Today in Tech History – February 22, 2017

Today in Tech History logo1857 – Heinrich Rudolf Hertz was born in Hamburg, Germany. Hertz made key discoveries in optics but also transmitted and received electromagnetic waves and gave his name to the common unit of frequency, Hz.

1995 – Chicago stockbroker Steve Fossett completed the first hot air balloon flight over the Pacific Ocean. At 9600 km it was also the longest balloon flight.

1995 – US President Clinton signed an Executive Order directing the declassification of intelligence imagery acquired by the CORONA, ARGON and LANYARD US photo-reconnaissance satellites. More than 860,000 images of the Earth’s surface, collected between 1960 and 1972 were made public.

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DTNS 2971 – Scrapping Apps

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comAre we entering a post-app era? and will messaging apps or voice assistants inherit the crown?

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Daily Tech Headlines – Feb. 21, 2017

DTH_CoverArt_1500x1500Verizon alters its Yahoo deal, WhatsApp adds status updates and Qualcomm releases a 1Gbps wireless modem.

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Today in Tech History – February 21, 2017

Today in Tech History logo1937- Waldo Waterman flew the first test flight of the Arrowbile, and found the aircraft easy to fly and virtually spin and stall proof. It is considered the first successful flying car to actually fly.

1947 – Edwin H. Land demonstrated his one-step instant camera and film at a meeting of the Optical Society of America. The first Polaroid camera was on sale within two years.

1986 – The Legend of Zelda, the first in the ongoing series, was released in Japan for Nintendo’s Famicom console.

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Daily Tech Headlines – February 20, 2017

DTH_CoverArt_1500x1500Snap starts selling Spectacles online, Apple buys facial recognition company and Bing and Google demote pirate sites.

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Today in Tech History – February 20, 2017

Today in Tech History logo1900 – John F. Pickering of Haiti received a US patent for his design of an airship.

1962 – Following the USSR, the United States put its first man into orbit. John Glenn piloted the Mercury-Atlas 6 Friendship 7 spacecraft to a successful conclusion of the mission.

1986 – A Soviet Proton launcher boosted the base block of the Mir space station into orbit.

2004 – Apple’s first iPod Mini arrived in Apple retail stores and online. It was the first size variation of the iPod.

2013 – Sony announced the PlayStation 4 without giving out price or even showing what the hardware would look like.

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Today in Tech History – February 19, 2017

Today in Tech History logo1856 – Professor Hamilton L. Smith of Gambier, Ohio received the first US patent for the tintype photographic picture process. It described a method for “the obtaining of positive impressions upon a japanned surface previously prepared upon an iron or other metallic or mineral sheet or plate by means of collodion and a solution of a salt of silver.”

1878 – Thomas Edison received a US patent (No. 200521) for the phonograph. His first recording was of “Mary Had a Little Lamb” spoken into a large horn which transmitted vibrations to a needle that cut the recording on a hand-rotated cylinder.

1990 – John and Thomas Knoll launched a small software package for manipulating images meant to be bundled with scanners. It was called Photoshop.

2002 – Odyssey, the first of six current operational Mars vehicles began its mission to map the planet.

2014 – Facebook announced it was acquiring messaging app WhatsApp for $19 billion.

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Today in Tech History – February 18, 2017

Today in Tech History logo1838 – In the small town of Chirlitz of the Austrian Empire Ernst Mach was born. His work in aerodynamics and supersonic speeds, led to the unit of measurement that bears his name. He would die one day after his birthday in 1916.

1908 -Dr Lee de Forest received a patent for “Space Telegraphy” which described a three-element vacuum tube later called the triode, which could amplify feeble electric currents, and proved especially useful for radio reception. Sorry it was not about Moon telegrams.

1977 – The Enterprise space shuttle orbiter prototype made the first of five “captive-inactive” flight tests, testing structural integrity and performance handling, while attached to the top of a 747 jumbo jet.

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DTNS 2970 – ….but what about Security?

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comWhat’s the hot new cyberattack coming after Ransomware? David Spark gives us a roundup of things he learned at the RSA conference. Plus why Apple may have moved WWDC out of San Francisco.

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