Kate Johanns

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Kate Johanns is a communications professional and freelance writer with more than 13 years of experience in publishing and marketing.

Tech Time Warp: First mobile malware makes its debut

Tech Time Warp: First mobile malware makes its debut

Back in the pre-smartphone days, an international group of hackers set out to prove no technology was safe from malware. In June 2004, the group 29A — 29A being the hexadecimal version of “666” — released the first virus targeting...

/ June 14, 2019
Tech Time Warp: Net neutrality debate heats up again and again

Tech Time Warp: Net neutrality debate heats up again and again

Life tends to slow down in early June — unless you’re involved in the net neutrality debate. A surprising number of momentous net neutrality actions have occurred over the years in the month of June, starting with the initial use...

/ June 7, 2019
Tech Time Warp: The slow rise of video phones

Tech Time Warp: The slow rise of video phones

Chances are you’ve used Zoom, Skype, or FaceTime in the past week. Video-conferencing is so entrenched in modern life, it’s hard to understand why a May 30, 1996, announcement by AT&T and Intel about their new PC-based videophone left some...

/ May 31, 2019
Tech Time Warp: Prince Philip’s inbox gets hacked

Tech Time Warp: Prince Philip’s inbox gets hacked

Harry and Meghan might grab headlines for their privacy settlements and use of social media, but the younger royals are hardly breaking new ground. You might say they’re just following in the family’s footsteps. In 1985, two hackers were arrested...

/ May 24, 2019
Tech Time Warp: Happy Bitcoin Pizza Day!

Tech Time Warp: Happy Bitcoin Pizza Day!

This week, Microsoft announced Project ION, its decentralized identification (DID) verification system built on top of the bitcoin blockchain. ION (Identity Overlay Network) is the first such project by a major tech company and could revolutionize the way users log...

/ May 17, 2019
Tech Time Warp: Flame, the virus with a massive controlled burn

Tech Time Warp: Flame, the virus with a massive controlled burn

The Flame virus first achieved infamy in May 2012, shortly after the United Nations’ International Telecommunications Union asked a security company to look in to the hacking of Iranian computers. Although not widespread — only a few hundred computers are...

/ May 10, 2019
Tech Time Warp: Microsoft introduces the “green-eyed” mouse

Tech Time Warp: Microsoft introduces the “green-eyed” mouse

Here’s a bit of trivia for your next cocktail party: The instruction manual for the first Microsoft Mouse (introduced May 2, 1983, as Microsoft’s first foray into peripherals) was a hefty 120-plus pages long. Yes, more than 120 pages. That...

/ May 3, 2019
Tech Time Warp: Chernobyl virus turns twenty

Tech Time Warp: Chernobyl virus turns twenty

Twenty years ago, after dealing with the aftermath of the Melissa virus — launched on March 26 — network administrators weren’t prepared for what happened next. A month later, on April 26, a particularly nasty version of the CIH virus known as...

/ April 26, 2019
Tech Time Warp: The hidden surprises of technology Easter eggs

Tech Time Warp: The hidden surprises of technology Easter eggs

Have you ever typed “answer to life, the universe, and everything” into Google? In a nod to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Google returns “42” as a calculator result. Or perhaps you’ve noticed a white X in front of...

/ April 19, 2019
Tech Time Warp: Apple co-founder Ronald Wayne says goodbye after only 12 days

Tech Time Warp: Apple co-founder Ronald Wayne says goodbye after only 12 days

They say hindsight is 20/20, or — in the case of Apple’s lesser-known third co-founder Ronald Wayne — billions of dollars. On April 1, 1976, Wayne drew up a contract with Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak to found Apple Computer...

/ April 12, 2019