June 2015

The forgotten story of the iphone released in 1998

  |   Allegis News

by Brian McCullough – internethistorypodcast.com – June 21,2015

Remember this?

So, three things: a widescreen iPod with touch controls; a revolutionary mobile phone; and a breakthrough Internet communications device. An iPod, a phone, and an Internet communicator. An iPod, a phone— are you getting it? These are not three separate devices. This is one device, and we are calling it iPhone. Today, Apple is going to reinvent the phone.

– Steve Jobs, January 9, 2007

It turns out that almost exactly 9 years before Steve Jobs spoke those words and introduced the world to the iPhone, there was another 3-in-1 device that was introduced to the world, and it just so happened that that device was also known as an iPhone. But the company that brought the “first” iPhone to market, all the way back in 1998, was called InfoGear, not Apple.

Here’s the story…

The iPhone that came before Apple’s iPhone

In the late 1990s, there was a fad for devices called “Internet appliances.” The idea was to have smaller, purpose-designed devices that would allow users to jump on the web and do web things without having to whip out a laptop or a PC. Remember, this was back in the day when laptops could still be 10 pound affairs.

So, the industry envisioned smaller devices that you could put on your desk, in your kitchen, maybe on your wall, that would allow you to check your email, browse the web, as a quick and easy, in-and-out affair.

A skunkworks project for just such an “appliance” was started in 1995, inside, of all places, National Semiconductor. Three engineers, Chaim Bendelac, Yuval Shahar and Reuven Marko were given company funds to explore the possibilities for a product that would be part internet, part telephone. They called their brainstorm “Project Mercury.”

At around the same time, a venture capitalist by the name of Robert Ackerman, was consulting with National Semiconductor. Toward the end of a routine meeting, Ackerman’s hosts offered to show him around the engineering lab. It was there that Ackerman would first see …

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eFileCabinet Review: Best Mobile Document Management

  |   Portfolio News

By Chad Brooks, Business News Daily Senior Writer June 3, 2015 02:04 pm EDT

 

After much research and analysis of document management systems, we recommend eFileCabinet Online as the best document management system for businesses with a remote workforce. Ready to choose a document management system? Here’s a breakdown of our complete coverage:

Document Management System Buyer’s Guide

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REVIEW: Best for Small Businesses

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Why eFileCabinet Online?

Remote Access
eFileCabinet Online can be used from any location. Unlike on-premises systems that that need to be specially configured to be accessed from outside the office, this cloud-based solution is easily tapped into from any computer with an Internet connection. This gives your employees full access to the system, whether they’re working in your office, from home or any other remote location.

What’s nice is that eFileCabinet Online allows employees to have access to the entire system, not just pieces of it. While some of the other systems we analyzed offered remote access, not all of them provided full functionality from outside the office. This system works exactly the same regardless of where you’re working.

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