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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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What is a web browser?

Whether you surf the web on a laptop or smartphone, a web browser is the program that makes it possible. But there are a few things you might not know about web browsers. When were they invented?
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If you don’t like your preinstalled internet browser, it’s easy to switch
Do you have to use the browser that’s preinstalled on your device? Our blog connects the dots. more
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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.
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Learn about pioneers of technology during Black History Month
Today, join mail.com in saluting three Black trailblazers in the field of technology. more

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THE CAPS LOCK KEY: Why is it there and how to reverse it

DID YOU KNOW THAT OCTOBER 22 IS CAPS LOCK DAY!?  (Sorry, we’ll stop shouting now!) If you see social media posts written entirely in capital letters on October 22nd, you should know that it’s because Derek Arnold created this (presumably ironic?) “holiday” in 2000 to call attention to the misuse of this button on our computer keyboards.
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Caps Lock occupies a prime position on your computer keyboard. But do you need it?
 So why is Caps Lock there, should you use it – and can you make it go away? more
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Who is the inventor of the internet?

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. This may be because the internet has been the result of gradual development rather than a flash of inspiration that can be attributed to a single person. But there are definitely some key figures along this path who deserve to be celebrated.
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Many people don’t know who actually invented the internet – do you?
Join us for a whirlwind tour of the history of the internet! more
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Email emojis

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.
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These little guys are in the spotlight on World Emoji Day
Plus: How to add emojis to your mail.com emails. more
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Email turns 50!

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Join the party! Email celebrates its 50th birthday


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. Electronic mail looked different fifty years ago, although one feature would still be recognizable to today’s users – the now ubiquitous @ symbol, whose use is also credited to Tomlinson. more
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Email pioneer mail.com celebrates 25 years of reliable service and unique domain names

Founded in the early days of email, the mail.com brand is still going strong, letting customers maintain their original personalized email addresses while offering cutting-edge technical infrastructure, security and privacy protection. more
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