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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Tech Time Warp: Y2K hysteria

Posted by Lauren Beliveau on Dec 30, 2016 9:37:00 AM

Making New Year’s resolutions might be easy, but keeping them can be pretty difficult. In fact, out of the 45 percent of Americans who make resolutions, only 8 percent successfully achieve them. Ready or not, the countdown to the New Year has begun.

As this year wraps up, we thought it would be interesting to look at some technical bugs that have popped up around New Year’s Eve. Yep, you guessed it, this Tech Time Warp looks at the Y2K bug — and what bugs the future might bring.

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Tech Time Warp: The GIF that keeps on giving

Posted by Lauren Beliveau on Dec 23, 2016 12:37:00 PM

It’s the season of GIFs! Whether you celebrate the holidays or not, this is the GIF that keeps on giving—and no, we don’t mean that Yankee Swap gift that seems to show up every year. This Tech Time Warp offers a brief history of GIFs (Graphic Interchange Format), as well as a few of our favorite GIFs in the office.

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Tech Time Warp: Spam Act was signed

Posted by Lauren Beliveau on Dec 16, 2016 11:51:00 AM

Opening your inbox every day might feel like a chore as  you sift through the very long list of newsletters and coupons and can’t-miss deals sitting there waiting for you—or it might scare you as you try to dodge the latest cyber threat or phishing attack. With hundreds of emails flooding our inboxes every week, it’s safe to say the situation has gotten out of control.

Whether you can relate to this email nightmare or are delighted to see new emails arrive in your inbox—one thing that we can all be grateful for is the SPAM Act. December 16 marks the 13th anniversary of this act being signed. The law, which was put into effect a few weeks later in January 2004, limited businesses and organizations from sending unsolicited emails to people who have opted out.

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Tech Time Warp: How AOL got its feet off the ground

Posted by Lauren Beliveau on Dec 2, 2016 11:48:00 AM

Thinking about AOL probably brings back a handful of memories like the iconic sound of a dial-up modem, the excitement of hearing the phrase “you’ve got mail,” or sending messages on AIM (a service AOL never wanted to launch). AOL was undeniably a ‘90s icon.

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Tech Time Warp: Conficker - The worm that keeps on coming back

Posted by Lauren Beliveau on Nov 25, 2016 9:36:00 AM

You might think you’re in a recurring nightmare because this malware keeps coming back year after year — and continues to pop up in new and unexpected ways. On Monday, the Conficker virus turned eight. With its constant modifications and more than 190 million Microsoft Windows computers and 11 million IoT devices infected so far, this malware continues to haunt most IT service providers.

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Tech Time Warp: The glory days of video game consoles

Posted by Lauren Beliveau on Nov 18, 2016 11:29:00 AM

Did you know that the gaming industry made 23.5 billion dollars in 2015 alone? In fact 155 million Americans play video games on a regular basis. While video game consoles remain popular, mobile games are projected to increase 20 percent in 2015, bringing in 35 billion dollars. While mobile gaming has become more profitable, 2017 might be the year consoles make a comeback.

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Tech Time Warp: Firefox keeps fighting

Posted by Lauren Beliveau on Nov 11, 2016 9:30:00 AM

This past Wednesday marked the 12th anniversary of Firefox 1.0 being announced, and the browser has come a long way in the past 12 years. This Tech Time Warp looks at how Firefox has grown over time. 

The open source project was originally created as an alternative for Internet Explorer, allowing users to prevent spyware, block pop-ups, and use tabbed browsing. Within the first year, there was over 100 million downloads, and volunteers have translated it into 90 different languages. The browser has gone through numerous name changes due to trademark issues over the years, starting off as Phoenix, then becoming Firebird, and finally settling on Mozilla Firefox. But, it’s stayed true to its open source roots and continues to enjoy a loyal following.

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Tech Time Warp: Compaq announces the Portable PC

Posted by Lauren Beliveau on Nov 4, 2016 9:32:00 AM

Today, there are so many different ‘featherweight’ laptops available, and most of them weigh under 5 pounds. With so many lightweight options available, it’s almost hard to believe that at one time portable computers were around 28 pounds—almost six times heavier. But at the time, it was revolutionary.

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Tech Time Warp: Lara Croft turns 20

Posted by Lauren Beliveau on Oct 28, 2016 9:30:00 AM

October 25 marked the 20th anniversary of the video game Tomb Raider. The game was first released on the Sega Saturn, but it didn’t take off until it was released for the Nintendo 64—selling 7.5 million units worldwide. At the time, Lara Croft was considered the female Indiana Jones, and she became an iconic video game heroine.  This Tech Time Warp looks at how Tomb Raider quickly grew into the empire it is today.

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