2003-Apple launches the iTunes Store. iTunes has been around since 2001, but without option to get new music. Before the iTunes store, users would have to burn from CD or copy previously made MP3 files. The store sold 1 million songs within a week. Apple became the biggest music vendor in the US in 2008. With 28 million songs, over 1 million podcasts, 40,000 music videos, 3,000 shows and even the Beatles library, iTunes music store continues to dominate the market. Of course things exploded in 2007 when Steve Jobs put apps into the iTunes store. Apple just celebrated the...
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1998 – Using AOL chat, a sign language interpreter and an active audience, a female gorilla named Koko answered questions to the public. Koko resides at the Gorilla Foundation and with a vocabulary of 2,000 words, was able to respond to the chat room. Xerox introduces the 8010 Star Information System. Captain Midnight hijacks an HBO satellite Giants Pitcher Brian Wilson’s Twitter is shut down due to posts that could give advantage Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More
1983– The Trash-80, as it was so admirably called in the day, a.k.a. the TRS-80 Model 4 is introduced. It contains a 4 MHz processor, 16 KB of RAM, a cassette interface, Keyboard and Monochrome monitor. $1000 for the base model, or $2000 if you upgraded the RAM to 64 KB and 5.25 disk drives. The first TRS-80 was released in 1977. IBM 7030 – the Stretch Supercomputer Last release of the Nemesis AOL purchases Flea-Flicker Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More
1984 – Apple introduces the Apple IIc, their answer to a portable machine. It weighed 7 1/2 lbs and featured a 1.023MHz CPU and 128 KB RAM. $1,295. The device device had a built-in floppy and peripheral expansion ports. This was a closed system – no expansion slots to plug in cards. It was deemed an appliance computer, which meant was ready to go when you pulled it out of the box. Other Events in the Day in Technology History IBM PC first announced (but wouldn’t be released until Aug 12th) Amiga 3000 announced Cnet / Yahoo deal Google Drive...
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. The Tanday 5000MC Intel 3 GHz Pentium 4 Firefox 3.0.9 is released Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More
2006 – Toshiba launches the HD DVD format in the US. The first HD DVD players were the HD-A1 and HD-XA1. RCA would rebrand the A1 to the HDV-5000. The first HD DVD with TrueHD soundtrack was the Phantom of the Opera. Osborne Computer introduces the Osborne Executive and Executive II portable computers The final version of WordPerfect is released Aneesh Chopra is appointed the U.S. Chief Technology Officer Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More
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! Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More
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! Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More