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In 1925, the earliest prototype of the selfie stick appeared. In this year, A photo from that year shows a man taking a photograph of himself and his wife, with the aid of a long pole which is pointed towards the camera and out of frame. And the long…
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Masaoka found the new studio called Masaoka Cinematic Art Research Center which marked the transformation of anime. With adequate funding mostly from his family, he introduced sound technique and special-effects in filming, steering the industry from…
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Momotaro: Sacred Sailors is the first Japanese feature-length (74min) animated film. It was directed by Mitsuyo Seo (1911-2010), who was commissioned to make a propaganda film for World War II by the Japanese Naval Ministry. Inspired by Disney's…
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In 1956, Toei Doga (Toei Animation Studio) was established for the aim of producing animations following the mode of the Disney musical and fantasy genres, and became Japan’s 1st large-scale studio committed to producing animated films. The year…
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The Astro Boy series were made by Osamu Tezuka, the father of anime and one of the most influential cartoonists in the 20th century. The popularity of Astro Boy as manga originally and later TV Series ignited the mass production of TV animations…
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In 1975, Kodak engineer Steve Sasson created the first-ever digital camera. The camera was about the size of a breadbox and it took 23 seconds to capture a single image. It took 0.01-megapixel images shot only in black and white that were saved to a…
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1984 witnessed the release of Miyazaki’s 1st feature Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, after the success of which Ghibli studio was founded, headed by the directors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, and the producer Toshio Suzuki. The name Ghibli…
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In the 1980s, photo editing computer programs for personal computers were made. The first version of Adobe Photoshop was released in 1988. Since then, the software has become the industry standard not only for raster graphics editing, but also for…
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The first recognizable social media site, Six Degrees, was created in 1997. It was named after the six degrees of separation concept and allowed users to list friends, family members, and acquaintances both on the site and externally; external…
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The VP-210 was released in May 1999 and used a single 110,000-pixel front-facing camera to send two photos per second via Japan's PHS mobile phone network system. It has a capacity of 20 JPEG photographs. The camera phone was the same size as…
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The New York Times – which today has the largest combined print/digital circulation of any paper in the U.S. -- was founded in 1851 by veteran journalist, Henry Jarvis Raymond, who had a vision of a “new” kind of mass-appeal newspaper, supported by…
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Marconi’s first transmission relied on amplitude modulation to send a ‘wireless telegraph’ from England to Newfoundland. The transmission ‘bounced’ off the ionosphere and was received in Canada. Marked the first time in history that information…
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2004 witnessed the release of two bluckbusters: Howl’s Moving Castle and Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence, both of which were digitally made with heavy use of CGI. Miyazaki’s work is another adaptation from a best-selling British novel; Ghost in the…
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"Selfie" has been named as word of 2013 by Oxford Dictionaries (BBC News 2013). To be named as the word of a year, a word does not have to have been coined during the last 12 months to qualify, but it must have been prominent or notable during that…
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Your Name is directed by Makoto Shinkai and is a surprisingly huge commercial success. Also being praised for its excellent animation and heart-warming story, the film becomes the fourth-highest-grossing film of all time in Japan, and Different…
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First synthesized score for film utilizing the recently debuted Moog and skills of musician/sound engineer Wendy Carlos. While not the first example of synthesized music, (Switched-on Bach sold over half a million copies in 1968-69) the score was…
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Ableton – a German software development company – released the first version of their Digital Audio Workstation (DAW), Ableton Live 1.0, in 2001. The program is known for its complex audio analysis algorithms – which allow for vast manipulations in…
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Started with the New Culture Movement, which initiated by the editors of the magazine New Youth, the May Fourth Movement started in 1917, after Chinese government's failure of diplomacy at the Paris Peace Conference. During this period, there was a…
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In December of 1920, Act 17, Section 3 of the Alien Order Act was passed. This act equipped police officers with the power of photographing any alien. The photograph requirements and camera were not standardized at the time, though they did require…
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One of the first black men to open his own establishment in antebellum New York City, Pete Williams' dance hall is said to have birthed what we know to be modern tap dancing. At Almack's Dance Hall, located in the Five Points district of Lower…
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