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The history of WoodlanD

  • Touch the earth, breathe the wind, taste the water
  • Aero Group- The parent company
  • 350 exclusive stores and more than 3000  multi-brand outlets world-wide

The Brand

Touch the earth. Breathe the wind. Taste the water. Feel the richness of the forest, the emptiness of the desert, the might of the rivers and the majesty of the mountains. As you look around and marvel at the vastness of it all, ask yourself, “Where am I?” And the answer hits you right there and then, “Home.” That’s when you know you are one of the few through whose very veins the spirit of adventure flows like a raging torrent. A spirit that is willing to stretch the levels of human endurance; a spirit that desires to reach the furthest frontiers; a spirit that craves to venture into the unknown. It is this spirit of adventure that defines Woodland. Ever since the beginning Woodland has successfully brought together the power of the human will and the rewards of discovery. Woodland has imbibed this very spirit in each and every one of its products. Products which push the boundaries of innovation so that you can push the boundaries of exploration.


Woodland’s parent company, Aero Group, has been a well known name in the outdoor shoe industry since the early 50s. It quickly gained popularity due to its unwavering commitment to quality and the introduction of the latest designs. Today, Aero Group is a highly integrated firm with its own leather tanning units and production facilities in India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, China, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Macau and Canada. In 1992, Aero Group launched Woodland and it immediately caught the attention of outdoor enthusiasts. It brought with it, an innovative collection designed to provide rock climbers, backpackers, hikers, trail runners, and outdoor lovers with the perfect tools to meet nature’s challenges. Soon enough the Woodland tree logo became synonymous with adventure. And as the calendar turned towards the new millennium, Woodland kept expanding its line of outdoor shoes, performance apparels, and equipments to cater to the needs of those always reaching for the horizon. But the desire to explore does not have any boundaries. Adventure does not come with any limits. Discovery does not have an end. These are as vast as the outdoors. It is this conviction that has taken Woodland to the forefront of the global outdoor products industry. Currently, Woodland commands a network of 350 exclusive stores worldwide. The brand also has a presence in more than 3000 multi-brand outlets in a number of countries.

Innovation And Technology

The inspiration behind Woodland’s success is undoubtedly the outdoor adventurer. After all, the adventurer is always looking for new ways to push the limits and to discover something new. Similarly, Woodland has also been discovering new technologies and presenting cutting edge innovations to bring customers only the highest quality. And this quality demands that each and every product should be able to withstand the rigours of exploring the wild without compromising on comfort, style and versatility. In order to constantly maintain this level of perfection, Woodland has indigenously developed manufacturing and packaging processes that rival the best in the world. It all begins with a fully integrated production process. The key raw materials for shoes, leather, and a good part of the soles are all made in-house. Hand-picked Italian hides are tanned and finished on Italian machinery. The unique rugged, tough rubber soles are also produced using German technology. New projects on the anvil include high-class footwear with directly injected dual density PU/PU, PU/TPU soles produced by high-tech machines and robots from the German giant Desma. Apart from the above, Woodland is always on the search for materials which are not only of high quality, but eco friendly as well. As it strides into the future, Woodland will continue to utilize new technologies to bring you only the best. Our definition of quality demands that any footwear and garment we make should be long-lasting and strong. It should also be as light as possible, supple, feel dry and comfortable against the skin, and be easy to care for. It should be versatile and should perfectly fit an active man, woman or kid. Environmental harm from manufacturing or growing practices or from dyes and finishes should be minimal. We go to great lengths to design products that embody these qualities.
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Datawind Ubislate 7Ri Review

Datawind, also known as the maker of the well-known Aakash tablet for India, has a few variants for its 7-inch Android tablet model and here is the Ubislate 7Ri. However, in the field of capacitive tablets being the entry-level and the lowest configuration available, the 7Ri has a resistive touch screen to offer. Let’s check out this tablet and see if it is really worth the price.

