10 Things You Didn’t Know About Technology…

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You might appreciate modern technology for how it has simplified your life, but most people don’t consider the fact that plenty of trial, error, and weirdness circles around the tech world. For example, in order for the iPhone to become what it is today, it had to go through some trial and error — and have a little bit of an odd backstory.

Below are 25 bizarre and fascinating facts about tech products, the industry, and the people behind it all. These will definitely make you appreciate the process of invention — and also inform you of the behind-the-scenes oddities of the industry. #19 definitely made us smile.

#1. In 2012, at least 17 newborn girls were named Siri.

In 2012, at least 17 newborn girls were named Siri.
Tukta Tukie
#2. There are more than 682 million iPhone across the globe.

There are more than 682 million iPhone across the globe.
Kevin
#3. A red panda is native to the Himalayas and southwestern China. Translated, the English word for red panda is “Firefox,” which is where the browser gets its name.

A red panda is native to the Himalayas and southwestern China. Translated, the English word for red panda is “Firefox,” which is where the browser gets its name.
Rainer Blankermann
#4. The word robot comes from the Czech “robota.” In English, robota translates to “forced labor.”

The word robot comes from the Czech “robota.” In English, robota translates to “forced labor.”
Tim Dennell
#5. Created in 1956, the first ever VCR was the size of a piano.

#6. The world’s first camera took eight hours to snap a photo.

The world’s first camera took eight hours to snap a photo.
Kevin Dooley
#7. The very first Apple logo featured Sir Isaac Newton sitting underneath a tree, with an apple about to hit his head.

The very first Apple logo featured Sir Isaac Newton sitting underneath a tree, with an apple about to hit his head.
Apple
#8. Alaska is the only state in America that can be typed on one row of a traditional English QWERTY keyboard.

Alaska is the only state in America that can be typed on one row of a traditional English QWERTY keyboard.
Mr Seb
#9. About 1 out of 8 married couples actually met each other on the Internet.

About 1 out of 8 married couples actually met each other on the Internet.
Jim Coyle
#10. Tech companies often test new products in New Zealand. The reasons for this? The country is diverse, its residents speak English, and if a product is a flop, news doesn’t spread as fast because it is relatively isolated.