Tech History – September/October 1992

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Where Were You In ’92?

 

tech September – Game makers are now banking on using CD’s for better graphics and video effects. The newest is the Sega CD, Turbo technologies CD. Nintendo is doing the same…

Wow – the 800 toll-free business is now a $7-billion-a-year industry. 800 numbers were created 25 years ago to mask a shortage of operators to handle collect calls. Some 600,000 businesses use 1.3 million 800 numbers. Another 100,000 individuals now use 800 numbers. ..

IBM unveils 21 personal computer models aimed at home and small business users, a significant expansion into the low-price market that spells new trouble for “clone” computer makers…

Sony introduces the first-ever CD-ROM player The PIX-100, which will sell for around $1000, plays standard PC-compatible CD-Rom discs as well as CD-ROM discs developed using the XA or “extended architecture” platform. And it plays standard audio CD’s…

 

October – The FCC opens the door to satellite digital radio – in which radio would be transmitted to a receiver from satellite…

Nintendo and Sony have agreed to work together to develop common technology that could dominate the next generation of video games…

New – Excel 4.0 – now for IBM and Apple machines…

IBM posts a colossal $2.8 Billion third-quarter loss, blaming the dismal earnings report on huge, previously announced job cuts, weak economics in the U.S and Japan and the recent currency turmoil in Europe. IBM stock plunged to its lowest level since 1982 at $72.875…

 

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  1. Bobby Arneth September 16, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    Being a 90’s baby I can admit not knowing how to use a payphone back in the day.. It’s absolutely crazy how large an enterprise 800 numbers have become. No surprise why so a few companies I know don’t have them. Is the price so substantial and widely used that people can’t purchase 800 numbers???

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