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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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April 1, 2004: Gmail Invitation Only Beta

2004 – Google releases their Webmail service in “Gmail” . They release it as an invitation only beta. That would stay in effect until February 7, 2007. Wikazine – Full show notes of Technology History for April 1 Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak incorporate Apple Computer Company Windows Mobile 6.1 released Cyrix vs. Intel Lawsuit settled. Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

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March 5, 1981: Timex Sinclair ZX81 launched

1981 – The successor to the Sinclair ZX80, Britain’s most popular home computer – the Sinclair ZX81 was launched by Sinclair Research – a Timex Corporation. It was a popular computer mostly because of the price – £69.95 ($99) or £49.95 in kit form. The cheap computer had only a fraction of components that an Apple II did. Yet the Apple II was around £699. The Sinclair ZX81 only had 1 kB RAM with option to upgrade to 16 kB. The graphics were only in monochrome and the Z80 CPU ran at 3.25 MHz – 8-bit. This was actually faster than the Apple II processor...

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March 1, 1990: The Raid of Steve Jackson Games

1990 – The secret service and Austin TX police raided Steve Jackson Games, along with the home of Loyd Blankenship, writer of GURPS Cyberpunk. Four computers, two laser printers and all of the companies’ hardware was seized. This was a part of a nationwide data piracy investigation. It was a very sketchy reason for why the roleplaying and gaming company got raided this hard. This also brought on a six month battle to get back their hardware, which they finally were able to retrieve all but one hard drive. Finally, on October 21, 1990, Steve Jackson Games got to look at...

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February 6, 1971: Alan Shepard Golfs on Moon, 1985: Steve Wozniak Leaves Apple

1971 – Moving to the Space side of Geek, Apollo 14 astronaut Alan Shepard hits the first golf ball on the Moon. He used a six-iron attached to a sample collection tool. He hit 2 balls, in which the second would have made Happy Gillmore look bad. Of course, the moon has 1/6 the gravity as the Earth does. Alan B. Shepard Jr. was also the second person to travel in space and the fifth person to walk on the moon. His Apollo 14 piloting of the lander was deemed the most accurate. Shepard died in 1998. Wikazine – Full...

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February 4, 1997: Apple Acquired NeXT

1997 – Apple Computer makes the acquisition of NeXT for $427 million. The OpenStep OS will be the base of Mac OS X. Steve Wozniak returns to Apple as an executive committee member. Gil Amelio – with Steve Jobs as his advisor – makes plans to restructure Apple. Finally, Bill Gates publicly states that he is very interested in continuing to work with Apple. Wikazine – Full show notes for February 4 Sega releases the last game for the Master System – Bomber Raid The 1GHz CMOS is demonstrated for the first time EarthLink merges with MindSpring Podcast: Play in new window |...

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January 22, 1998: Microsoft and US Department of Justice

1998 – Microsoft reached an agreement with the US Department of Justice regarding Internet Explorer on Windows 95. In the agreement, computer manufacturers could have the IE link removed. This was a small step in the antitrust suit against Microsoft and using bundled software and drive out competition. The Microsoft antitrust trial would begin on May 18, 1998 and go until November 5, 1999. Wikazine – Full show notes for January 22 The Famous Apple Macintosh Superbowl commercial Microsoft releases IE for Mac AOL sues Microsoft on behalf of Netscape for IE Cell Phone Tax rejected Podcast: Play in new window |...

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