Design and Build

The Datawind Ubislate 7Ri is the size of a standard 7-inch Android tablet. It is made completely from plastic, has a glossy black body on both the front and back and sports white edges on the right and left sides. The front panel has no buttons for home, back, menu or search. A front facing VGA camera is available for voice chats. The rear panel has just a big Ubislate logo in white. The left side sports the stereo speakers while the right side has the power button, an audio jack, a micro SD card slot, a micro USB PC interface and OTG slot, a power jack and a power LED. Two small holes for the reset button and the microphone are also seen alongside here. Lastly, the top features the volume rocker buttons. The entire chassis is made of plastic, weighs just 300 grams and is around 11 mm thick. The chassis is tough and feels rugged except for the glossy part which can get tarnished with fingerprints, dust and scratches in no time. However, while using the tablet, it feels a bit nice to hold as it feels more like a toy than an expensive gadget. We did expect the tablet to have a slightly more superior shell and build quality. However, this would shoot up the price by a few hundreds.

Features and Performance

The Ubislate 7Ri is a very basic Android tablet and has the lowest configuration in the fleet of Ubislate tablets. It features an Android ICS operating system which runs on a 1 GHz Cortex A8 processor with a MALI-400 GPU and 512 MB of RAM. The storage built in is 4 GB of which, 2 GB is available for user data while the rest is shared between the operating system and apps. The display is a resistive touch 7-inch LCD screen with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. There is only a single camera on the front, which features a resolution of 0.3 MP pixels. Lastly, connectivity options available are micro USB for PC interface and OTG and a Wi-Fi interface for Internet connectivity. the internal storage can be expanded up to 32 GB for additional data storage.

We did a test on this tablet using regular benchmarking applications. AnTuTu scored 3144 points and Quadrant scored 2341 points. Linpack gave us results of 13.34 MFLOPS in single-thread tests and 12.70 MFLOPS in multi-thread tests. Lastly, NenaMark2 scored 27.2 fps in the test. The scores revealed that the performance of this tablet is at par with other tablets featuring similar hardware specifications.

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Karbonn launches 5.9″ dual SIM Tablet Phone

Karbonn A30 pushes the boundary between a tablet and a phone, claiming to be ‘World’s first 15cm cm (5.9”) phone’. Remember the Galaxy Note (5.3”) and Note II (5.5”) which Samsung branded as ‘Phablet’—a hybrid of Phone and Tablet.

Amalgamating the functions of a smart phone and a tablet, Karbonn here poses stiff competition to its Indian rival Micromax. The two brands have been vying with each other to woo the budget-conscious Indian buyers. They offer tablet computers and mobile handsets of high specifications that match those from global players, at almost one-third their price.

The Galaxy Notes come for prices above Rs. 35K; Galaxy SII and SIII for Rs. 30K and 35K; Karbonn A 30 and Micromax A 110are available for around Rs. 11,000.


The A 30 comes with stunning specs: Dual-Core 1 Ghz processor, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), Dual SIM, 8 MP camera with Auto Focus, Face Detection & flash, 1.3 MP front camera for video calling, 2500 mAh battery, Gesture control and a host of pre-embed apps.

USB tethering allows to use the mobile phone as a modem to connect your laptop or other devices to internet.

A 30 can also act as a Wi-Fi hotspot that can connect up to eight devices to the internet connection on the mobile.

Officially named as ‘Karbonn A30 – Ta Fone’ the company lovingly calls it ‘Mother of all phones’ and claims it to be capable of ‘redefining the Indian mobile eco-system’.

Running on Android 4.0 ICS, the phone can access over 2,50,000 android apps from the Google Play store. The company announced special introductory price of Rs. 12,990 only; however various online portals are selling it for much lesser prices—as less as Rs. 10,500.

Pre-embedded applications of Karbonn A30 – Ta Fone

Facebook, Whatsapp, Kingsoft Office, Saavn, NextGtv, PayTM, Popi, Karbonn Smart Browser.

