Saturday, November 29, 2014

The Shazam Effect   

MusicTechnology

Derek Thompson, writing for The Atlantic: Shazam became available in 2002. (In the days before smartphones, users would dial a number, play the song through their phones, and then wait for Shazam to send a text with the title and … Continue reading →

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

How Gmail Happened   

Technology

Harry McCracken, writing for TIME about the development of Gmail, which launched ten years ago today: The first true landmark service to emerge from Google since its search engine debuted in 1998, Gmail didn’t just blow away Hotmail and Yahoo … Continue reading →

Monday, March 24, 2014

Manufacturing Taste   

Food

I finally got around to reading Sasha Chapman’s history of Kraft Dinner from the September 2012 issue of The Walrus: J. L. Kraft, who had grown up on a dairy farm in Ontario, headed off to Chicago a decade after … Continue reading →

Friday, August 16, 2013

The History of the “Boo-Dah-Ling” Sound   

iOS

Kelly Jacklin, the creator of the now-ubiquitous “Tri-Tone” alert sound on iOS devices: Fast forward quite a few years, and the iPhone comes out. I was not involved in development of the iPhone, nor iOS, although I was unsuccessfully courted … Continue reading →

Monday, August 5, 2013

The Legend of The Oregon Trail   

Technology

Jed Lipinski writing for Mental Floss: They had no clue that the game they were about to create would eventually sell more than 65 million copies and influence hundreds of millions of students. Not only would The Oregon Trail go … Continue reading →