Episode: Flashback 1: The Newton


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Flashback 1: The Newton

Today, Apple is well known for its mobile devices like the iPhone and iPad, but in the 1990s, the Macintosh-only company invented the Personal Digital Assistant. Its PDA was the Newton, a family of handwriting-based devices that promised mobile productivity. However, after five short years, the whole line was cancelled. This episode, Stephen and Quinn revisit the Newton and talk about what — and who — killed it.

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Links and Show Notes:

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Knowledge Navigator (1987) Apple Computer - YouTube
Graffiti (Palm OS) - Wikipedia
The Story Behind Apple's Newton - Gizmodo
Let Newton Assist You, Says Apple | The Seattle Times
Watch Apple reveal the Newton’s wonders—mobile faxing!—in 1993
Your World, Your Newton - '90s Apple Promo Video - YouTube
The Simpsons' 'Eat Up Martha' was the first autocorrect fail - CNET
The Simpsons - Eat Up Martha - YouTube
A Guide to the Apple Newton – 512 Pixels
My Great New Writing Machine: A Newton eMate 300 | Low End Mac
Today in Apple history: Newton spins off as its own company | Cult of Mac
Remembering the Apple Newton’s Prophetic Failure and Lasting Impact | WIRED
Newton May Rise Again | WIRED
An Oral History of Apple's Infinite Loop | WIRED
The Newtonians: Worldwide Cult Ditches iPhone for Apple's Distant Past | WIRED
Newton Year 2010 Problem
Getting Things Done
Grant Hutchinson’s Newton Web Server
Worldwide Newton Conference
Love Notes to Newton (Feature Documentary) – Moosefuel Media
An Interview with Noah Leon, the Creator Behind the ‘Love Notes to Newton’ Film Project – 512 Pixels
The Story Behind Apple’s Newton | Low End Mac
Remembering the Apple Newton’s Prophetic Failure and Lasting Impact | WIRED
Einstein: NewtonOS running on other operating systems - GitHub


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