Karbonn Mobiles is a joint venture between Delhi-based Jaina Group and Bangalore based UTL Group. Karbonn already has over 650 service centers established across the country.

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Aakash tablet unveiled at U.N.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has lauded India as a “super power” in the field of information technology as he unveiled the low-cost Aakash2 tablet in the United Nations.

The tablet was showcased at the U.N. headquarters on Wednesday on the occasion of the India’s current Presidency of the U.N. Security Council.

CEO of Datawind, maker of the Aakash tablet, Suneet Singh Tuli, presented the device to the U.N. chief who voiced appreciation for the tablet for being “small and handy”.

“India is a critical player on security issues, but you are also a leader on development and technology. Indeed, India is a super-power on the information superhighway. There is a reason places like Hyderabad are called Cyberabad,” Mr. Ban said in his remarks.

The U.N. chief said he is aware that Aakash means sky in Hindi and called on nations to work with the U.N. to help young people “reach for the sky and meet their dreams.”

He said technology is not an end in itself but is the key to empower people to make the most of their own potential.

“Information and communications technologies are engines of economic growth and development and can help transform people’s lives. They are great enablers, helping people communicate across distances, facilitating trade and commerce and providing better access to health care and education,” he said.

Mr. Ban said technology is being used in innumerable ways around the world to improve the lives of people but the challenge is to leverage the power of technology and bridge the digital divide.



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Microsoft Sold 40 Million Windows 8 Licenses

Microsoft has sold 40 million Windows 8 licenses in the month since it launched, suggesting that the operating system is selling faster, and in larger numbers, than Windows 7.

Microsoft executive Tami Reller announced the milestone at the Credit Suisse 2012 Annual Technology Conference, and the company reiterated it Tuesday in a blog post that said, “Windows 8 is outpacing Windows 7 in terms of upgrades.”

This is the first sales figure Microsoft has shared since CEO Steve Ballmer said the company had gotten 4 million Windows 8 upgrades in four days, and it must be taken with a big spoonful of salt. Microsoft did not specify how Windows 8 devices are selling in comparison to past launch devices. Nor did it say whether Windows 8 is selling below expectations, as recent reports have suggested. The catch in all of this is that 40 million figure includes all of the licenses Microsoft has sold, including to manufacturers building Windows 8 hardware. That means many of those 40 million copies of Windows 8 haven’t actually made their way into consumers’ hands.

Microsoft also emphasized that its Windows Store is growing in conjunction with Windows 8 growth. A report from app analytics company Distimo suggests the same thing and notes that millions of people who have upgraded to Windows 8 are downloading Windows Store apps at a healthy rate. The top 300 apps in the Windows Store have an average of 200,000 downloads per day. The top 300 apps in the Mac App Store see around 80,000 daily downloads, the firm said.

The Windows Store had grown to 21,183 apps by Nov. 22, according to Distimo’s data. That puts the Windows Store at more than twice the size it was at launch on Oct. 26 and more robust than the Mac App Store, which has around 13,000 apps. Still, it’s significantly lower than the 600,000-plus apps available in the Apple App Store and Google Play. Since the Windows Store covers both desktop computers and tablets and the Windows Phone Store offers apps for smartphones, it’s somewhat difficult to compare the various available app stores across platforms.

Missing from Distimo’s report, however, is the total download rate for both stores. Distimo does mention that when it comes to paid apps, the Mac App Store is still performing much better than the Windows Store, with five times as many downloads. While Windows 8 users are downloading plenty of apps, they aren’t necessarily paying much, or anything, for them.

Microsoft’s Windows Store has significantly fewer paid apps than its competitors. Paid apps make up only 14 percent of the Windows Store, compared to the 35 percent in Google Play and 84 percent in Apple’s App Store. Microsoft did not specify how much revenue the Windows Store has made, but noted “a number of apps in the Windows Store have crossed the $25,000 revenue mark and the developer keeps 80 percent of the revenue they make off downloads for the life of their app.” Download rates of paid apps, however, are much lower than download rates of free apps.

