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June 20, 2014: Smartphone Kill Switch

2014 – Microsoft and Google agree to the Kill switch technology. In a California bill SB-967, Smartphones built after July 1, 2015 will consist of a hardware or software option to “kill” the phone. Further, a $500 to $2,500 fine will be issued to anyone selling a stolen phone. Once switched, the device will not be able to turn on, even during a hard reset. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for June 20 1926 – First wireless phone is demonstrated 1989 – Lotus 1-2-3 version 3.0 is released 2000 – IBM 1GB Microdrive 2003 – Wikimedia Foundation is...

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June 11, 1980: Steve Ballmer Joins Microsoft

1980 – Otherwise known as “The 24th Man” (to join Microsoft, that is), Steve Ballmer came on as Microsoft’s first Business Manager. He made only $50k and stock options. Of course 30 years later, Steve succeeded Bill Gates as CEO of the Redmond based software company. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for June 11 Speak and Spell debuts Compaq purchases DEC for $9 million The first cameraphone photo – Philippe Kahn taking a picture of his newborn daughter Apple releases Safari for Windows 1st generation iPhone gets put on the Obsolete list Podcast: Play in new window |...

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May 6, 2004: Paint.Net Graphics Editor

2004 – A free raster graphics editor, Paint.NET was created and released by Rick Brewster as a school project at Washington State University. The software was released under the MIT License and was at first Open Source. After multiple cases of plagiarism, the software moved to Creative Commons, then in version 3.36 was turned to closed-source (but still free). The latest version of Paint.Net 4.0 uses NET framework 4.5.1. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for May 6 The Sierra Network is announced Paint.NET v.1 is released Sprint, Nextel and Clearwire announce WiMAX under the Clearwire name Podcast: Play in...

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May 5, 1999: Windows 98 SE (Second Edition)

1999 – In an effort to fix some minor issues, improve USB support and upgrade Internet Explorer, Microsoft launched Windows 98 SE (Second Edition). The upgrade version also improved WDM audio and modem support, shell updates and Web Folders (WebDAV). This was the last release of the 9x series. Windows 98 SE were officially retired on July 11, 2006. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for May 5 Happy Cinco De Mayo! THQ acquires GameFX T-Mobile launches a 3G network Wordperfect 5.0 ships Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

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April 21, 1977: MITS vs Bill Gates & Microsoft: 8080 BASIC

1977 – Two days prior, Microsoft send MITS a letter with the allegation that they were not up on royalty payments and if they didn’t catch up, MITS would be in breach and the 8080 BASIC would be pulled. MITS sends a letter stating that they are not correct. Ultimately, this would begin a debate that would end in November when Microsoft pulled the 8080 BASIC out. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for April 21 The Tanday 5000MC Intel 3 GHz Pentium 4 Firefox 3.0.9 is released Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS...

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April 4, 1975: Microsoft Founded

1975– Paul Allen and Bill Gates founded Microsoft in Albuquerque, NM. The company was founded there simply because that is where Micro Instrumentation and Telemetry Systems (MITS) is located. The duo was building BASIC for the Altair 8800. Wikazine – Full show notes for April 4 The Yorkshire Posse attacks 13 corporate sites Gmail is integrated into Google calendar Mosaic is founded. It would later become Netscape Communications Corp. Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

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April 3, 1973: First Cell Phone Call

1973 – Martin Cooper made the first handheld cellular phone call in public. Walking down the streets of New York, Cooper – the General Manager of Motorola’s communication system division – talked on the phone. It’s not the first cellular call since car phones have been around before then. The phone is also known as the “Brick” cell phone. Wikazine – Full show notes for April 3 Atari declares today Pac Man Day The first Telnet specification IBM introduces the PC Convertable Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

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