Digital Immigrant Evolution

  • Google is born

    Google is born
    Initially a research project entitled "Backrub"--because the system checked backlinks to estimate the importance of a website--by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Google has taken over the Internet landscape for the "go to site for immediate information." The original mission was to "organize the world's information and make it univerally accessible and useful."
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  • Nintendo 64 arrives

    Nintendo 64 arrives
    Named for its 64-bit central processing unit, N64 was the video game industry's last major home console to use the cartridge as its primary storage format, although current handheld systems (such as the PlayStation Vita and Nintendo 3DS) also use cartridges. While the Nintendo 64 was succeeded by Nintendo's MiniDVD-based GameCube in November 2001, the consoles remained available until the system was retired in late 2003.
  • MacroMedia acquires FutureSplash

    MacroMedia acquires FutureSplash
    Flash's origination comes from SmartSketch, a drawing application for pen computers running PenPoint OS, published by FutureWave. When PenPoint failed in the marketplace, SmartSketch was ported to Microsoft Windows and Mac. As the Internet became more popular, FutureWave realized the potential for a vector-based web animation tool that might challenge Macromedia Shockwave technology. FutureWave modified SmartSketch by adding frame-by-frame animation features and re-released it as FutureSplash.
  • Broadband expands to Internet

    The advent of broadband networks meant that people were able download files, songs, TV shows and movies at greater speeds. This opened up a whole new world in online media - on 56k connection speeds, sites such as YouTube just weren't possible.
  • Palm-Pilot launched

    Palm-Pilot launched
    Evolved from Personal Desktop Assistant, a software term for an application that prompts or prods the user of a computer with suggestions or provides quick reference to contacts and other lists, PDAs were largely discontinued in the early 2010s after the widespread adoption of highly capable smartphones, in particular those based on iOS and Android
  • DVDs hit the scene

    DVDs hit the scene
  • Toyota introduces the Prius

    Toyota introduces the Prius
    The first generation Prius, at its launch, became the world's first mass-produced gasoline-electric hybrid car. At its introduction in 1997, it won the Car of the Year Japan Award, and in 1998, it won the Automotive Researchers' and Journalists' Conference Car of the Year award in Japan.
  • Netflix is born

    Netflix is born
    The Netflix website was launched on April 14, 1998, with only 30 employees and 925 works available for rent through a traditional pay-per-rental model Netflix introduced the monthly subscription concept in September 1999, and then dropped the single-rental model in early 2000. Since that time, the company has built its reputation on the business model of flat-fee unlimited rentals without due dates, late fees, shipping and handling.
  • MPMan first portable MP3 player

    MPMan first portable MP3 player
    Manufactured by the S. Korean company, SaeHan, the MPMan music player, debuted in Asia in March 1998, and was the first mass-produced portable solid state digital audio players.
  • USB debuts

    USB debuts
    A group of seven companies began the development of USB in 1994: Compaq, DEC, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, NEC, and Nortel. The first widely used version of USB was 1.1, which was released in September 1998.
  • CGI comes to widescreen

    CGI comes to widescreen
    First ever computer animated anamorphic widescreen film. First all digital transfer to DVD. First film to be reframed for home video releases.
  • Tivo introduced

    Tivo introduced
    Introduced at the Consumer electronics show in January 1999.
  • Adobe 5.5 relased

    Adobe 5.5 relased
  • MS Internet Explorer 5.5 released

    MS Internet Explorer 5.5 released
  • First Wiki introduced

    First Wiki introduced
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  • Wi-Fi steps forward

    Wi-Fi steps forward
    In 1999, the Wi-Fi Alliance formed as a trade association to hold the Wi-Fi trademark under which most products are sold. Later that year was with 802.11b to permit 11 Mbit/s link speeds, and this proved to be popular. Its considered "the birth of public wi-fi."
  • Y2K

    Y2K
    The world panics that the tech world will crash. Nothing happens.
  • Twitter.com comes online

    Twitter.com comes online
    The ground floor of what would become a social media empire
  • Windows 2000

    Windows 2000
  • Microsoft Pocket PC

    Microsoft Pocket PC
    Released to counter Blackberry and Palm PDA in the portable computer battles.
  • iTunes released on the Mac

    iTunes released on the Mac
  • Napster is growing

    Napster is growing
    Napster reaches over 26 million users February of 2001.
  • AOL membership peaks

    AOL membership peaks
    On March 8, 2001, AOL memberships surpasses 28 Million.
  • Google Image Search

    Google Image Search
    Google Image Search is introduced offering access to 250 million images in July of 2001.
  • Internet Explorer 6.0

