In 2009, humans connected to the Internet and each other like never before. They carried tiny computers in their pockets, through which computer they fed the Internet constant real-time information about what they were doing and where they were.
In 2009, 26.6% of the world population was using the Internet. A total of 90 trillion emails were sent, and there were 234 million websites on the Internet. There were 126 million blogs and 4 billion photos hosted by Flickr.
Advancements of the Technology in 2009
Here’s a countdown of the world’s technological advancements that happened in 2008.
Introduction of Bitcoin
Bitcoin, a decentralized digital currency, was introduced in 2008 by a person or group of people who are unknown. He or they used the name, Satoshi Nakamoto.
This cryptocurrency has been criticized for price volatility, thefts from exchanges, the large amount of electricity used by mining, and its use in illegal transactions. Nevertheless, Bitcoin has triggered the launch of many other cryptocurrencies, and it is extremely popular.
Release of Plants vs. Zombies
Plants vs. Zombies was released by programmer George Fan for PopCap Games. Later, PopCap Games was bought by EA, and the game expanded into a franchise with games on many different platforms.
Introduction Of Minecraft
Minecraft was developed by a Swedish game designer called Markus “Notch” Persson. The game allowed its player to play challenges and build towers, and it could be played in creative or survival mode. Users have built entire cities and even planets using the components of Minecraft.
Minecraft has gotten many awards from the international gaming press. The game has gotten immense popularity over the years.
Completion of IBM’s Roadrunner Supercomputer
The Roadrunner supercomputer is the first computer to have reached a sustained performance of one petaflop. It uses two different microprocessors: AMD Opteron and IBM POWER XCell L8i. It was used to render 3D medical images in real-time, analyze financial data, and model the decay of the US nuclear arsenal.
Introduction Of Kickstarter
Kickstarter is a public benefit corporation that maintains a global crowdfunding platform. Charles Adler, Yancer Strickler, and Perry Chen launched Kickstarted in 2009.
Nowadays, it’s the largest funding platform for creative projects. It has an ever-growing userbase, and it has an easy-to-use interface and simple design.
Launch Of Google Voice
Google Voice is a telephone service that provides voicemail and calls forwarding service, text and voice messaging, as well as international and US call termination for Google Workplace customers in the UK, Switzerland, Sweden, Spain, Portugal, Netherlands, France, Denmark, and Canada, and Google Account customers in the US.
Google Voice is based on GrandCentral, but it included some new features, like SMS managing and voicemail transcriptions.
Release Of Bing
Microsoft Bing, also known as Bing, is a web search engine that is operated and owned by Microsoft. The service has its origins in previous search engines by Microsoft, including Windows Live Search, MSN Search, and Live Search. The web search engine provides a variety of search services, including map search products, images, videos, and web.
Microsoft Bing was introduced by the CEO of Microsoft – Steve Ballmer, in 2009 at the All Things Digital conference held in San Diego, California. The same year, Yahoo! And Microsoft announced that Yahoo! Search will be powered by Google.
However, the search engine has declined in popularity in the past couple of years, and today we all know that Google is the king of the jungle when it comes to web search engines.
Honorable Mentions For 2009
Picking out major trends and stories was tough, so we want to make sure we don’t forget anything. Some other events we don’t want to forget to mention are:
- The Moonshot Factory, an American semi-secret research and development organization, was founded by Google.
- Maksym Yastremski, a Ukrainian that was involved in computer hacking and selling stolen credit and debit cards, was sentenced to 30 years in a Turkish prison.
- Fortune Magazine named Steve Jobs as CEO of the decade.
- The QNX operating system was bought by BlackBerryin order to create a new mobile platform.
- The iPhone 3Gs is released by Apple. The s in the name stands for successor.
- Omegle, a website that allowed users to chat with random strangers through text or video, was introduced.
- Farmville, the most successful game that Zynga has made, was launched.
- Venmo, a digital payment service, was released.
- BlueStacks, a virtualization and software company, was founded. Its flagship products are the GamePop microconsole and the BlueStacks App Player.
- The Core 2 Quad processor Q8400 was released by Intel.
- Google announced plans to acquire reCAPATCHA.
- The first Hacket Dojo was held.
- Virtual PC, a Microsoft product that allows different versions of the Windows operating system to run on a single computer, was launched.
- MSE, or Microsoft Security Essentials, a free antivirus and malware protection utility, was released.
- Chatroulette, an online chat website that pairs random users, was introduced.
- Hewlett-Packard introduced Probook.
So much has changed since 2009. Humans have new social media platforms, sophisticated mobile phones, advanced AI technology, and faster Internet. Tech devices have become an important part of their daily lives. However, without the innovations that happened in the past years, the newer technology would be useless.