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The 12 Most Influential Cell Phones | Gadget Lab | Wired.com | WIRED

Motorola engineer Martin Cooper made telecommunications history when he placed the first cellphone call 40 years ago. And who did he call, you ask? …

The cellphone turns 40 years old today

Mobile phones may not be anything too special these days, but 40 years ago today, the world’s first cellphone was just being born, and it was all the …

How the US oil, gas boom could shake up global order

Without fanfare, China passed the United States in December to become the world's leading importer of oil – the first time in nearly 40 years that the U.S. didn’t own that dubious distinction. That same month, North Dakota, Ohio and Pennsylvania together produced 1.5 million barrels of oil a day -- …

The Guest List For Radiohead's Show At Irving Plaza in 1997

On June 9, 1997, just a couple of weeks after Radiohead released <i>OK Computer</i>, they played at Irving Plaza in New York City. This was the guest …

The Next 10 Tech Markets That Will Be Worth $1 Billion Or More

And sometimes it takes years — like with the dumb phones that grew like mold from the mid-1990s through the late 2000s.<p>And now, for example, the prevalence of smart mobile devices has spurred the mobile app industry, an entirely new piece of infrastructure which supports thousands of companies and …

Dell Outlines The Death Of The PC

The era where the PC is dominant in IT is rapidly coming to a close as we move towards a future dominated by post-PC devices such as smartphones and tablets, and if your business is reliant on the PC to keep the dollars flowing in then you’d better start working on “Plan B.”<p>The message that the era …

When will Apple kill the iPod?

Apple wants to move all of your "content" to the iCloud, so the Touch is probably safe, but the rumors about the Classic's demise have been churning for years.<p>Physical music formats were so 20th century, so we put our music on computers. But even that was too much of a burden, so music is going up, …

SpaceX Dragon version 2 will look like an alien spaceship

Elon Musk discussed the design layout of SpaceX’s next version of the Dragon spacecraft and it’s definitely going to attract stares. The second …

The Ten Car Brands With The Worst Drivers

There are the kinds of drivers who make a u-turn on the highway and cut off half a dozen lanes of traffic to get to an exit. <i>Jalopnik</i> readers know …

Top Gear

The Brand New Range Rover Sport Is A Lightweight Powerhouse

Unveiled just before the 2013 New York Auto Show, the 2014 Range Rover Sport improves upon the previous model's formula with quicker acceleration, lighter weight, and greater agility.<p>How much lighter is the new Range Rover Sport? Try 800 pounds lighter. That's like kicking four 200-pound …

Chrysler: From Bankrupt To A $6 Billion Company

Chrysler was close to liquidation in 2009 when the U.S. government guided it through bankruptcy and turned it over to Fiat. Now, Fiat is aiming to purchase the chunk of Chrysler it doesn’t already own. And, the value Chrysler may be worth would have been unthinkable a few short years ago.<p>Fiat …

How Samsung Became Such a Formidable Competitor

Samsung dominates certain markets – like AMOLED displays, TV and some areas of smartphones. How come?<p>One of its great successes has been the AMOLED display that we see in Samsung and Nokia Lumia phones.<p>Samsung has 99% of the global AMOLED display market, and 40% of the OLED market. More important, …

Kodak Instamatic camera turns 50

The revolutionary camera that made photography a snap was introduced in March 1963.<p>ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Eastman Kodak Co.'s revolutionary Instamatic camera, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this month, is defined by its name: easy to use, simply and smartly designed and ready for the fleeting …

Top 7 products that should still exist

Despite glowing reviews from the press and public alike, sometimes a good product goes to end-of-life or just fails. Here are seven products that we wish were still around.<p>Last week, Panasonic announced that it was considering cutting its plasma production after next year; this is especially …