Penicillin Wilhelm Röntgen and the first-ever medical X-ray, which he made after accidentally stumbling upon the previously unknown form of radiation. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons) The course of human evolution has been punctuated by a long succession of chance discoveries and accidental inventions; and in fact, experts estimate that between 30 and 50 percent of of all... Read more »

February 7, 2014 at IST / Science & Technology, Story.

Qik is a mobile-based live video-sharing website and two-way video conferencing application that allows users to stream live video from their cell phones to the internet. Qik enables users to record and upload video directly from supported cell phones. Qik, a Silicon Valley startup, launched its alpha version in December 2007 and went into public beta in July 2008. Qik was... Read more »

November 4, 2012 at IST / Science & Technology, Story.

The word “Bluetooth” is an anglicised version of the Scandinavian Blåtand/Blåtann, the epithet of the tenth-century king Harald I of Denmark and parts of Norway who united dissonant Danish tribes into a single kingdom. The idea of this name was proposed by Jim Kardach who developed a system that would allow mobile phones to communicate with computers (at the time he was reading Frans Gunnar Bengtsson’s historical novel The Long... Read more »

October 15, 2012 at IST / Science & Technology, Story.

Dennis MacAlistair Ritchie (born September 9, 1941; found dead October 12, 2011) American computer scientist, Dennis Ritchie invented the programming language called C, a major and important piece of software. Together with Ken Thompson, Dennis Ritchie co-invented the UNIX operating system. He was the author of two books, the Unix Programmer’s Manual (1971), and The C Programming... Read more »

October 12, 2012 at IST / Science & Technology, Story.

We are so far away, now, from the original computer games, it doesn’t seem outrageous to claim that in a few years we might achieve complete virtual reality and, indeed, become a race unsure of what is real and what is unreal, as portrayed in films such as The Matrix. Most people have only experienced... Read more »

October 10, 2012 at IST / Science & Technology, Story, Tech News.

Throughout history, people have made inventions that changed the world. Some got lucky and stumbled on something, some actually set out to make something, and still others improved upon existing technology to create something revolutionary. We’re going to show what we consider the top 6 world changing inventions, from how they were found, to how... Read more »

October 8, 2012 at IST / Story.

The Wright Brothers Pilot The First Airplane. Man attempted to achieve flight hundreds of years before he actually accomplished it. Flight was realized initially with a hot air balloon in 1783, but while this type of travel was amusing, it wasn’t great for getting places with the rider at the mercy of wind direction. Then,... Read more »

October 8, 2012 at IST / Story.

steve-jobs Jobs died at his California home around 3 p.m. on October 5, 2011. A great man has passed away. We should remember Steve now and forever for what he’s achieved: A better world with beautiful and useful devices. Now let us see, who have said what after his death : Apple said : We are deeply saddened... Read more »

October 4, 2012 at IST / Story.

steve-jobs The “Lost” Steve Jobs Speech from 1983; Foreshadowing Wireless Networking, the iPad, and the App Store. In 1983, Steve Jobs gave a speech at the International Design Conference in Aspen. The audio recording of this event surfaced in June, but it was missing an interesting Q&A session that took place after the speech. Blogger Marcel Brown managed... Read more »

October 3, 2012 at IST / Story.

In 1975, Gates and Allen co-founded Microsoft Corporation to market their version of BASIC, called Microsoft BASIC. It was the primary interpreted computer language of the MS-DOS operating system, and was key to Microsoft’s early commercial success. In February 1976, Gates wrote the Open Letter to Hobbyists, which shocked the computer hobbyist community by asserting... Read more »

September 29, 2012 at IST / Story.