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Black History Month: mail.com salutes African-American computing pioneers

February is Black History Month! Since it was officially inaugurated across the United States by President Gerald Ford, Black History Month has been an important occasion for celebrating Black heritage and contributions in many different sectors. Today, join mail.com in saluting four Black trailblazers in the field of technology. more
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National App Day: Why are apps important?

You might remember the old slogan “There’s an app for that,” and it turns out there’s a day for that as well: December 11 is National App Day! Today we celebrate the not-so-humble app – and the mail.com Mail App in particular. So, if you have ever wondered what an app actually is and why apps are important, there is an explainer for that, too! more
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THE CAPS LOCK KEY: Why is it there and how to reverse it

gOOD mORNING! Oops, was my Caps Lock on? Almost all of us have probably accidentally hit that key and produced a sentence of gobbledygook before noticing our mistake. After all, it’s very easy to hit it by mistake. Which may have you asking – why is Caps Lock there, should you even use it – and can you make it go away? more
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Emojis, emoticons & smileys: A brief history

It’s hard to imagine our online communications without emojis. They have made the leap from our emails and texts into popular culture, with an emoji movie and their own “holiday”: World Emoji Day on July 17. In honor of this special day, let’s take a look at the history of the emoji and its predecessor, the email emoticon. Plus: How to add emojis to your mail.com emails. more
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Who invented the internet and when was it invented?

We all know that Thomas Edison invented the light bulb and Karl Benz, the automobile. But who invented the internet? Even though we use the internet every day, we don’t widely cite a specific genius behind this innovation. more
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The first email message: 52 years of email

It might feel like email has been with us forever, but in fact it’s just hitting middle age. The first email was sent in 1971 by Ray Tomlinson, a young engineer at the firm of Bolt, Beranek and Newman. more
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International Women’s Day: Ada Lovelace’s algorithm

International Women’s Day, celebrated on March 8, is the perfect opportunity to shed light on and celebrate the achievements women have contributed to our society. Women have been pioneers in many aspects of our society, especially in technology. In celebration of International Women’s Day, Ada Lovelace’s invention of the first algorithm is on our agenda. more
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Archie: The first internet search engine

Ever heard of “Archie” or the “Archie Query Form?” Or maybe you even remember using it back in the day? This Black History Month we are recognizing the amazing contribution of the search engine which has become a main pillar in everyday life. Being able to search any kind of information just at your fingertips is brought to you by Alan Emtage, a Black technologist who made the very first search engine in 1990. more
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Who invented passwords? History and future of the password

Ever wondered when people started using passwords? It may not surprise you to hear that the ancient Romans had military passcodes, but did you know that they make an appearance in the Hebrew Bible as well? more
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Does email work in space? How astronauts send emails

When humans first landed on the moon almost 53 years ago, email had not even been invented. Technology has advanced by leaps and bounds since 1969, however, and now astronauts have more options for keeping in touch with their colleagues and family back on Earth. more
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