Category: Day in Tech History

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January 15, 1968: Ralph Baer Patents First Video Game

1968 – Ralph Baer applies for a patent on a TV game system he designed. This, of course, sparks the Video Game age and Ralph becomes the inventor and Pioneer of the field. In 2006, he was honored with a National Medal of Technology for the advancement. Wikazine – Full show notes for January 15 Intel acquires Xircom Wikipedia is launched Coveritlive and Twitter goes down for Steve Jobs Keynote Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! iTunes | Android | RSS | More

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January 14, 1914: First Assembly Line Ford Model T Car

1914 – Although the Model T has been around since 1908, the first Ford Model T that was made on an assembly line was completed. This, of course, brought a new wave to the Auto and manufacturing industries. Ford has since been a leader in cars in the US.Interesting side-note: Henry Ford was on the cover of Time Magazine on Jan 14, 1935. Wikazine – Full show notes for January 14 Intel 2.4 GHz processor IBM Data 360 Nortel files Chapter 11 Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! iTunes | Android | RSS | More

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January 13,1984: Jack Tramiel resigns from Commodore

1984 – Two days after the announcement of the 264 and 364 computers, CEO Jack Tramiel resigned from Commodore. There was a lot of battling within the board of directors. 6 months after Tramiel left, he started another company called “Trammel” and hired away a few of the key Commodore employees. The company was one of those that bought – then sold – Atari. Wikazine – Full show notes for January 13 Carol Bartz accepts the CEO position at Yahoo Iomega acquires SyQuest Microsoft SQL Server is announced Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! iTunes | Android | RSS |...

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January 12, 1996: Apple’s 68 Million Dollar Loss

1996 – Apple had been declining in the last few years. With Michael Spindler at the helm and a host of problems with the failed Lisa project, the company had been dealing with loss after loss. The $68 Million first quarter loss was a wake up call for Apple to change guard. On Feb 2nd, Gil Amelio would replace Michael Spindler as CEO, who in turn would bring Steve Jobs back into the mix and ultimately loose that position to the former CEO. Wikazine – Full show notes for January 12 Sinclair 16/32 bit Quantum Leap (fictional) Activation of HAL 9000...

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January 11, 1998: Umax gets Macintosh

1998 – We know this as a time where Apple had reeled in all it’s clones and became a proprietary company. However, there was one clone to the G3 Mac. Umax had won this contract due to the face that Apple penetration to certain markets was not there and UMax was. Therefore, Apple awarded a clone contract to UMax until Apple could get into those markets.Wikazine – Full show notes for January 11 Popular Mechanics publishes first issue The Bionic Woman debuts AMD and Intel settle legal issues The Gizmodo CES prank bans one reporter Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! iTunes...

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January 10, 2000: The (AOL) Time Warner Acquisition

This is an interesting parallelism:1990 – Time Inc. acquires Warner Communications for $14.1 Billion. 2000 – AOL purchases Time Warner for $165 Billion in stock. The merger would finally complete on Jan 11 2001 when the Federal Trade Commission approves the merger. AOL and Time Warner continue a relationship until 2009 when the two companies finally split. Wikazine – Full show notes for January 10 [dithg2mpc] Apple releases the Macintosh Plus Microsoft settles with Caldera A court rules against Rambus due to their “Spoliation” of documents Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! iTunes | Android | RSS | More

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January 9, 1992: Personal Digital Assistant (PDA)

1992 – Technically a Smartphone is a Personal Digital Assistant. You can thank John Scully, CEO of Apple on that term. He coined it in reference to Apple joining the market by years end. Older known Personal Digital Assistants included Newton (Apple), Palm III (Palm), Handspring, Jordana, iPaq and more.Wikazine – Full show notes for January 9 Mac OS X is unveiled Ask.com reorganizes – CEO Jim Lanzone steps down Verizon finishes acquisition of Alltel for $27.5 Billion Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! iTunes | Android | RSS | More

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January 8, 1889: Hollerith Tabulating Machine Patent

1889 – Herman Hollerith obtains a patent for his Tabulating machine. It’s a punch card system that will be used in compiling consensus statistics beginning in 1890.Wikazine – Full show notes for January 8 the DOJ drops the IBM anti-trust case Night Trap will get re-released when the video game industry puts out the new rating system. Netgear is founded Palm Pre is announced Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! iTunes | Android | RSS | More

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