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Benj Edwards is a freelance writer who specializes in computer and video game history. He is also Editor-in-Chief of Vintage Computing and Gaming, a blog devoted to vintage technology.

The iPod as an iconic cultural force

Rarely does an electronic gadget become so ubiquitous that it defines an entire market category and transcends the mantle of nerd toy to become an iconic cultural force. Apple’s iPod, introduced 10 years ago Sunday, accomplished just that.

The birth of the iPod

The iPod isn't the first MP3 player to have hit the market, but it's by far the most successful. Benj Edwards tells the story of how the iPod came to be.

A tale of two Apple Stores (the first two)

On May 19, 2001, Apple opened its first two retails stores in McLean, Virginia, and Glendale, California. Benj Edwards takes a look back at the events of that day, and how it set the tone for Apple's foray into retail.

Modems: 60 years of hooking up

In this slideshow, Benj Edwards looks at modem history, from its genesis in the 1950s to the present.

Looking back at 35 years of the digital camera

A visual tour of notable highlights and firsts from digital camera history, going all the way back to 1975.

OS X then and now: What's changed since the beta

To mark the tenth anniversary of Apple releasing OS X's public beta, Benj Edwards looks at some of the more notable differences between that initial version of the operating system and the OS of today.

Looking back at OS X's origins

It's safe to say a large part of Apple's strong performance over the past decade has been powered by its switch to OS X. Ten years to the day that the public beta of the new OS debuted, Benj Edwards takes a closer look at the story behind Apple's operating system.

Apple's Cube was ahead of its time

Maybe the Cube was never a commercial success, Benj Edwards writes. But it certainly was a revolutionary desktop that helped pave the way for the Mac mini.

The Cube at 10: Why Apple's eye-catching desktop flopped

A decade ago, Apple's revolutionary G4 Cube was hitting retail shelves. But the desktop turned out to be too revolutionary -- the Cube failed commercially and Apple wound up killing the product line. With 10 years of perspective under his belt, Benj Edwards of Vintage Computing and Gaming looks at why the Cube never caught on with mainstream users.

Four reasons the LaserWriter mattered

How important can one printer be? This one served as the first network printer, helped launch the desktop publishing revolution, and more. Come revisit with us why Apple's LaserWriter mattered.

Apple's five most important printers

Apple printers stake out a significant portion of the company’s history that many often overlook. So Benj Edwards looks at five of the more significant models that Apple made during the two decades that it sold its own printers.

A look back at Apple's printers

Macs weren't the only hardware to come out of Cupertino before the iPod and iPhone came along. For nearly two decades, Apple offered its own line of printers as well. Here's a look back at some of the more memorable models.

The five most important Mac laptops

It's the 20th anniversary of Apple's first laptop -- the Macintosh Portable. To mark the occasion, Benj Edwards lists the five most significant laptops to come out of Cupertino and why they enjoyed such a lasting influence.

The Mac Timeline: Hits and Misses

Take a look back at 25 years of Apple innovation as part of our 25th anniversary coverage.

Five forgotten Apple products

The Mac may be celebrating its 25th anniversary, but some of the products Apple has made over the years wound up slipping through history’s cracks. Benj Edwards takes a closer look at five offerings out of Cupertino that you may have forgotten about.