Thomas Alva Edison is issued a patent for his “Filament for And Process of Incandescent Lamps.” (US No. 626,460) “I form a filament of highly-refractory non-conducting material which is preferably porous, and incorporate therein isolated particles of carbon, so as to produce spark gaps between the particles, whereby high-tension currents, either alternating, continuous, or intermittent, will be conducted from particle to particle of the carbon to raise the filament to incandescence. … The highly refractory material I prefer to use … is an oxid or oxids of the rare earths - such as the oxid of zirconium, thorium and others.”
Scottish chemist professor James Dewar exhibits air in the solid state and a jet of liquid air rising six feet above it with beautiful effects, before the Prince and Princess of Wales.
The first drive-in movie theater is opened on a ten acre site off Wilson Boulevard in Camden, New Jersey by garage-owner Richard Hollingshead. The theater features a 40ft x 30ft screen and a 400 car capacity arranged in semi-circular rows. The premiere film shown was Wife Beware. Hollingshead had shown films on his gas station forecourt the previous year and patented the idea of the “automobile theatre.”
The first Internet connection is established when network control protocol packets are sent from the data port of one IMP to another.
The first space station flight, Soyuz 11 is launched on a mission to Salyut 1 by the USSR. Equipment aboard Salyut 1 includes a telescope, spectrometer, electrophotometer, and television. The crew checks improved on-board spacecraft systems in different conditions of flight and conducts medico-biological research. The main instrument, a large solar telescope, is rendered inoperative when it fails to jettison. A small fire and difficult working conditions will lead to a decision to return the station’s crew before the mission’s planned duration of thirty days.
Atari introduces the Anti-Aircraft coin-operated arcade game.
The Summer Consumer Electronics Show CES is held. During the event, 20th Century-Fox Film announces its entry into the video game industry, by forming a new division to create software for the Atari VCS game system.
At the Consumer Electronics Show CES, Texas Instruments (TI) introduces the TI 99/8 home computer, featuring 80kB RAM. Price: Under US$500
IBM introduces the Interleaf desktop publishing software for DOS-based personal computers. Price: US$750-995
International Business Machines IBM, Toshiba, and Siemens unveil the world’s smallest and fastest 256MB Dynamic Random Access Memory (DRAM) chip. It is 13.25 mm x 21.55 mm and has a twenty-six nanosecond access time.
The Los Angeles Times reports on the merging of religion and technology in Vatican City, where Father Leonard Boyle is working to put the Vatican’s extensive library on the Internet, “bringing the computer to the Middle Ages and the Vatican library to the world.” Boyle is computerizing the library’s catalog and working to place manuscripts and paintings online in a project funded by IBM.
Yahoo, Inc. announces a plan to “beef up” their search service by adding Digital Equipment Corporation’s (DEC) Alta Vista search technology.
IBM introduces Aptiva C3D computers with DVD-ROM drives. Price: US$1799 to US$2899
PHP 3.0 is released.
At the COMPUTEX Taipei trade show, Via Technologies of Taiwan introduces the Cyrix III processor, available in speeds ranging from 533 to 667MHz. Price: US$75 to US$160
AMD releases the 950 MHz Duron processor. Price: US$122
AMD releases the 1.4 GHz Athlon processor. Price: US$253
Romany Groups announces its intentions to sue IBM for US$10,000 for each of up to 1.2 million people who were made orphans by Nazis during World War II. According to their claims, IBM’s Hollerith tabulating machine was fundamentally instrumental to the Nazi tracking system.
Microsoft release Class Server 3.0, a learning management platform for grades K-12. By helping teachers create, deliver and grade standards-aligned assessments and lessons over the Web, Class Server allows school districts to easily track, analyze and improve student achievement against local curriculum standards in accordance with the requirements of the “No Child Left Behind” Act of 2001.
Corel announces it has agreed to be acquired by Vector Capital, for about US$98 million.
In a keynote address at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), Steve Jobs announces that Apple will begin transitioning the Macintosh line of computers from PowerPC to Intel microprocessors and demonstrates a version of Mac OS X running on a computer powered by an Intel Pentium 4 CPU. Intel-powered Macs are able to run Macintosh software compiled for PowerPC processors with a dynamic translation system known as “Rosetta“.
Time magazine features an article entitled, “It’s a Wiki, Wiki World.” The article spotlights the founder of Wikipedia, Jimmy Wales. Read the article at Time magazine online.
The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) files a lawsuit against the state of Minnesota in Minnesota Federal District Court, in order to overturn a new bill that would finie minors (children and teens) US$25 for buying or renting mature and adults-only games. The group argues that the law violates First Amendment rights. In July, the court will rule the law unconstitutional.
Hewlett-Packard HP announces that it will acquire Silverwire Holding AG, a commercial digital photography solutions and software provider with a strong presence in the retail photo market.
Yahoo launches “SearchMonkey”
Amazon suffers a major e-commerce outage. It lasted 2 hours and the cause was muddled by jargon from Amazon.
T-Mobile sues Starbucks over the WiFi deal. T-Mobile claimed they had an exclusive partnership with Starbucks.
Palm releases the Palm Pre phone – 600 Mhz ARM Cortex processor, underclocked to 500 MHz – 256 MB DRAM, and 8 or 16 GB of flash memory. Dual band CDMA or Quad Band GSM versions, 802.11b/g and a 3.7 V 1150mAh removable battery. Weight 135 g. Of course, using the WebOS software. $199/$299 with 2 year contract. $549 off contract.
Twitter announces they will start a new process called “Verified Accounts” to prevent fake twitter accounts.
Leo Laporte, in an episode of Gillmour Gang - gets irate after TechCrunch's Michael Arrington implies that a review model of the Palm Pre was influencing Leo's decision. Leo instantly called Arrington out on it and threw a few profanities. At that point, the Gillmour Gang show was moved off Twit.tv.