After the transistor was invented in 1947 one of the first available consumer technologies it was applied to was radios, so they could be made portable and higher quality. Hence the line in 'Brown-eyed Girl' - "going down to the old mine with a transistor radio."
The first iPhone was released on June 29, 2007, so today marks the tenth anniversary of what is perhaps the most revolutionary consumer product ever introduced, and one that (along with the smartphone) has probably done more to impact the lives of ordinary people and in the process change the world more than any previous consumer good in history.
10 Years Young
On the 14th of June, a London apartment block by the name of Grenfell Tower, based in North Kensington, caught fire. In this horrible tragedy, 79 people are presumed to have died from the fire or asphyxiation, even though the fire brigade was tirelessly working on bringing the situation under control. Bringing a 24-storey building under control is a horrifyingly difficult endeavour, even more when it comes to helping victims to escape the fire.