World Bulletin / News Desk
The iPhone turned 10 years old Thursday.
The touchscreen-powered device baffled critics on June 29, 2007, because it lacked a physical keyboard and seemed to change the very concept of a mobile phone.
Ten years later, it’s clear the gadget ushered in a new era of technology and changed how billions of people interact with the world.
The device renewed the global celebrity of Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple who was later fired from the company before returning in the late 1990s amid financial strife at the firm.
“Here's to the iPhone that changed the world, to the man who dreamed it & the people at Apple who have never stopped looking to its future,” current Apple CEO and Jobs’ successor, Tim Cook, tweeted Tuesday.
In a presentation that set the tone for new product unveilings for years, Jobs mentioned how he never really heard people talk about how much they liked their mobile phones. He set out to change that with one "truly magical product" that combined a phone, a computer and an iPod.
The specs of the first iPhone are almost comically basic compared to Apple’s current offerings. The 3.5-inch (8.9-centimeter) screen of the first iPhone has grown 5 centimeters in the ensuing years.
Users had just eight hours of talk time and six hours of Internet use on the first version, while the iPhone 7 boasts about double that.
Storage on an iPhone 1 was limited to 8 gigabytes – now the phones have as much as 256 gigabytes. There was no way to send pictures nor did the iPhone 1’s camera have a flash, and the ability to record video was years away.
Jobs died in 2011 and never saw the maturation of the smartphone, with companies like Uber, Airbnb, Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat boasting multi-billion dollar valuations off smartphone apps.
Google will take on half of HTC's research and development staff -- about 2,000 people -- many of whom have already been working on the Silicon Valley firm's Pixel handset, as well as intellectual property (IP) licensing.
After 13 years orbiting the ringed planet, NASA crashed probe into Saturn’s surface
Cassini, an international project that cost $3.9 billion and included scientists from 27 nations, disintegrated as it dove into Saturn's atmosphere at a speed of 75,000 miles (120,700 kilometers) per hour.
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The platforms will also have to strengthen their oversight over all published information, deleting all illegal content while also alerting authorities to the postings.
An H-IIA rocket blasted off at about 2:30 pm (0530 GMT) from the Tanegashima space centre in southern Japan, according to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).
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A source close to the matter confirmed a New York Times report on Friday that Facebook took the unusual step of creating an app called Colorful Balloons and releasing it through a local company with no hint that the social network was involved.
The iPhone maker is the latest from Silicon Valley to face a conundrum in balancing their value for human rights and free expression against a government intent on controlling online content.
Researchers use CRISPR gene editing to remove mutation that causes heart failure
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Johnson, kicking off a trip to Japan, visited the robotic centre at Waseda University, which works closely with Britain's University of Birmingham on robotic technologies.
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