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Instagram Photo Challenge of the Day 6/4/13

By askdotcom // June 4th, 2013

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Today’s Tech Tuesday photo challenge asked: Do you know what this household robot is called?

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It’s a Roomba!

Introduced in 2002, the Roomba is an autonomous robotic vacuum cleaner sold by iRobot. Under normal conditions, the Roomba is able to autonomously vacuum the floor while navigating obstacles. It’s able to change direction upon impact, detect dirty spots on the floor, and is able to sense drops to prevent it from falling down the stairs. If you’re feeling extremely creative, you can assign it more diverse tasks via an embedded computer in conjunction with Roomba Open Interface.

Also, it will most assuredly confuse your cat to no end.

- Suraya Akbarzad, Ask.com

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Instagram Photo Challenge of the Day 5/28/13

By askdotcom // May 28th, 2013

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Today’s photo challenge for Tech Tuesday we asked, “When was the first Apple Macintosh released?”

The answer is…1984! And it looked like this:

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Steve Jobs had been working on the “Apple Lisa” in 1978, after a visit to the XEROX offices where he was convinced that the future of all computers would use a graphical user interface. In 1982 he was pushed off the project due to internal disputes, and he took over Jef Raskin’s low-cost computer project, The Macintosh.

The debut was announced by the now famous dystopian George Orwell inspired commercial directed by Ridley Scott, which aired during the third quart of Super Bowl XVIII on January 22, 1984. 

Retrospectively, it is considered a watershed for Apple’s current success.

How many of you read this blog post on a modern day Mac?

- Suraya Akbarzad, Ask.com

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Instagram Photo of the Day Challenge 5/21

By askdotcom // May 21st, 2013

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The question of the day on Instagram was for TechTuesday, “When was the first Blackberry (RIM at the time) model released?”

It was fourteen years ago in 1996! The first model was a simple two-way pager with a thumb keypad and thumbwheel for scrolling the monochrome text display. Within a year, the devices were in use by fewer than 400k people and expected two-way wireless messaging services to attract 51 million users by 2002.

They provided email and WAP capabilities with limited HTML access provided by third party software. 

Needless to say, Blackberries have come a long way, and remain competitive in the smartphone market.

- Suraya Akbarzad, Ask.com

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Instagram Photo of the Day Challenge 5/9/13

By askdotcom // May 9th, 2013

Today’s Throwback Thursday photo challenge of the day was sort of hard, but that’s why it’s called…a challenge!

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We asked, “When was this picture taken?” And the hint we gave was that it was related to your laptop.

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The answer is 1944. This is a picture of Colossus, the first electric digital  computer that was all programmable. The Colossus computers were first used by British intelligence during WWII to decode encrypted telegraphic messages between the German High Command and their scattered European occupancy. Something tells us, this didn’t come with a mouse and keyboard…

- Suraya Akbarzad, Ask.com

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