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Love technology? Fancy a bit of light reading? Then feast your mince pies on From the Abacus to the iPhone: The 50 Breakthroughs that Sparked the Digital Revolution, the first ebook from ZDNet.

Love technology? Fancy a bit of light reading? Then feast your mince pies on From the Abacus to the iPhone: The 50 Breakthroughs that Sparked the Digital Revolution, the first ebook from ZDNet.

Our tech-minded buddies at ZDNet UK have rounded up the 50 most important inventions and innovations that helped kickstart the digital revolution taking place today, and you can carry them all in your pocket on your Amazon Kindle, iPhone or iPad.

The story of today's digital world dates back to 150BC, and takes in such technological breakthroughs as the electric telegraph and the mighty Colossus computer  -- all the way up to the modern-day smart phone smarts of the iPhone and its ilk.

It's amazing to think that we get to stroll around with these computing powerhouses in our pockets. Great men and women of history won wars, tamed continents and even went into space with just a fraction of your mobile phone's brain-power, and what do we use it for? Angry Birds.

And reading interesting and entertaining ebooks, of course. You can read the story of today's tech-topia on your Amazon Kindle ebook reader, or with the Kindle app on your smart phone or tablet -- and even pick up where you left off on a different device with the clever bookmarking WhisperSync feature.

If you're interested in the history of technology, don't forget to check out our fact-packed animated infographic video of the history of the iPhone , complete with a soundtrack that'll keep you humming for days. And also check out our history of Finnish phone-flingers Nokia -- did you know they used to make tyres? See, you're learning already.

You can bag From the Abacus to the iPhone for yourself at Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com. Don't forget to leave a review, and tell us what you think in the comments or on our Facebook page.

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About the author

Rich Trenholm is a senior editor at CNET where he covers everything from phones to bionic implants. Based in London since 2007, he has travelled the world seeking out the latest and best consumer technology for your enjoyment.

 

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