1968 – Ralph Baer applies for a patent on a TV game system he designed. This, of course, sparks the Video Game age and Ralph becomes the inventor and Pioneer of the field. In 2006, he was honored with a National Medal of Technology for the advancement.
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Intel acquires Xircom
Wikipedia is launched
Coveritlive and Twitter goes down for Steve Jobs Keynote
Ladies and Gentlemen, it’s Day in Tech History annual year in review post. Just like last year we take a look at what happened the last 365 days. Of course all content will be added to the Wikazine page (www.wikazine.com) so you can enjoy the podcast episodes for 2013.
March 1 – Microsoft hired FTC attorney Randall Long – who led investigations of DoubleClick and AdMob
March 5 – Judge orders Google, Motorola to and Android data to Apple in regards to the $12.5 billion dollar acquisition of Motorola Mobility
March 7 – Google released a search app for Windows Phone
Apple announced the 3rd Generation iPad, with retina display (2048×1536), increased internal memory to 1 GB, and 4G models available from AT&T and Verizon. Apple also announced an updated Apple TV, and iLife, which programs like iMovie and Garage Band will be available with iOS 5.1 update
May 25 – A Judge rules that the girlfriend is not responsible for an accident the boyfriend got into when he was texting and driving. The accident involved a husband and wife, who were riding on their motorcycle, when they were hit by the boyfriend. The husband and wife both lost a leg in the accident.
May 26 – RIM announces it will be laying off 2,000 employees come June 1
May 27 – Arizona Man sues Google to take the trademark off the name. Says the name is too synonymous to search.
June 8 – the Internet Society coordinates the World IPv6 Day, a day where internet service providers switch from the IPv4 protocol to IPv6. The switch keeps the internet from running out of internet addresses.
June 11 – Apple announced a new line of Macbook Pro computers, including the Macbook Pro with Retina Display. Also announced was iOS6 with new features including integrated Facebook and Apple Maps – along with guided access for those with visual disabilities, OS X Mountain Lion, and Airplay – being able to push video from one device to another. Mountain Lion upgrade will cost $19.99
June 15 – Microsoft wraps up the AOL patent deal, announced in April
June 18 – Yahoo! hires Michael Barrett as Revenue Chief. He was formerly at Google after a company acquisition.
Microsoft announces Surface Tablet – A tablet running Windows 8, in two processor configurations. ARM and Core i5. No prices were given, ARM Surface will come out with the release of Windows 8, with the i5 version coming out a couple months later.
June 19 – iPad app Flipboard announced they will have Google+ integration.
June 20 – All Googlemail in Germany will finally become Gmail after a long holdout from a german company with the gmail trademark.
July 3 Google announced they will be shutting down iGoogle, Google Video, Chatback, Google Mini and Symbian search.
A lost interview of Steve Jobs surfaces. It was put up on iTunes.
July 6 – Yahoo calls off patent battle with Facebook. They agree on partnership terms.
July 9 – The Web Apocolypse – A malicious code was found that will disable their computers on this day, due to the removal of key servers.
MegaUpload’s Kim DotCom extradition hearing was postponed until 2013 as search warrants were declared invalid.
July 11 – Russian parliment enact a Web blacklist for illegal websites.
July 12 – Yahoo! announces their was a major password leak as hacker D33Ds posted 450,000 log-ins obtained from the Yahoo! Contributor network.
July 15 – NBC purchases Microsoft’s side of MSNBC.com to officially split the venture. The site officially changed their logo to read NBCNews.com
South Korean musician PSY releases “Gangnam Style” – a popular song that becomes the first to hit 1 billion views on YouTube.
July 16 – Marissa Mayer is appointed new CEO of Yahoo! Mayer was an Exec over at Google. On that same day Mayer announced she was pregnant
July 20 – At the Premier of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, CO. James Holmes opened fire on one of the theaters, killing 20 and injuring many.
July 24 – Twitter announced they will release a tweet export tool. Users will be allowed to download all tweets they posted.
July 26 – Google launches their first fiber city in Kansas City, KS. Google also shows off Google Fiber TV service.
July 30 – Guy Adams had his personal Twitter account shut down because he tweeted NBC’s top Olympic exec’s email address. Guy worked for the Independent.
July 31 Twitter introduces ticker symbols for finance searches. Entering $Goog would get you Google’s stock price, for example.
A Facebook post of “Where are they now” re-opened a 25 year old murder case where two brothers (Higher Brothers) were found innocent because one person (who thought they were innocent) went looking for clues and found them.
Hotmail announced a revamp of their mail system. Hotmail is now Outlook and includes Facebook, Twitter links.
September 5 – Google wins the patent for “Login to a computing devices based on facial recognition”.
September 10 – Google removes all autocomplete searches of Pirate Bay from their search engine
September 11 – Mark Zuckerberg talks at TechCrunch for the first time after the Facebook IPO. He talks about mobile devices and getting into the search business.
