Today in Tech History – January 17, 2017

Today in Tech History logo1871 – Andrew S. Hallidie received a patent for an “endless wire rope way” which he would put into practice as the cable car system in San Francisco, California.

1882 – Thomas Edison received a patent for adding a carbon microphone to the telephone. The patent described finely divided conducting material, like carbon, between metal cups mounted on arms that attached to the mouthpiece diaphragm.

1928 – Anatol M. Josepho received a the first US patent for a fully automatic photographic film developing machine. The Photomaton better known as a PhotoBooth in the US still survives as an app and in dark corners of subway stations.

1949 – The first synchrotron installed at the Radiation Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley, reached its design energy of 300 MeV.

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Daily Tech Headlines – January 16, 2017

DTH_CoverArt_1500x1500Samsung to announce cause of Note 7 fires was battery, Facebook brings news evaluation to Germany, and putting out fires with bass.

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Today in Tech History – January 16, 2017

Today in Tech History logo1969 – The Soyuz 4 and Soyuz 5 spacecraft successfully docked in orbit. Yevgeny Khrunov moved from Soyuz-5 to Soyuz-4 and Alexei Yeliseyev went from 4 to 5, marking the first time spacefarers went up in one craft and returned to Earth in another.

1986 – The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) met for the first time in San Diego to supervise the design and deployment of Internet protocol.

2007 – Blizzard released the first expansion to its wildly successful World of Warcraft game. The Burning Crusade raised the level cap and allowed players flying mounts, at least when they were in Outland.

2007 – Netflix announced it would begin offering a streaming movies service in addition to its DVD rental service. Movies would initially stream to Windows PCs for customers with at least 3 Mbps Internet service and roll out slowly to all subscribers by July.

2015 – The Royal Society announced that the Beagle 2 lander had been found intact on the surface of Mars. The European Space Agency had lost contact with it Dec. 19, 2003 and it had been thought destroyed.

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Today in Tech History – January 15, 2017

Today in Tech History logo1759 – The British Museum, in Bloomsbury, London, the world’s oldest public national museum, opened to the public. Entry was free and given to ‘all studious and curious Persons’.

2001 – Wikipedia, the free Wiki content encyclopedia, went online as a feeder project for Nupedia, an expert-written online encyclopedia.

2005 – Thanks to a solar flare, ESA’s SMART-1 lunar orbiter discovered calcium, aluminium, silicon and iron – in Mare Crisium on the moon.

2013 – Facebook announced its ‘Graph Search’ improvements to internal search and recommendations.

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Today in Tech History – January 14, 2017

Today in Tech History logo1878 – Alexander Graham Bell demonstrated the telephone to Queen Victoria at her Osborne House estate on the Isle of Wight. He reached out and touched her, a faux pas which made him the first commoner in years to lay hands on the royal person.

1973 – Elvis Presley’s concert, “Aloha from Hawaii” was broadcast live via satellite, and set a record as the most watched broadcast by an individual entertainer in television history.

2005 – The Huygens space probe landed on Titan, Saturn’s largest moon. It was the first landing in the outer solar system, and the furthest from Earth.

2014 – US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled in favor of Verizon regarding two FCC net neutrality rules that prevented blocking of applications and discriminating against traffic.

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DTNS 2946 – Nintendo’s Last-Switch Effort

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comIs the Nintendo Switch overpriced and under-supported with launch titles or Nintendo’s typical hardware play and reliance on fan enthusiasm? Plus Europe wants rules for robots.
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Daily Tech Headlines – January 13, 2017

DTH_CoverArt_1500x1500Nintendo Switch to launch March 3rd, Consumer Reports now recommends the MacBook Pro, Snapchat implements universal search.

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Today in Tech History – January 13, 2017

Today in Tech History logo1910 – The first public radio broadcast took place with a live performance of the opera Cavalleria rusticana sung by Enrico Caruso and others was broadcast from the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City. The transmitter had 500 watts of power.

1928 – Three television sets were installed by GE in homes in Schenectady, New York, in order to demonstrate the first home television receiver. The picture was 1.5 inches long by 1 inch wide and 24 lines at 16 frames per second.

1976 – Raymond Kurzweil and the leaders of the National Federation of the Blind announced the Kurzweil Reading Machine, the first text-to-speech machine. Walter Cronkite used it to deliver his signature sign-off, “And that’s the way it was, January 13, 1976.”

2014 – Google announced it would acquire smart appliance maker Nest.

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DTNS 2945 – Thine Thoughts Thursday

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comApple wants to produce TV, the FCC’s last gasp against zero-rating and your thoughts on over-the-air broadcasts, Windows update messaging and more.
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