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This Week in Tech History: Birth of two Tech Giants

On this edition of "This Week in Tech History", Chris tells us of the birth of two companies that have gone on to dominate the computer market. He also reminds us of the launch of one of the most popular e-mail services in history.

This week in 1960 – The first U.S. weather satellite was launched. “TIROS I” was put into orbit. The TIROS-1 satellite transmitted the first television picture from space and meteorologists saw the first pictures of a midlatitude cyclone over the northeastern United States.

1975 – Microsoft was founded as a partnership between Bill Gates and Paul Allen in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

One year later, in 1976 – Apple is formed by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne in Cupertino, California.

1981 – The Osborne 1, the first successful portable computer, was unveiled at the West Coast Computer Faire in San Francisco.

2004 – Google announced a new service to the public. A project that up until then was known by the code name, Caribou. The project’s real name was Gmail, and it quickly became one of the most popular e-mail services around.

And this week in 2010 – Apple Inc. released the first generation iPad, which quickly became to most popular tablet computer.

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Written by Chris Graveline

Chris has covered consumer technology for over 20 years. He is the host of This Week in Tech History as well as a regular co-host on "Into Tomorrow with Dave Graveline" and our Technical Director.

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