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Country Spotlight: Canada

Consisting of ten different provinces and three territories, Canada is located in North America and is home to over 35 million people. As one of the wealthiest countries in the world, Canada also has an extremely high education rate when compared with other countries in similar size.In this month’s spotlight, we take a closer look at some of Canada’s famous inhabitants and exports: Continue reading


Anniversary of Windows 1.0

Today is the anniversary of the day that Windows 1.0 was officially launched. Windows, developed by Microsoft, launched 1.0, a graphical personal computer operating system and it was the first of the well-known Windows line that we have come to love and rely on in recent years. Continue reading


Firefox 1.0 introduced 2004

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On the 9th November, 2004, Mozilla Firefox 1.0 was released to the public around the world. The developers behind the browsers issues a statement saying; “Now millions more will be able to enjoy a better web experience”. Continue reading


Anniversary of UNIVAC computer predicting the presidential election, 1952

On the 4th November 1952, a Remington Rand UNIAC computer was used by CBS News in America during its presidential election news night coverage.

Although these days we are used to graphics appearing on screen to predict results and fancy graphics showing what each county overall have voted for for instance, back in 1952 this was all new technology! Continue reading


Country Spotlight: Czech Republic

A small, landlocked country situated in central Europe, the Czech Republic was formerly known as Bohemia. Surrounded by Germany on the west, Austria on the south, Slovakia to the south east and Poland to the north east, the Czech Republic is home to over 10 million people. The capital, Prague is nearly 2 million of these call their home.

We take a closer look at some of the Czech Republic’s famous inhabitants and exports: Continue reading


iPod Classic

A new face on the scene

Perhaps slightly unbelievable, but 13 years ago today was the day that Steve Jobs released what was the start of the Apple revolution – the iPod.

Plainly, one of the most important and praised contributions to technology, the iPod was launched to us in two models; the 5GB and then huge at the time, 10GB. It was thought quite widely, how on earth would it be possible to fill a 10GB iPod?! And just think, last month Apple launched a 128GB iPhone….!

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Remembering a computing legend – Steve Jobs

October 5th 2014 marks the third year since the tragic death of Steve Jobs. During his life, Jobs became one of the world’s best known entrepreneurs and inventors – his name was synonymous with his company, Apple. Before and after his death, he acquired a number of unofficial titles which serve to demonstrate the extent of his impact on computing, with just two being ‘Father of the Digital Revolution’ and ‘Master of Innovation’. We thought we’d take this opportunity to celebrate Jobs’ life and to explore his interesting career.

 

Steven Paul was born in San Francisco on the 24th February 1955 to Abdulfattah “John” Jandali and and Joanne Carole Schieble and was adopted by his parents, Paul and Clara Jobs as a baby. A naturally intelligent child, Steve was encouraged academically by both his parents and was introduced to basic mechanics and electronics at a young age.

 

On completing school, Steve briefly attended Reed College before dropping out, instead concentrating on calligraphy drop in courses and other creative pursuits. When he became better known, he attributed a lot of his success to this time.

 

On becoming friends with Steve Wozniak, Steve managed to get a job as a technician at Atari. As the years progressed, he gained expert knowledge of the industry, and working with the technically brilliant Wozniak, went on to found the Apple Computer Company. Based on Wozniak’s Apple 1 PC and with Jobs’ charisma and ability to get customers and talented staff on board, the company began to grow relatively quickly. Disagreements between Steve and John Sculley led to Steve being put into a role in which he had no direct influence on the business, so he left and resigned as Chairman in 1985.

 

Over the following years, Steve founded NeXT Inc. and then purchased The Graphics Group, which later became Pixar. Following the release of several high profile films in collaboration with Disney, the company was purchased by Disney – in the process making Steve Disney’s biggest shareholder.

 

In 1997, Apple purchased Steve’s NeXT business and he returned to working with the company, helping it to return to a more profitable state and encouraging focus on the most innovative and saleable projects. In the years that followed, Apple went from strength to strength, with products launched under Steve taking the world by storm!

 

Sadly, in 2003 Steve jobs was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and despite various treatment attempts he died of the disease in 2011. His drive continuing right up until the end, Steve took leave from work in January 2011 and then resigned from Apple in August 2011, just two months before his death. One of the greatest entrepreneurs in living history, it is likely that he will be remember for generations to come.

 

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Tech Round-Up – September 2014

Coke machines acting as WiFi hotspots, Facebook internet beaming drones and green charging stations – a roundup of technology news September 2014 Continue reading


@ sign

Translating the ‘at sign’

Communication is very important to us and no matter where we travel, people will be sharing knowledge using complex and usually ancient languages. Many Western languages share similar origins and a lot of word borrowing goes on. This has possibly never been more the case than now – rapid advancements in technology and an increasingly global community mean that we are sharing ideas almost instantly and these are often referred to by one term in many countries. We hope that by allowing access to essential PDF communications to our customers, wherever they are based in the world, we are assisting in the progression of ideas. We also like to look into how communication has changed and so decided to look into the mysterious staple of email and Twitter – @. Continue reading


Google founded September 4th 1998

Today, Google is the most widely used search engine, with users the world over utilising it as their portal in the web. The 4th of September 2014 marks sixteen years since the company was founded, so we thought we’d explore just how it came to be… Continue reading