The First Things in Tech

Anything that happens for the first time is very memorable. Many things happened for the first time in the world of technology. Some are quite fun too. You will also be curious to know who made the first phone call, who sent the first text message, many things that have happened for the first time in the world of technology.

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So let’s begin…

1. The first photo uploaded on the Internet

Nowadays we share many photos on social media, upload photos in different places. But this is the first photo that was uploaded on the internet. The women in this photo were part of a musical group called Les Horrible Sennets. Source

2. The first mobile phones went on sale

The first mobile phones went on sale

Do you know when the first cell was put on a mobile phone? In 1983, the U.S. The first mobile phone was sold in Vent for about $ 4,000. On March 13, 1984, Motorola dropped $ 3,995 to purchase the first handheld cellphone, the DynaTAC 8000X. Source

3. Sir Isac Newton was in the First Apple Logo

Sir Isac Newton was in the First Apple Logo

Apple is now a very large company. Even though its iPhones are expensive, but everyone wants its logo. Ronald Wayne designed the first Apple logo in 1976. The logo depicts Isaac Newton sitting under a tree, with an apple hanging above his head. Source

4. The first-ever Google Doodle

The first-ever Google Doodle

Yes… I am talking about the same Google doodle which is on the Google homepage. The first-ever Google Doodle was published on August 30, 1998. For celebrating the Burning Man festival. This Google Doodle was designed by co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page. Source

5. The First Online Transaction Was A Drug Deal

The first online transaction took place in 1972. This transaction was done by students at Stanford University in California and MIT in Massachusetts. Using an ARPANET account in their artificial intelligence lab, Stanford students sold a small amount of marijuana to their counterparts. Source

6. The very first mobile phone call

The very first mobile phone call

On April 3, 1973, the first cell phone call was made by Motorola engineer Martin Cooper. He made the first call to his competitor Bell Labs. Martin Cooper, then a senior engineer at Motorola, made a cell phone call for the first time. Source

7. The first search engine

The first search engine

Now Google is the most popular search engine. But it is not the first-ever search engine. Archie is considered the first Internet search engine. It was created in 1990 by Alan Mjet. Archie collects the information by crawling the Internet and then matching it with the search query and then returning the results from the database. Source

8. The first computer mouse

The first computer mouse

The first computer mouse was made of wood. Douglas Engelbart was the inventor of the first computer mouse. It was invented in 1964. It has a wooden shell, a circuit board, and two metal wheels. This was the first mouse that could fit in the user’s hand. Source

9. The world’s first electronic computer

The world’s first electronic computer

The first electronic computer in the world was ENIAC. It was built between 1943 and 1945. The total weight was 30 tons. And 1800 sq ft of space was needed to keep it. It was the first large-scale computer to run at electronic speed without slowing down any mechanical parts. Source

10. The first computer bug

The first computer bug

Do you know where the term ‘computer bug’ comes from? The ‘bug’ is actually an insect that was found inside a computer system and caused trouble. The first documented case of an actual bug inside a computer was in the 1940s. Source

11. The very first text message

The very first text message

The first text message was sent in 1992. It was “Merry Christmas”. Neil Papworth became the first person to send a message. Neil Papworth typed “Merry Christmas” on the computer and sent the first SMS message to Vodafone director Richard Jarvis’s cellphone. Source

12. The first TV remote

The first TV remote

The remote makes our work very easy. This does not make us go near the device again and again. The first remote controller for television was developed in 1950. The name of this remote was “Lazy Bones“. Source

13. The first GPS mobile phone

The first GPS mobile phone

The first GPS mobile phone was released in 1999. The name of this phone was “Benefon Esc”. This was the first commercially available GPS phone that meant anyone could buy it. Source

14. The first-ever Email

The first-ever Email

The first email was sent by Ray Tomlinson himself in 1971. This email was sent for testing purposes. He did not remember the email he sent. In an interview, he said that the email was like QWERTYUIOP or something like that. Source

15. The first alarm clock

The first alarm clock

The first alarm clock was not as advanced as it is today. This clock could only ring at 4 am. The first alarm clock was made in 1787. Levi Hutchins was the inventor of the first alarm clock. He made this device only for himself. It rings only at 4 AM to wake him up to his job. Source

16. The first floppy disk

The first floppy disk

The first floppy disk was 8 inches in size. Its storage capacity was about 80 kilobytes. Floppy disk drives (FDD) were invented at IBM in 1967 by Alan Shugart. It used to be very flexible plastic. Later it was called “diskette”. When the floppy disk became 5.25 inches. Source

17. The first emoticon

 The first emoticon

The first emoticon is credited to Kevin Mackenzie in 1979. It was a rather simple -) and didn’t really look like a face. Source

18. The first microprocessor

The first microprocessor

The name of the first microprocessor was “4004”. The Intel 4004 was invented in 1971 by Intel engineers. The Intel 4004 was a 4-bit central processing unit (CPU) released in 1971 by Intel Corporation. It was the first full CPU on a chip, and also the first commercially available microprocessor. Source

19. The world’s first cell phone

The world’s first cell phone

In this mobile phone era, how can we forget the cell phone? The world’s first cell phone was launched in 1973 and the name of this cell phone was Motorola DynaTAC 800x. Its price was around $4,000. Source

20. The first personal computer

The first personal computer

Finally, we are going to talk about the first personal computer. It was created by Berkeley Enterprises. The name of this computer was “Simon”. It sold for a price of $300 in 1950. Source

21. The first-ever registered domain on the internet

The oldest .com domain on the Internet is which was still up and running. This domain was registered in March 1985. Computer manufacturer Symbolics registered this domain. It is now in the form of a historical museum. Source

22. The first-ever VCR

The first-ever VCR (videocassette recorder) was the size of a piano, created in 1956. Earlier VCRs were both inefficient and expensive also. In 1956 Ampex Corporation developed the VRX-1000. Source

23. The first-ever banner ad

The first-ever banner ad, which appeared in Wired magazine’s website on October 27, 1994. This was written on that banner ad:

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