Today in Tech History: July 29, 2008 Video
Today in Tech History: July 29, 2008 Video Transcript
Hi, I'm Molly Wood. It's July 29, 2008, and here's what happened today in technology history. On this date in 1958, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed into law the act that created the National Aeronautics and Space Administration or ... NASA. To the moon! Also today in 2005 astronomers announced the discovery of Eris, a celestial body even larger than Pluto that was briefly called the solar system's 10th planet. But its discovery prompted the International Astronomical Union to define the term "planet" for the first time ... and that's how Eris, Ceres, and Pluto ALL became "dwarf planets." Poor Pluto. On this date in 1982, Vladimir K. Zworykin died. He was an inventor who was instrumental in the development of television in the early thirties. Today also marks the passing, in 1984, of Fred Waring, host of the Fred Waring Show on CBS. He introduced the first electric blender to the public. And finally, on this date in 2001, German hacker Wau Holland died. He co-founded one of the oldest hacking clubs, the Chaos Computer Club, and often gave speeches to children in which he advocated ethical hacking. And that's all the Tech tidbits we've got for you today, come on back tomorrow for more tech trivia.
At CES 2008, we take a first look at the Hyper Jump from Wild Planet, a tech toy designed for the little ones, meant to increase coordination, math, and communication skills.
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The inventor of Tupperware is born.
The 404's Wilson Tang joins us today to discuss Microsoft's Build Conference currently taking place in Anaheim California. Stephen gives out his random temporary phone number on his new iPhone App called Ring Shuffle and receives around 40 calls within 20 minutes. Good times! Look for those voice mails on tomorrow's show. Also the Kepler Telescope has discovered 6 new Earth like planets giving us more options when we need to get off this rock. All that and more on today's Buzz Out Loud.
Everyone knows Wilson G. Tang is an Apple fanboy, but today we discover that there's an actual science behind blind dedication to certain brands. And it's not just tech, either- on today's podcast, we're exploring a brain synapse that causes a breach in rationality.
See the latest flight report for the Mars Exploration Rover project, featuring video from Rovers "Spirit" and "Opportunity" shot on the terrain of the Red Planet. Video courtesy of NASA.
NASA held a press conference on April 12 to discuss its plans for using its new spacecraft, called Kepler, to search for planets that may have extraterrestrial life. CNET News.com's Zamir Haider reports.
Flight controllers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory celebrate Curiosity, the Mars Science Laboratory rover, after it lands safely on the Red Planet at 10:32 p.m. PT Sunday.
At Apple WWDC 2008, Steve Jobs reveals the map of countries and carriers that will be getting the next-generation iPhone beginning July 11.
Chernobyl, space crashes, and plane crashes. It's a terrible day in tech history.