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The story behind the TI-84+ C discovery
« on: November 10, 2012, 09:53:07 am »
You probably didn't miss the big news : the discovery of a new TI-84 model : the TI-84 Plus C Silver Edition.

Indeed, this impressive new born is surprising everyone, since it was believed that a colored future actually belonged to the Nspire series (with the CX, released in 2011).

But do you know the real story behind this discovery, which actually began ... a month ago !?

This model started its public appearance in an unusual way... :
  • October 12th 2012 : someone called ''Ismael "seemathrun" Zamora'' posts a rather uncanny tweet : "@TICalculators can we see thecolor 84. please".

  • October 18th, 6 days later : the official TICalculators account answers his question : "Hi Ismael, Thanks for your interest in the TI-84 Plus C Silver Edition. The product is not available at this time. If you'd like to receive an email notification when more info is available, please visit http://bit.ly/RXeD1n " (in 2 separate tweets because of the 140 chars max). TI thus confirms (by mistake?) the existence of previously unknown model, with its full name, as well as a link to their official site, poitning to a page where you can register your email adress to get updates on the model's availability.

  • This reply-tweet apparently went unnoticed despite TICalculators' 3500+ followers. Only TICalc.org's account noticed the message and retweeted it, but then again, this retweet managed to remain unseen from the community.

  • November 8th, the "leak" : a member of the Cemetech community, 0rac343, creates a topic in which he says that his class (high school) is a pilot class chosen by TI to test a new model TI-84 which will be released in the "next spring" (2013) : The TI-84 Plus C Silver Edition, posting at the same time a photo of it, he took himself, probably without permission.

  • The largest TI community websites worldwidly relay the new and everybody starts wondering about technical and general features... (TI-Planet, Omnimaga...)

  • TI was contacted multiple times by several communities but apparently didn't reply (yet) as they don't want to comment on the leak.

  • Novembre 9th, TechPoweredMath writes an article about it, which got read and cited as source by much bigger tech news websites, mostly on Novembre 10th, like ArsTechnica, itself linked by NBCNews, Engadget...
Impressive, right ?

More info on tiplanet's wiki :  http://tiplanet.org/wiki/index.php?title=TI-84_Plus_C_Silver_Edition#D.C3.A9couverte_du_mod.C3.A8le

Source : http://tiplanet.org/forum/viewtopic.php?lang=en&p=132106#p132106
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Re: The story behind the TI-84+ C discovery
« Reply #1 on: November 10, 2012, 01:04:08 pm »
Nice! If I ever got my hand on it that could potentially get me back into programming for the z80
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Re: The story behind the TI-84+ C discovery
« Reply #2 on: November 10, 2012, 01:05:33 pm »
It's very interesting to see the way news like this trickles down and who gets the credit.
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Re: The story behind the TI-84+ C discovery
« Reply #3 on: November 10, 2012, 02:22:49 pm »
I can't believe that no one noticed that tweet!  How does that happen?
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Re: The story behind the TI-84+ C discovery
« Reply #4 on: November 10, 2012, 03:19:40 pm »
I think the problem is that many people are following too many people at once or they follow blogs that posts like 100 tweets a day. As a result, any tweet will go down the list in one single hour unless you check Twitter at 5 AM and the tweet is posted one hour before.

And yeah ralph it's kinda disappointing that on some sites Cemetech wasn't even listed as the source, when it's a member there who found about the calc (and even posted a pic). Thankfully Engadget and calc sites included them as source, though, but I guess not being cited can happen when multiple blogs relay each others.
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Re: The story behind the TI-84+ C discovery
« Reply #5 on: November 12, 2012, 06:04:59 am »
Well, Slashdot got the story on the home page, and since, Cemetech got quite a huge visits peak :P
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Re: The story behind the TI-84+ C discovery
« Reply #6 on: November 12, 2012, 03:28:35 pm »
Well, Slashdot got the story on the home page, and since, Cemetech got quite a huge visits peak :P
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Re: The story behind the TI-84+ C discovery
« Reply #7 on: November 12, 2012, 03:35:17 pm »
Lol funny. And yeah last afternoon it peaked around 2500 people (even more than when our PRIZM news got Slashdotted, but again our site was on crappy server and errored out every 3 click) O.O
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Re: The story behind the TI-84+ C discovery
« Reply #8 on: November 12, 2012, 03:47:12 pm »
Lol funny. And yeah last afternoon it peaked around 2500 people (even more than when our PRIZM news got Slashdotted, but again our site was on crappy server and errored out every 3 click) O.O
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Re: The story behind the TI-84+ C discovery
« Reply #9 on: November 12, 2012, 03:54:16 pm »
Lol funny. And yeah last afternoon it peaked around 2500 people (even more than when our PRIZM news got Slashdotted, but again our site was on crappy server and errored out every 3 click) O.O
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This one: http://ourl.ca/7355 (Omni peaked at 1870 users or so that evening)
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Re: The story behind the TI-84+ C discovery
« Reply #10 on: November 13, 2012, 03:19:23 am »
Hmm apparently, according to Mic on TI-BANK (who contacted TI-Cares), TI has no plans to release the calc in France... O.O
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Re: The story behind the TI-84+ C discovery
« Reply #11 on: November 13, 2012, 04:00:29 am »
It's not like either TI-doesn't-care, or that person's writings, are known for accurate and reliable information - but only time will tell, I guess.
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Re: The story behind the TI-84+ C discovery
« Reply #12 on: November 20, 2012, 05:41:09 am »
I've never seen job ad spam before. They must be really a really ****ty company to need to spam for positions. (The giveaway that it's spam is that no specific company is named in the post. Also, the descriptions are excessively generic and vague.)
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Re: The story behind the TI-84+ C discovery
« Reply #13 on: November 20, 2012, 06:11:09 am »
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Re: The story behind the TI-84+ C discovery
« Reply #14 on: November 20, 2012, 01:59:08 pm »
DJ_O, I don't have such information.

If it was allready decided, we would allready have newsed about this - and you should know TI-Planet is a reliable source.


And by the way, I never trust TI-Cares answers for such questions. They're most of the time either incomplete, either incorrect, either inappropriate (copy/paste), either inexistant.
I would never make a news based on what TI-Cares could answer.
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