The first call from a handheld mobile phone (DynaTAC 8000X) was made by Martin Cooper to Joel S. Engel of Bell Labs on 3rd April 1973. Cooper is regarded as the “father of the cell phone” and had invented the mobile phone while working for Motorola.
Incidentally, the Motorola DynaTAC 8000X was the first mobile phone approved by the US FCC.
Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) created the once popular Altavista Internet search engine. They were also the first computer vendor to launch a public web site at dec.com. Their domain name is the fifth oldest in the world and, at one time, hosted a popular software repository. [more...]