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Apple’s New iPhone 6: Why You Care

APPLE IPHONE 6: WHY YOU CARE This article is not about a holiday, but it is historical. In the run up to Apple’s press conference on Thursday, October 16th I’ve written 3 articles on the recent launch of the iPhone 6, the Apple Watch, and two new Ecosystems: Apple Pay and HealthKit. The first of…

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History of Facebook: The Social Network at 10

HISTORY OF FACEBOOK February 4 is the 10th birthday of the social networking site Facebook. What started back at Harvard — and initially only open to college students or those with email addresses that ended in .edu until September 2006 — Facebook is now the largest social network with over 1 billion people using it…

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History of Macintosh: a 30 Year Love Affair

HISTORY OF MACINTOSH The now famous Macintosh computer has just turned 30. When Apple President Steve Jobs launched this computer at the Flint Center on De Anza College campus on January 24, 1984 to the theme from Chariots of Fire he called it “insanely great!” The $1.5M “1984” Superbowl commercial filmed by Sir Ridley Scott…

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VMworld 2013 San Francisco: daily blog posts

VMWORLD 2013 SAN FRANCISCO I’ve been blogging from the 10th annual VMworld in San Francisco. I’ve been attending since 2008 and it’s one of the most exciting tech conferences. Check out my posts on my other blog Tech Trends. You can find them all here: http://techtrends.billpetro.com/tag/vmworld/ Bill Petro, your friendly neighborhood technologist www.billpetro.com

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History of User Interfaces: iPad at 3 Years

IPAD, 5TH GENERATION USER INTERFACE This week is the 3rd anniversary of Apple launching the original iPad. It’s currently on it’s 5th generation with the 128GB version, not counting the 1st generation iPad mini. Back then many pundits claimed it would never catch on. Instead, Apple has sold 140 million iPads, totalling $75 billion in…

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History of World IPv6 Launch Day: June 6, 2012

HISTORY OF WORLD IPV6 LAUNCH DAY What happens on June 6, 2012? The Internet Society is sponsoring World IPv6 Launch Day. On June 6, 2012 over fifty access networks and more than 2,500 websites — including Cisco, Google, YouTube, Facebook, and Yahoo — will turn on support for the long-anticipated upgrade to the Internet’s main…

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Future of Google+, Is it the Next Social Platform?

FUTURE OF GOOGLE+ Got Google+? Google+ has been online less than a month. When I first got on over two weeks ago, there were less than 2 million members, last weekend there were over 5 million, and as of this writing it has over 20 million members. And it is getting impressive media attention. Here…

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History of Social Media: From email to Facebook

HISTORY OF SOCIAL MEDIA There is so much in the news on Social Media — there is even a movie about The Social Network that got Golden Globe and Academy award nominations — that it seems useful to share an “infographic” from the OnlineSchools on the history of social media as it progressed from email…

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State of the Internet: Email

STATE OF THE INTERNET: EMAIL It is regularly being said that “Email is dead.” And while it’s true that Millennials often remain within the walled garden of Facebook or their mobile devices, email was the way most Boomers came to know messaging on the Internet. I say: “Email is dead, is dead.” Long live email.…

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