Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 5th Jan 2014 20:19 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

I came across a website whose purpose was to provide a super detailed list of every handheld computing environment going back to the early 1970's. It did a great job except for one glaring omission: the first mobile platform that I helped develop. The company was called Danger, the platform was called hiptop, and what follows is an account of our early days, and a list of some of the "modern" technologies we shipped years before you could buy an iOS or Android device.

Written by one of Danger's first employees, Chris DeSalvo. Amazing detailed look at some of the revolutionary things Danger did - years before iOS and Android.

It should come as no surprise that I loved this article. I hate how everything is framed as "iOS/Android invented this" - while in fact, both of those platforms rely very, very, very heavily on those that came before, such as PalmOS and Danger.

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"Always On" = Genius
by tupp on Sun 5th Jan 2014 23:11 UTC
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From the article:

We called the device hiptop [snip]. It was the first always-on, internet-connected smartphone.

Which means that other smart phones already existed that could connect to the Internet, but due to the noted condition that this device defaulted to "always-on," the author and his fellow ex-Apple buddies were geniuses.

Why do Apple people (and ex-Apple people) always have to rely on adding trivial/arbitrary conditions to argue the distinctiveness of a device?

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