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This Week in Tech History: First Electric Razor & Improvement to Radio

On this edition of "This Week in Tech History", Chris brings us the invention of the first practical electric razor as well as an improvement in the way people listened to the radio.

listening-to-radio-with-headphonesThis week in 1923 – A great improvement in radio receivers was advertised. The new models had a concealed speaker and eliminated the need for headphones, which were considered a nuisance because they were heavy to wear and messed up hairdos. The new radios were also said to have a ‘foolproof’ design.

1931 – Schick, Inc., the razor company, displayed the first practical electric shaver. The new razors sold for $25, which is about $360 today and they sold about 3,000 in the2140786_orig first year. By 1937, 1.5 million razors were in users’ hands.

1985 – The first Internet domain name,, was registered for free. By 1995, domain names were no longer free to register and the company Network Solutions managed the registration process. Domain registration prices were $100 for two years of registration per domain name. By 2014, most .com domain name registration prices were about $10-$15 annually.

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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