More notable is that Windows 8 users are actually active on the Windows Store, which will likely convince developers who have been hesitant to build for the nascent platform.

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New era of Camera….

Samsung has launched its Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)-powered Galaxy Camera in India at Rs 29,900. The company has teamed up withAirtel to offer 1GB of free monthly data for two months, along with a extra battery that comes free with this 16MP camera.
The new Galaxy Camera has a 4.8-inch touchscreen and is compatible with all the apps available on Google Play marketplace. It is powered by a 1.4GHz quad-core processor coupled with 1GB RAM and boasts of a 1,650mAh battery. The gadget supports sim-card for 3G connectivity and can also access the internet over Wi-Fi.
Samsung Galaxy Camera has a BSI CMOS sensor and has digital and optical zoom of 21x each. The company has included features like optical image stabilisation and auto-focus (centre, multi and Face Detection) in this gadget. Some of the unique features of this camera are Instagram, Paper Artist, Dropbox, Photo Wizard, Video Editor, AllShare Play, S-Suggest and S-Voice.
The only other camera with Android in the market isNikon S800c, which costs Rs 20,950 in the country, approximately Rs 9,000 less than Samsung’s gadget.
The South Korean manufacturer had begun taking pre-orders for the Galaxy Camera earlier this month at Rs 3,000, while the rest of the sum was to be paid within three days of its launch. The South Korean manufacturer is giving a 16GB microSD card for free with the device to those who pre-ordered the device on its website and pay the full amount within the next three days. The company is not offering Cash on Delivery option for the Galaxy Camera.
Samsung India will send emails to those who booked it in advance, notifying them of its availability. Those who do not make the full payment for the device within three days of its launch will not be entitled to the free 16GB microSD card. Also, the users who do not pay the full amount within 15 days of official launch will have to forfeit their Rs 3,000 pre-booking amount.
Tech specs:
Display: 4.8-inch HD Super Clear LCD touchscreen with 308 ppi pixel density;
Operating System: Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean);
Sensor: 16.3MP (effective) 1/2.3″ BSI CMOS;
Lens: F2.8, 23 mm, 21x super long zoom;
ISO: Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200;
Processor: 1.4GHz quad-core processor;
Memory: 8GB on-board, microSDSC, microSDHC, microSDXC memory slots;
Capture modes: Macro, Rich Tone, Action Freeze, Waterfall Trace, Light Trace, Beautiful Sunset, Blue Sky, Natural Green, Silhouette, Vivid Fireworks;
Connectivity: WiFi a/b/g/n, WiFi HT40, Bluetooth 4.0;
Battery: 1,650 mAh;
Misc: Share shot, Auto Cloud Back-up, Smart Content Manager, Photo Wizard, Movie Wizard, Voice Control, Slow Motion Video, S Planner, S Suggest

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Top Innovations of Last 25 years

1.B-2 Bomber, 1988

The first Grand Award we gave out in the Aviation category went to the most iconic warplane in a generation. The Northrop-Grumman-built B-2 can fly inside enemy lines without any radar detection, has a range of 6,000 nautical miles, and can carry payloads up to 20 tons. The hull is fashioned from a composite that absorbs radio waves, and its curved edges also help deflect signals, so they won’t return to their source. There are still 20 B-2s in the Air Force’s fleet.

3.Sun World International Seedless Watermelon, 1988

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves, except that, well, we did say it ourselves: “If you had just three wishes, surely one of them would be for a seedless watermelon. Right? Right. Actually, watermelons without those pesky big, black seeds were developed about 50 years ago. But now Sun World International of Indio, California, the company that brought you Red Flame seedless grapes, has developed a variety of seedless watermelon that it claims has greatly improved texture and taste.” Yeah, still pretty sold on this one.

