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June 8, 2001: NetZero and Juno Merge to United Online

2001 – To compete with AOL, Internet Service Providers NetZero and Juno Online Services announce they will merge to become United Online. The company would eventually acquire other assets to keep afloat, including the purchase of the FTD group in 2008. Of course, NetZero had changed their business model to a Wireless plan in 2012 and operates a broadband and dial up service nation-wide. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for June 8 Intel introduces the 8086 processor Yahoo acquires Viaweb Apple introduces the iPhone 3GS Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! iTunes | Android | RSS | More...

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June 7, 1975: 40 Years, Sony Betamax is Released

1975 – Sony releases the first home videocassette recorder in the US. Japan first saw the Betamax on May 10, 1975, which was not uncommon. The magnetic tape media was the first to be on the market, as VHS didn’t come around until 1976. Many believed Betamax was the better of the two in quality. Many TV and professional recording companies used the format almost til the end of their lifetime. Of course, in 1984, the players were under major fire for copyright infringement from Universal. However, it was ruled that although they could record the content, it was not their responsibility...

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June 6, 2005: Apple Switches to Intel

2005 – Steve Jobs spoke in front of the masses at the WWDC announcing that Apple will switch their processors from PowerPC to Intel. He then showed off the Mac OS X running on aPentium 4 CPU. The reasoning was that PowerPC chips took too much power to run and also ran hotter than an Intel chip. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for June 6 TI 99/8 is introduced The first Internet connection Palm releases the Palm Pre Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! iTunes | Android | RSS | More Subscribe Options

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June 5, 1983: Coleco Adam Computer

1983 – Coleco announced at the Consumer Electronics Show the Coleco Adam. It was their first attempt at a computer hybrid system – gaming and desktop computing. The $725 price tag didn’t hurt, either. With a Zilog Z80 processor and 80 kB RAM with 16 kB video RAM, the Adam could do what you needed. Also available was a printer, tape drive, and spots for 3 expansion cards. Unfortunately, the computer didn’t do as well as the company wanted. They expected a half-million sold by December, but didn’t reach that goal. Ultimately, the Coleco Adam was discontinued in 1985. Full Day in...

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June 4, 1896: Ford Test Drives First Car

1896 – Henry Ford gets ready to test drive the first Quadricycle (a.k.a. Car). Only one problem – They didn’t make the garage door big enough. Out comes the Ax – A couple chops and a wider door was created. The car ran 2 speed, but could not go in reverse. It’s all in the book – the ford century Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for June 4 Patent for DRAM Nintendo introduced the Game Boy Packard Bell and NEC merge Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! iTunes | Android | RSS | More Subscribe Options

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June 3, 2009: Core i7 “Nehalem”

2009 – Intel introduces the Nehalem Core i7 processor, code-named “Lynnfield”. The i7-950 and 975 models are 4-core processors with a speed of 3.06 GHz. The processor ran 64-bit instruction set and could take up to 24 GB of RAM at DDR3 800/1066. Price: $294.00 Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for June 3 Nintendo sues Lewis Galoob over the Game Genie AT&T offers Wi-Fi at Starbucks Microsoft releases “Nehalem” Core i7 Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! iTunes | Android | RSS | More Subscribe Options

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June 2, 1988: IBM PS/2 Model 70

1988 – While not the first version of the PS/2, the Model 70 was introduced with the 80386 processor. 16, 20, and 25 MHz clock speeds. The Model 70 also used a 25 MHz Intel 486 processor in a complex called the Power Platform. If you wanted to upgrade to the 80486, you would have to replace the PS/2’s BIOS chip along with the processor board. The model 70-A21 sold for $11,295 and included 2 MB of RAM, 120 MB ESDI hard drive, MS-DOS and OS/2. If you wanted a monitor for it, you would have to put down an additional...

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June 1, 1979: the 8088 Microprocessor

1979 – Intel released the successor to the 8086 processor in the Intel 8088 chip. With a clock rate of either 4.77 MHz or 8 MHz, this 16-bit chip had an external bus of 8 bits and 29,000 transistors. It was used in IBM PC and PC-XT computers during the 80’s. Descendants to the 8088 are the 80188, 80186, and what would become the 386, 486 and Pentium chips. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for June 1 Steve Jobs becomes the major apple shareholder with 1.5 million MN city makes Google remove Street view pictures The first batch of Scotch...

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