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March 26, 2001: Microsoft Tablet PC Initiative

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Microsoft

2001 – The reason why I decided to highlight this event is to make you aware that Tablets are not a new thing. Computer companies have been trying to perfect the tablet for many years. in 2001, for example, Microsoft CEO Bill Gates introduces the Tablet PC initiative. Using a Crusoe processor and the XP OS, he shows off a touch screen with Microsoft Notebook handwriting recognition software. This 3 pound revolution weighed only 3 lbs and would cost the average consumer $2,000 – 3,500.

Wikazine – Full show notes for March 26

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  • First World Altair Computer Convention is held in New Mexico.
  • Kevin Mitnick pleads guilty
  • Dr. Who comes back out of mothballs.
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February 27, 1998: Apple Discontinued Newton

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February 27, 1998: Apple Newton is discontinued

1998 – After Steve Jobs takes the role of Acting CEO (After the firing of Gil Amelio) he decides to trim some of the product fat. In result, the Apple Newton – it’s attempt at a PDA – was officially discontinued after 5 years.  But not all was lost off this, for the mobile applications got shifted into their other Mac OS technologies. Cyberdog and OpenDOC were two other Apple programs that were discontinued after Jobs took the helm again.

Wikazine – Full show notes for February 27

  • Netscape makes their source Code available
  • Google relaunches Jotspot
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February 1, 2008: Microsoft Bids Yahoo, 2012: Facebook Files IPO

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Microsoft

2008Microsoft officially made a move to put a bid in for Yahoo! They announced a plan of $31 a share, which was 62 percent of premium common stock from Yahoo! This was not the first time Microsoft had made a play for the company, but this was the most covered by press. Yahoo! would eventually decline the offer of Microsoft, claiming they undervalued the company. This would bring Carl Ichan to the forefront which would lead to months of speculation and debate.  Although Yahoo! did not take the bid, they did end up selling the search assets in 2009 under Carl Bartz CEO reign.

2012 – Facebook files for Public IPO. Trading began on May 18, 2012 at $38 and closed at $38.23

Wikazine – Full show notes for February 1

  • Texas Instruments Patents the integrated circuit
  • Patrick Naughton, Mike Sheridan and James Gosling begin devolpment of Java
  • Mike Scott states that Apple is Typewriter Free
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January 13,1984: Jack Tramiel resigns from Commodore

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Jack Tramiel

1984 - Two days after the announcement of the 264 and 364 computers, CEO Jack Tramiel resigned from Commodore. There was a lot of battling within the board of directors. 6 months after Tramiel left, he started another company called “Trammel” and hired away a few of the key Commodore employees. The company was one of those that bought – then sold – Atari.

Wikazine – Full show notes for January 13

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January 12, 1996: Apple’s 68 Million Dollar Loss

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Apple

1996 – Apple had been declining in the last few years. With Michael Spindler at the helm and a host of problems with the failed Lisa project, the company had been dealing with loss after loss. The $68 Million first quarter loss was a wake up call for Apple to change guard. On Feb 2nd, Gil Amelio would replace Michael Spindler as CEO, who in turn would bring Steve Jobs back into the mix and ultimately loose that position to the former CEO.

Wikazine – Full show notes for January 12

  • Sinclair 16/32 bit Quantum Leap
  • (fictional) Activation of HAL 9000
  • UNIX is introduced
  • ICANN opens up registraton for new top-level domains. Registration fee is $185,000
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January 9, 1992: Personal Digital Assistant (PDA)

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PDA

1992 – Technically a Smartphone is a Personal Digital Assistant. You can thank John Scully, CEO of Apple on that term. He coined it in reference to Apple joining the market by years end. Older known Personal Digital Assistants included Newton (Apple), Palm III (Palm), Handspring, Jordana, iPaq and more.Wikazine – Full show notes for January 9

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January 5: CES and MacWorld

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For the next week, you’ll hear a lot about “At CES” or “At MacWorld“. This is because Macworld and Consumer Electronics shows both competed during this week. Of course it wasn’t until 2009 where Macworld had to retool it’s date because Apple pulled completely out of the event.

For example, today 1985, Atari introduced the Atari XE and ST lines of computers. The Atari 520ST was dubbed the “Jackintosh” because the Atari was as powerful as a Mac at half the price.

Wikazine – Full show notes for January 5

  • v 2.0 of Perl is released
  • Steve Jobs accepts CEO position at Apple
  • Steve Jobs announces he has a “Hormonal Imbalance”
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December 26, 2007: Apple at $200 a share

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Apple

2007 – With iTunes just signing a deal with FOX and their content for iTunes, stocks pushed upward to $200 a share. It was the first time Apple hit that barrier, and promptly dropped after. The company has been up and down, and in mid-2008 were at only $90 a share. However, after March 6th, 2008, the stock started to rise to the $400 / Share mark. Since then it shot up to 700/share but has backed down to $500/share.

  • The National Machine Accountants Association is founded (later becomes AITP)
  • eGroups CEO Michael Klien and daughter were killed in a small plane accident
  • FM radio is patented
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