3.Delco Moraine ABS V1, 1990

Antilock brakes are at the heart of any traction-control system, and in 1990 Delco Moraine released an ABS system that was affordable enough for manufacturers to install in any car. GM was the first car maker to use the system, which attached easily to existing brakes. Modern ABS and traction-control systems all work on a model similar to the ABS V1: a central controller monitors the rotation of the car’s wheels; when the system senses a differential in the RPMs, it signals pressure valves to either slow of speed of the offending wheels.

4.Kodak Digital Camera System, 1991

Built around the body of a Nikon F3, the Digital Camera Systemwas the first to put the “D” in front of “SLR.” Kodak engineers replaced the back of the Nikon shooter with a digital panel that contained a 1.3 megapixel color or monochrome image sensor. Pictures were piped from the camera directly to an attached hard drive with a preview screen. Though modern cameras are substantially more compact and self-contained, at the core, they all function much like the original Kodak system.

5.Sylvania 18-watt Compact Fluorescent, 1991

Incandescent bulbs were on their way out long before the Energy Independence and Security Act levied their death sentence. Before LEDs, compact fluorescent bulbs were the greener go-to, but until 1991 many of them were too big to fit into most light fixtures.Sylvania’s 2-inch-wide 18-watt CFL was the first to buck that trend. The $20 bulb produced a soft white light, equivalent to a 75-watt incandescent.

6.Channel Tunnel (Chunnel), 1994

After a six years of construction, the Chunnel opened in 1994. The 31-mile passage connects England to France across the floor of the English Channel. About 23.5 miles of the tunnel are underground, the longest such section ever built. The tunnel consists of three tubes, one each for freight and passenger trains with a smaller service tunnel between them. The Eurostar passenger line now transports as many as 17 million travelers through the tunnel every year, and Eurotunnel ships upwards of 17 million tons of freight.

7.Mosaic XS web browser, 1994

Before Mosaic, Web surfing really wasn’t a thing. The browser was the first one to display image in-line with text (instead of in a separate window), thus making the Web easier—and more pleasant—to read and navigate. Mosaic’s designers also made the browser compatible with Windows, helping it emass a reported 53 percent market share. Though Mosaic was soon overtaken my Netscape Navigator and eventually died out, much of its design is still mirrored in the most-popular modern browsers, including Firefox and Chrome.

8.Teledyne Ryan Tier II Plus Spy Drone, 1995

To achieve more-accurate weapons targeting and successful force protection in the field, the Air Force needed a plane like theTeledyne Ryan Tier II. The radar-, infrared-, and video-equipped spy plane could fly 3,400 from base, gather intel for a full 24 hours, and return home. The drone would later become the Global Hawk, the Air Force’s first high-altitude endurance UAV. Its successors have been flown by the Navy, NASA, NATO, and the German Air Force.

9.Protease Inhibitors, 1996

One of the biggest steps in treating HIV was the development of a drug that would prevent the virus from multiplying. Protease inhibitors jam up the enzyme that allows the cells to replicate. When we first awarded the drugs in 1996, the FDA has just approved the first formulations from Merck and Abbot Labs. Since then, several others have reached market, and doctors continue to prescribe the drugs as part of HIV/AIDS-management therapies.

10.Fujitsu QFTV Gas Plasma Display TV, 1997

For years, Hollywood had tantalized us with images of the future: high-tech homes with TVs so slim and light you could hang them on the wall. In 1997, Fujitsu was the first TV maker to make good on that dream. The four-inch-thick 42-inch QFTV produced an image when current passed through gas plasma sandwiched between two panes of glass. Although LCD TVs currently dominate the HDTV market, plasma sets like the QFTV are what first moved the thin-sharp-and-light goalpost for the entire marketplace.

11.HeartStream ForeRunner Portable Defibrillator, 1997

For every minute a patient’s heart isn’t revived after a sudden cardiac arrest, his chances of survival drop by 10 percent. TheForeRunner, which is now marketed by Philips, was the first portable defibrillator that anyone can use. The $4,000 device prompts the operator on how to use the paddles, while an onboard computer electrocardiogram determines the correct voltage. Earlier this fall, Philips produced its one millionth device, which the company donated to a helicopter rescue team In Washington State.

