Mamoru Samuragochi is a deaf Japanese composer, who known as the β€œdigital-age Beethoven” and creator of Onimusha’s OST. But, it later turned out that all of his works in 18 years were actually written by a ghost writer. And his deafness is all fake newyorker.com/culture/cul…
The MOS Transistor, which is responsible for launching technology into the digital age, is the most manufactured product in history clocking in at 13 sextillion (13,000,000,000,000,000,000,000) produced since its invention in 1960 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tra…
Bill gates purchased the Leonardo da Vinci's Codex for $30,802,500. Three years later he had its pages scanned into digital image files, some of which were later distributed as screen saver and wallpaper files on a CD-ROM as part of a Microsoft Plus! for Windows so everyone could enjoy them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cod…
Tupac Shakur made his movie debut in 1991’s β€œNothing But Trouble” with Digital Underground, singing his original tune, β€œSame Song.” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam…
The actor Masayori Oka who played Hiro Nakamuro on The TV show Heroes is the founder of Mobius Digital games, the developer of Outer Wilds enK.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ma…
A dispute between Serbia and Kosovo back in 2018 over electricity caused numerous digital clocks across Europe to lose a minute of time. reuters.com/article/us-se…
The first fully digital film was The Rescuers Down Under en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
35mm film has a digital equivalent of 6K resolution, while 70mm film has the digital equivalent of 12K resolution t3.com/us/news/high-resol…
Today I learned about how you may not actually own the digital content you purchase. Which is bringing to light the issue of digital content being willed to heirs of its deceased owners. aarp.org/home-family/pers…
VISA obtained a patent in November 2019 to convert US money into a digital currency controlled by central bank coindesk.com/visa-digital…
The first digital Casio watch was called the 'Casiotron' and was released in November 1974. It was the first ever digital watch to include a calendar function. Still available secondhand. digitalwatchcentral.com/t…
Norway has implemented a digital drivers license in the form of an app, that can be used instead of a physical one for roadside inspections. vegvesen.no/en/driving-li…
Today I learned that the math, and human biology, behind listening to either analog or digital music, favors analog. blogs.scientificamerican.…
A 25-year-old from the Czech Republic spearheaded the restoration and digital release of the Star Wars trilogy -- in its original theatrical form -- by using material from Blu-rays, DVDs and HDTV broadcasts as well as donated photographs, 35mm prints and 16mm prints. theatlantic.com/technolog…
The Morrison Digital Trumpet exists! It’s a MIDI controller for brass instrumentalists, with fingerings identical to that of a regular trumpet. youtu.be/BxLlym502bI
The Jeff Widener, the photographer of the famous Tiananmen Tank Man image, was the first photojournalist to file digital images from the South Pole. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jef…
Before Windows became the standard operating system for PCs, there was CP/M. In 1980 IBM approached Digital Research at Bill Gates' suggestion. After the talks failed. IBM instead contracted with Microsoft to provide an operating system. Microsoft purchased 86-DOS for $50000 & renamed to MS-DOS. wikipedia.org/wiki/86-DOS
Jet Li turned down a role in The Matrix Reloaded because Hollywood producers wanted to record and copy all of his martial arts moves into a digital library, with all rights going to them. slashfilm.com/jet-li-the-…
The Royal Bank of Canada is investing heavily in artificial intelligence, and now has more than 200 data scientists. It has identified a number of digital "ecosystems" where its clients live and work within which the bank believes it can play an "integral role in the future" mississauga.com/news-stor…
A fire at the back lot of Universal Studios in Los Angeles destroyed up to 50,000 original digital and film masters, some nearly 100 years old. A later investigation found that up to 175,000 audio masters were destroyed too, but not reported by the studio. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/200…
Star Wars:The Phantom Menace was the first full-length film to be screened to the public in digital instead of on film. theverge.com/2015/12/11/9…
Today I learned about the 2038 problem that relates to representing time in many digital systems as the number of seconds passed since 1 January 1970 and storing it as a signed 32-bit binary integer. Such implementations cannot encode times after 03:14:07 UTC on 19 January 2038. There is no solution currently. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yea…