    Internet Explorer 6.0
    Microsoft releases Internet Explorer 6.0 in August 27, 2001.
  • iPod released

    iPod released
    Apple introduces the iPod and it goes on sale October 23, 2001.
  • Windows XP

    Windows XP
  • XBox debuts

    XBox debuts
    Microsoft releases the original Xbox game console November 15, 2001.
  • Rhapsody hits the scene

    Rhapsody hits the scene
    Rhapsody is released in December of 2001.
  • Adobe Photoshop 7.0

    Adobe Photoshop 7.0
    Adobe Photoshop 7.0 is released in March of 2002.
  • Wordpress

    Wordpress
    WordPress is first released on May 27, 2003.
  • Windows Mobile

    Windows Mobile
    Microsoft introduces Windows Mobile 2003 on June 23, 2003
  • Safari Internet

    Safari Internet
    The Safari Internet browser is released June 30, 2003.
  • Adobe Photoshop 8.0

    Adobe Photoshop 8.0
    Adobe Photoshop CS (8.0) is released in October of 2003.
  • Myspace

    Myspace
    MySpace official site is launched January 2004.
  • Thefacebook

    Thefacebook
    Mark Zuckerberg launches Thefacebook February 4, 2004, which later becomes Facebook.
  • GMail

    GMail
    Google announces Gmail on April 1, 2004. Many people take it as an April Fools joke.
  • Firefox 1.0

    Firefox 1.0
    Firefox 1.0 is first introduced on November 9, 2004.
  • World of Warcraft

    World of Warcraft
    Blizzard's World of Warcraft game, the most popular and successful MMORPG is released November 23, 2004.
  • Google Maps

    Google Maps
    Google Maps is launched February 8, 2005.
  • Kubuntu

    Kubuntu
  • YouTube

    YouTube
    YouTube is founded and comes online February 15, 2005.
  • Photoshop 9.0

    Photoshop 9.0
    Adobe Photoshop CS2 (9.0) is released April 4, 2005.
  • uTorrent

    uTorrent
    Pirates rejoice and downloading takes off!
  • Reddit

    Reddit
    Reddit is launched on June 23, 2005
  • Pandora

    Pandora
    The Pandora Internet Radio service is launched August 25, 2005.
  • XBox 360

    XBox 360
    Microsoft releases the Xbox 360, the second generation of their popular game console November 22, 2005.
  • Blu-ray

    Blu-ray
    The Blu-ray is first announced and introduced at the 2006 CES on January 4, 2006.
  • First Tweet

    First Tweet
    Jack Dorsey, the founder of Twitter posts the first Twitter post "Just setting up my twttr" on his account March 21, 2006.
  • HD DVD player

    HD DVD player
    Toshiba releases the first HD DVD player in Japan on March 31, 2006.
  • Skype

    Skype
    Skype announced that it had over 100 million registered users.
  • Twitter

    Twitter
    Twttr, now known as Twitter is officially launched July 15, 2006.
  • iTV

    iTV
    Apple introduces the iTV (now known as the Apple TV) September 12, 2006.
  • Internet Explorer 7

    Internet Explorer 7
    Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 is introduced October 18, 2006.
  • PS3

    PS3
    Sony releases the PlayStation 3 November 11, 2006.
  • Wii

    Wii
    Nintendo releases the Wii November 19, 2006.
  • Windows Vista

    Windows Vista
    Microsoft releases Microsoft Windows Vista to corporations on November 30, 2006.
  • iPhone

    iPhone
    Apple introduces the iPhone to the public at the January 9, 2007 Macworld Conference & Expo.
  • Justin.tv

    Justin.tv
    Justin Kan begins live streaming his life 24/7 on March 19, 2007 on the website Justin.tv.
  • Photoshop 10

    Photoshop 10
    Adobe Photoshop CS3 (10.0) is released April 16, 2007.
  • Tumblr

    Tumblr
    Tumblr is launched April 27, 2007.
  • iPhone

    iPhone
    Released for sale to public on June 29, 2007.
  • Zynga

    Zynga
    Zynga is founded in July of 2007.
  • Dropbox

    Dropbox
    Dropbox founded in 2007
  • Android

    Android
    Google releases Android November 5, 2007.
  • Kindle

    Kindle
    Amazon.com releases the first Kindle in the United States November 19, 2007.
  • Hulu

    Hulu
    The Hulu website is released to the public on March 12, 2008.
  • iPhone 3G

    iPhone 3G
    Apple releases the iPhone 3G June 9, 2008.
  • HTC Dream/Android

    HTC Dream/Android
    T-Mobile's G1 phone (HTC Dream) is the first phone to be released with Google Android 1.0 on September 23, 2008.
  • Photoshop 11

    Photoshop 11
    Adobe Photoshop CS4 (11.0) is released October 15, 2008.
  • Chrome

