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This Week in Tech History: HD DVD Concedes Defeat

The phonograph is born, 3-D thrives and HD DVD dies… It all happened This Week in Tech History.

This week in 1878 – Famed inventor Thomas Edison, patented a music player at his laboratory in Menlo Park, NJ. (This music device is the one we know as the phonograph.)


1946 – ENIAC, the first electronic general-purpose computer, was formally dedicated at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.


1953 – The new fad in America was 3-D, as demonstrated in the movie, “Bwana Devil”. The 3-D feature opened at Loew’s State Theatre in New York City.


1978 – The first computer bulletin board system was created in Chicago, for the purpose of allowing computer hobbyists to exchange information between each other.


2008 – Toshiba Corporation said it was giving up on its HD DVD format for high-definition video, conceding defeat to the competing Blu-Ray technology backed by Sony Corp.

Written by Chris Graveline

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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