Devolver Digital, a well-known video game publisher, only hires 20 employees en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dev…
Today I learned of the Einstein of the information age, Claude Shannon, whose groundbreaking work on Information Theory laid the foundation for modern digital communication en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cla…
In 1968 a group of Soviet mathematicians used a BESM-4 computer at the Moscow State Pedagogical University to realistically render the movements of a cat. The short, kitten, was the first instance of digital animation being used to effectively simulate movement youtube.com/watch?v=so_HQ…
, in 2001, Kodak attempted to shift quickly from film to digital cameras. They jumped to #2 in digital camera sales by taking a loss of $60 on every camera sold en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kod…
We had digital VHS tapes back in the 90s comparable to modern blue ray as far as storage and image quality. lifewire.com/when-vhs-wen…
During the filming of Avatar, the lead visual effects company, Weta Digital, hired 900 people to work on the movie at one time. To render Avatar, Weta made use of 4,000 Hewlett-Packard servers with 35,000 processor cores with 104 terabytes of RAM and three petabytes of network area storage! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ava…
Kodak invented the digital camera in 1975 but hid the invention because they feared it would jeopardize photographic film sales businessinsider.com/this-…
Def Leppard re-recorded many of their hits from the 80s, to get around a recording contract that gave them a very low royalty on digital sales. hollywoodreporter.com/new…
Year 2038 will face the same issue as the Y2K problem on digital systems. The latest time it can represent is 03:14:07 on Tuesday, 19 January 2038 and will follow by 13 December 1901 at 20:45:52 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yea…
Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore started an Organization called Thorn: Digital Defenders of Children with the goal of designing software to help save children from human sex trafficking. Since then, it has already helped law enforcement identify thousands of victims of human sex trafficking. msn.com/en-us/news/missin…
Sony was sued over the digital version of Times Square in Sam Raimi's first Spiderman movie. Some of the real billboards and other ads were replaced with alternative versions and the real advertisers sued. cnet.com/news/spider-man-…
The rap group Digital Underground's song "Sex Packets" was inspired by a friend who seriously wanted to invent a psychedelic sex drug for astronauts theawl.com/2010/12/reveal…
; About Nielsen Ratings, using Set Meters, which are small devices connected to televisions in recruited homes- This is how those infamous " TV Ratings" used to be determined before the digital age- broadcastingcable.com/new…
The Serial Killer BTK was caught by digital forensics en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Den…
The Deep Note, also known as the "THX Note", was designed and synthesized in 1983 by James A. Moorer after 2 years of development using a 19" rack full of digital hardware. It is perceived as much louder than it is due to the large number of overlapping voices - the original version has 30. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dee…
Today I learned of Francesco Zappa, a 17th century composer who was highly regarded for his virtuoso cello playing. Frank Zappa re-recorded two of Francesco’s sonatas on a Synclavier and released it as an album, describing it as "His (Francesco Zappa's) First Digital Recording in over 200 Years". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
The siren squelch at the beginning of the Emergency Broadcast System is actually a digital code that specifies who issued the alert, the type of threat, where it is affecting, and how long it is in place. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spe…
Mark Zuckerberg, billionaire and CEO of Facebook, puts tape over his webcam. FBI director James Comey also tapes over his webcam and the American digital rights group EFF sells webcam stickers. theguardian.com/technolog…
Max Headroom, the iconic 1980’s digital talking head, was not actually digital, but a real actor wearing prosthetics and makeup. The studio heads wanted to keep it secret at the time, and wouldn’t even allow the artists to be submitted for makeup awards. theverge.com/2015/4/2/828…
Charlottetown's museum celebrating the Founders of Canada closed permanently in 2016. The decline in visitors is blamed on outdated displays that just didn't cut it in the digital age cbc.ca/news/canada/prince…
