Your Ancient iPhone Every time we turn on a smartphone we reboot a legacy of decades, centuries, and millennia old technology. From jamming typewriters to laborious tax returns, considering the alpha launch of our most used apps can help us to extend our understanding of the much wider arc of technological progress.

* All examples follow a methodology of referencing Wikipedia citations for first known origins of a technology. Like all technologies a singular 'true origin' is a highly debatable notion ,if not an ontological impossibility. It is a lesson in itself that Wikipedia paints a largely Westerncentric view of technological progress

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