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Text of email sent by the Queen in 1976 (Screen grab of Tweet by Twitter/@BritishMonarchy)

The Queen was the first monarch to EMAIL

When the Queen ascended the British throne in 1952, the microchip wasn’t even invented. But that hasn’t stopped her embracing technology, including sending an email way back in 1976! Here’s just 8 of the greatest technological inventions from the past 63 years of her reign – the longest of any British monarch. The Microchip – 1959 We all take it for granted now, but the microchip was not yet invented when Princess Elizabeth became Queen in 1952. It was another 7 years…

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Microsoft Windows 95 – 20 Years Old!

Wow! The popular Windows 95 operating system is a fifth of a century old – having been released on 24 August 1995. A reported $300 million was spent by Microsoft during its advertising campaign to launch the then latest version of its operating system. There was the ad featuring the Rolling Stones’ song Start Me Up – a reference to the start button – and even a 30-minute video with Jennifer Aniston and Matthew Perry of Friends’ fame, according to Wikipedia. Ah, they…

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Windows 10: “free” and 6 other things to know

1. Free upgrade for Windows 7, 8.1 and Windows 8.1 Phone users Microsoft has promised customers who use these versions of Windows a free upgrade in the first year after the launch of Windows 10. The company also says it will “continue to keep it current for the supported lifetime of the device – at no cost”. It’s promising to deliver new features when they are ready rather than wait for the next major release. 2. Holographic computing Microsoft has…

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End of the line for new Nokia branded mobile phones?

The Nokia brand name is set to disappear from new mobile devices, it has been revealed. Microsoft bought Nokia’s mobile devices business less than a year ago – and did have a 10-year agreement to use the name on mobile devices. But Nokia will now be ditched from new products with new Nokia Lumia smartphones being known as Microsoft Lumia, reports the BBC. Nokia was once synonymous with mobile phones and had a huge market share, but that dominance faded as…

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The holodeck in your living room: Microsoft RoomAlive

Microsoft has developed the RoomAlive prototype that creates an augmented reality in a room – and has been compared to Star Trek’s famous holodeck. Imagine if you could turn your front room into something else or another place – and that you could interact with its inhabitants and immerse yourself in that environment? Microsoft has unveiled a system that could just be a step towards turning that into a reality. The RoomAlive project uses projectors, depth cameras and a computer to create an…

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