Today I learned about an underground data-trafficking "sneakernet" in Cuba called EL Paquete Semanal ("The Weekly Package"). who every week smuggle in a terabyte of digital media from the outside world to it's subscribers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_…
The first song ever released for purchase as a digital single was Duran Duran’s β€œElectric Barberella” in 1997 billboard.com/amp/article…
Today I learned of the Year 2038 Problem - Time in many digital systems is counted as the number of seconds passed since 1 Jan 1970 and is stored as a signed 32-bit binary integer. Such implementations cannot encode times after 03:14:07 UTC on 19 Jan 2038 causing an insufficient storage issue similar to Y2K. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yea…
For years after CD players hit the market they remained unpopular and were mostly limited to fans of classical music. Dire Straights then released "Brothers in Arms", the first totally digital album. It sold 30 million copies and is credited with launching CD players into the mainstream. theguardian.com/music/201…
The first digital photograph was taken in December of 1975, and was of a lab technician named Joy. The photo was not saved and therefore deleted from history. diyphotography.net/worlds…
Stairway to Heaven was only made available as a single in 2007, 36 years after original release, through digital downloads. It still managed to reach the Norway and Portugal Top 10, New Zealand, Germany and Switzerland Top 20 and Ireland and UK Top 40 just through digital downloads. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
Industrial Light & Magic created the visual effects for the 1988 film "Willow", which led to a breakthrough in digital morphing technology. The techniques developed for the sequence where one of the characters morphs into different animals, was later used for Terminator 2: Judgement day. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
The creators of Android originally dreamed it would be used to create a world of "smart cameras" that connected to PCs, but it was reworked for mobile handsets as the smartphone market began to explode. Growth in digital cameras was gradually slowing as the technology became mainstream pcworld.com/article/20347…
At U.S. military funerals, a digital insert is placed in a bugle and "played" by a soldier when a live bugler isn't available. wcpo.com/news/insider/the…
Relativity dictates that, like a strange syrup, time flows slower on moving trains than in the stations and faster in the mountains than in the valleys. The time for our wristwatch or digital screen is not exactly the same as the time for our head scientificamerican.com/ar…
Leonardo da Vinci's Codex Hammer was purchased for $30,802,500 in 1994 by Bill Gates; 3 years later he released a digital version of the historic diary for all the world to enjoy. content.time.com/time/spe…
Estonia is developing the world’s first Digital Nomad Visa that will allow people who do the majority of their work online to work and travel in Estonia for up to 365 days. enterprisetimes.co.uk/201…
Since 2000, 52% of Fortune 500 companies are gone as a result of digital disruption. hbr.org/sponsored/2017/07…
Bill Gates founded a nonprofit ed-tech initiative that created peer-reviewed, openly licensed textbooks, which are available in free digital formats and for a low cost in print. Instructors are free to use, adapt, and remix the content of those textbooks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
β€œThe Beatles Movie Medley” is the only Beatles single to never be released on CD or digital download. It was a 4 minute medley of previous Beatles songs that reached #12 on the Billboard hot 100 in 1982. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Colossus the digital computer used to break the Enigma machines was not designed as popular culture would have us believe by Alan Turing, but by Tommy Flowers, who was educated at night classes. cryptomuseum.com/people/t…
A 2000 study of the Library of Congress suggested that the amount of uncompressed textual data represented by the 26 million books then in the collection was 10 terabytes. The Library makes millions of digital objects, comprising tens of petabytes, available at its American Memory site. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lib…
A man named Michael Larson won $110,000 on a game show by memorizing the patterns on a digital board. After this, the show started randomizing the board. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
In 1997, software engineer Philippe Kahn figured out a way to connect a digital camera to his cell phone. When his baby was born, he used his invention to capture his daughter’s first moments and sent that picture to more than 2,000 people, making it the first cell-phone picture. 100photos.time.com/photos…
