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Microsoft trumpets Windows Phone 7 numbers on first birthday

Happy first birthday, Windows Phone 7! One year on, and the fledgling mobile operating system has 36,000 active developers in its AppHub community, 1.5 million downloads of its Developer Tools, and 11,500 apps in its Marketplace. Microsoft is quick to take a couple shots at competitors' app stores, beating its chest about not re-counting tanslations of an app or "lite" apps, "increasing...

Happy 25th birthday, Windows!

25 years ago today, Microsoft released the very first version of the operating system which now powers around 90% of the personal computers in the world. Even with the sweet analog clock to the word processing might of Write (and truly useful features like running multiple applications and a shared clipboard), Windows 1.0 failed to generate much excitement. It would take five more years --...

Firefox Friday: a round-up of this week's Firefox releases and news

Stop! Stop your Friday afternoon it's-only-two-hours-until-weekend procrastination! Focus on this tab for just a moment because I have a lot to tell you. We've covered so much Firefox news this week that you can't possibly have read it all. You need this round-up like you need a Friday beer. Enough waffling... let's rock. Firefox 4 Beta 7 has been released for Windows, Mac and Linux Almost...

Firefox is 6 years old today

On this day, November 9, way back in 2004, Firefox 1.0 launched. On that day, the Internet changed for ever, its makeup indelibly altered. Firefox made the Web more secure, faster, standards-compliant -- and, most importantly, it made the Web open. Before Firefox there was only Internet Explorer and Netscape -- a war that had no winners and many scrolling marquee losers. Firefox changed...

Break out the birthday paddle: Google turns 12!

It's time to hand out the birthday paddlin'! Yes, today marks Google's 12th anniversary. Looking back at all the Google news we've covered since Downloadsquad was founded, it's hard to believe that all the acquisitions, free software, and privacy ... er ... missteps have occurred in only 12 relatively short years. Google's cake doodle is provided by pop artist Wayne Thibaud, who our friends...

Happy 15th, Windows 95!

Today marks an important date in Windows history: the release of Windows 95. Yes, 15 years ago I was in my university dorm ogling a friend's just-purchased copy of the 95 Upgrade, wondering how awesome my DX2/66 would be once I had replaced my factory-original Windows 3.11. Similarly fond-but-geeky memories of playing Doom deathmatches over our null modem cable also come rushing back... ...

Windows 7 celebrates its first birthday

It's somewhat hard to believe, but Windows 7 turned one year old today. July 22nd of 2009 saw the initial release of the Windows 7 RTM, with torrent sites beating Microsoft to the punch (but hey, that's become sort of a running gag at this point). Windows 7 has been a huge win for Microsoft so far, pushing customer satisfaction levels to a new high and helping to accelerate the move to 64-bit...

TimeAndDate Birthday Calculator helps you figure out when is your next "alternative birthday"

They say birthdays only come around once every year; I say they're wrong! And I have the TimeAndDate Birthday Calculator on my side. For example, does it count as a birthday when I am exactly 1,5000,000,000 seconds old? Well, you could claim that you don't know the exact second of your birth, but some people know the hour. So, how about being exactly 100,000 hours old? For the rest of us, there...

Google Wave had its first birthday yesterday, but got no presents

When the folks at Google posted a Happy Birthday to Wave yesterday, it was difficult to tell whether or not they were being sarcastic or serious about it. It's now been a year since the first Wave demo wowed audiences the world over, only for those audiences to be sorely disappointed months later to find out that they not only couldn't get ahold of invites to use Wave, but that it offered...

Twitter Tuesday - this week's Twitter news, apps and more

Happy birthday, Twitter! Four years ago, Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey sent out the very first tweet: "just setting up my twttr." Fast forward to today, when even having a million followers doesn't make you a bigshot anymore. We'll tell you all about that, as well as some new apps and changes to the Twitter API, in this edition of Twitter Tuesday. Here we go! ReadWriteWeb just reported...

Happy 16th Birthday WWW

The World Wide Web turned 16 on Monday! And it looks like we missed its birthday. Nonetheless, we still wish it a happy birthday, and thanks for all of the good times. According to the W3.org site, this URL held the fist web page nxoc01.cern.ch/hypertext/WWW/TheProject.html, which is no longer in existence. Dont confuse this with that 15th birthday back in back in August. That one was for Tim...

Happy 15th birthday, WWW!

On August 6, 1991--15 years ago today--Tim Berners-Lee launched the World Wide Web with a message to the alt.hypertext newsgroup. In the message he says," The WWW project merges the techniques of information retrieval and hypertext to make an easy but powerful global information system," and provides the source code for his prototype line-mode browser, a GUI hypertext editor for NeXT, and a...

Technorati relaunched with new design/features

Ahh, Technorati, what would we do without you. You are the reason we obsessively tag all our posts, and you dutifully respond to our pings in mere minutes (under 5 according to Technorati Principal Engineer Kevin Marks) to crawl our data. On today, your third birthday, you provide us with even more excitement, in the form of a spiffy re-design and some interesting new features. The new design is...

Turn a friend on to Firefox, be immortalized

World Firefox Day was on Saturday, July 15, and I missed it! Timed to coincide with the Mozilla Foundation's birthday, World Firefox Day is, of course, a day to celebrate the strides Firefox has made and, more importantly (or at least that's the impression the web site gives) to get more people to use it. To that end, if, between now and September 15, you get just one friend to download Firefox,...

Engadget has crazy fans who bake

I am both delighted and alarmed by the winners of Engadget's birthday cake contest. In case you hadn't heard, Engadget has been celebrating its 2nd birthday and ran a contest for the prize was a really sweet Alienware PC. The challenge was to bake the coolest gadget-themed birthday cake. I knew they'd get a lot of entries, but I had no idea the lengths Engadget's crazy readers would go to. I don't...