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AT&T History and Trivia

AT&T History and Trivia

AT&T History and Trivia is a Brand History and Trivia Page just like DellAdobeZippo and AOL.




The Blue Striped Marble


AT&T Inc.  is the largest provider of fixed telephony in the United States, and also provides broadband and subscription television services. It is also the largest provider of mobile telephony service in the United States.

Headquarters: Whitacre Tower, Downtown, Dallas, Texas, USA.

Chairman and CEO: Randall L. Stephenson

NYSE Ticker: T

AT and T History:

Southwestern Bell Corporation was officially transferred full ownership January 1, 1984. They had three subsidiaries: Southwestern Bell Publications, Southwestern Bell Mobile Systems and Southwestern Bell Telecommunications.

AT and T History and Trivia:

*The company was originally known as Southwestern Bell Corporation.

* Southwestern Bell Corporation was founded in 1983 as a Regional Bell Operating Company following the break-up of the original AT&T. The company changed its name in 1995 to SBC Communications Inc. and again in 2005 to AT&T Inc. after it purchased its former parent company, AT and T Corporation.

* The newly merged company took on the iconic AT&T logo and T stock-trading symbol (for “telephone”).

*On December 20, 2010, AT&T and Qualcomm announced that AT and T would buy $1.93 billion worth of spectrum from Qualcomm. Formerly used for FLO TV, this spectrum will be used to expand AT&T’s 4G wireless services.

*On March 20, 2011, AT&T announced its intention to buy T-Mobile USA for $39 billion from Deutsche Telekom. The deal comes with 33.7 million subscribers, making AT and T the largest mobile phone company in the United States.

* AT&T sponsors the world famous annual Red River Rivalry football game.

AT and T History of logos is shown below.

AT and T History Logo Timeline

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Apple History and Trivia

APPLE History and Trivia

Silver Apple


Apple, Inc. is an American multinational corporation that designs and markets consumer electronics, computer software, and personal computers.





Apple History-Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne.


Founders: Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne.

Slogan/Tagline: Apple uses the slogan Think Different in advertising campaigns.


Headquarters: 1 Infinite Loop, California, USA.


Apple History: 

Established on April 1, 1976 in Cupertino, California, and incorporated January 3, 1977, the company was previously named Apple Computer, Inc., for its first 30 years, but removed the word “Computer” on January 9, 2007, to reflect the company’s ongoing expansion into the consumer electronics market in addition to its traditional focus on personal computers.




*APPLE’s LISA released in 1983 became the first personal computer sold to the public with a GUI. The Newton was Apple’s first foray into the PDA markets, as well as one of the first in the industry.


*In 1985, a power struggle developed between Jobs and CEO John Sculley, who had been hired two years prior. At a board meeting Apple’s board of directors sided with Sculley and removed Jobs from his managerial duties. Jobs resigned from Apple and founded NeXT Inc. the same year.


*In 1994, Apple allied with IBM and Motorola to form the AIM alliance.


*The company’s best-known hardware products include the Macintosh line of computers, the iPod, the iPhone and the iPad. Its latest product is the iPad 2.


*This Apple History of  products is  a huge list of all stand-alone Apple II, Macintosh, and other computers, as well as computer peripherals, expansion cards, software, ancillary products, and consumer electronics sold by Apple Inc.


*Apple software includes the Mac OS X operating system; the iTunes media browser; the iLife suite of multimedia and creativity software; the iWork suite of productivity software


Apple History Logo:

The Apple History Logo is as shown below:

Apple History Logo Evolution










The logo is often erroneously referred to as a tribute to Alan Turing, with the bite mark a reference to his method of suicide. Both the designer of the logo –Rob Janoff and the company deny that there is any homage to Turing in the design of the logo.

The parody for the iPhone’s antenna problem:

Apple History iPhone Parody










Apple History and Trivia is a Brand History and Trivia Page just like AT&T, AdobeDell and AOL.

AOL History and Trivia

AOL History

– AOL Inc. (America Online) is an American global Internet services and media company.


