Orange Coast At 45 | Tech

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This magazine has gone by many names in its four and a half decades: Nieuport, Newport Life, and Orange County Newport Life, as well as Orange Coast. Since 1974, we’ve shared the stories of our county—from the Angels winning their first divisional championship to how to navigate dining at a “frightening” sushi bar. You won’t be surprised to see how far technology has come, but there are many other tidbits that might enlighten or even shock you. Reminisce with us as we review some of the highlights and lowlights from the past 45 years.

Here’s how technology has changed over the years:

1974
For a few cents a day, cable TV could offer you options that included 20 channels, FM radio, and stock market reports.

1980
AKAI Activideo, a machine that recorded shows, weighed 15 pounds—which was considered small and lightweight.

1982
This year’s holiday season was considered “the personal computer Christmas.”

1987
Computer owners were frustrated with how easily accessories like floppy disks could be compromised.

1996
A company at Irvine Spectrum would take your photo against a “state-of-the-art” blue screen and put you into a scene—all while you watch!

2001
Cameras such as the Samsung Evoca 170SE ($319.95) were able to reduce red eye, an issue that plagued the early aughts.

2008
The Beocenter2 not only played DVDs and CDs, it was also an MP3 player and radio tuner and retailed for $4,900.

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