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Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is adopted universally at a meeting of the International Meridian Conference in Washington, DC. The International Date Line is then drawn up and the twenty-four time zones are created.
Eleven years after the phone was invented, the first differentiation between day and night long distance rates goes into effect, with night rates in most, but not all, instances lower than day rates.
The Industrial Development Engineering Associates (IDEA) Corporation begins selling the first commercial transistor radio, the Regency (TR-1). The radio was designed and built by Texas Instruments, Inc. (TI). The radio makes use of a 22 ½ volt battery which outlives two B or ten A batteries which are used in conventional vacuum tube portables. The first transistor radio produced is presented to Patrick Eugene Haggerty, vice president of TI, along with a certificate acknowledging him for his vision, judgment and untiring efforts. Price: US$49.95
The first market trial of Touch Tone calling by AT&T, begins in Findlay, Ohio.
The world’s third ARPANET Interface Message Processor (IMP) node is installed at the University of California at Santa Barbara. Read more at UCLA.
Hello Kitty, a fictional character by the Sanrio company of Japan, is first designed by Yuko Shimizu.
Microsoft establishes its first international sales office in Japan. Kazuhiko Nishi, founder and publisher of Japan’s popular ASCII magazine, is appointed to organize the new operation in the East.
In New York, IBM announces the IBM PCjr (PC junior), featuring an Intel 8088 CPU, 64KB RAM, a detached keyboard, two cartridge slots, a joystick, a light pen, and a serial port. The PC-DOS 2.1 operating system is available as an option. Code-name: Peanut Price: US$669 or US$1,269 with a 5.25-inch floppy drive and 128KB RAM
Keytran, owned by Centel, Honeywell, and the Chicago Sun-Times, is renamed Keycom and launches a commercial Videotex service. Videotex is one of the first interactive home medias. a forerunner of the later Internet.
Toshiba announces its development of a 1-Megabit RAM chip.
Quantum Link (Q-Link), an online service for chat rooms, e-mail, games, and other programs for Commodore 64 and 128 computers, goes into operation. Quantum Link will later be renamed to America Online in 1994.
Microsoft releases the Windows 2.0 operating system.
Mosaic Communications files a lawsuit against Spyglass, Inc. and the University of Illinois, seeking a declaration of whether or not Mosaic Netscape software infringes on browser code developed at the university and licensed through Spyglass.
Intel formally introduces the Pentium Pro processor, at speeds of 150 to 200 MHz. The processors can achieve 440 MIPs and incorporates 5.5 million transistors, nearly 2,400 times as many as the first microprocessor, the 4004. Bus speeds of the new Socket 8 interface are 60 MHz (150, 180 MHz processor), and 66 MHz (166, 200 MHz processor). The 150 MHz version is manufactured using a 0.5 micron BiCMOS process where the other processors employ a 0.35 micron process. Price: US$974 (150 MHz, 256KB cache), US$1,682 (166 MHz, 512KB cache), US$1,075 (180 MHz, 256KB cache), US$1,225 (200 MHz, 256KB cache), and US$1,989 (200 MHz, 512KB cache)
The Digital equipment Corporation (DEC) files a suit against Altavista Technology, Inc. seeking remedies and financial damages for alleged infringements against the AltaVista trademark on their World Wide Web homepage.
The first DVD video players from Toshiba and Matsushita (Panasonic) go on sale in Japan. The two Panasonic models cost ¥79,800 (US$720) and ¥98,000 (US$885). Only three software titles are available on disc, with another twenty expected within a month.
Motorola, Inc. introduces the first microchip that works with worldwide types of cellular phones called the DSP56690.
US District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly conditionally accepts a proposed settlement between Microsoft and the US Justice Department.
ViewSonic releases the ViewSonic Pocket PC V35 handheld computer, featuring a 300 MHz Intel PXA250 XScale processor, an MMC and Secure Digital slot, a stylus, and a 240×320 pixel display. The battery powers the unit for about ten hours. Price: US$299 Weight: 4.2 ounces
Time Magazine names the iPhone – Invention of the year
Intel secretly puts the Itanium 9100 processor on sale. Code Name “Montvale”. 1.66 GHZ processor with 667 front side bus.
Net Neutrality supporters filed a petition with the FCC to force Comcast to stop blocking peer-to-peer traffic
Mandriva CEO Francois Bancilhon posted an Open letter to Steve Ballmer criticizing his tactics. This happened after Microsoft did a last minute deal with the Nigerian government to have computers with Windows installed and delivered to 3,000 classmate computers.
Novell begins opening seats of the OpenSuse community-elected board to any non-Novell employees.
RIM is sued by Mformation for a patent infringement – one of which they are not specifying.
Justin.tv is accused by the U.K’s Premier League for illegally streaming soccer matches.
A pair of surveys in the UK suggest that those who share files spend 75 percent more on music than those who do not. According to Mark Mulligan of Forrester Research, he suggests that people use filesharing as a discovery mechanism. They preview what is available, then purchase what they like. The pirates are more informed purchasers.
Reddit CEO Christopher Slowe left to help start a new site called Hipmunk - online travel planning.
Microsoft introduced a new feature in Hotmail to attach other accounts - including Gmail - to view mail from their interface.