When it came to technology in 2006, there was an awful lot of action. This year saw a rush of high-profile launches for gadgets and software. In technology in 2006, we got numerous innovations ranging from the release of Nintendo Wii to the launch of Amazon Web services.
In 2006, 16.07 of the world population was using the Internet.
Advancements of the Technology in 2006
We will look at the most significant technological developments from technology in 2006 and track how different things once were.
Twitter Was Founded
In 2006, Twitter was created by Evan Williams, Biz Stone, Noah Glass, and Jack Dorsey.
Initially, Twitter was a free SMS with a social networking element. Twitter now allows its users to distribute short messages through a personal computer or mobile phone. In addition, users can choose to follow specific topics and create a discussion.
In the beginning, it was known as twttr. Later, it was renamed the platform we all know, Twitter.
Launch of Amazon Web Services
In technology in 2006, Amazon Web services were launched. It was introduced as Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) and Amazon Elastic Cloud 2 (EC2). The Amazon Simple Storage Service is a hosting service that is cloud-based and charges users monthly for the bandwidth and data stored.
With the Amazon Elastic Cloud 2, users could rent virtual time on the cloud to scale server capacity quickly and efficiently while they only paid for the space they used. This eliminated the for users to maintain a complicated computing infrastructure on their own. The Amazon Elastic Cloud 2 also saved hassle and space.
After these web services that Amazon offered, many similar services arose, for instance, Google Drive.
Release of Nintendo Wii
After the release of GameCube, Nintendo began thinking of the concept for their next console. Shigeru Miyamoto, a Nintendo game designer, said that instead of focusing on the hardware power, they would prioritize new gameplay concepts.
With the Nintendo Wii, they did not introduce new controllers and games. With this console, they introduced a new way of gaming. The console used an optical sensor and accelerometer, and advanced gesture recognition to interact with the user. Several games came with their specialized controllers, including Wii Boxing, Wii Tennis, and Wii Fit. The game system allowed access to online services providing entrainment, news, and games offerings.
The gaming system returned Nintendo to prominence in the world of video games, and it dominated the generation in which it competed.
The Initiative One Laptop Per Child Begins
When it comes to technology in 2006, the UNDP (United Nations Development Program) announced it would launch a program to deliverer resources and technology to schools in less developed countries. The announcement was made at the World Economic Forum in Davos. The project was founded by the founder of the MIT Media Lab, Nicholas Negroponte.
The Term ‘To Google’ Added to Dictionaries
When the Google company became the leader in Internet search, the term ‘googling’ entered the dictionary. It was very quickly used in pop culture, with the TV character Xander using the term in the series Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Formation of WikiLeaks
Speaking of technology in 2006, WikiLeaks was founded by a group of journalists in Iceland. It served as a clearinghouse for anonymous material, news leaks, and secret information. Using the WikiLeaks uploader, many documents from different governments and private organizations can be posted anonymously.
Introduction of jQuery
Although jQuery was very popular, its popularity has declined in recent years. Bootstrap V5 dropped jQuery, and GitHub removed it from the site’s front end. The once must-use tool in web development has weakened in use nowadays.
Other Honorable Mentions
Picking out significant trends and stories in technology in 2006 was tough, so we want to make sure we don’t forget anything. Some other events in technology in 2006 we don’t like to forget to mention are:
- YouTube is acquired by Google for $1.65 million.
- During a speech on net neutrality, late Senator Ted Stevens describes the Internet as a “series of tubes.” This inspires many YouTube remixes and is mocked by the Daily Show and the Boing Boing.
- More people can afford Drones, thus making them become more popular.
- The first Mac Pro is introduced by Apple.
- The first HD DVD player was released in Japan by Toshiba.
- Pixar was purchased by the Walt Disney Company, and Steve Jobs became the largest shareholder at Disney.
- Picasa, a software that allows users to view and organize pictures on their PC, was introduced by Google.
- iTV, today known as Apple TV, was introduced by Apple.
- FreeMap Israel, today known as Waze, was introduced. The software offers driving directions, road alerts, and a live traffic map.
Technology has equipped us with the potential that no species on Earth was ever capable of conceiving. Thanks to its rapid advancement, technology feeds itself with new innovations to grow exponentially. In 2006, the technological landscape was significantly different than it is now, but in a way, it set us up perfectly for how things are today.
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