12.Toyota Prius, 1997, 2003, 2009

The Prius has won three Best of What’s New awards in the 15 years since Toyota debuted its hybrid-drive system in Japan in 1997. By the time the Prius made it to the U.S. market in the 2004 model year, it was clocking 55 mpg on average, and the 2010 model added at least 5 more miles on top of that. Regenerative braking systems, which transfer kinetic braking energy to the battery, are now common in hybrids. Yet the Prius remains king: To date, Toyota has sold more than 1 million Prius models worldwide, and the category-defining hybrid accounts for nearly half of all electric/gas cars on the road in the U.S.

13.Diamond Rio PMP300, 1998

We won’t be surprised if you’ve never heard of the Diamond Rio PMP300, but you’re surely familiar with the portable-music revolution that followed it. The Rio was the first successful portable audio device that allowed users to download MP3 files—or rip them from their CDs—and load them onto a pocketable player. The $200 player held an hour of music. The Rio was so successful that it caught the attention of the RIAA, who filed an injunction against the company. The injunction was denied, but three years later something else came along to push the Rio out of the limelight: the first iPod.

14.Osiris Therapeutics stem cell research, 1999

The ability to induce a stem cell, the cells from which everything in the human body grows, to grow into a new body part could change how we think about transplants entirely. Scientists at Osiris Therapeutics in 1999 had one of the first successful experiments, in which they induced bone-marrow cells to grow into specific types of connective tissue. The experiment proved that many cell lineages can be associated with a single cell type, not several.

15.TiVo, 1999

More than anything that came before it, TiVo (current generation shown) signaled a shift in the way people watch TV. So-called appointment television became a thing of the past; watching what you want, when you want—and skipping commercials—was about to become the new norm. Over the next few years, cable and satellite providers began using their own recording tuner boxes, eventually releasing models with two tuners, so that viewers could watch one thing while recording another. The shift was so marked, in fact, that Nielsen began measuring digital recordings in 2005; their research has found that “TiVo’d” or “DVR’d” program watching has increased more than four fold in the last six years.

16.IEEE 802.11g Wi-Fi, 2003

Before 2003, no single wireless transmission standard had either the range or the speed to handle our growing appetite for connectivity. 802.11g had a range or 150 feet and a max speed of 54 Mbps (a five-fold bump). Wireless routers could be fast and wide-reaching enough to cover the demands of an entire house, coffee shop, or small office from a single access point.

17.Microsoft Xbox Live, 2003

As common as Internet-connected set-top boxes are now, only nine years ago doing anything with the Internet on your TV was something of a foreign idea. Xbox Live, which owners could purchase as a $70 upgrade for their consoles, introduced the first Internet-connected gaming hub. At launch the service was a conduit for downloading additional game content, such as new levels and weapons, but it quickly expanded to include streaming and video-chat services, including Netflix and Skype, as platform “apps.” Now not being able to access Netflix from a console, Blu-ray player, or set-top box is what feels foreign.

18.SpaceShipOne, 2003

The goal for X Prize contenders was not only to meet the requirement of the competition—namely to carry three people to 100 kilometers twice in a two week period—but also to demonstrate to the world that we didn’t need the Space Shuttle to go into orbit. When we awarded the SpaceShipOne in 2003, it had yet to complete its mission, but it did on September 29 and October 4 the following year. The craft was carried to 50,000 feet by the jet-powered White Knight, then propelled as high as 112 kilometers by its hybrid rocket. It then coasted into an arc, re-entered the atmosphere, and landed like any other plane. The SpaceShipOne was grounded after claiming its prize, but Virgin Galactic now continues on its mission.

