Glass enters “more open beta”

For the first time, Google announces that the Glass Explorer program is open to anyone in the United States who wants to get the device, as long as it is in stock. Before this point, Explorers are chosen by Google or invited by other Explorers. The price is the same as it is for all […]

Partnership with Luxottica

Google announces a partnership with the Luxottica Group, which is the largest producer of sunglasses in the world and includes the brands Ray-Ban, Oakley, Vogue-Eyewear, Persol, Oliver Peoples, Alain Mikli and Arnette. The eyewear company’s shares rise more than 4% due to this news. Google hopes the partnership will lead to new, stylish frame designs […]

Google debunks top 10 myths

Google makes a Google+ post responding to the top 10 myths consumers have about Google Glass. It mainly centers around privacy concerns people have about the device, for instance, the fact that people believe it can constantly record its surroundings when in fact its battery life only allows recording for up to 45 minutes.

Why Quora joined Y Combinator

Quora Bubble

Many people thought it strange that Quora, the Q&A site that is sometimes touted as “the next Wikipedia” (it’s not) would join the internet startup accelerator Y Combinator, especially after receiving an $80 million financing led by Tiger Global in April 2014. That investment was “meant to spur its growth and protect its independence,” whatever that […]

Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES)

Nintendo launches the Super Nintendo (SNES), a sixteen bit system upgrade to its original Nintendo console. The Super Nintendo comes bundled with Super Mario World and costs $199. Nintendo eventually sells 49 million systems worldwide and thus broadcasts to the world: Now, you’re playing with power. Super Power.


Hanks produces the historical drama that follows the events following the Kennedy Assassination, Parkland. The plot follows the ordinary people put into extraordinary situations; the nurses and doctors at the Parkland Hospital, the cameraman who accidentally captured the shooting on a home video, and JFK’s security team.

Game Boy

Nintendo Gameboy

Nintendo releases its second handheld gaming device in Japan. On a screen displaying four shades of gray, gamers play titles like Tetris, a puzzle game that tests speed and ability to align rapidly falling rectangles into their correct spaces. Game Boy is the most successful video game system ever released. Since its introduction in 1989, Game […]

Performs at kids middle school

Collins returns to the stage for the first time in four years, performing In the Air Tonight and Land of Confusion with a band of middle school kids, at his son’s school concert in Miami. Collins ex-wife Mejjati tells the Miami Herald that Collins agreed to perform because his son asked him to. I was nervous […]

Resigns over offensive comments

Rap Genius co-founder Moghadam resigns after posting a series of annotations on the site’s copy of Roger’s 41-page manifesto. Moghadam comments include “beautifully written” and comments about Rodger’s sister: Elliot barely mentions his sister Georgia throughout the book! Towards the end, however, he tells us that they did not get along and becomes extremely angry when he hears her having sex […]

Nintendo Entertainment System (NES)

Nintendo launches its entertainment gaming system with seventeen games in the United States. Players can choose from Duck Hunt to Gyromite, and the system is compatible with a handheld Zapper light gun and a Robot to play select games. Nintendo’s first run in the U.S. lacks Super Mario Brothers and the company did not sell […]

Elliot Rodger born in London

Elliot Rodger is born in a London hospital to Peter Roger and Chin Lee. His father is a professional photographer, who becomes a film director. His paternal grandfather is George Rodger, a photojournalist who had taken famous WWII images. His mother was born in Malaysia, of Chinese descent. She moved to England when she was […]

Kindle Owners’ Lending Library


Amazon introduces a free lending library exclusive to Amazon Prime members. Members can choose from a select list of books to borrow for free, with no due dates (limited to one book per month). Bezos: Prime Members now have exclusive access to a huge library of books to read on any Kindle device at no […]

Mark Cuban born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Mark Cuban is born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Norton and Shirley Cuban. He grows up in the suburb of Mount Lebanon.  We were middle class, so we never suffered, we never went hungry, but we certainly were never frivolous either. I got yelled out if I left lights on or took too long in the shower. […]

Kindle Library Lending

Amazon announces Kindle Library Lending. Anyone with a library card can borrow Kindle books from their public library. Currently 11,000 libraries participate in the program: We’re excited that millions of Kindle customers will be able to borrow Kindle books from their local libraries …  Public library users can now select Kindle books as an option […]

May Day button

Amazon introduces the May Day button, a customer service video-chat feature available on the Kindle Fire HDX. Amazon hopes to reach a “15 seconds or less” Mayday response time goal. When there is a problem, users can call up tech advisor in a one-way video chat (they can’t see you). It’s free, and according to […]

Kindle MatchBook


Amazon launches Kindle MatchBook, a service that scans your previous book purchases and “matches” them with the Kindle versions. Not all books are available, but if matched, readers can pay $2.99 or less to get the digital version of a book they already own.

