Tagged: Geek

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August 9, 1999: AMD Athlon Processor Introduced

AMD introduces a new brand name to compete with Intel in 1999. The Athlon processor replaces the K7 and adds 3DNow! Technology. The processor was introduced with speeds of 500 MHz to 650 MHz. The prices went from $249 to $849. The Palm VIIx was $449 and the Vx was $399. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for August 8 Netscape goes Public URL Shortner Tr.im announces they are closing (to only find they would come back online 2 days later) Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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August 8, 2008: $1000 Apple iPhone Application

Apple has always controlled it’s products – The Application store is no different. This might be a great case why. An application was put into the store – Called the $1000 app. It did cost $1000, which means after Apple’s 30%, the developer received $700 per purchase. The application simply showed a ruby.Apple took the app down quick, but not after the application was purchased 8 times. Keep in mind there ARE applications that cost upwards to $1,000. I highlighted them in this iPad365 episode. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for August 8 Microsoft Office is introduced Intel announces Pentium...

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August 2, 2005: Apple Mighty Mouse Release, Controversy

The Apple Mighty Mouse was first released in 2005. It was the first mouse since Apple Lisa that had multi-button functionality. A $49 price tag made it a real addition to your machine.However, this mouse was not without controversy. Another company – Called “Man and Machine” – created a mouse for the medical field. It was also given a trademark for the Mighty Mouse name a year before Apple. Yet Apple still received a Trademark for the mouse. Now some may say “What about the mouse that saves the day”. According to trademark laws, their trademark was for a cartoon...

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July 30, 1996: Atari, JTS Merger Approved

In a four minute meeting, the stockholders voted 42 million to 11 thousand in favor to the merge Atari and JTS in 1996. Because of the decision, Sam Tramiel picks up the severance checks, but agrees to stay in office while the company transitions. JTS held the Atari name until March 1998 when Hasbro bought the brand for 5 million dollars. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for July 30 The Lisa Project starts The PowerPC alliance Time Warner joins the WiMAX revolution Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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July 28, 1858: Fingerprinting is First Used

Sir William James Herschel was using it for more of a signature than anything in 1858 as he was requiring palm prints from people he met. After collecting several prints, though, he started realizing there were unique identifiers that could be used in identifying a person. The Palm prints would eventually change to fingerprints for Forensics to use. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for July 28 Apple invests in Samsung for LCD technology Sprint acquires Virgin Mobile and the Boost Mobile brand Dell Workstation 400 is announced Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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July 26, 2012: Google Fiber Launched,2000: Napster Injunction Issued

2012 – Google ran a contest for people to tell them why they should have fiber installed in their city. After millions of entries and a lot of interesting videos trying to convince the judges, Google decided that Kansas City KS would be the first fiber city. On this same day, Google also showed off Fiber TV service. 2000 – The Recording Industry Association of America was after Napster ever since the site came on-line. It was the promotion of illegally searching and downloading music and sometimes video. in 2000, Judge Marilyn Hall Patel issued a preliminary injunction against Napster, ordering the...

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July 25, 2005: Violent Video Games Law

The sale of Video Games began to really heat up in 2005 as Illinois Governer Rod Blagojevich signs a bill into law restricting the sale of violent video games to minors. You could be fined up to $1,000 for selling games with adult ratings. Immediately, video game groups sued, claiming the law is a restriction on free speech.The law would be deemed unconstitutional and repealed by US District Judge Matthew Kennelly. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for July 25 Ericsson purchases Nortel‘s CDMA and LTE assets Sinclair Radionics is founded Duck Dodgers and the 24 1/2 Century is first...

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July 21, 1925: John Scopes Found Guilty on Teaching Evolution

John Scopes was an activist and a teacher. In what was called the “Scopes Monkey Trial“, John was charged on May 5th, 1925 of teaching evolution in his Tennessee classroom. On July 21 he was found guilty and fined $100. The central argument in the case was the Butler Act, prohibiting that human evolution, or any Biblical account of origin could be taught.Scopes verdict was overturned, but only because of a technicality. The Judge fined Scopes and not a jury. The Butler Act was repealed in 1967. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for July 21 Xerox leaves the computer market...

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