September 12 – Apple unveils the iPhone5 with new A6 processor and a smaller, yet wider screen. Apple also introduced iOS6 and announced a new version of iTunes.
September 13 – Nintendo announces the WiiU and TVii – available in November. The white “Basic” bundle is $300 and comes with a GamePad and Wii U with 8 GB of memory. The black “Deluxe” for $350 includes a 32 GB Wii U system, charger, stand and Nintendo Land.
October 2 – Using social networking, the NYPD brings down two New York gangs using evidence from Facebook.
Opera releases 12.1, including Retina and SPDY support
October 3 – The FTC announced a crackdown on international computer tech support scam. The scam involved a cold call to the home saying they were from Google and noticed the home PC had a virus on it. They would then take control of the PC and charged the users up to $450 to remove it.
October 10 – online auction retailer eBay launched a redesign of their site. Many say it looks a lot like Pinterest.
November 6 – FCC announced it had reached a $700,000 settlement with AT&T who allegedly overcharged wireless data customers.
Google rolls out newer page look. They move the navigation bar to the side.
Mozilla settled with the IRS for $1.5 million after a 2008 inquiry when Mozilla partnered with Google. November 7 – Microsoft released SkyDrive app for windows phone 8 devices. November 12 – Google was hit with a $208,000 fine by an Australian man because a 2004 shooting prompted Google to reference his name with organized crime.
John McAfee goes into hiding because his neighbor (Gregory Faull) was killed. McAfee stated he had to go into hiding because Belize police were out to get him.
November 19 – Facebook publicly denies a search alliance with Yahoo after reports from the Sunday Telegraph say other.
November 20 – Intel CEO Paul Otellini announces he will be retiring in May 2013
November 24 – The entire Beatles catalog was remastered on LP
November 26 – A fake press release on PRWeb announced Google purchased Wi-Fi provider ICOA for $400 million. The stock was frozen as the press release was found to be perpetrated by someone in Aruba.
Federal officials took down 132 websites that allegedly sold counterfeit merchandise during Cyber Monday.
November 29 – Apple launches iTunes 11 with a new redesigned interface and playback features.
Syrian IP address were unreachable. This made the country removed from the internet. The blackout comes from the intense fighting in Damascus. Syria has shut down the internet but only for a brief while. The Internet will go back online December 3.
December 10 – GMail goes down briefly due to a coding error
Facebook puts out a poll telling users to vote to keep a policy to veto policy changes. 300 million people need to veto this by Monday, which did not happen.
After a series of motorists were mis-guided by Apple Maps to Mildura, Apple raced to fix this major issue. The map led drivers miles away from the actual destination.
December 11 – Google announces they are looking for a buyer to their Motorola home set-top box division.
Nolan Daniels was quick to capitalize on the $550 million dollar powerball drawing. He fixed a ticket, then posted on Facebook to like the picture and he would give $1 million to a random name from the likes.
December 14 – Adam Peter Lanza shoots 24 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown CT.
December 15 – ESPN announces they will start embedding instant-reply into tweets.
December 17 – Hacker Christopher Chaney was sentenced to 10 years in prison for hacking into celebrities email accounts and posting private information online. Scarlett Johansson was the best known victim but it also included Mila Kunis, Christina Aguelera and many others.
December 19 – After a gun was successfully fabricated by a 3D printer and shot 3 rounds (December 4), Makerbot purges gun parts from Thingaverse.
December 20 – Facebook rolls out new privacy settings including the ability to send an email to someone not in your friends list for $1 a person.
On May 5th, 2012, the Day in Tech History podcast hit it’s 1000th episode. It was a milestone I thought was going to hit on June 15th, but made a mis-calculation. Still, after 1000 episodes, Day in Tech History is still going strong!
I started the Day in Tech History as the Week in Tech History on Geekazine as part of the Geekazine Quickcast. I made the conscious decision to move the show to it’s own podcast in August. On 8-10-2009, the Day in Tech History officially began.
Recording 365 episodes was a real beast. However, I put my head down and plowed through the content. Some episodes were made in the wee hours of the night. I calculated over a month’s worth of work hours were put into the first year’s recordings alone.
After the first 365 days, the job got easier. I cataloged the information on Wikazine.com, and some recordings were pristine to be able and revise. Still, writing posts and getting photo content does bring a good deal of work to this job.
I officially moved Dayintechhistory.com to it’s own website on October 1st, 2011. Since then, I’ve expanded the site to include birthdays of tech history and recaps of the year. I plan to bring a couple people on to help contribute, along with history video.
With somewhere around 8,000 -10,000 hours spent, I have put out an episode a day for over one thousand days. It’s a feat only a couple people can say they did.
So here is to the first thousand episodes. Episode 2,000 will hit on January 30th, 2015. That way, I’m prepared…