Today in Tech History – October 21, 2017

Today in Tech History logo1879 – Thomas Edison finished up 14 months of testing with an incandescent electric light bulb that lasted 13½ hours. It improved on 50-year-old technology to make light bulbs safe and economical by using lower electricity, a carbon filament and an improved vacuum.

http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/10/21/oct-21-1879-thomas-edison-lights-the-lamp/

1949 – An Wang filed a patent for a magnetic ferrite core memory, that he called pulse transfer controlling devices. Two years later he formed Wang computers.
http://www.google.com/patents?id=JSNjAAAAEBAJ&printsec=abstract&zoom=4#v=onepage&q&f=false

1983 – The seventeenth General Conference on Weights and Measures ruled the meter would be defined as the distance light travels in a vacuum in 1/299,792,458 of a second. This actually simplified it from the previous definition of 1,650,763.73 wavelengths of the orange-red emission line in the electromagnetic spectrum of the krypton-86 atom in a vacuum.

http://arxiv.org/pdf/0810.3512.pdf

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DTNS 3142 – Twitter’s To Do List: Solve Hate

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.com Twitter announced a new safety calendar. A timeline for all the changes that will be made to platform to reduce harassment and bullying. Is a sincere sign of the company’s commitment to improving its user experience?

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Today in Tech History – October 20, 2017

Today in Tech History logo1975 – Atari filed for a patent on the sit-down “cockpit” arcade cabinet, literally putting you inside the game. The game Hi-Way with the slogan “Hi Way — All It Needs Is Wheels”, was the first Atari game to use the cabinet. It was a first-person driver in which you had to dodge cars and– well– drive.
http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect2=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&d=PALL&RefSrch=yes&Query=PN%2FD243626

1984 – The Monterey Bay Aquarium opened in Monterey, California. It not only provided a world-class place to learn about sea life, but inspired millions of screensavers and wallpaper images.

http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/about/our-history

2004 – Mark Shuttleworth sent out an email to Ubuntu developers announcing the first official release of the Linux-based operating system, Warty Warthog. Every six months since, a new version of Ubuntu comes out with a new alliterative animal-inspired name.

http://lwn.net/Articles/107267/

2016 – Nintendo released a video showing off the Nintendo Switch game console for the first time. It demonstrated the hybrid tablet nature of the console and showed off the Joy-Con controllers.
http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2016/10/nintendos-next-console-switch-is-a-consoletablet-hybrid/

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Daily Tech Headlines – October 20, 2017

DTH_CoverArt_1500x1500Lyft raises a cool billion from CapitalG, Twitter releases a safety calendar, and Blue Origin fires its rocket.

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DTNS 3141 – Merchflix

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comAlphabet cozies up to Lyft, the US Congress wants to crack down on polictal ads online, and Tom thinks he’s cracked Netflix’s secret next phase.
With Tom Merritt, Sarah Lane, Roger Chang, and Justin Robert Young.

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Daily Tech Headlines – October 19, 2017

DTH_CoverArt_1500x1500China stops Apple Watch LTE subs, The US Congress wants to regulate Facebook, Kenya’s Safaricom moves beyond phones and payments.

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Today in Tech History – October 19, 2017

Today in Tech History logo1832 – Samuel Morse first conceived of the electric telegraph system. At least he said later this was the day he first thought of it.
http://books.google.com/books?id=Da6nJoa_9nQC&pg=PA43&lpg=PA43&dq=october+19+1832+samuel+morse&source=bl&ots=Kccb4Tn_UH&sig=Re6L_uE_YqFB0b8sVwiWKwHS2Uo&hl=en#v=onepage&q=october%2019%201832%20samuel%20morse&f=false

1941 – The Smith-Putnam Wind Turbine first fed AC power to the electric grid on Grandpa’s Knob in Castleton, Vermont, becoming the first wind machine to do so. The 1.25 MW turbine operated for 1100 hours before a blade failed.
http://www.historychannel.com.au/this-day-in-history/first-megawatt-wind-turbine-generates-electricity/

1973 – The Atanasoff-Berry Computer finally got its due. US Federal Judge Earl R. Larson signed his decision that the ENIAC patent was invalid and named Atanasoff the inventor of the electronic digital computer. But ENIAC still incorrectly gets the credit from many to this day.

http://www.columbia.edu/~td2177/JVAtanasoff/JVAtanasoff.html

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DTNS 3140 – Raspberries, Blueberries, and Blackberrys

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comApple’s secret road to success, what Scott thinks of the new Adobe Lightroom and why people prefer coffee shop noise to office noise when working.
With Sarah Lane, Tom Merritt, Roger Chang and Scott Johnson.

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Daily Tech Headlines – October 18, 2017

DTH_CoverArt_1500x1500GE partners with Apple, Gmail embraces non-Google accounts, hide your nudes!

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