Kindle Paperwhite (Second Generation)


Calling it the sixth generation Kindle, Amazon announces the new Paperwhite — a faster e-reader than the original Paperwhite. Bezos: Kindle is the best-selling e-reader in the world for six years running. No one is investing on behalf of readers or pushing the boundaries of hardware, software and content for readers like this team: the new […]

Kindle Paperwhite


Amazon releases the Kindle Paperwhite. With a backlit display, capacitive touch technology, and more pixel real estate, users can read text either inside or outside without glare. WiFi only models are $119, Wi-Fi + 3G are $179. Bezos explains the new Kindle is: [what] we’ve always wanted to build — the technology didn’t exist to build […]

Kindle Fire HDX


Amazon introduces the third generation of its Kindle Fire tablets, in both 7″ and 8.9 inch versions. A 7″ models are $229 (Wi-Fi only) and $329 (Wi-Fi + 4G); 8.9″ are $379 (Wi-Fi only) and $479  (Wi-Fi + 4G). Bezos explains: It’s been just two years since we introduced the first Kindle Fire, and the team is innovating at an unbelievable speed ….We’ve worked hard to […]

Kindle Fire HD


Amazon introduces the second generation of Kindle Fire, its Android-powered color touchscreen tablet device. A 7″ device is $199, 8.9″ is $399, and the top line model with 4G wireless and 32 GB storage is $499. Along with the new Fire, the first generation stays on the shelf with a reduced price of $159. Asked about what makes the Fire […]

Fifth Generation Kindle


Amazon announces and releases the $69 fifth generation of its e-reader device. The newest Kindle is marginally different from previous versions and is released together with the Kindle Paperwhite. Amazon calls its latest generation Kindle: … the smallest, lightest and most affordable Kindle ever is now even better …

Try before you buy

Google starts a program where potential explorers have 10 days to try Glass frames and see which frame they prefer. The frames are on real Glass devices, but the USB ports are destroyed so they cannot be charged, thus making it impossible to steal the devices and sell them for profit: You told us you’re interested […]

Open to everyone for one day

For one day only, Google allows anyone in the United States to buy a Glass device. This is the first time Glass is open to the public. Before this point, everyone who gets Glass is chosen by Google or invited by a Glass Explorer. The price is $1,500 plus tax, but includes free frames (a […]

Google: Don’t be a Glasshole

Google releases a list of do’s and don’ts for using Glass politely. Google suggests using Glass to explore the world and interact with others, using screen locks, using the voice commands, and contributing to the Glass Explorer community. However, they advise against zoning out for long periods of time while staring at the screen, engaging […]

Buys Dallas Mavericks

Cuban purchases the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks for $285 million from Ross Perot Jr. I was at opening night with my then girlfriend, now my wife, the ’99-2000 season. It wasn’t a sellout, there was no energy in the building. It was then, literally not a day before, and I said, ‘You know what, I can do […]

Titanium Collection frames

Google creates the Titanium Collection, which are new frames for Glass that can accommodate prescriptions as well as allow users to customize Glass to fit their own personal style. The frames cost $225 at launch but may be covered partially by insurance if a prescription is needed.

Cuban, Stewart marry


Marries advertising saleswoman Tiffany Stewart in Barbados. The couple started dating after meeting at a gym.

Academy Award: Saving Private Ryan

Saving Private Ryan is nominated for ten Oscars and wins three, including Best Film Editing, Best Sound Editing, and a Best Director win for Steven Spielberg at the 71st Annual Academy Awards.

$25,000 fine for Twitter ref criticism

Cuban is  fined $25,000 for criticizing the referees on Twitter after a 103-101 loss to the Denver Nuggets. He complains that Denver’s J.R. Smith was not called for coming off the bench to taunt Antoine Wright after he missed a shot near the Nuggets bench.

MTV Movie Award for Philadelphia


Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington win the award for Best On-Screen Duo at the 1994 MTV Movie Awards for their partnership in Philadelphia. In the acceptence speech, Hanks promotes AIDS education.

Affair with Puff Daddy


Lopez has an affair with rapper Puff Daddy aka ‘Sean ‘Puffy’ Combs. Lopez is still married to Ojani Noa and Combs is in a relationship with pregnant girlfriend Kim Porter. The relationship is highly publicized. Lopez has a hard time adjusting to Puff Daddy’s hip hop world, though he considers them the power couple. It was the […]

Tony Awards for Lucky Guy

Lucky Guy is nominated for seven Tony Awards and wins two for Best Lighting Design of a Play and Best Featured Actor in a Play at the 67th Annual Tony Awards.

Kills emir, policemen

Borno State authorities say they suspect the group is behind today’s murder of a traditional emir.  The Emir of Gwoza, traveling with two other emirs to a attend a funeral, died when gunmen opened fire on his car in a rural community.  The other two emirs escaped, but two policemen were also killed.  Most of […]

Larry Bird born in West Baiden, Indiana

Larry Bird is born in West Baiden, Indiana to Joe and Georgia Bird and is the fourth of six children. Bird and his brothers would play every sport including baseball and softball, and did not settle on basketball as his primary sport until he was in high school. He began to practice day and night. I […]

Portuguese police start search

Portuguese officers search a stretch of empty ground near the center of the resort, close to where a man was seen carrying a sleeping girl in pink pajamas the night the three-year-old girl disappeared.  Several officers examine the area on foot and by car in preparation for the detailed search next week, when British police […]

Golden Globe for Cast Away

Hanks wins the award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture (Drama) at the 58th Annual Golden Globe Awards for his role in Cast Away.

Emmy Awards for John Adams

John Adams wins seven awards at the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Miniseries, Movie or Special and Outstanding Lead Actor and Actress in a Miniseries, Movie or Special, and

Lucky Guy


Hanks makes his Broadway debut in Lucky Guy, a play about tabloid journalism in 1985.

Golden Globes for John Adams

John Adams wins 4 awards at the 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards, including Best Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television, as well as Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television.

John Adams

Hanks executive produces the biographical drama miniseries, John Adams, which chronicles the life of the early president and the first 50 years of the United States.

Kobe Bryant born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Kobe Bryant is born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His father “Jellybean Joe” Bryant was a playground legend in Philly, and also played in the NBA and overseas. Kobe grows up eating, sleeping, and breathing basketball, and scored 2883 points in high school which shattered the Pennsylvania schoolboy record set four decades earlier by Wilt Chamberlain. He has two […]