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June 28, 2011: Google Plus (Google+) Beta Announced

2011 – Google announced a Beta version of their Social Network to rival Facebook – Google+ (Google Plus). It was invite-only beta, and those who got in experienced the G+ experience. Google introduced circles – where you can place your friends and family. Sparks was a hashtag-type service that was discontinued later in the year. The biggest part of Google+ is the hangout – ability to video chat with up to 9 others. Other options like instant upload let you organize and share quickly. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for June 28 1999 – HydraBBS software was released...

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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! iTunes | Android | RSS | More

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March 9, 1993: PowerOpen Environment

1993 – The PowerOpen Association is formed to conform to the PowerOpen environment, which is an open standard for running forms of Unix on PowerPC platforms. Apple, IBM, Motorola are all in on this group. Wikazine – Full show notes for March 9 IBM 2260 Four-millionth domain name Newscorp says no to counter offer on Yahoo 2008 – Sarah Lacy’s SXSW interview with Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! iTunes | Android | RSS | More

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January 21, 1981: The First Delorean DMC-12

1981 – While getting this up to 88 miles per hour doesn’t take you back in time, it was still a cool car to have. The First production Delorean DMC-12 was built. A prototype was made back in 1976 and all Deloreans were made in Ireland. 9,000 Deloreans were made before financial issues got to the company in 1983. A revival was attempted and announcements of an all-electric Delorean (with prototype), but as of this point has not come out of Vaporware. There is one gold-plated Delorean in Reno, NV. I also got to experience the original “Back to the Future”...

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November 7, 2000: Pets.com Closes

2000 – It was a time that would be known as when the Bubble burst. The event technically happened on March 10, 2000. Since that time,  dot com-ers began losing their sites and livelihood. Although Pets.com had a pretty good run and marketing strategy, they didn’t have the momentum to keep investors on board. The company worked hard at trying to sell, but even the puppet mascot of a dog holding a microphone wasn’t enough to reel in an interested buyer. The only good sales at Pets.com were the sock puppets, which was eventually sold upon bankruptcy to a company...

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October 12, 1988: Steve Jobs Introduces NeXT Computer

1988– Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco, California. Steve Jobs shows off the NeXT Computer featuring the Motorola 68030 microprocessor at 25 MHz. The computer introduces several new features including optical storage disk, voice recognition, and object-oriented languages. The system came with the NeXT STep operating system and cost $6,500. NeXT computer sold around 50,000 units. The NeXTSTEP Operating System was highly influential. It was the basis of Mac OS X. Apple acquired NeXT on Decemeber 20th, 1996 for $429 million in cash. Steve Jobs became intrim CEO of Apple and the rest was history. Steve Jobs almost didn’t come...

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October 7, 1954: Goodbye to Vacuum Tube, Hello Transistor

1954 – IBM created the first calculating machine to use solid-state transistors. This was the first nail in the coffin for vacuum tubes.  The end result was a 2,000 transistor calculator no smaller in size and no faster in speed.However, the transistor counterpart was cheaper, took less power and created less heat. IBM went on to make the IBM 608 calculator [stock IBM] 2002– Palm – one of the leaders in handheld electronics – announces the first Zire handheld computer. This was called the “consumer grade” brand of Personal Digital Assistants (PDA). They were meant to be low-cost ($99) and something everyone...

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September 18,1989: NeXTstepOS, 1990: NeXTstation Computers

1989 – 4 years after resigning from Apple, Steve Jobs and his newest company NeXT finally release the NeXTstepOS. It is a Unix based system, with some aspects of BSD and using the Mach kernal. This is the OS that will eventually merge into Apple when Jobs comes back. 1990 – The NeXTstation is finally released. It used the 68040 Motorola processor running 33MHz and the 68882 math co-processor running at 25 MHz. 2.88 MB floppy, 8 MB RAM, monochrome monitor, all for $4.995.If you wanted 4096 colors, that would cost you – $7,995. This Day in Tech History podcast...

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