of their electricity comes from wind and solar, they buy carbon offsets that leave them with no carbon footprint!
19. There are just 21 million bitcoins in total that can be mined.
You ‘d imagine that, since it’s a digital currency, the number of bitcoins available will be infinite.
However, if that were the case, it would devalue the currency and make it useless.
20. Email existed before the world wide web
You usually don’t really care about it before writing and submitting a one-line email message. But it wasn’t always that convenient. You will see a fascinating clip on YouTube: “How to submit an Email – Database – 1984.” This came from a tech TV show called Database, and the presenters showed what it took to send an email back in those days.
You had to use a computer and a rotary phone to connect to a service called Micronet. This was pre-WWW, but there were no URLs, just a numbered webpage. The number of the website was 7776 for emails.
21. In 1956, 5 megabytes (5MB) of data weighed a ton
It was 1956 that IBM introduced RAMAC, the first computer with anything like a hard disk we’re using today.
By hard disk, we mean anything that used magnetic disks – a moving head was used to read and write that data. At the time, it was considered a huge jump in mass storage technologies because it required a change from punch cards and magnetic tape (which stored data sequentially) to randomly accessible hard drives.
RAMAC itself reflected the Random Access System in Accounting & Control. The entire cabinet weighed more than 1000 kg and the 5MP data was scattered over 50 wide aluminum disks, covered with magnetic iron oxide. The disks spun at a speed of 1200 rpm and the computers were rented back in the day for $3,200 per month.
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