Throwback Thursday

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SV Staff  |  Jan 26, 2017  |  0 comments
Thirty-three years ago, Apple’s now-famous “1984” TV commercial was broadcast during the third quarter of Super Bowl XVIII (the then Los Angeles Raiders pummeled the Washington Redskins 38-9), introducing in dramatic fashion a machine that would redefine home computing: The Macintosh.
SV Staff  |  Jan 19, 2017  |  0 comments
Forty-nine years ago this month, Ralph Baer applied for a patent on a TV game system he designed that would become the first-ever home video game console.
SV Staff  |  Jan 12, 2017  |  0 comments
CES, the mother of all consumer technology shows, ended on Sunday, marking its 50th anniversary with a record breaking turnout of 3,800 exhibitors, spanning 2.6 million square feet of space, and somewhere in the neighborhood of 175,000 attendees. By comparison, the first show, held in New York in 1967, had 200 exhibitors and attracted around 17,000 attendees.
SV Staff  |  Dec 22, 2016  |  2 comments
When the romantic comedy You’ve Got Mail opened in theaters 18 years ago this week, the Internet was crossing over into the mainstream—as evidenced by the movie’s title, borrowed from AOL’s iconic email notification “voice.”
SV Staff  |  Dec 15, 2016  |  0 comments
The Altec Lansing “Voice of the Theatre” speaker series has a storied past. Famous for its super high efficiency and lifelike sound—produced by a huge compression driver and 15-inch woofer mounted in a big, boxy enclosure—the speaker was adopted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as the industry standard for playback in movie theaters in the mid-1950s. The A7 model shown here went on to define an era of sound reproduction for movie theaters and beyond.
SV Staff  |  Dec 08, 2016  |  0 comments
A lot has changed in the past 15 years. Ultra-thin TVs that hang on the wall have replaced bulky tube and rear-projection TVs. DVD and CD players have become quaint relics of the early days of digital. The list goes on…
SV Staff  |  Dec 01, 2016  |  0 comments
You have to go back 117 years to find the origins of the jukebox. But that early machine (left) is nothing at all like the iconic Wurlitzer 1015 jukebox from 1946 (right) or the ’60’s-era Zodiak (middle).” The primitive contraption wasn’t even called a jukebox…
SV Staff  |  Nov 17, 2016  |  0 comments
Thirty-four years ago this week, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs asks McIntosh Labs for rights to use “Macintosh” as the brand name of a computer it was developing, a year after settling a trademark infringement suit brought by The Beatles’ holding company Apple Corps.
SV Staff  |  Nov 10, 2016  |  1 comments
Google introduced its Android mobile platform nine years ago this month, which set the stage for the 2008 launch of world’s first Android-based smartphone: T-Mobile’s G1 (also known as the HTC Dream).
SV Staff  |  Nov 03, 2016  |  1 comments
Long before the iPod and the Walkman there was a remarkable invention called the transistor radio.
SV Staff  |  Oct 27, 2016  |  0 comments
Twenty-six years ago this month, English computer programmer and obsessive movie fan Colin (Col) Needham launched the Internet Movie Database, now known as IMDb.
SV Staff  |  Oct 20, 2016  |  3 comments
Thirty-one years ago this week, 29-year-old entrepreneur David Cook opened the first Blockbuster video store in Dallas, Texas. An investment group later bought the company and parlayed it in to a national powerhouse that became synonymous with movie rentals—from VHS to DVD to Blu-ray.
SV Staff  |  Oct 13, 2016  |  0 comments
Whether or not you’re old to enough to have lived through the Sixties and Seventies, here’s a momentous occasion in the history of electronic entertainment that takes us back to 1980, the year Ronald Reagan was elected president: Pac-Man makes its debut in U.S. arcades and goes on to become not only the first mega-hit video game in history but an icon in pop culture.

SV Staff  |  Oct 06, 2016  |  0 comments
Sixty-six years ago this week AT&T Bell Laboratories researchers John Bardeen, Walter Brattain, and William Shockley were granted a U.S. Patent for a device that would become a fundamental building block of modern electronics for decades to come—the transistor.
SV Staff  |  Sep 29, 2016  |  7 comments
My how times have changed. Fifteen years ago in the September 2001 issue we reviewed Samsung’s Tantus 32-inch HDTV Monitor. It was the early days of high-def and, yes, those clunky vacuum tube TVs that dominated TV for half a century were still around.