Category Archives: History

One of the first true computers is finally on public display

As reported on Engadget. by Jon Fingas Seeing ENIAC, one of the first true programmable computers, has been tricky; the giant mainframe was partly restored in 2007, but it was only visible in an office building. At last, though, you … Continue reading

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Curiosity celebrates its first action-packed Martian year

As reported on Engadget. BY STEVE DENT  Curiosity feted its first Martian year on the red planet (687 earth days) with a stiched-up selfie while NASA reflected on the Mars rover’s triumphs and setbacks. So far, it has achieved most of … Continue reading

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Cuba’s first independent digital news will be sent via cellphones and flash drives

As reported on Engadget. BY JON FINGAS Cubans haven’t had an above-ground, independent digital news outlet in their country so far — not surprising when their government only allowed personal cellphone andcomputer sales six years ago. However, all that’s set to change when blogger … Continue reading

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AI algorithm takes seat on investment company’s board

As reported on Engadget. BY STEVE DENT The coming robot apocalypse will need robot executives to rule over it, but it looks like they’re going to have to start with more mundane business first. A Hong Kong venture capital firm has just “appointed” an artificial … Continue reading

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One man is chronicling the history of a digital universe

As reported on The Verge. By Andrew Webster After a decade of epic battles, ‘Eve Online’ gets its historian After spending months climbing the ranks of the Ubiqua Seraph corporation, on April 18th, 2005, Istvaan Shogaatsu’s moment had finally arrived. He … Continue reading

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‘Gospel of Jesus’s Wife’ likely isn’t a modern forgery, scientists claim

As reported on The Verge. By Amar Toor  Analysis suggests that the controversial fragment is indeed ancient, but not everyone is convinced A controversial document that suggests that Jesus of Nazareth had a wife is most likely ancient and not a … Continue reading

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30 years of mobile phones, all jamming together (video)

As reported on Engadget. BY MAT SMITH In the technological equivalent of Band Aid, minus the charitable fundraising, Korea’s SK Telecom has celebrated 30 years in the carrier business, by composing its current jingle from yesteryear’s cellular hits. Stars include several car-phones from … Continue reading

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Digging up the brutal truth about Rio de Janeiro’s 19th century slave trade

As reported on The Verge. By Rich McCormick Brazil, soon to host the soccer World Cup and the 2016 Olympics, is in the midst of a frenzy of construction. Crews in Rio de Janeiro are preparing the city for the future, … Continue reading

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Tunnel vision: how an obsessed explorer found and lost the world’s oldest subway

As reported on The Verge. By Adrianne Jeffries New York City has sealed up a 169-year-old landmark, but the man who discovered it wants back inside The old tunnel, that used to lie there under ground, a passage of Acheron-like solemnity … Continue reading

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New York’s ‘Roaring Twenties’ come alive with interactive audio map

As reported on The Verge. By Andrew Webster The term “Roaring Twenties” is used to describe a specific period of economic growth, but it’s an apt description for another reason — the decade was very noisy. Created by a group at … Continue reading

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