    Chrome
    Google releases the first public version of Chrome December 11, 2008.
  • Bitcoin

    Bitcoin
    A person under the fake name of Satoshi Nakamoto introduces the Internet currency Bitcoin January 3, 2009.
  • Internet Explorer 8

    Internet Explorer 8
    Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 is introduced March 19, 2009.
  • HP Probook

    HP Probook
    Probook introduced by Hewlett Packard.
  • Kickstarter

    Kickstarter
    The Kickstarter service and website are started April 28, 2009.
  • bing

    bing
    Microsoft launches the Bing search engine June 3, 2009.
  • Farmville

    Farmville
    Zynga launches its most successful game, Farmville, in June of 2009.
  • Death of analog

    The analog TV signal begins to be phased out as broadcasts moved to high-definition on June 12, 2009.
  • iPhone 3Gs

    iPhone 3Gs
    Apple releases the iPhone 3Gs (s for successor) June 19, 2009.
  • Gmail

    Gmail
    After more than five years in beta, Gmail finally gets out of beta July 7, 2009.
  • Minecraft

    Minecraft
  • Windows 7

    Windows 7
    Microsoft releases Windows 7 on October 22, 2009.
  • Nook

    Nook
    The first Barnes & Noble Nook is released on November 30, 2009.
  • iPad

    iPad
    Apple introduces the iPad on January 27, 2010.
  • Photoshop 12

    Photoshop 12
    Adobe Photoshop CS5 (12.0) is released April 30, 2010.
  • Google Font

    Google releases Google Web Fonts, which is now known as Google Fonts.
  • iPhone 4

    iPhone 4
    Apple introduces the iPhone 4 on June 7, 2010.
  • Instagram

    Instagram
    Instagram is launched in October 2010.
  • Kinect

    Kinect
    Microsoft first releases the Kinect for the Xbox 360 on November 4, 2010.
  • Internet Explorer 9

    Internet Explorer 9
    Microsoft releases Internet Explorer 9 March 14, 2011.
  • PlayBook

    PlayBook
    BlackBerry releases the PlayBook on April 19, 2011.
  • Chromebook

    Chromebook
    The first Chromebooks with Chrome OS begin shipping on June 15, 2011.
  • Picaboo

    Picaboo
    Picaboo, which later became Snapchat, is launched in June 2011.
  • Office 365

    Office 365
    Microsoft introduces Office 365 June 28, 2011.
  • Netflix streams

    Netflix streams
    Netflix introduces its online video streaming in September of 2011. The service allows users to stream full movies over the Internet.
  • Galaxy Note

    Galaxy Note
    Samsung first releases the Galaxy Note smartphone in October of 2011 and the term phablet becomes a new way of describing larger phones.
  • iPhone 4s

    iPhone 4s
    Apple introduces the iPhone 4s on October 4, 2011.
  • Kindle Fire

    Kindle Fire
    The Kindle Fire is released for sale on November 15, 2011.
  • Photoshop 13

    Photoshop 13
    Adobe Photoshop CS6 (13.0) is released May 7, 2012.
  • Vine

    Vine
    Vine is founded by Dom Hofmann and Rus Yusupov in June 2012.
  • Pintrest

    Pintrest
    Pinterest is made available to everyone August 10, 2012.
  • iPhone 5

    iPhone 5
    Apple iPhone 5 goes on sale September 21, 2012.
  • Facebook milestone

    Facebook milestone
    Facebook officially crosses the one billion active users mark on October 4, 2012.
  • iPad Mini

    iPad Mini
    Apple introduces the iPad mini October 23, 2012.
  • MS Surface

    MS Surface
    Microsoft Windows 8 and Microsoft Surface is released October 26, 2012.
  • Windows 8

    Windows 8
    Microsoft Windows 8 and Microsoft Surface is released October 26, 2012.
  • Chromecast

    Chromecast
    Google introduces the Chromecast July 24, 2013.
  • iPhone 5s & 5c

    iPhone 5s & 5c
    Apple introduces the iPhone 5s and 5c on September 10, 2013.
  • PS4

    PS4
    Sony releases the PS4 November 15, 2013.
  • XBox One

    XBox One
    Microsoft releases the Xbox One November 22, 2013.
  • Apple Watch

    Apple Watch
    Apple officially releases the Apple Watch on April 24, 2015.
  • iPhone 6, 6+, Apple watch

    iPhone 6, 6+, Apple watch
    Apple introduces the new iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and Apple Watch September 9, 2014.
  • WIndows 10

    WIndows 10
    Microsoft releases Windows 10 on July 29, 2015.
  • Surface Book

    Surface Book
    Microsoft releases the Surface Book on October 26, 2015.