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Tech History June 1952 - RCA Victrola 45rpm players are becoming popular. It’s the first time consumers can “program” their own music by stacking 45rpm records in a preferred playing order. More and more record companies will be offering the 45rpm single format in the near future.

technology-news-history-PC-compaq-1995Tech History From June 1995 - PC war is on with two fierce competitors – Compaq and Packard Bell…. Also, AT&T in a mailing to 175,000 True Reward customers, mistakenly provided the toll-free number to a sex chat line.

Tech History From June 2001 –  New York wants to ban cell phone use while driving. It should become law, soon…. And, AT&T and AOL announce plans to develop a co–branded cell phone. It’ll offer AOL’s online services including instant messaging.

Tech History From June 2007 -  iPhone is here – Apple considers its iPhone its biggest product launch since the Mac back in 1984 and if the lines are any indication – they’re right. They’ve already sold some 100 million iPods. They closed all 164 Apple stores on Friday to prepare for sale of the iPhone, which began 4 hours later (Friday) and the lines were huge.

Tech History From December 2011 - 2011  seemed to be the year when streaming media for mobile really took off. , 14% of U.S. mobile users (about 31 million people) now watch videos on their smartphones and feature phones, a 35% increase over last year. Also, 29% of U.S. smartphone users stream music or Internet radio to their phones, up 66% from 2010.

 

Timeline-Dateline 1994 – Pop Culture History – Who Was The First Internet Retailer/Store?

Trivia-Amazon Was Not The First Internet Retailer.

 

From Jeff H – Mr. Pop – who was the first on-line retailer? Was it Amazon?

Mr. Pop History – The concept was there before Amazon. Take a look at this from 1994:

history timeline - 1994-Amazon not first internet store-pop-interesting-factsComputer news From This Week In 1994 – a group of companies from the Silicon Valley say they are bringing a sort-of home shopping network to millions of users on the worldwide computer network known as the Internet. Called CommerceNet – it allow users to buy computers, scan catalogs and bid on contracts. Said Project Manager Steve Harari – “We’re not sure how it’s going to evolve. It could include everything from pizza parlors to real estate.” The company is backed by $12 million in seed money from the government and such Silicon Valley companies such as Apple, Sun Microsystems Inc, Lockheed Corp and Bank of America. The Internet now attracts 20 million users. It is envisioned that consumers will shop for thousands of products at home or the office by scanning huge databases with a computer. 50 to 100 companies are expected to back the service by the end of 1994. Companies offering services on CommerceNet will pay $25,000 a year for a high-level membership, but lower-priced memberships are expected.