10 Amazing Tech Innovations Through The Years

Now it’s easier than ever to never log off of your computer!

1. Storage: Then Vs. Now

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Oh, you’re still using physical media? That’s cute; we keep our data IN THE HEAVENS.

2. Communication: Then Vs. Now

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With international video chat and roughly a million-and-a-half social networks, it’s never been easy to Skype your cat’s TwitVid on his Tumblr-Book!

3. Design: Then Vs. Now

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For all the adjectives that’ve been thrown around about computers over the years, only recently has “sexy” made its way into our vocabulary. No offense, Bill.

4. Internet Access: Then Vs. Now

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With Wi-fi signals coming out of our Wi-fi signals, it’s never, ever been easier to connect to the world wide web. In fact, you’re probably on the Internet right this second. Call it a hunch.

5. Speed: Then Vs. Now

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This last decade’s drastic increase in computer speed is something of a monkey’s paw: the shorter our boot times, the shorter our attention spans get, which means that UGH BORED NOW TIME FOR CAT VIDEOS.

6. Gaming: Then Vs. now

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What’s this “imagination” you speak of? Have you seen Skyrim running at maximum settings?

7. Resolution: Then Vs. Now

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HD computer displays: humanizing everyone on the Internet, one pore at a time.

8. Multitasking: Then Vs. Now

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Sam Figueroa / CC BY http://2.0 / Flickr: noddleholz


“Oh, nothin’, just watching a Blu-ray while doing my taxes and livestreaming the Olympics in eight different languages. You?”

9. Price: Then Vs. now

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Matthew Beckler / CC BY-SA http://2.0 / Flickr: mat_the_w


It used to be that only six-figure high-rollers would go home to their own personal computers. Nowadays? We just got a complimentary netbook in our last McDonald’s Happy Meal. The times, they are a’changin’.

10. Portability: Then Vs. Now

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It’s never been easier to own a portable PC, and there’s never been a 15-inch notebook quite like the razor thin Series 9 laptop, Samsung’s sleekest laptop to date. This ultra-light, ultra-fast PC will make you rethink what you knew about portable computing.

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