Friday, June 13, 2014

This Day In Tech History: June 13, 2014

June 13, 1993:  Microsoft and Time-Warner Release Interactive TV

In 1993, Microsoft teamed up with Tele-communications and Time Warner to begin the innovative “Interactive TV”.

Consumers were able to purchase products right through the set during a show.

iTV would give users a Digital Set Top Box so the users could use and browse, then go back and continue to watch the video.

The iTV connected to a telephone to let you know who is calling and also allowed you to receive a SMS.

This has greatly influenced pop-culture.  The software allows consumers to bank, shop and surf the web.
Also, this day in history:

  • Pioneer space probe crossed Neptune in 1983
  • Series of Brazilian websites were hacked by Analysta in 2000
  • 2.4.21 of LINUX kernel was released in 2003
  • Microsoft ceased development of IE or the Macintosh in 2003
  • IE for MAC shut down in 2003
  • Fedora Core 4 was released 2005
  • Music piracy had been contained from file sharing in 2006
  • Vincent Farrari tried to cancel his AOL account, but the agent refused to in 2006.
  • Jeffrey Goodin is the first to be sentenced 70 months in jail because of the CAN-SPAM act.  He was posing as an AOL billing agent.

We are again making history today with the “Super Moon” or the “Honey Moon”.  It is the only full moon at its closest to the earth on a Friday 13th until 2049.  We haven’t seen a moon like this in over 100 yrs.

The moon will look larger in the sky, sitting low on the horizon with a honey hue to it.

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Powers, Jeffrey
June 13, 2014: Honey Moon, 1993: Interactive Television from Microsoft
Published: June 13, 2014

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