On this day in 1886, Karl Benz applied for a patent for his “vehicle powered by a gas engine.” The patent – number 37435 – is regarded by some to be the origin of the gas powered automobile. Later that year, in July, newspapers reported on the first public excursion of the three-wheeled Benz Patent Motor Car, model no. 1.
In 1919, scorching hot molasses flooded Boston, killing 21 people and injuring 150. A large molasses storage tanker burst in the North End neighborhood of Boston. In 1976, NASA launched the Helios probe on a journey that would take it a relatively short distance to the Sun.
The House Tuesday voted in favor of legislation that if passed by the Senate would limit the power of nearly all regulatory agencies, including the FCC. The White House said the President would ultimately veto the bill if it makes it through the Senate.
In 1920, an unsigned New York Times editorial, titled “A Severe Strain on Credulity,” falsely claimed that a lack of air would provide the rocket with nothing to react against, thus making acceleration impossible. In 1993, NASA's Endeavor was sent into space on her third mission.
On this day in history, 1904, Henry Ford set the land-speed record driving 91.37 mpg on the frozen Lake St. Clair in Michigan, racing one mile in 39.4 seconds. In 2005, the Deep Impact spacecraft was launched aboard a Boeing Delta II rocket from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
On this day in history, 2007, Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone. In November of the same year, Time magazine named the phone its invention of the year. In 1968, the Surveyor 7, the fifth and final spacecraft of the Surveyor series, the Surveyor 7, landed on the moon.
On this day in history, 1953, President Harry S. Truman announced in his final State of the Union address that the United States had developed a hydrogen bomb. About three years prior on January 31, 1950, President Truman publically stated that he had requested the Atomic Energy Commission to begin the development of the hydrogen bomb.
On this day in history, 1838, Samuel Morse demonstrated his telegraph system at the Speedwell Iron Works in Morristown, New Jersey for the first time. The device used electric impulses to transmit encoded messages through a wire. In 1998, the Lunar Prospector launched from the Kennedy Space Center.
In 1972, Nixon signed a bill authorizing $5.5 million in funding to develop a more cost-efficient space shuttle that could be reused on multiple missions. In 1933, construction started on the Golden Gate Bridge. With a 4,200 foot long suspension span, the bridge was the world’s longest suspension bridge at the time, until 1964.
IoT Special Report: The first experience many communications service providers have with the Internet of Things (IoT) is in home monitoring and automation services, but it’s the business market, not the residential market, that represents some of the biggest opportunities.
IoT Special Report: The Internet of Things (IoT) is going to be in sore need of management. Cycle30 specializes in back office systems that service providers can deploy to manage any connected device – mobile handsets, sensors, anything, and then manage how to make money from the systems.
IoT Special Report: The IoT worldwide market could be worth as much as $19 trillion over the next decade. If cable operators want a slice, they are going to have to prepared to process vast amounts of data in real time, and they'll have to help consumers comprehend the value of having everything connected.
Now that the NPRM has been published, we can see the legal and policy problems that it will face. There are many. If OVDs are determined by the FCC to qualify as MVPDs, then it might give them certain program access rights. But MVPDs also face certain obligations. Will these same obligations apply to OVDs?
On this day in history 1972, the final three astronauts to travel to the moon arrived back to Earth, successfully completing the Apollo 17 mission. Astronauts Eugene A. Cernan and Harrison H. Schmitt stayed on the surface of the moon for a record 75 hours.
To give you a feel for what that connectivity brings, here's a closer look at a few "smart" products for the home. There are plenty more if you look around. As I tried these out, I kept thinking to myself whether these products really needed that connectivity. You'll need to decide whether the benefits are worth the higher prices.