Chief Editors comments…
Today 6th of March Ghana celebrates her 58 years of attaining independence and is poorer.. Reading through what some technology entrepreneurs have done, I think Ghana would be better off if we were ‘colonised’ by Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook or Steve Job (RIP) of Apple
Twenty years is a long time anywhere; in the tech industry, it’s an eon. Over the lifetime of Yahoo, we’ve seen hundreds of companies, thousands of products, and hundreds of thousands of websites and services appear and then disappear.
Yet a handful stand out above the rest. These are the products and technologies that have changed our lives in significant ways. Some had an enormous impact in their day and but failed to survive over the long haul. But most have stood the test of time and continue to affect how we live today.
Here are our picks for the 20 most important products to emerge since the birth of the Internet age
1995: Windows 95
Setting up a home network to share a fast Internet connection used to be a nightmare. Now it takes about 10 minutes; thank you, Wi-Fi. Though the 802.11 wireless spec was introduced in 1997, it wasn’t until 2000 that the first wireless routers showed up in people’s homes. Now they’re in 2 billion of them, according to the Wi-Fi Alliance.
2001: Apple iPod
The first commercially available domestic robot, the Roomba vacuum cleaned your carpets, terrified the pets, and then returned to its charging station when it ran out of juice. Since then, iRobot has introduced machines for cleaning hardwood floors, gutters, and pools. When the robots eventually take over, they will regard Roomba the way humans think of Elvis.
2003: The iTunes Store
The introduction of the iTunes Store in April 2003 changed media forever, offering.a simple and affordable way to obtain digital music without having to rip CDs or illegally swap files. TV shows and movies appeared on iTunes two years later, mobile apps three years after that. Now virtually every major tech company has its own app store, and media is consumed à la carte and on demand.
Mark Zuckerberg didn’t invent social networks — heck, he didn’t really invent Facebook (see “The Social Network”). But he helped make social nets the primary way many people in the developed world connect to friends and family. With 1.4 billion active users daily, Facebook is now the largest “nation” on the planet, surpassing the populations of China and India. That’s a lot of likes.
Before YouTube, you needed studios, agents, managers, dumb luck, and at least a little talent to become a video star. Now all you need is a computer and enough followers to go viral. YouTube revolutionized how we consume and produce video content. YouTube’s 1 billion users now upload more than 300 hours of video every minute.
When this online messaging service launched in July 2006, no one would have predicted that it would become the primary source for real-time commentary on everything from presidential debates to live sporting events, let alone help to topple governments. Twitter now brings 288 million people the world in 140 characters or less.
2007: Apple iPhone
Apple didn’t invent smartphones either. It just made them cool — and that was more than enough. Among other things, the iPhone was the first successful device with a multitouch screen, and it inspired Google to push its own competing smartphone operating system, Android.
As one of the first set-top boxes to stream Internet-based shows directly to your HDTV — no cable or satellite subscription required — Roku launched the era of cord cutting. Now Amazon, Apple, Google, and smart-TV makers offer similar streaming devices. For our money, though, Roku still bests them all.
Apple did invent the tablet. At least, it invented what we now think of as tablets — sleek, app-driven devices that come alive with a swipe of our fingers. Since then, the iPad has been updated eight times, sold more than 225 million units, and inspired a slew of wannabes running Android and Windows.
2011: Nest Learning Thermostat