Today in Tech History – December 3, 2016

Today in Tech History logo1992 – The first text message was sent on Vodafone’s UK network from a PC to a mobile device with the message “Merry Christmas.”

1994 – The Sony PlayStation game console went on sale in Japan.

1999 – NASA lost radio contact with the Mars Polar Lander moments before the spacecraft entered the Martian atmosphere. It just wasn’t a good year for Mars exploration.

2001 – In Bryant Park in Manhattan, Inventor Dean Kamen unveiled a secret project with the codename “Ginger” that Steve Jobs reportedly said would cause cities to be re-architected. The Segway Personal Transporter has become iconic for mall cops and mailmen.

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DTNS 2915 – Choose Your Own Misadventure

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comTwitter acquires a product manager, World Police take down Avalanche bot and Lamarr Wilson talks with Tom Merritt about the highlights of the Game Awards.

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Daily Tech Headlines – December 2, 2016

DTH_CoverArt_1500x1500Twitter acquihires product head, Motorola backs off of smartwatches for now, LG gets a new CEO.

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Today in Tech History – December 2, 2016

Today in Tech History logo1942 – Enrico Fermi, Leo Szilard and their colleagues achieved a successful nuclear fission chain reaction in a squash court underneath the football grandstand of the University of Chicago’s Stagg Field. The atomic age had begun.

1982 – A Seattle dentist named Barney Clark, deemed too sick for a heart transplant, became the first human recipient of a permanent artificial heart, the Jarvik 7. He survived for 112 days.

1993 – NASA launched the Space Shuttle Endeavour on a mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope, turning the Hubble from a late night talk show joke to the source of some of the most beautiful and valuable astronomy yet done.

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DTNS 2914 – Survival Of The FitBittest

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comAs Fitbit looks to acquire Pebble, Justin Young and Tom Merritt take a look at what’s in store for Wearables. It does has a future. But what is it?

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Daily Tech Headlines – December 1, 2016

DTH_CoverArt_1500x1500Fitbit may buy Pebble, Mozilla and Tor patch critical vulnerability, Nokia’s return to smartphones.

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Today in Tech History – December 1, 2016

Today in Tech History logo1847 – The London and North Western Railway along with the Caledonian Railway adopted London Time on instructions from the General Post Office. Other railways followed suit and this was seen as the establishment of the first time zone.

1913 – Henry Ford added the moving-chassis assembly line to produce Model T’s in his Highland Park, Michigan factory. It was the crowning glory in his attempts to increase efficiency and production.

1977 – Time Warner launched QUBE in Columbus, Ohio, the first two-way interactive cable system. One of its channels called “The Pinwheel” would later be relaunched as Nickelodeon.

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FIXED DTNS 2913a – Netless Flix

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comNetflix adds downloads and DirecTV goes over the top. Scott Johnson and Tom Merritt talk about whether any of this is giving us what we want as viewers. Plus Amazon backs up data by truck.

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