Tech History For June/July/August – 2011

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Back in time we go. It’s June 2014 – so, let’s go back a mere three years for our tech history timeline. It’s amazing looking back as the tech world changes so fast.

Also happening around that same time, singer Amy Winehouse was found dead and in August – a 5.9 magnitude earthquake centered in Virginia forced evacuations of all the monuments in Washington.

June 2011 In Tech News – A waterfront area in the New York borough of Brooklyn has become the first city neighborhood to feature free wireless service on streets and in parks and plazas. DUMBO, short for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass, already has a reputation for innovative projects…

Apple’s Steve Jobs announces a new service called “iCloud,” which lets Apple product owners store documents and music on the Internet instead of on their own computer hard drives or mobile phones. iCloud expands on the trend of cloud computing, which refers to the idea that computer users are storing more of their information “in the cloud” of the Internet rather than on their own storage drives…

Live TV on the Xbox and a more mature second generation of games for the Kinect were among the promises at a Microsoft briefing Monday in advance of the E3 video-game expo. At the event, Microsoft said it hopes to make Xbox Live a hub for almost all types of entertainment….

Google’s Facebook competitor Google+ grew to 10 million users in just two weeks, the company announced Thursday…. Google announced it will be slowly shuttering Google Labs, its experimental site for projects that aren’t quite products….

Facebook’s facial-recognition feature for automatically tagging uploaded photos with the names of those pictured sparked a backlash from privacy advocates. Now it’s coming under scrutiny from Connecticut’s attorney general, who sent a letter to company officials requesting a meeting…

The Internet body that oversees domain names voted to end restricting them to suffixes like .com or .gov and will receive applications for new names from January 12 next year with the first approvals likely by the end of 2012. For instance, while the new steep charges of $185,000 to apply for a domain name could deter cyber-squatters, companies with well known trademarks worry that they may have to contend with series of copycat names like coke.paris or google.zambia….

Nine months after the launch of New Twitter, the social media company is letting users know that the old version of Twitter will be completely eliminated “very, very soon.” The old version of Twitter always asked users to switch to the new version of Twitter, but today the message was changed, and it’s more urgent….

More people visit Google’s network of websites than Facebook each month, but Facebook is killing the search company in categories that advertisers care most about: Time spent and pages viewed…..

Google has launched a new, mysterious service called What Do You Love. It’s a simple search box box, similar to the one on Google’s homepage, but it returns results from over 20 different Google services, including Google Translate, Trends, YouTube, Maps, Groups etc. The results are presented in little boxes which can, in some cases, be expanded by clicking on the icon in the lower right corner; if you need even more results, you can always click the button in the upper right corner of the box and go directly to the chosen service…
July 2011 in Tech News – Twitter posts way up – As we reach the halfway point of 2011, users of the microblogging service now post 200 million tweets a day, Twitter announced. That’s up from 65 million tweets a day a year ago….

Verizon Wireless, the nation’s second-largest wireless carrier, caps the amount of data downloads allowed under its $30-a-month wireless broadband plan; it will also unveil more costly options for users with big appetites for digital data….

Facebook will add Skype video chat to its pages, aiming to spice up the appeal of the world’s No. 1 Internet social networking service while fending off increased competition from Google….

Pandora, the Internet radio station, announced it has reached 100 million listeners….

Google has announced its plans to launch a Google eBooks-optimized e-reader on July 17. Called the iriver Story HD, the e-book reader is designed to give users easy access to the 3 million free titles Google holds in addition to a few hundred thousand paid titles, with a price and design that is very similar to Amazon’s Kindle….

Apple Stores Cloned In China – An American who lives in Kunming in southern Yunnan province said that she and her husband stumbled on three shops masquerading as bona fide Apple stores in the city a few days ago. She took photos and posted them on her BirdAbroad blog….

PC Sales Going Down – Sales of Microsoft Corp’s flagship Windows software disappointed for the third straight quarter, taking the gloss off better-than-expected earnings that were aided by an unusually low tax rate…..

Apple sold just 7.5 million iPods its most recent quarter. It was the lowest since the fall of 2005, when the iPod was just 4 years old. Unit sales fell 20% from a year ago and revenue from those sales dropped 15%. It’s still a lucrative business for Steve Jobs & Co., bringing in $1.3 billion in sales over the past three months. But sales have been in a free-fall for the past three years…

HD Radio – Not Good News – Radio Shack has every one of its house-brand HD Radiounits on clearance, if they are still in stock. This includes iPod Touch/iPhone dongles and the Auvio tuner (which, if you can still find one at the clearance price of $30, is a steal). This means Radio Shack is essentially out of the HD Radio business. A shame, since the Shack was one of the early supporters. It doesn’t mean that the technology is dead, but it certainly isn’t flourishing…

August 2011 In Tech News – Google has accused Microsoft in court of revealing its proprietary source code. That’s some rich irony given that the court case involves Android — an open-source operating system that Google touts as being free to modify and use. Google made the claim in an International Trade Court case between Microsoft and Motorola. Microsoft has repeatedly claimed that Android infringes upon some of its patents, and is suing Motorola in hopes of extracting licensing fees for every Android device that Motorola sells…..

After eight years in business, the Walmart Music downloads Store located at mp3walmartdotcom will close on August 28, 2011. All content in the Store will be disabled and no longer available for download from the store….

Google Inc will buy phone hardware maker Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc for $12.5 billion to bolster adoption of its Android mobile software and compete with smartphone rival Apple Inc….

The percentage of Internet users who are on social-networking sites continues to climb, according to a survey released Friday by the Pew Internet & American Life Project. In fact, it has doubled in the past three years, the report says, from about 29% in 2008 to 65% this year…

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Gary West

Historian Gary West built his first website in 1998 with www.pophistorynow.com. That addressed now forwards to www.mrpopculture.com - an amazing pop culture/news database with 25,000 pages, covering the years 1955-2014. He's also the author of www.technologynewstimeline.com - covering consumer technology from 1952 to the present. West has been a contributor to numerous books, radio-TV shows, CNN & USA Today & the History Channel.

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