Being paid in beer might be a dream for some people, but it was a reality for many workers in ancient times. And there’s living proof that beer was an accepted pay for labor: A 5,000-year-old document that recorded these transactions.
There are a few ways you can go about catching up on significant moments in world and human history. You can attend lectures or perhaps read a few history books. Or, you can temporarily toss those old school learning methods aside and instead enjoy an impressively well put together interactive history timeline.
Sure, you may have seen interactive history timelines before, but we’ve yet to see one as exhaustive or engaging as the one put together by Histography.io. Their cleverly crafted and intuitive timeline spans 14 billion years of history, with the website boasting that every entry “is a historic event from Wikipedia.”
If you ask most people om the street what the most disruptive technology of the last century has been, they’re liable to guess something like the smartphone, the personal computer, or even, perhaps, the television. But if we frame the question in terms of widespread adoption in a short period of time, we have to go all the way back to the mid-1920s.
Every year, children across the country are taught about the great adventurer that was Christopher Columbus. Famously sailing the ocean blue in 1492, millions of grade-school students in the U.S. were and are still taught to believe that Columbus was a great man who discovered America against all odds.
And in honor of the great explorer that is Christopher Columbus, every second Monday in October, going back to 1937, is a designated national holiday called Christopher Columbus Day.
Only thing is, the true history surrounding who Columbus was and the events surrounding his “discovery” of America quickly reveals that he is hardly a man worth celebrating. Quite the contrary, there is an avalanche of evidence pointing to Columbus being an absolutely deplorable human being not worthy of his own holiday, and certainly not worthy of anyone’s admiration.
Microsoft has released a new video that shows off several of the People Hub enhancements in Windows Phone Mango. The video walks viewers through a new notification Live Tile system for contacts that can be pinned to the homescreen. After a contact has been pinned, the Live Tile will quickly alert you of a new email, message, Twitter or Facebook status, missed calls, and more. If you tap into the card, Windows Phone Mango will show you an entire history of the conversations you’ve had with that person. We’re loving what we see so far and can’t wait for the release. A recent leak has suggested we can expect it, along with new devices, in September. Hit the jump for the video. More →
In the world of computing, no two companies have more history than Microsoft and Apple. In fact, the companys’ history is 10,124 pixels tall. From modest beginnings to IPOs, and later to global domination, Microsoft and Apple are largely responsible for computers as we know them today. Microsoft concentrated on software early and now owns the lion’s share of the global PC market, and more recently, Apple looked to mobile computing to revitalize its business and its market cap. Of course from an investor’s perspective, the stock chart at the bottom says it all, but as is remarkably evident in looking over the meandering paths these two tech titans have taken, no one knows what the future might hold. The full, extremely large infographic can be found after the break.
This infographic has been updated by its creator and the updated version is now found below. More →
Recently, Google announced an update to its Maps application for Android. Bearing version number 5.3, the update brings new location features that target Latitude an Hotpot users. “If you’ve enabled Location History for Google Latitude, you’ve been able to visualize interesting trends in your location history with a personal dashboard at google.com/latitude on your computer,” writes Google. “Now, you can also see your dashboard on your phone by tapping View location history from your Latitude profile.” The second feature allows Maps users rating locales via Places or Hotpot to input their own, personalized aspects of their location — as opposed to Google doing it automatically. Google Maps 5.3 is in the Android Market and requires software version 1.6 or higher. More →