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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 12, 1997: 3COM, US Robotics Complete Merger

1997 – Back in February, it was announced that US Robotics be acquired by 3Com Corporation in a $6.6 billion stock swap. This would add to 3Com’s computer networking company against Cisco as they would become the second largest networking company. The merger did go through a series of corporate evaluations before the shareholders agreed to the merger. Eventually, Hewlett-Packard acquired 3Com in 2010 and the companies products were merged into the HP name. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for June 11 Swiss Army Knife is patented Mr. Wizzard passes away First 500,000 watt power radio station – W8XAR...

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June 7, 1975: 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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May 22, 1973: Ethernet is Proposed

1973 – Robert Metcalfe writes a thirteen-page memo describing a new type of data transmission method. His memo was entitled “Ether Acquisition”, which would connect Hawaii’s ALOHA Network. Alto Ethernet was born on paper, but didn’t see operation until November 11, 1973 when it was implemented. Metcalfe was awarded the IEEE Medal of Honor in 1996 for his work on inventing Ethernet. He was also inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2007. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for May 22 Robert Metcalfe describes a new device called the Laser Printer Adobe ships Illustrator 7.0 Apple splits...

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May 3, 2000: 15 Years of GeoCaching

2000 – Up until May 1, all GPS signals were scrambled for protection. President Bill Clinton announced they would be turning off the Selective Availability (SA) because it didn’t propose a greater threat. But it also gave geeks something new to play with. But what to do? Dave Ulmer ultimately started the GeoCaching phenomenon. He hid a bunch of trinkets out in the woods of Portland, Oregon. He then went to the USENET group sci.geo.satellite-nav and stated “If you take something, leave something”. The Usenet message: From: Dave ([email protected]) Subject: The Great American GPS Stash Hunt! Newsgroups: sci.geo.satellite-nav Date: 2000/05/03 — The...

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February 21, 2001: iMac Special Edition

2001 – At Macworld Expo in Tokyo, Japan, Apple Computer introduced the iMac Special Edition. It would be available in Flower Power, Dalmatian Blue, or Graphite designs. This special edition would only be available for 1 year as chip technology was climbing fast. “iMac has evolved into an entertainment center, where you can create desktop movies, manage your digital music library and burn custom music CDs,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “iMovie and iTunes are so easy to learn and use, even your parents can use them without getting confused.” The iMac Special Edition featured a 500 or 600 MHz PowerPC G3...

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January 30, 2015: 2,000 Episodes of Day in Tech History

Today marks a very special day for “Day in Tech History” – the 2,000th episode. I started this show as “This Week in Tech History” back in 2008. On August 10, 2009 I decided to make this a daily podcast – one of only 2 podcasts out there that created content 7 days a week. Since then, new episodes have come out every day for you to consume. We have definitely had good and bad times – from hackers to missed scheduled items. But in the end, the machine continued to work forward, getting you the daily technology history rundown. So...

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January 27, 2006: Western Union discontinued Telegram and Commercial Messanging services

2006– Founded in 1851, Western Union was responsible for getting the important messages from point A to B. Whether through telegram or commercial messaging, Western Union was synonymous with the service. But on January 27, 2006, that all ended. As Western Union wrote: “Effective 2006-01-27, Western Union will discontinue all Telegram and Commercial Messaging services. We regret any inconvenience this may cause you, and we thank you for your loyal patronage. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact a customer service representative.”   Wikazine – Full show notes for January 27 MIT vs. David LaMaccia Kevin Mitnik cracks the...

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