Digital cameras were developed so spy satellites could send images back to earth more quickly. Before digital cameras in 1976, spy satellites used film. After the film was shot, the satellites loaded the footage into capsules and dropped them from orbit into the atmosphere for collection. cnn.com/2016/09/01/us/dec…
In the late 1990s, certain digital cameras used 3.5-inch floppy disks for picture storage dpreview.com/articles/270…
In 1973, a photo of a Swedish Playboy model was used to engineer the digital image format that would become the JPEG. Engineers at University of Southern California tore off the top third of the spread, ran it through a set of analog-to-digital converters, and saved the resulting 512-line scan. macobserver.com/link/lena…
The creator of Bitcoin is still unknown. The identity of Satoshi Nakamoto, the computer programmer who invented the digital currency is a pseudonym and could represent a man, a woman, or even a group of people. coindesk.com/information/…
Mark Zuckerberg, billionaire and CEO of Facebook, puts tape over his webcam. FBI director James Comey also tapes over his webcam and the American digital rights group EFF sells webcam stickers. theguardian.com/technolog…
ISERV -- ISS SERVIR Environmental Research and Visualization System -- "automatically takes images of Earth through a small telescope with an off-the-shelf digital camera mounted in the International Space Station's Destiny module." ISERV "captures 3 images per second" when running. nasa.gov/mission_pages/st…
Sega made their own digital camera in 1996 called the Digio SJ-1, only released in Japan and Australia. It took photos at either 320x240 or 160x120 resolution, and you could edit them either by hooking it up to your computer or another rare Sega device, the Picture Magic drawing tablet segaretro.org/Digio_SJ-1
Because the Secret Service aren't allowed into the Oval Office, they turned the floor into a giant, digital scale so that they can monitor where the President is at all times. huffingtonpost.com/brad-m…
Digital VHS tapes from 1998 could store 50GB of 1080i on a normal sized tape - the only way to get HD commercial films until Blu-ray in 2004. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D-V…
In 2017, Norway will be the first country in the world to shut down FM radio and go digital instead. Norway plans to switch to DAB (which stands for β€˜Digital Audio Broadcasting’), since FM is eight times more expensive. thedockyards.com/20-facts…
In the parting of the Red Sea scene of the movie "The Prince of Egypt," what lasted for seven minutes on the screen required 10 digital artists, 16 traditional animators, two programmers, and more than 318,000 hours of rendering time. optics.org/article/8171
Today I learned about the Matrix digital rain, which is featured as computer-coded green numbers falling from a backdrop down a screen. The effect - which implies a simulated reality - has recently become increasingly popular, and can mow also be found in TV spots, video clips, posters, and cyberpunk music. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mat…
The only medically proven cure for hiccups that does not require drugs or surgery is "Digital Rectal Massage" qi.com/infocloud/hiccups
Modern digital communications systems insert a fake 'hiss' into silences so the listener knows the call hasn't dropped or the transmission stopped. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
Visual problems are on the rise due to the increased use of digital devices. On average, people blink less often now than before because of prolonged exposure to screens, which increases the chances of developing eye disease and damage, such as Dry Eye Disease. dryeyeandmgd.com/impact-t…
Canadian physicist and Nobel laureate Willard Boyle was not only the coinventor of the CCD, an important technology for digital imaging, but was also involved in the selection of lunar landing sites for the Apollo programme en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
On April 4, 1972, the Pulsar was finally ready, made in 18-carat gold and sold for $2,100. It had a red light-emitting diode (LED) display. Digital LED watches were very expensive and out of reach to the common consumer until 1975. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wat…
The D in the logo for SD (Secure Digital) is a disc because the logo was created for a alternative product to the DVD being developed by Toshiba titled Super Density disc that never came to be and was then reused when the SD flash card format was being developed. youtube.com/watch?v=VeLvd…
Digital audio for 35mm films is crammed into the edges and even *between perforations* of the film strip itself, in tiny QR-code-like form. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/35_…
Today I learned about the "year 2038 problem" wich relates to representing time in many digital systems as numbers of seconds passed since 1 January 1970 and storing it as a 32-bit integer. On 19 january 2038 the capacity of 32-bit is reached and the date switches back to 13 December 1901. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yea…
