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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
First ever computer animated anamorphic widescreen film. First all digital transfer to DVD. First film to be reframed for home video releases.
Introduced at the Consumer electronics show in January 1999.
Adobe 5.5 relased
MS Internet Explorer 5.5 released
First Wiki introduced
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."
The world panics that the tech world will crash. Nothing happens.
Twitter.com comes online
The ground floor of what would become a social media empire
Microsoft Pocket PC
Released to counter Blackberry and Palm PDA in the portable computer battles.
iTunes released on the Mac
Napster is growing
Napster reaches over 26 million users February of 2001.
AOL membership peaks
On March 8, 2001, AOL memberships surpasses 28 Million.
Google Image Search
Google Image Search is introduced offering access to 250 million images in July of 2001.
Internet Explorer 6.0
Microsoft releases Internet Explorer 6.0 in August 27, 2001.
Apple introduces the iPod and it goes on sale October 23, 2001.
Microsoft releases the original Xbox game console November 15, 2001.
Rhapsody hits the scene
Rhapsody is released in December of 2001.
Adobe Photoshop 7.0
Adobe Photoshop 7.0 is released in March of 2002.
WordPress is first released on May 27, 2003.
Microsoft introduces Windows Mobile 2003 on June 23, 2003
The Safari Internet browser is released June 30, 2003.
Adobe Photoshop 8.0
Adobe Photoshop CS (8.0) is released in October of 2003.
MySpace official site is launched January 2004.
Mark Zuckerberg launches Thefacebook February 4, 2004, which later becomes Facebook.
Google announces Gmail on April 1, 2004. Many people take it as an April Fools joke.
Firefox 1.0 is first introduced on November 9, 2004.
World of Warcraft
Blizzard's World of Warcraft game, the most popular and successful MMORPG is released November 23, 2004.
Google Maps is launched February 8, 2005.
YouTube is founded and comes online February 15, 2005.
Adobe Photoshop CS2 (9.0) is released April 4, 2005.
Pirates rejoice and downloading takes off!
Reddit is launched on June 23, 2005
The Pandora Internet Radio service is launched August 25, 2005.
Microsoft releases the Xbox 360, the second generation of their popular game console November 22, 2005.
The Blu-ray is first announced and introduced at the 2006 CES on January 4, 2006.
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
Toshiba releases the first HD DVD player in Japan on March 31, 2006.
Skype announced that it had over 100 million registered users.
Twttr, now known as Twitter is officially launched July 15, 2006.
Apple introduces the iTV (now known as the Apple TV) September 12, 2006.
Internet Explorer 7
Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 is introduced October 18, 2006.
Sony releases the PlayStation 3 November 11, 2006.
Nintendo releases the Wii November 19, 2006.
Microsoft releases Microsoft Windows Vista to corporations on November 30, 2006.
Apple introduces the iPhone to the public at the January 9, 2007 Macworld Conference & Expo.
Justin Kan begins live streaming his life 24/7 on March 19, 2007 on the website Justin.tv.
Adobe Photoshop CS3 (10.0) is released April 16, 2007.
Tumblr is launched April 27, 2007.
Released for sale to public on June 29, 2007.
Zynga is founded in July of 2007.
Dropbox founded in 2007
Google releases Android November 5, 2007.
Amazon.com releases the first Kindle in the United States November 19, 2007.
The Hulu website is released to the public on March 12, 2008.
Apple releases the iPhone 3G June 9, 2008.
T-Mobile's G1 phone (HTC Dream) is the first phone to be released with Google Android 1.0 on September 23, 2008.
Adobe Photoshop CS4 (11.0) is released October 15, 2008.
Google releases the first public version of Chrome December 11, 2008.
A person under the fake name of Satoshi Nakamoto introduces the Internet currency Bitcoin January 3, 2009.
Internet Explorer 8
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 is introduced March 19, 2009.
Probook introduced by Hewlett Packard.
The Kickstarter service and website are started April 28, 2009.
Microsoft launches the Bing search engine June 3, 2009.
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.
Apple releases the iPhone 3Gs (s for successor) June 19, 2009.
After more than five years in beta, Gmail finally gets out of beta July 7, 2009.
Microsoft releases Windows 7 on October 22, 2009.
The first Barnes & Noble Nook is released on November 30, 2009.
Apple introduces the iPad on January 27, 2010.
Adobe Photoshop CS5 (12.0) is released April 30, 2010.
Google releases Google Web Fonts, which is now known as Google Fonts.
Apple introduces the iPhone 4 on June 7, 2010.
Instagram is launched in October 2010.
Microsoft first releases the Kinect for the Xbox 360 on November 4, 2010.
Internet Explorer 9
Microsoft releases Internet Explorer 9 March 14, 2011.
BlackBerry releases the PlayBook on April 19, 2011.
The first Chromebooks with Chrome OS begin shipping on June 15, 2011.
Picaboo, which later became Snapchat, is launched in June 2011.
Microsoft introduces Office 365 June 28, 2011.
Netflix introduces its online video streaming in September of 2011. The service allows users to stream full movies over the Internet.
Samsung first releases the Galaxy Note smartphone in October of 2011 and the term phablet becomes a new way of describing larger phones.
Apple introduces the iPhone 4s on October 4, 2011.
The Kindle Fire is released for sale on November 15, 2011.
Adobe Photoshop CS6 (13.0) is released May 7, 2012.
Vine is founded by Dom Hofmann and Rus Yusupov in June 2012.
Pinterest is made available to everyone August 10, 2012.
Apple iPhone 5 goes on sale September 21, 2012.
Facebook officially crosses the one billion active users mark on October 4, 2012.
Apple introduces the iPad mini October 23, 2012.
Microsoft Windows 8 and Microsoft Surface is released October 26, 2012.
Microsoft Windows 8 and Microsoft Surface is released October 26, 2012.
Google introduces the Chromecast July 24, 2013.
iPhone 5s & 5c
Apple introduces the iPhone 5s and 5c on September 10, 2013.
Sony releases the PS4 November 15, 2013.
Microsoft releases the Xbox One November 22, 2013.
Apple officially releases the Apple Watch on April 24, 2015.
iPhone 6, 6+, Apple watch
Apple introduces the new iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and Apple Watch September 9, 2014.
Microsoft releases Windows 10 on July 29, 2015.
Microsoft releases the Surface Book on October 26, 2015.