19.454 Life Sciences Genome Sequencer 20 System, 2005

Eight years ago, Dr. Jonathan Rothberg took the first step towards achieving an important goal: make human genome sequencing so affordable and fast that doctors could rely on it as a regular diagnostic tool. The Genome Sequencer 20 system, which needed only a month and $300,000 per person sequenced, was based around a fiber-optic chip that could hold hundreds of thousands of DNA fragments (the previous methodology could only accommodate 384 at a time). In 2007, Rothberg went on to found Ion Torrent, a company that this year released the Ion Proton system, which sequences an entire genome in a day for $1,000.

20.Google Maps, 2005

Standalone GPS devices are one of the most-profound—dare we say welcome—casualties of the smartphone revolution. Google Maps, more so than any other mapping software, is what made that possible. Rather than wasting time and bandwidth loading an entire map at once, the software loads it tile-by-tile; as you scroll, it sends a signal to the server to send down new tiles, which come with instructions on stitching them all together. Today, the 150 million Maps users plot about 12 billion miles of routes each year.

21.Apple iPhone and App Store, 2007 and 2008

It was hard to not be impressed by the iPhone when Apple first debuted it five years ago. A sleek, touchscreen phone that puts the internet in your pocket? Everyone was sold. Many devices had inched towards this moment (the Nokia 900 Communicator, for example, was well ahead of its time in 1997), but never had the user experience been quite so smooth. Something was missing, though; we still had to rely on ingenuitive hackers to code games and apps. Not for long: the very next year, Apple launched the App Store and changed everything all over again. The pairing set up the framework that all other mobile computing systems—Android Windows Phone—now follow. But the Cupertino company didn’t stop there; iPods, iPads, and Mac desktops and laptops now all run on a hardware-plus-app-store model. People in the mobile ecosystem alone download an estimated 46 million apps every day.

22.Large Hadron Collider, 2008

The 14-year effort to complete the Large Hardon Collider was only half the battle. Once the thousands-strong team of physicists and engineers had stabilized the LHC’s 1,200 35-ton magnets, the work of finding the Higgs boson, an integral particle for explaining how the universe can exist, could begin. This July two experiments produced what could very well be the illusive particle; both papers were published in September.

23.Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 2009

The 5D Mark II signaled a key moment in photography: the moment that any still photographer had the equipment necessary to become a high-def videographer. The 5D Mark II was the first D-SLR to shoot high-def video—others from Nikon and other competitors followed quickly after, of course. Canon engineers developed a D-SLR processor powerful enough to encode 30 frames of high-def video from the camera’s 21-megapixel sensor into video every second. And, because the 5D works with dozens of pre-existing D-SLR lenses, many already had the wares necessary for full-blown movie shoots. Only three years later, cinematographers have used the 5D in countless TV shows, commercials, and films, including scenes from The Avengers, the Oscar-nominated documentary Hell and Back Again, and the stop-motion film Paranorman. Not bad for a still camera.

24.Burj Khalifa, 2010

At 2,716 feet, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai is the world’s tallest building by more than 1,000 feet. To make such a structure, engineers had to throw out the traditional skyscraper playbook, which would have required the building’s base to spread incredibly wide, out the window. The team at Skidmore Owings & Merrill built the Burj to stand much like a tripod, the main post of which supports the building’s hexagonal core.

25.Mars Curiosity and Sky Crane, 2011 and 2012

It may have seemed presumptuous to award a Mars rover that had yet to successfully land on the Martian surface, but theCuriosity was a wager well worth taking. The rover was five times the weight of prior rovers, which meant it could carry a generator good for 700 earth days and enough instruments to collect samples, vaporize rocks, and carry onboard samples for further testing. But, mind you, Curiosity couldn’t pull off any of that until it landed safely, a task carried out by the sky crane. Because of Curiosity’s weight, it couldn’t land on airbags as prior rovers had, so engineers started from scratch and came back with a thruster-controlled platform that would safely lower the rover to the surface. And on August 6 it did just that.