Items tagged with Birthday

Parties just aren't what they used to be, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. In the digital world, celebrations are often much broader, with friends from all over the world chiming in to wish someone well on their special day. As social networks and the like aim to bring in additional revenue, sites like Facebook are also encouraging folks to gift their friends digitally. And now, Amazon's getting into the action with a twist. The company today introduced Amazon Birthday Gift, a new way for customers to surprise friends on their birthdays by joining together to send Amazon.com Gift Cards with... Read more...
If there's one thing that can make you feel old, it's a birthday, and it doesn't even matter if it's your own or for someone you know. Today is Twitter's birthday, as the microblogging site that took the social networking scene by storm turns 7 years old. Converted into technology years, that's roughly equivalent to a person turning 134! Twitter now boasts "well over 200 million active users" who collectively dish out more than 400 million Tweets each day. That's nearly 16.7 million Tweets per hour, 278,000 per minute, or a little more than 4,629 every second. Every tenth of a second, there are... Read more...
Although it may not receive a lot of fanfare, presents, or even a birthday cake, the Internet as we know it is celebrating its 30th birthday today. On January 1, 1983, the US Department of Defense fully switched its Arpanet network to the Internet protocol suite (IPS) communications system. Although people may not have realized it at the time, the operational Internet was born as a result of this transition from the older NCP protocol to TCP/IP. Without the switch, the Internet and the World Wide Web as we know them could not have happened. Since then, TCP/IP has become an international standard... Read more...
As any parent will attest, it's usually your kids that make you feel old, as all their little (and big) milestones are constant reminders of how quickly time truly does fly. In this business of covering all things technology, where things move at a feverish pace, iconic websites that stand the test of time have the same effect. So it goes with Slashdot, a site that's been serving up popular "News for Nerds" and "Stuff that matters" for the past 15 years. Where has the time gone? Featuring user-submitted news in blog format, Slashdot is one of our favorite websites, and one of the most popular around... Read more...
Everyone appreciates a little love on their birthdays, and nothing in human history has done a better job of reminding your friends and family to wish you well on your big day than Facebook (whether you like it or not). Now, Google is adding birthday reminders to your daily Web searching via Google+, too. That’s right folks, when you share your day of birth with people in your G+ Circles, they’ll receive a notification when they’re on Google’s home page (and probably elsewhere, as the feature rolls out), and--wouldn’t you know it--they can use Google Plus to leave... Read more...
They grow up so fast, don't they? We're of course talking about all those Angry Birds and thieving pigs who collectively turn two years old today. That's right, it's been 24 months to the day since the masses fell in love with Rovio's instant classic, and this love affair has led to the destruction of countless pigs and structures, we don't even want to attempt to calculate the wasted man/woman hours and lost productivity that Angry Birds has claimed. To celebrate the occasion, Rovio is serving up 15 new birthday cake levels, new menus and graphics, and special birthday achievements. There's more.... Read more...
Can you remember what you were doing 30 years ago? Some of you were in diapers, others were graduating college, and some of you may not have even been born yet (sorry about your social security, kids). IBM, on the other hand, released its very first personal computer on August 12, 1981. It was called the IBM PC 5150, and it could be had for $1,565 if you shopped around. The sales pitch three decades ago went like this: "This is the computer for just about everyone who has ever wanted a personal system at the office, on the university campus, or at home," said C.B. Rogers, Jr., IBM vice president... Read more...
We'll admit it, the Internet's a better place because of YouTube, the online video sharing site acquired by Google in 2006 for a cool $1.65 billion. YouTube, which turns six today, has its flaws -- what six-year-old doesn't? -- but for the most part, we still find ourselves watching the occasional video. We're far from alone. In celebration of its 6th birthday, YouTube decided to share boast some surprising statistics. According to YouTube, the video sharing site is home to 3 BILLION views a day, representing a 50 percent increase over last year. To put that into perspective, the world's population... Read more...
There's plenty of drama and suspense leading up to the Apple Store's 10th retail anniversary, which will take place this Thursday, May 19th. It's a significant milestone, and if all the online chatter is to be believed, Apple might be planning seize the day by launching a new product. According to Boy Genius Report, around 10-15 employees from each Apple Store are on the books to work an overnight shift from late Saturday through mid-Sunday (apparently Apple plans to celebrate the Apple Store's birthday over the weekend). Adding to the intrigue, BGR claims to have heard from a "solid Apple source"... Read more...
Everybody sing it with us now, "Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you...you live in a zoo," and so forth. More accurately, Windows 95, which just turned 15 years old this week, lives on in infamy as a groundbreaking operating system that was light years ahead of its predecessors, and set the tone -- at least in terms of the GUI -- for future versions to follow. "If you look at Windows 95, it was a quantum leap in difference in technological capability and stability," Gartner analyst Neil MacDonald said years ago. While incredibly stale by today's standards, Windows 95 was perhaps the greatest... Read more...
Shame on you, Sony. Why? Well, the company's PlayStation Portable turned 5 years old this week, and did so with little fanfare, or even a few balloons. That's okay, PSP, because HotHardware has your back, though we're not going to sing the birthday jingle. Aw, what the heck.Happy birthday to you, Happy birthday to you,Happy birthday dear PlayStation Portable,Happy birthday to you (you live in a zoo...).Silliness aside, Sony has reason to celebrate the occasion. During its five-year run, the PSP has put up a respectable fight in the handheld console arena. Sony has sold 60 million PSPs worldwide,... Read more...
Word on the street is that AMD launched its super-cheap ($69 MSRP) Athlon X2 7850 Black Edition this week to celebrate 40 years in the industry, and while the last decade in particular hasn't been too kind to the company, it's still hanging tough and struggling to compete with Intel, NVIDIA and the rest of the big boys.Today, the Sunnyvale-based chipmaker began celebrating 40 years of "innovation in the semiconductor industry and its important role as a catalyst for enabling next-generation solutions." Officially, May 1st will be Advanced Micro Devices' 40th birthday, as it was established that... Read more...
These days, it's all about social networking. If your app doesn't integrate "friends" in one way or another, chances are it won't last long in today's hyper-connected universe. Thus, it makes perfect sense to see Hulu adding a splash of friendship on its very first birthday. Believe it or not, the online video portal -- which has been under fire of late for its deliberate attempts to block the Boxee application from accessing Hulu content -- has just turned one year old, and there are certainly no signs of it slowing down on the way to birthday number two. The firm, which is co-owned by News Corp.,... Read more...
Too bad it's today, January 15th. Today being the day of Steve Jobs' keynote at Macworld, this is going to get missed by many. But not by us: Happy Seventh Birthday Wikipedia (all right, we'll admit it: they emailed us about it).Yes, Wikipedia was founded on January 15th, 2001.  There's not much to add, except that despite Jimmy Wales' warnings, many people use it as a research tool for papers, and many more use it as a casual research tool.Don't forget they could still use donations.  And also, let's not forget - today is MLK's birthday as well.... Read more...