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Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday: Kyocera 6035, Verizon’s first smartphone

June 23rd, 2011

Just last week we brought you our interview with Marni Walden, Verizon’s CMO, who discussed the carrier’s iPhone, Android phones and BlackBerry devices, and that got us thinking: what was Verizon’s first smartphone? We reached out and confirmed for this week’s Throwback Thursday that it was indeed the Palm OS-powered Kyocera 6035, which made its …

Throwback Thursday: Double Dragon

March 10th, 2011

For this week’s installation of Throwback Thursday, we’re going to journey back to the year 1987. A time when the Iran-Contra Affair was front page news, the term “Black Monday” was coined, and Double Dragon was the most popular game in your local arcade. Developed by Technos Japan, Double Dragon tells the tale of two …

Throwback Thursday: The Nintendo Light Boy

February 10th, 2011

Before the days of the backlit LCD-display, portable gaming — like reading — required a certain amount of ambient light. Sure, that original Game Boy was great — and you were a wiz at Tetris and Mario Bros. — but you needed an assist from your trusty floor-lamp… that was, before the Light Boy. The …

Throwback Thursday: T-Mobile G1/HTC Dream

January 6th, 2011

We’re not going to travel too far back in time for this week’s installation of Throwback Thursday, but we think our selection is very appropriate. With this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in full gear, we’re seeing an unfathomable number of Android phones and tablets announced by dozens of electronics manufacturers. So here at BGR, we …

Throwback Thursday: Motorola v60

December 23rd, 2010

When the Motorola v60 came out, it was simply the hottest handset to have. Launched in the early part of 2002, the phone was packed with internal and external features — new Motorola UI, voice activated dialing, anodized aluminum case, and carbon fiber inserts. It first launched on Verizon and Alltel in the U.S. and …

Throwback Thursday: Nintendo Virtual Boy

October 21st, 2010

Ah, Nintendo’s Virtual Boy. What seemed like a push forward in the gaming world at first glace unfortunately never really took off. The Virtual Boy used a pair of monochromatic linear arrays and an oscillating mirror that would vibrate back and forth to create the entire image which would then be seen in 3D. It …

Throwback Thursday: The Polaroid Camera

September 16th, 2010

If you were born in the 1980’s then there is no doubt you know all about the “Polaroid” camera. If you were born after 1990, you probably still know about the device thanks to a popular OutKast song (don’t fight it, just sing: shake it, shake it like a Polaroid piiiiiiiiicture). The Polaroid camera was …

Throwback Thursday: Motorola ROKR E1

September 2nd, 2010

Way back in September of 2005 — over one year before the launch of the iPhone — Apple and Motorola were jointly pimping a handset called the ROKR E1 (pronounced “rocker”). The ROKR was a candy-bar-style device that had the dubious honor of being the first cell phone with the ability to natively integrate with Apple’s …

Throwback Thursday: MiniDiscs

August 19th, 2010

For this week’s Throwback Thursday, we’re going to dive into the audio realm with the technology that was MiniDiscs. Remember back when exercising with a portable CD player was out of the question? First, you had to have the stamina to carry the hefty device around while shaking your bon-bon (click on link to get Ricky-rolled). Second, …

Throwback Thursday: NES Zapper

August 5th, 2010

Ah yes, the NES Zapper. Your weapon of choice for eradicating ducks, clay discs, criminals, cowboys, and just boring old targets. The NES Zapper made is North American debut in October of 1985 when it was bundled with the Nintendo Entertainment System and a now infamous game, Duck Hunt. The technology behind the Zapper is painfully simple, although I remember it …