November 21

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Day in Tech History: Nov 21st

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Thomas Edison announces the invention of the phonograph, a machine that can record and play sound using a tin-foil cylinder. He will receive a patent for the invention on February 19, 1878.


Albert Einstein publishes his paper, Does the Inertia of a Body Depend Upon Its Energy Content?, in the journal Annalen der Physik. This paper reveals the relationship between energy and mass. This leads to the mass-energy equivalence formula E = MC2.


The first ARPANET link is established, after a bit of tweaking, between UCLA and the SRI machine at Stanford over a 50Kbps connection. An earlier attempt had failed when the SRI system crashed after typing L and O of the login command.


After two years of testing, Time, Inc. announces that it will not go commercial with its Time Teletext system, closing it down.


The motion picture Supergirl is released


Atari releases the Lynx hand-held video game system, featuring a 4.0MHz 65C02 processor, 64KB DRAM, a 16-bit graphics processor, 6 sound channels, and a 3.5-inch color LCD screen. The Lynx is the world’s first handheld electronic game with a color LCD display. Games are stored on 2MB cartridges. Price: US$189.95


Nintendo releases the Super Family Computer (Super Famicom) game system in Japan. The system features a 16-bit processor and 512KB RAM. The system comes bundled with the Super Mario World platform game. The system’s launch was so successful that the Super Famicom will sell out across Japan within three days.


Buena Vista releases Toy Story, directed by John Lasseter and starring Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles, Jim Varney, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Annie Potts, John Morris, and Erik von Detten, to 2,457 US theaters. It is the first feature-length film created completely using computer-generated imagery. Produced on a budget of US$30 million, it will gross US$29,140,617 domestically in its opening weekend. MPAA Rating: G Running Time: 1 hr 21 mins

The website of Springfield College is hacked by Mr 9X (GM 288).


Jay Leno airs a match pitting Chin-Killa against Ginsu in Vegas on the Tonight Show.


Sega drops the price of the Dreamcast>Dreamcast game system in the US from US$79.95 to US$49.95.


The Nintendo DSNintendo releases the Nintendo DS (Dual Screen) in Canada and the US. The system features two ARM processors, a 67MHz ARM946E-S main CPU and a 33MHz ARM7TDMI co-processor, 4MB Mobile RAM, two 3-inch diagonal TFT LCD screens, stereo speakers, a microphone, and IEEE 802.11 wireless communications with range about thirty feet. It also includes PictoChat and a demo of Metroid Prime: Hunters built-in. It is the first Nintendo system to be first released outside Japan, where it will be released on December 2. Price: US$149.99, CDN$199


Nintendo announces that out of the 112,000 copies of Mario Kart DS sold in the United States during the first week of release, about fourty-five percent (52,000) of those buyers had connected to Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection.


TomB releases version 6.10 of the nUbuntu operating system is released. This system is an Ubuntu distribution remastered as a LiveCD with the tools required to penetration-test servers and networks.


Apple released iphone 2.2 update

Yahoo! sells Kelkoo to Jamplant for under $125 million - Kelkoo is a shopping comparison site

Judge orders Steve Ballmer to testify in the Vista suit - machines that said they were Vista capable, but when people started installing professional and ultimate versions, they couldn't do all of the functions.

1500 online viewers watch as Abraham Biggs commited suicide online. Some thought it was a joke, others egged them on. After a couple hours, frantic viewers called police.


Apple announced they will have a Black Friday sale


Vine goes global as the 6-second video service adds 19 new languages

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