Tech History For June-July-August 2010

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Looking Back At June-July-August 2010

iPhone 4 Dominates The Tech News

 

tech history 2010 appleJune – Apple unveiled the iPhone 4, its fourth-generation cell phone, which CEO Steve Jobs introduced by joking: “Stop me if you’ve already seen this” ” a reference to a prototype of the phone that was seen worldwide two months ago when a gadgets website obtained it. The new phone is the “biggest leap since the original iPhone,” released in 2007, Jobs told the crowd…

A smaller, lighter and thinner Xbox was unveiled by Microsoft. The game console has a 250-gigabyte hard drive as well as built in Wi-Fi, and will sell for the same price as the current Xbox 360 Elite model  $299…..

Google recently announced a new feature found in YouTube’s TestLabs. The YouTube Video Editor is a trial feature that will allow YouTube video creators to edit their videos online without any additional software. In its initial form, the video editor allows users to do the following: combine multiple videos to create a new longer video; trim the beginning and/or ending of videos; add soundtracks from YouTube’s AudioSwap library; and create new videos online with no uploading required….

Online video site Hulu, under pressure from its media company parents to generate a profit, has launched a subscription service with access to older episodes of popular television shows. More recent episodes of the shows will remain free on Hulu’s ad-supported website. But for $9.99 a month, subscribers can get the entire current season of “Glee,” “The Office,” “House” and other shows from broadcasters ABC, Fox and NBC, as well as all the past seasons of several series…

July – Google announces it will buy online travel software company ITA Software for $700 million cash, a move the search giant hopes will boost its visibility in the highly competitive airfare market…

Apple Inc. said that it was “stunned” to find that its iPhones have for years been using a “totally wrong” formula to determine how many bars of signal strength they are getting. Apple said that’s the reason behind widespread complaints from users that the latest model, iPhone 4, can show a sudden plunge in signal strength when they hold it in a way that covers a small black strip on one edge of the phone. Users online have jokingly called this the “death grip” for the phone…

tech history 2010 blackberryA recent survey lends some hard proof to the trend that many consumers and investors have already noticed: The BlackBerry is dying. Why? Because the iPhone is killing it — and because the Google Android operating system is driving strong sales for HTC and other manufacturers…

A New York judge issued a temporary restraining order against the social networking site Facebook after a New York man sued the company, claiming he owns an 84% stake in it. Paul Ceglia filed a suit in the Supreme Court of New York’s Allegany County on June 30, claiming that a 2003 contract he signed with Facebook founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg entitles him to ownership of the company and monetary damages…

Apple Inc. will give free protective cases to buyers of its latest iPhone to alleviate the so-called “death grip” problem in which holding the phone with a bare hand can muffle the wireless signal…

Google, in an effort to utilize more green energy and become carbon neutral, has signed a twenty-year deal with an Iowa wind farm to purchase energy. The deal, beginning at the end of this month, will supply Google with 114MW worth of energy…

Under fire for iPhone 4 problems, Apple has distributed an iPhone/iPad operating system update designed to display more accurate signal bars Indicating wireless network strength

In a move that could bring Mickey Mouse into the online gaming world, Walt Disney Co. said it is buying social game developer Playdom Inc. in a deal worth up to $763 million. Mountain View, Calif.-based Playdom is among the leading makers of online social games, including Social City and Sorority Life…

tech history 2010 photoAugust – Google announces that it has agreed to purchase social networking app maker Slide for an undisclosed amount. The deal marks the latest try for the search giant to make some headway into the world of social networking….

 Apple’s just opened up a new section of the App Store. Called “Try Before You Buy,” it lets users test drive a limited selection of apps before purchasing them. Unfortunately, this trial period doesn’t apply to all the paid apps in the store…

The Motorola Droid 2 and the BlackBerry Torch go on sale…. In a move signaling the growing importance of online security, Intel Corp. said Thursday it is buying computer-security software makerMcAfee Inc. for $7.68 billion…. Gmail isn’t just about e-mail anymore: it’s also a phone as Google launched the ability to make voice calls to any traditional phone number from a Gmail account …

Facebook rolls out its long-awaited location feature, Facebook Places, an application that lets users “check in” on their mobile phones so friends know where they’re hanging out and what they’re doing…

Compiled By Tech Historian Gary West

 

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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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