Tech History – September/October 2013

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The Tech Happenings From September And October 2013

 

September 1 – Microsoft announces it is buying Nokia’s smartphone and cellular handset business in a deal worth $7.2 billion...CBS and Time Warner reach an agreement for carriage on the cable-TV provider. CBS and Showtime had been off for about a month in New York and Los Angeles…

September 8 – Apple unveiled an update to its popular smartphone. The tech giant announced the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C — two very different phones. Apple introduced a lower-cost iPhone 5C alongside the iPhone 5S — the company’s flagship smartphone... Passing – Ray Dolby (80) – the famed noise reduction guru… Intel – The world’s leading maker of computer chips is closing its only factory in Massachusetts, eliminating up to 700 high-paying manufacturing jobs…

September 15 – Google buys mobile startup Bump Technologies – makes of a popular app that enables users to transfer photos, videos and files just by bumping their phones together… Lines for for the new IPhone 5 – for those who want there’s now. Apple stock is up. 

September 22 – Google has begun rolling out a redesign of its homepage – the world’s most visited web address. The revamp features a flattened, reshaped logo and replaces the previous menu bar with a smaller range of links on the page’s right-hand side.The move comes in the same month that Yahoo’s logo and Microsoft’s Bing search tool have also been updated…  Apple said it sold a record nine million new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c models during the first weekend the devices went on sale, topping Wall Street expectations…

 

October 1 – Twitter Inc. revealed plans to raise up to $1 billion in a public offering, looking to cash in on a messaging service that has transformed public conversation but is still losing money and facing challenges attracting new users and advertisers…

October 8 – Twitter strikes  a deal with Comcast to bring some NBCUniversal programs to TV subscribers via tweets. Under the deal, NBCUniversal programming from The Voice and Sunday Night Football will become available on Twitter directly from tweets. TV subscribers will need to log in to their pay-TV accounts… Google on Friday announced that it would soon be able to show users’ names, photos, ratings and comments in ads across the Web, endorsing marketers’ products. Facebook already runs similar endorsement ads.

October 15 – Microsoft releases the Windows 8.1 update for its flagship operating system. The download seeks to address some of the criticisms levelled at the original version of Windows 8. In particular, the update restores the start button and allows a computer to boot up with a traditional desktop interface... Google hits a stock all-time high as revenue is reported up by 36%… 

October 22 – YouTube is preparing a premium on-demand music service — akin to a Spotify, but with video — to launch later this year… Twitter Inc. is sued for $124 million by two financial firms that claim the Internet company engineered a failed private sale of its shares in 2012 to strengthen its hand in preparation for its initial public offering... Airline passengers soon will be able to use electronics such as readers and games during takeoffs, landings and throughout flights... The National Security Agency has broken into the highly secure data centers where Google and Yahoo store vast troves of data on their users by hacking an unencrypted weak point in the data pipeline linking the enormous centers…

 

Research By 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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