Internet Protocol over Carrier Pigeons is a thing and in fact can be faster at transferring data than the actual internet due to digital storage having grown 3 times as fast as internet bandwidth en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IP_…
The first digital age reduction in movies was done in 2006 by Lola VFX for X-Men: The Last Stand for a flashback scene where Magneto and Professor X meet young Jean Grey. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lol…
The world's first working programmable, Turing-complete, fully automatic digital computer (Z3) was created by a German inventor Konrad Zuse in 1941. He also made the first commercial digital computer (Z4) in 1945. His work was ignored by Allies and deemed unimportant by Nazi officials. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kon…
Anamorphic Format motion pictures are recorded and projected with lenses that distort the screen image in order to improve quality and make the most out of film and digital media. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ana…
Lorem Ipsum is broken Latin text used as a placeholder by designers, copied across physical and digital media since the 1960s. In 1982, a professor traced the words as randomly picked from a proofreader's copy of a book by ancient Roman philosopher Cicero. The word 'consectetur' was very rare. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lor…
Sony made a digital camera in 1997 that stored images on a 3.5 inch floppy disk en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Son…
No digital music service is generating a profit, mainly due to exorbitant US royalty rates blog.8tracks.com/2016/12/…
As of 1990 there were two known cases of curing persistent hiccups with digital rectal massage. "We suggest that this manoeuvre should be considered in cases of intractable hiccups before proceeding with pharmacological agents." ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2…
The reason Microsoft changed their word font setting from Time New Roman to Calibri 11 was to acknowledge the end the print era and the rise of the digital age. forbes.com/sites/quora/20…
The two Matrix sequels were so reliant on digital effects that they used a total of 8 square kilometres (3 sq. miles) of greenscreen matrixfans.net/interview-…
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), a non-profit digital rights group, was founded based on the founders’ experiences which led them to believe that authorities were uninformed about emerging forms of online communication, and the need for increased protection of Internet civic liberties. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ele…
The first digital image was created in 1957 by Russell Kirsch and consisted of just 176x176 pixels. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
There's a series of 70-foot-long concrete arrows that bisects the country longitudinally all the way from SF to NYC, all designed to direct aerial traffic. They are from the pre-digital age and were installed by the Federal government in 1924, coupled with light signals to guide the way. weburbanist.com/2013/12/3…
Today I learned of Digital Cinema Files, a type of digital file that is now used in movie theaters to display films, and comes with both encrypted content and an encrypted password that can only be decoded by a piece of secure hardware on the playback system. Not even employees have direct access to the film. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dig…
Pornhub, Brazzers, YouPorn, Mofos, Digital Playground, Redtube, Reality Kings and many many other porn sites, production studios and cam sites are all owned by a company called MindGeek, giving it a near-absolute monopoly on the way mainstream pornography is manufactured and distributed en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Min…
Today I learned about "Jackpotting" ,where hackers penetrate an ATM's physical and digital security, install malware, establish remote access, and set it up to display an out-of-order screen. Afterwards cash is dispensed remotely and collected. This method has drained ATM's of tens of millions worldwide. wired.com/story/jackpotti…
The Casio F-91W digital watch was declared to be 'the sign of al-Qaeda' according to classified Guantanamo Bay documents as it indicates a detainee was trained to make time bombs by al-Qaeda in Afghanistan. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cas…
A child molester who appeared in over 200 photographs of abuse used a 'digital swirl' effect to hide his identity. He was caught after police reversed the effect. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/C…

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