February 17, 1997: Apple launches the PowerBook 3400, a laptop that Apple claims is the fastest portable computer in the world. After a rough few years for the PowerBook, this laptop is designed to throw down the gauntlet to rivals —...Show More Summary
Writers and scientists throughout history have searched for an apt technological analogy for the human brain, often comparing it to a computer. For Pulkit Grover, Carnegie Mellon University assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering and the Center for Neural Basis of Cognition, this analogy couldn't be more fitting. Show More Summary
Deep in the Valley this afternoon, 500 Startups’ 19th demo day drew to a close at the Computer History Museum. Business-to-business software, fashion and beauty products made up the largest proportion of companies, but 500 left room for a few outliers. Show More Summary
Illustrator and animator Steve Smith made a video about computer history because apparently Slugabed is not a fan.
February 14, 1995: Apple Computer extends a lawsuit against developer San Francisco Canyon Company to also include Microsoft and Intel. The lawsuit concerns code allegedly stolen from Apple used to improve Microsoft’s Video for Windows technology. Show More Summary
Apple and Microsoft have a long and tumultuous history. The companies each played a huge role in bringing personal computers to the masses, and they have since branched out in a number of different directions. These two storied companies are still fierce rivals, of course, but there are also some areas where they work hand in hand. Show More Summary
February 9, 1993: NeXT Computers, the company Steve Jobs founded after being pushed out of Apple, quits making computers. The company changes its name to NeXT Software and focuses its efforts entirely on building software for other platforms. Show More Summary
Here's another one of those random events that leads to a bit of gaming history. The source code for the original Turok has been discovered on a computer purchased through an auction. It seems the computers contained a bunch of data from Acclaim, including Turok's source code. Now we can't wait to see what secrets hide within once the owners pour through the data!
(Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History) Johann-Mattis List, Simon Greenhill and Russell Gray from the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History have tested the capacity of different computational approaches...Show More Summary
The diversity of Nasa’s workforce in 1940s Virginia is uncovered in a new book by Margot Lee Shetterly. She recalls how a visit to her home town led to a revelation “Mrs Land worked as a computer out at Langley,” my father said, taking a right turn out of the parking lot of the First Baptist church in Hampton, Virginia. Show More Summary
Civilization was one of the classic games of the 16-bit age, when computers with speedy processors and hundreds of kilobytes of RAM made it possible to model and memorize complex, culture-bound simulations of human history. Twenty years...Show More Summary
January 31, 1997: Apple clone maker Power Computing officially goes out of business, having auctioned off all of its office computers and supplies. Once the fastest-growing PC company of the decade, Power Computing had already been bought out by Apple the previous year. Show More Summary
January 30, 1995: Apple Computer announces the launch of the Newton MessagePad 120 in the United States. Coming eighteen months after the original Newton MessagePad, the MessagePad 120 with NewtonOS 2.0 is the first truly great device in Apple’s unfairly-maligned MessagePad series. Show More Summary
Thomas and John Knoll, two brothers, aren’t the best-known people in Silicon Valley. But they’re the inventors of software that is used by millions today. They created Photoshop in 1988, and sold the program to Adobe Systems in 1989. Their story is told in one of the new exhibits at the Computer History Museum, a museum […]
Blizzard Entertainment’s World of Warcraft has broken all the records in the history books for massively multiplayer online games. So it’s only fitting that the fantasy role-playing game has its own display at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif. On Saturday, the museum opened a new exhibition to the public: “Make Software: Change […]
The Computer History Museum wanted to show the life and death impact of software on the world, and so it chose to illustrate that with a display dedicated to automobile crash testing. On Saturday, the museum opened a new exhibition to the public: “Make Software: Change the World!” The exhibition’s goal is to show how […]
A woman was critical in the history of the first weather forecast made by a computer but you probably never knew that. Her story and other "hidden" ones need to be told.
Software is a relatively recent invention in human history, but few things have had as much of an impact on the modern world. Things which used to be physical stuff are increasingly melting away into lines of computer code. Most of us, for example, no longer carry around separate flashlights or GPS devices—because both are […]
This week’s milestones in the history of technology include two introductions of the future of computing and successful demonstrations of tech PR—IBM’s SSEC and Apple’s Macintosh—and the first man killed by a robot and the first commercial telephone switchboard.
(Princeton University, Engineering School) Researchers wrote computer programs that found patterns among anonymized data about web traffic and used those patterns to identify individual users. The researchers note web users with active social media are vulnerable to the attack. Show More Summary