Feb. 25, 1837: Davenport Electric Motor Gets Plugged In | This Day In Tech | Wired.com

1837: The U.S. Patent Office approves Thomas Davenport’s application for a patent on an “Improvement in Propelling Machinery by Magnetism and Electro-Magnetism.” We’d call it an electric motor. Davenport was a Vermont blacksmith and an amateur tinkerer, not a trained scientist or engineer. When he heard about a machine that used an electromagnet to separate […]

Feb. 25, 1837: Davenport Electric Motor Gets Plugged In | This Day In Tech | Wired.com

Scribd Pushes Content to Smartphones, E-Readers | Epicenter | Wired.com

While magazine, newspaper and book publishers wrestle with the logistics and technical details of publishing to the Apple iPad, Scribd has an alternative: a “send-to-device” feature that lets people send documents to their e-readers or smartphones for reading on the go. The new feature, reported in the Wall Street Journal two weeks ago and confirmed […]

Scribd Pushes Content to Smartphones, E-Readers | Epicenter | Wired.com

Lightweight Boots Shore Your Feet Up, Never Weigh Them Down

Review: Kayland Zephyr Hiking Boots Hikers usually have to choose between boots that are lightweight and boots that are protective and supportive. Kayland’s Zephyrs override that dilemma with a polyurethane exoskeleton that gives the boots leatherlike rigidity, while keeping them lightweight (about 2.5 pounds for the pair) and relatively breathable. This exoskeleton is a black […]

Lightweight Boots Shore Your Feet Up, Never Weigh Them Down

In the Future, One CF Card Will Hold 200 Years’ Worth of Porn | Gadget Lab | Wired.com

Someday, you’ll be able to fit as much data in a small, square CompactFlash card as AT&T carries on its entire network in a week. In theory at least, version 5 of the CompactFlash standard will allow CF cards to hold 188 petabytes of data. By comparison, that’s equivalent to 188,000 one-terabyte drives, sufficient capacity […]

In the Future, One CF Card Will Hold 200 Years’ Worth of Porn | Gadget Lab | Wired.com

Siri Launches Voice-Powered iPhone ‘Assistant’ | Gadget Lab | Wired.com

A new app invites you to command your iPhone in the same way that Captain Kirk addressed the Enterprise’s computer. Siri’s visual interface displays a transcription of what you say, then hands the data off to an appropriate web service or search engine. Siri, an artificial intelligence-based voice-recognition startup, launched an iPhone app incorporating its […]

Siri Launches Voice-Powered iPhone ‘Assistant’ | Gadget Lab | Wired.com