Kate Johanns

Kate Johanns is a communications professional and freelance writer with more than 13 years of experience in publishing and marketing.
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Tech Time Warp: Hooray for Hollywood—and the Cinématographe

Posted by Kate Johanns on Feb 10, 2017 10:30:00 AM

With the 89th Academy Awards just two weeks away, it’s only fitting to recognize brothers Louis and Auguste Lumière, who patented the name “Cinématographe” in France on Feb. 13, 1895. The Cinématographe improved upon Thomas Edison’s Kinetoscope, a motion picture viewer; the Lumière brothers’ three-in-one invention could not only record film but also develop and project it.

The lucrative Lumière family business was the production of photographic plates—Louis had invented a dry plate process for developing film—so it was only natural that father Antoine would attend an exhibition of the Kinetoscope in Paris. Fascinated by what he saw, Antoine issued his sons a challenge: Develop an alternative to the Kinetoscope, which could only be viewed by one person at a time.

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Tech Time Warp: The Truth About the Polygraph

Posted by Kate Johanns on Feb 3, 2017 11:00:00 AM

We cannot tell a lie: The polygraph has a fascinating history.

On Feb. 2, 1935, Leonarde Keeler had his first opportunity to use a polygraph in a criminal trial. Keeler had devoted nearly a decade to perfecting the machine—first invented by his mentor John Larson—before putting it to the test before a jury.

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Tech Time Warp: Steve Jobs Lets the Macintosh Out of the Bag

Posted by Kate Johanns on Jan 27, 2017 10:00:00 AM

You might not immediately think of January 1984 as a period of sweeping change, but since that’s when we were introduced to both modern computing as we know it and blockbuster Super Bowl commercials, you probably should. We have one man to thank: Steve Jobs, of course.

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Tech Time Warp: Wikipedia Celebrates Sweet Sixteen

Posted by Kate Johanns on Jan 20, 2017 10:30:00 AM

Internet juggernaut Wikipedia turns 16 this week, and it’s a website that’s truly come of age. Launched Jan. 15, 2001, Wikipedia is the fifth-most visited site worldwide and the sixth most-popular website in the United States, according to Alexa. (Page one search results on Google can’t hurt.)

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Tech Time Warp: Patent Issued for Spalding Adding Machine – 1874

Posted by Kate Johanns on Jan 13, 2017 11:20:00 AM

Despite our teachers’ valiant efforts, most of us rely on calculators for even basic computations—and we can thank inventors such as Cyrus G. Spalding for preventing us from many math-induced headaches. On Jan. 13, 1874, Spalding received his first patent for the Spalding Adding Machine, also known as the “Surprise Adder.”

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Tech Time Warp: Happy 20th birthday, flip phone!

Posted by Kate Johanns on Jan 6, 2017 11:00:00 AM

There was life before the smart phone, remember? Hard to believe it today, but once upon a time, we all flipped for the flip phone, which turns 20 this week. The Motorola StarTAC attracted consumers with its lightweight clamshell design—perfect for slipping into pockets and closing with dramatic flair.

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