JFK: 50 Years Later

As the nation pauses to remember the assassination of President John F. Kennedy 50 years ago today, looking back can also give us an idea of how far technology has come in the past half century.

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by Associated Press

WASHINGTON- As the nation pauses to remember the assassination of President John F. Kennedy 50 years ago today, looking back can also give us an idea of how far technology has come in the past half century.

On that day, only one person had a movie camera that recorded the entire shooting sequence - and that footage didn't feature sound.

Since then, most people have cell phones that could record both high-definition video along with audio - which may have quashed the controversy over how many shots were fired that day in Dallas' Dealey Plaza.

TV technology has come a long way since then, too. Satellite transmissions could have given the nation a better idea of what was unfolding - and done so quicker than reports based on news dispatches and still photos.

Meanwhile the growth of social networking might have even provided insight into the thoughts and actions of those involved.

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