10 Fun Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Technology

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So, you think all there is to know about tech, do you? We’ve found some of the most interesting (and amazing) facts about tech you probably didn’t know. Like for instance, did you know that Apple sold approximately 340 000 iPhones per day in 2012?

For some more interesting facts and trivia, continue reading this post! These are great facts to share with tech-challenged folk or even to break the ice at a party.

1. First VCR was Massive

The very first VCR was the size of a piano, and it was made in 1957. Imagine having a VCR in your house taking up more space than the television set? Thank goodness for the pace that things change! Now we can enjoy streaming videos from something that takes up no physical space.

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2. Where Firefox Got Its Name

Southwest of China and in the Himalayas lives an odd type of panda. It is called a red panda, but when it is directly translated into English, it reads ‘Firefox’. And that’s where this popular browser got its name from.

3. The Most Common Name in 2012

Back in 2012 when the iPhone was a big hype, almost 17 new born babies were called Siri. These were of course all girls. Other interesting baby names include Apple, Archie, Dell and Hal. Who could’ve thought that people would be inspired to name their babies after tech products?

4. Origins of Robots

The origin of words can be very interesting. In this case, the word Robot comes from the Czech word ‘robota’. When translated, it means forced labour. If that isn’t food for thought, I don’t know what is!

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5. Lots and Lots of iPhones

Did you know that there are an estimated 700 million iPhones around the world? The world’s population as it currently stands is at 7.4 billion. This means about 9.4% of the world’s population owns an iPhone device.

6. Save Ink by Changing Fonts

If you print large amounts of paperwork, consider using a slightly thinner font! That’s right, even though designers use specific fonts for specific reasons, you can control the amount of ink your printer uses simply by changing the font.

7. QWERTY is Made to Type Slower

Legend goes that the QWERTY keyboard was designed back in the day of typewriters. The letters were strategically placed to ensure typists would slow down. They found that those who typed faster would struggle with keys getting stuck due to use.

8. The World Functions on Digital Currency

92% of the world currency is digital and only 8% of the world’s money is notes or coins in banks. The large percentage of digital currency are also mostly stored by financial institutions as well. It makes sense if you think about all the electronic transfers.

9. New Zealand is Tops for Testing

A lot of tech companies do their test runs in New Zealand. This is largely due to the diversity of the country, word won’t get around on products tested to be found not up to standard due to the isolated nature of the country, and the residents speak English.

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10. Waterproof Smartphones

Did you know that 90% of smartphones in Japan 90% are completely waterproof? This is because the majority of smartphone owners and users living in Japan even take their handy devices into the shower and use them while showering.

And that’s a wrap! Did you know any of the facts we’ve shared here? We hope you enjoyed them and that you’ll have some interesting information to share at your next social event.

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