Category Archives: Tech History

How the Consumer Technology Industry Was Almost Never Born

What we now call the consumer technology industry was born November 30, 1920, when the first consumer electronics product, the two-piece RA-DA, the first commercially produced radio designed for the mass market, rolled off the Westinghouse assembly line in East … Continue reading

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A/V In ’18: 5 Foundational Changes & 11 Newsmakers

Traditionally, A/V product categories don’t tend to be very newsworthy outside of the latest updated versions of existing products and technologies. But 2018 unusually saw five major foundational changes in audio and video. See the rest of this 2019 recap … Continue reading

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50 Years Ago, Doug Engelbart’s Mother of All Demos Changed Personal Computing Tech Forever

² Imagine someone demonstrating a jet plane 15 years before Kitty Hawk. Imagine someone demonstrating a smartphone 15 years before the first cellular networks were even launched. Imagine someone demonstrating a controlled nuclear chain reaction 15 years before Einstein formulated … Continue reading

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Flashback 1998: A Compressed History of the Digital Music Player

A momentous occasion in the evolution of recorded music occurred 20 years ago when a California district court ruled to allow the sale of a curious new portable music player in the face of opposition from the Recording Industry Association … Continue reading

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The Precarious Cyber Security Regulatory Balancing Act

What to do about hacking and the misuse of major social media platforms by foreign actors in U.S. elections? Much of the sturm und drang over potential cyber security solutions boils down to one compound question: should the government step … Continue reading

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Flashback 1948: Ampex Unveils First Magnetic Tape Recorder

Our modern AV world arguably all stems from a single product: the Ampex 200A, the first successful commercial magnetic audiotape recorder, which debuted 70 years ago this month. Read the rest of this post on Sound & Vision here.

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Hedy Lamarr Finally Gets Her Spread Spectrum Due in ‘Bombshell’

A review of a new documentary on Hedy Lamarr, movie star and inventor of frequency hopping, aka spread spectrum, the technology that makes all wireless communication possible.

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Happy 161st Birthday, Nikola Tesla

My greetings to Nikola Tesla, with some additional museum and movie news, on Huffington Post.

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My Original iPhone Reviews, 2007

Me and my still-working original iPhone from 2007 Today is the 10th anniversary of Apple’s iPhone going on sale. Back in June/July 2007, I waited online overnight at the Fifth Avenue Apple store in Manhattan for my original iPhone, then … Continue reading

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CES at 50: Lessons Still Not Learned

CES at 50: Lessons Still Not Learned

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