Blue Monster

AOL Blue Monster Logo

NYSE Ticker: AOL


AOL began as a short-lived venture called Control Video Corporation (or CVC), founded by Bill von Meister.

Its sole product was an online service called GameLine for the Atari 2600 video game console after von Meister’s idea of buying music on demand was rejected by Warner Brothers. GameLine permitted subscribers to temporarily download games and keep track of high scores, at a cost of $1 per game. The telephone disconnected and the downloaded game would remain in GameLine’s Master Module and playable until the user turned off the console or downloaded another game.

The original technical team was composed of Marc Seriff, Tom Ralston, Ken Huntsman, Janet Hunter, Dave Brown, Steve Trus, Ray Heinrich, Craig Dykstra, and Doug Coward.

With regional branches around the world, it was the former American “goliath among Internet service providers”.

AOL History: Company Name ->Control Video Corporation>>Quantum Computer Services, Inc.>>America Online.


*In September 1993, AOL added USENET access to its features. This is commonly referred to as the “Eternal September”.

* When AOL decreased their service prices, connections would be flooded with users trying to get on, and many canceled their accounts due to constant busy signals .This was often joked “AOL” standing for “Always Off-Line”

*In 2001, when AOL had merged with Time Warner, it was called AOL Time Warner, Inc.

*On May 28, 2009, Time Warner announced that it would spin off AOL into a separate public company. The spinoff occurred on December 9, 2009, ending the eight year relationship between the two companies.

*TechCrunch and Huffington Post are its recent acquisitions.

* AOL presently has no fixed number of official logos.

* AOL had acquired Bebo.com – a social networking site in 2008 , which they later sold to Criterion Capital Partners in 2010

*AOL History of logos is shown below.

AOL History

AOL History Logo Evolution

*Its popular recruitment ad is shown below:


Work for AOL now.

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AMD History and Trivia

AMD History and Trivia


 Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD) is an American multinational semiconductor company based in Sunnyvale, California, that develops computer processors and related technologies for commercial and consumer markets. It is a semiconductor design innovator leading the next era of vivid digital experiences with its ground-breaking Advanced Micro Devices Fusion Accelerated Processing Units (APUs). Their graphics and computing technologies power a variety of solutions including PCs, game consoles and the servers that drive the Internet and businesses.

NYSE Ticker: AMD

TAGLINE: AMD. Smarter Choice.

HEADQUARTERS: One AMD Place, Sunnyvale, California, USA.


Advanced Micro Devices was founded on May 1, 1969, by a group of former executives from Fairchild Semiconductor, including Jerry Sanders III, Ed Turney, John Carey, Sven Simonsen, Jack Gifford and three members from Gifford’s team, Frank Botte, Jim Giles, and Larry Stenger.

AMD History

AMD History and Founders


*Advanced Micro Devices is the second-largest global supplier of microprocessors based on the x86 architecture and also one of the largest supplier of graphics processing units.

*Advanced Micro Devices’ first in-house x86 processor was the K5 which was launched in 1996. The “K” was a reference to Kryptonite, which from comic book lore, was the only substance (radioactive pieces of his home planet) which could harm Superman, a clear reference to Intel, which dominated in the market at the time, as “Superman”.

*After the merger between AMD and ATI, an initiative codenamed Fusion was announced that will merge a CPU and GPU on some of their entry level chips.

*Chess Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand is the current brand ambassador for Advanced Micro Devices.

*50×15, digital inclusion, with targeted 50% of world population to be connected through Internet via affordable computers by the year of 2015.

*AMD History of main line of processors include: K series, Athlon/64, Opteron, Phenom, Duron, Sempron, Fusion, Bobcat and Bulldozer.

*The AMD History of codenames for it’s processors include SledgeHammer, Barcelona, Shanghai, Istanbul, Magny-Cours, Lisbon, Venus, Troy, Athens, Denmark, Italy, Egypt, Santa Ana, Santa Rosa, Budapest and Suzuka.

AMD History is a descriptive article pertaining to technology brands such as Dell and Adobe.