14 January
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Technology Inventions From the 21st century

21st Century Tech Advances

It’s easy to forget in 2018 how worried the world was about the millennium bug; little did we know how far technology would come in 18 years.

We decided to take a trip down memory lane and see what was invented since the year 2000. We’re sure you’ll be surprised by some of the technology we use all day every day, which we used to live without.

Bluetooth Technology

Yep, it’s hard to think of a time where your phone didn’t connect to pretty much every electronic device. These days you can connect your phone to pretty much anything; from Alexa to the dishwasher and washing machine.

Bluetooth was actually around in 1999 but it wasn’t until the year 2000 that manufacturers began to adopt it in mobiles and computers.

Bluetooth was named after a tenth-century king, Harald Bluetooth, who was the King of Denmark and Norway.

The iPod®

The iPod may seem like an old invention which has been phased out, but in 2001 the iPod was groundbreaking. Portable MP3 players had been around for several years before the iPod, but many hadn’t managed to take the market in the same way Apple did. Their large storage and iconic white headphones made Apple the device to have.

After the release of the iPod classic, the brand launched the mini, the nano, the touch and many more. Apple changed the way people listened to music during the 21st century; long gone was the need to carry cassettes and CDs.

Mozilla Firefox

Although this invention seems old hat now; it’s due to a comeback, introducing new technology in 2018. Before Mozilla, there was no google chrome, just good old internet explorer.

The launch of Mozilla owed its success to Windows users who didn’t want to be locked into Microsoft’s software ecosystem. Unfortunately, it was swiftly killed off by the internet giant Google which was extremely user-friendly.

Skype

After a long run, MSN began to die and Skype, the more professional version of online chat took over in 2003. It transformed the way businesses communicated around the world, opening up borders without expensive fees.

With the growth in high-speed internet, Skype maintained its market dominance in both the commercial and recreational sector. Although the likes of Facetime and Whatsapp video have since taken some of the market share for mobile users; Skype remains a firm favourite for tablet and PC users.

Facebook

Yes! We bet you’re as shocked as we are; Facebook wasn’t invented until 2004! It wasn’t the earliest networking site but it has proven to be one of the most successful. Facebook followed a great run from MySpace and Bebo. Its predecessors were extremely popular sites but it’s simplicity and decision to offer open source lead to the growth of the platform while others faded away.

YouTube

Now owned by Google, YouTube was invented in 2005. It’s shocking to think we’ve only had, what is essentially, ‘You’ve Been Framed’ on tap for 13 years. YouTube was created by 3 former PayPal employees; little did they know it would soon become the worlds most popular video sharing websites and the cause of the word “Vlogging”.

Spotify

Spotify has, like iPods changed everything about music; from single-handedly reducing the need for CDs to helping to reduce illegal downloads from sites like LimeWire. Spotify was started in 2008; offering a legal alternative to downloads and a huge library of music. Spotify offers both a free and subscribed version; helping it to boast an enormous 100 million active users with 30 million paying for the service.

4G

If you were born before the millennium you’ll remember the introduction of the internet to your mobile phone. Although it started as something very slow, we only really noticed it was called 3G when 4G was introduced. Since 2008 there’s been a set requirement for 4G standards, offering a faster internet than it’s predecessor 3G.

When it was first rolled out it was only available in selected areas of the country like London and Manchester. This has since increased and around 93% of the UK population has access to 4G services.

So if your old phone is lacking Bluetooth, access to apps like Skype, YouTube or 4G it might be time for an upgrade.

 
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