1940 – In McNutt Hall at Dartmouth College, George Stibitz demonstrated the first remote operation of a computer. He connected to his Complex Number Generator at Bell labs by telephone using 28-wire teletype cable.
1947 – While troubleshooting the Harvard University Mark II Aiken Relay Calculator, operators found a moth trapped between the points of relay #70 in Panel F. They affixed the bug to the log and wrote “First actual case of bug being found.” While this was not the first use of the term ’bug’ for a computer problem, ‘debugging’ became popular for fixing bugs after this case.
1995 – The Sony PlayStation went on sale in North America.
1999 – The Sega Dreamcast debuted in North America. However many were distracted by the supposed 9/9/99 bug that ended up being just as much of a non-problem as the Y2K bug.
2014 – Apple announced the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6+ along with Apple Pay, a system that used NFC for payments. The company also unveiled the Apple Watch.
2015 – Apple announced a new 12.9-inch iPad Pro, a new Apple TV with a hard drive and remote with a touchpad and the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus with force touch capability.
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