brought the rest of the world up to speed with her pens

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ironman2012

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Hi,

But my mom is a futurist, that peculiar subclass of optimists who believe they can see the day after tomorrow coming. In the 1990s, she ordered pens customised with her consultancy name and the slogan: ‘Remember when we could only hear each other?’ Years later, when an unopened box of them surfaced in her office, she laughed and laughed. It would be another several years before Skype with video brought the rest of the world up to speed with her pens.

(This comes from aeon.co I grew up in the future by Veronique Greenwood on 18 March, 2013.)

Does the blue part mean "tell the rest of the world the most recent and accurate information or knowledge by using her pens"?

Thanks in advance!
 
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