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8-Track Tape History: The Portable Music Format's Rise ...

November 29, 2020

Today the 8-track tape is the ultimate in obsolete technology, but it was once a revolution in music. Music in your car, and not just any music -- you had th...

When Everyone Was An Audiophile: Remember Your First St...

June 5, 2020

Debbie Harry, lead singer of the new wave group Blondie, sits in front of some stereo equipment, circa 1977. (Photo by Lynn Goldsmith/Corbis/VCG via Getty Image...

Smell-O-Vision: Who Remembers It? History Of The April ...

April 1, 2020

Smell-O-Vision was a way to add smell to television -- so said the BBC in a 1965 April Fool's Day report. The broadcaster pranked television audiences in Eng...

RCA Manufactures The 1st Ever Color TV Set at 12.5 Inch...

March 25, 2020

Color television made its debut after the Federal Communications Commission accepted the RCA-developed "Compatible Color" System permitting colorcasting of prog...

1967: When Computer Science Was 'Women's Work' Because ...

September 12, 2019

A woman working on a Honeywell tape drive computer, circa 1969. (Photo by Underwood Archives/Getty Images) In the late 1960s, computers were hulking, unsexy m...

Spandex History: How It Became The Fabric Of Our '80s L...

February 21, 2019

Model Christie Brinkley in a pink spandex unitard and leg warmers, 1982. Source: Bettmann/Getty While we're all aware of the look of the wonder fabric known a...

How VHS Tapes Invented On-Demand Everything

February 17, 2019

August 30, 1983 -- models pose with VHS releases from Embassy Home Video Entertainment, touting a promotion via the UK's Sun newspaper. (Photo by Russell McPhedran/Fairfax Med...

Star Trek and Captain Kirk Inspired Mobile Phone Invent...

March 6, 2018

Star Trek...LOS ANGELES - DECEMBER 29: William Shatner as Captain James T. Kirk. Original Air Date: 29 December 1967. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)Star Tr...

Remember Pocket Transistor Radios?

December 29, 2017

12/15/1953-New York: Tiny, new transistors, which take the place of conventional tubes, mark a new step in the progress of experimental pocket-sized radios. (Getty Images) Amer...

The Dumb Phones We Had Before Smart Phones: Busy Signal...

December 13, 2017

Left: Joan Collins on the set of film 'Alfie Darling,' October 1974. (Photo by Kent Gavin/Mirrorpix/Getty Images) Right: A Nazi answers a very large old phone i...