Tech History Thursday: Week 6, 07/20-07/26


Welcome to the sixth installment of Tech History Thursday! If you’re keeping up to date with tech news by reading Techaeris, you’re just as interested in the origins of our high-tech world as we are.  This weekly snapshot will give you a look at what happened throughout history as it relates to tech.  Keep reading for this week’s tech history rundown.

July 20

2001 – IBM announces their plan to build a supercomputer for the Korea Institute of Science, Technology, and Information. It will cost $27 million USD and make 4.24 trillion calculations per second.

2001 – Symantec Corporation discovers email attachment virus W32.Sircam.

2006 – Tesla Motors unveils the Tesla Roadster in Santa Monica, CA.

July 21

1948 – University of Manchester’s Small-Scale Experimental Machine (SSEM) “Baby” runs the first ever stored program.

1999 – Apple introduces the iBook notebook computer. It features a 12.1-inch screen, a PowerPC G3 processor, and a 3.2-gigabyte hard drive.

July 22

1975 – Bill Gates and Paul Allen sign agreements with MITS to use the BASIC programming language.

1980 – IBM meets with Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer of Microsoft to discuss Microsoft products.

1996 – Tech giants Intel, Sharp, AMD, and Fujitsu create a software standard for accessing flash memory called the Common Flash Memory Interface.

1997 – Apple announces Mac OS 8.

1999 – Microsoft launches the first version of MSN Messenger.

2013 – Apple makes headlines by announcing that the iTunes store has surpassed 1 billion podcast subscriptions.

July 23

1886 – Gottlieb Daimler invents the first ever car. It runs on a one cylinder, 1.1HP engine.

1903 – Ford Motor Company sells its first car, a Model A, to a doctor in Detroit, MI.

1962 – Walter Cronkite hosts the first ever live trans-Atlantic television broadcast via AT&T’s Telstar 1 satellite.

2009 – Facebook surpasses 1 billion embedded video views.

July 24

2009 – Facebook discovers privacy loophole that allows users to see photos they’re not supposed to.

2011 – TWiT is officially opened by Leo Laporte in Petaluma, CA.

2013 – Google announces the Chromecast, a 2.83″ streaming media dongle that connects to a flatscreen TV via HDMI. It launched at $35 USD.

July 25

1961 – Sinclair Radionics is founded.

1989 – In the case of Apple Computer, Inc v. Microsoft Corporation, US Federal District Judge William Schwarzer removes all but ten of Apple’s claims against Microsoft.

2008 – AOL shutters online services Bluestring, Xdrive, and AOL Pictures.

2009 – Nortel wireless technology is acquired by Ericsson for $1.13 billion USD.

July 26

1997 – Apple releases Mac OS 8 for $99 USD.

1999 – SNK Corporation of America announces the launch of the 16-bit Neo-Geo Pocket video game system in August of 1999.

2001 – A preliminary injunction against Napster, Inc. is issued at the request of the Recording Industry of America (RIAA). The RIAA alleges that Napster has helped facilitate illegal copying and sharing of copyrighted media.

2012 – Google launches Google Fiber in Kansas City, KS.

There you have it! Which of these events do you think has had the most impact on how technology has been shaped? Sound off in the comments below.

Have a favorite moment in tech history that you’d like to add to next week’s snapshot? Leave a comment or connect with us on Google+, Facebook, Twitter, or by email!

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Last Updated on November 27, 2018.


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