June 11

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Day in Tech History: June 11th

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Jacques-Yves Cousteau was born


Texas Instruments introduces the educational device called the Speak and Spell. It was the toy that later was featured in E.T. It was 1 of 3 toys TI was planning to put out – Speak and Read, and Speak & Math were the other two.


Steve Ballmer joins Microsoft. He was Microsoft’s first Business Manager


E.T. – the Extra Terrestrial – was released to 1103 US theaters.


The name of the General Public License (GPL) is mentioned for the first time.


A U.S. District Court judge in San Francisco declines Nintendo's request to issue a temporary restraining order against Lewis Galoob Toys selling the Game Genie product.


On the cruise yacht New Yorker, dubbed the "DOS Boat", in New York City harbor, Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer unveil MS-DOS 5.0. It adds a full-screen editor, undelete and unformat utilities, and task swapping. GW-BASIC is replaced with Qbasic, based on Microsoft's QuickBASIC.


Philippe Kahn takes the first ever cameraphone picture - his newborn daughter

William Aspray publishes “Computer: A History Of The Information Machine (The Sloan Technology Series)”

Netscape Navigator 4.0 is released

Slackware Linux 3.3 is released


Compaq purchases DEC for $9 million after stock holders approve the acquisition

Scientists crack the last genetic code in Tuberculosis.


Game Boy Advanced is released featuring a 32 bit 16.8 MHz ARM Z80 Processor.


BioPerl 1.0 is released. It is a set of perl modules for bioinformatics applications.


Intel released 2.2, 2.3 and 2.4 GHz Celeron processors $74-$84

Intel released 2.4 GHz low power mobile Celeron for $149

Intel released the 2.4,2.66, 2.8 and 3.06 GHz Pentium 4 processors for $186 - $417

Intel released 2.6 GHz Pentium 4-M processor for $562


Apple released the last trademark of the name OpenDoc


Google adds Geocoding to Google Maps

aMule - a free peer-to-peer file sharing application that worked with EDonkey and Kad Netowork 2.1.3 is released

Nintendo releases the Nintendo DS $129.99


Safari for Windows is released by Apple


eBay pulled down Media Marketplace, a controversial pilot program designed to buy and sell radio and TV advertising on the Internet 


The French Constitutional Council rejected a key provision in the 3 strikes law that will deny internet access to those who continue to disobey copyright laws.

Newly created Microsoft Bing was found to have some interesting errors, for instance, Molly Wood – Cnet personality – was deemed NSFW.

In an interesting move, the American Cable Association asked the FCC to support Net Neutrality.


Apple announced a new line of Macbook Pro computers, including the Macbook Pro with Retina Display. Also announced was iOS6 with new features including integrated Facebook and Apple Maps - along with guided access for those with visual disabilities, OS X Mountain Lion, and Airplay - being able to push video from one device to another. Mountain Lion upgrade will cost $19.99


Apple puts the 1st generation iPhone on the "Obsolete" list. They also obsolete many PowerPC Macs including the G5 and Macbooks from 2007.

Google completed the purchase of Waze for $1.3 billion dollars. Waze is a GPS-based navigation application with user submitted route details.

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