BMW's luxury high-performance saloon, the M5, celebrates its 30th birthday this year. In honor of this, it a special "30 years of the M5" edition of the car as been created. Not only is it the most powerful M5 ever produced, but it is the most powerful production car in the history of BMW.
Swedish automotive icon Volvo is celebrating its 85th birthday and will reenact driving the first mass-produced Volvo ÖV4 off the production line and through the company gates in Göteborg. Volvo heroically focused on the safety of the occupants of its cars long before other manufacturers decided it was fashionable, pioneering many of the features (such as the three-point seat belt) we find in the cars of today.
Google's front page
today pays tribute to the iconic video game, Pacman
. It's just 30 years ago today since Pacman was first released in Japan, indicating the warp speed at which gaming has become part of the global social fabric. Fittingly for such a landmark date for a landmark game, Google's front page is more than just an idle tribute – it is actually a fully playable game of Pacman and will be seen around 3 billion times during this 24 hour period.
The pace of change in the last two decades is lost on no-one, but a birthday later this week might serve to remind everyone of the magnitude of the digital renaissance. On February 19, 1990, Adobe sent out its initial batch of 200 copies of Photoshop 1.0. In two decades since, it has transformed the imaging and graphics world and sits on the desktop of than 90% of creative professionals. There are 2,500 English language books with Photoshop in the title, more than 50,000 blogs with Photoshop in the name and almost every computer training facility in the world teaches courses on the subject. Photoshop 1.0 launched into and helped catalyse the DTP revolution and it’s birthday serves as a timely reminder that just word publishing meant “printing on paper” just two decades ago. Happy birthday Adobe!