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Chuck Yeager becomes the first human to fly faster than the speed of sound, breaking through the sound barrier in a rocket powered Bell XS-1 airplane over Murac Dry Lake, California. The four rocket motors of the tiny needle-nosed research craft is able to burn through its entire supply of fuel in 2½ minutes. To conserve its fuel, the Bell XS-1 is released from a Boeing B-29 Superfortress in mid-air.
The British Computer Society (BCS) is founded to represent those working in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector. It will soon become the largest professional body for computing in the United Kingdom.
Chuck Forsberg releases the specifications for ZMODEM, a file transfer protocol to supersede both XMODEM and his own YMODEM. The sophisticated file transfer protocol is the first telnet protocol to allow users to resume the transfer of a file that has been interrupted. It is also improves on older protocols by offering faster transfers, introducing auto-start by the sender, an expanded 32-bit CRC, and control character quoting, which allows the it to be used on networks that might “eat” control characters.
AT&T Microelectronics unveils its Hobbit processor, implementing the CRISP (C-language Reduced Instruction Set Processor) architecture. The formal name of the processor is ATT92010. The processors are available in speeds of 20 - 30MHz, depending on voltage. Price: US$35 in quantities of 10,000
Advanced RISC Machines (ARM) introduces the ARM250 chip, combining the core ARM processor with memory controller, video controller, and I/O interface. CPU speeds will range from 12 to 16MHz. The chip uses under 100,000 transistors, built in a 1-micron CMOS process. Price: US$25 in 100,000 unit quantities
IBM and Motorola formally announces that production of PowerPC 601 microprocessors, in 50MHz and 66MHz versions has begun. PowerPC stands for “Power Performance Chip”, and features an integer unit, a floating-point unit, and a 32MB cache. IBM produces the processor using 0.6-micron CMOS technology, with 2.8 million transistors per chip.
Motorola gives details of its next processor, the Motorola 68060, featuring two integer units, 8KB instruction and data caches, over two million transistors, 0.5-micron CMOS process, and clock rates of 50-66 MHz.
The e-mail account servers of Yale University are hacked using a sniffer.
Integrated Device Technology (IDT) unveils the IDT WinChip C6 processor, designed by Centaur Technology. The processor incorporates 5.4 million transistors in a 0.35-micron process. Price: US$90 (180 MHz) and US$135 (200 MHz)
New Science magazine reports that James La Clair of Berlin has developed a molecule that can be switched on and off by nitrogen and carbon dioxide. The discovery may lead to computers that need only gases and light to perform calculations.
The Enhanced PSX emulator (ePSXe), a freeware PlayStation emulator, is first released. It is a breakthrough in the PSX emulation scene, largely because it boasts revolutionary compatibility and speed over other emulators.
Version 2.0 of the JavE tool for drawing ASCII art is released. JavE stands for Java Ascii Versatile Editor.
IBM unveils the the 1.8 GHz 64-bit PowerPC 970 processor, which features up to 7.2GBps front-side bus transfer speed and SIMD inputs.
Version 2.2.2 of the Python programming language is released.
AMD releases the Athlon 64 3000+, Athlon 64 3200+, and Athlon 64 3500+ processors, which operate at 1800MHz, 2000MHz, and 2200MHz relatively, and feature a 512KB Level-2 Cache and a 1,000MHz hypertransport.
EBay acquires Skype for $2.6 billion.
The US Supreme court rejects a case that accuses Best Buy and Microsoft of tricking customers into signing up for the MSN service. The case was first filed in 2003.
Broadcom creates the 3G "Phone on a Chip" which supports the four next-generation cellular technologies used throughout the world: HSUPA (High-Speed Uplink Packet Access), HSDPA (High-Speed Downlink Packet Access), WCDMA (Wideband Code Division Multiple Access), and EDGE (enhanced data for GSM evolution). It also can transmit and receive FM radio for playing music on a car stereo. And it supports Bluetooth technology and processing capability for a 5-megapixel camera.
Michael Dell gives a talk at the Churchill Club in sillicon Valley. There, he puts down netbooks - although they are light, but do not have the power or screen of a notebook. He states that an experienced user will not get use out of the device.
Skype releases v. 5.0. Additions include Facebook and group video chatting.
JustSpotted (also known as Scoopler) was an application that lets mobile users publish the whereabouts of celebrities using Twitter's firehouse feature. They had a contract with Twitter, but since JustSpotted changed their business model, Twitter decided to cancel the contract, leaving the start-up without an engine.
Mozilla names Gary Kovacs the new CEO of Firefox
Apple launched the iPhone 4S
Google Announced plans to end Google Buzz
RIM service goes down for 3 days. A faulty router was to blame.
Yahoo! Mail adds SSL encryption to their service