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Google said to be in talks to invest in SpaceX at $10B valuation

Posted in Hardware on 20th Jan, 2015 02:49 PM
by AlexMuller
SpaceX has gone where most startups never have: to space. And it looks like Google may well want in on the excitement.

Google Briefly Tops Exxon as 2nd-Most Valuable U.S. Firm

Posted in Business on 9th Feb, 2014 11:05 PM
by AlexMuller
Google briefly surpassed Exxon Mobil as the second-most valuable company, trailing only Apple, and underscoring the growing role of technology in the economy.

Google: Now a master of Washington influence

Posted in Business on 13th Apr, 2014 11:41 PM
by AlexMuller
The rise of Google as a top-tier Washington player fully captures the arc of change in the influence business.

Apple has all the ingredients to cook up a massive mobile payment system

Posted in Software on 19th Apr, 2014 01:10 AM
by AlexMuller
Apple may be gearing up to build its own proprietary mobile payment system.

America's Middle Class is no longer the Richest in the World

Posted in Business on 23rd Apr, 2014 01:04 AM
by AlexMuller
The richest middle class is now in Canada.

Apple announces share buyback as earnings rise

Posted in Business on 24th Apr, 2014 01:27 AM
by AlexMuller
Technology giant Apple reported profits of $10.2bn (£6.1bn) after selling 43.7 million iPhones during the three-month period ending 29 March.

Tech giants settle no-poaching court case

Posted in Online on 27th Apr, 2014 04:24 AM
by AlexMuller
Four of the biggest technology firms - Apple, Google, Intel and Adobe - have settled a class action case alleging they conspired to hold down salaries.

Intergalactic Entrepreneurs Prepare for Blast-Off

Posted in Science on 16th May, 2014 08:25 PM
by AlexMuller
A unique gathering of 13 companies showcases a coming year of launches.

Apple dethroned by Google as world's most valuable brand

Posted in Business on 21st May, 2014 07:08 PM
by AlexMuller
Apple's brand value fell by 20 percent, according to a survey by Millward Brown research company.

How Google plans to make free Wi-Fi available wherever you go

Posted in Online on 22nd May, 2014 07:07 PM
by AlexMuller
Among the "millions" of businesses that Google is targeting for this new program are "restaurants, doctors’ offices and gyms".

The Robots Are Coming, And They Are Replacing Warehouse Workers And Fast Food Employees

Posted in Hardware on 26th May, 2014 12:33 AM
by AlexMuller
What in the world are we going to do when robots start taking millions upon millions more of our jobs?

Google reportedly plans to spend $1B on Internet satellites

Posted in Online on 3rd Jun, 2014 12:16 AM
by AlexMuller
The Web giant plans to deploy 180 small satellites that would provide Internet access to underserved regions of the globe.

Apple earnings beat estimates thanks to 35M iPhones sold

Posted in Business on 23rd Jul, 2014 01:57 AM
by AlexMuller
Although Apple missed revenue estimates, the company’s says its stronger than expected earnings per share is the result of solid iPhone sales.

PlanetTech News interviews RE.WORK Conference founder Nikita Johnson

Posted in Interviews on 7th Aug, 2014 01:04 AM
by AlexMuller
The RE.WORK Technology Summit brings together entrepreneurship, science and technology to re-work the future and tackle the world’s greatest challenges.

How mobile marketplaces are creating a million new U.S. jobs

Posted in Business on 1st Sep, 2014 07:36 PM
by AlexMuller
Online marketplaces such as Uber and Instacart are rapidly transforming the way people get what they want, whether it’s a ride, a meal, or a pet sitter, when they want it.

Google plans debates on 'right to be forgotten'

Posted in Business on 8th Sep, 2014 08:39 PM
by AlexMuller
Google is holding seven public meetings across Europe to debate issues raised by the "right to be forgotten" ruling.

VC Peter Thiel: You can either invest in 'bits' or 'atoms'

Posted in Business on 9th Sep, 2014 06:59 PM
by AlexMuller
Right now Thiel seems to think there’s already too many “bits” companies and not enough “atom” companies. He may be right.

Larry Page wants a Google 2.0 that will build cities and airports

Posted in Online on 18th Sep, 2014 11:01 PM
by AlexMuller
The world's got problems and the Google CEO is searching for solutions.

Google vs Apple Rivalry is at its Most "Brutal" in Years, Says Eric Schmidt

Posted in Business on 25th Sep, 2014 06:21 PM
by AlexMuller
Schmidt has seen life on both sides of the fence at the two companies.

Why the war between Google and Europe is only getting worse

Posted in Business on 4th Oct, 2014 02:37 AM
by AlexMuller
European policy makers have hammered the search giant in recent years over privacy and antitrust issues.

Google’s Eric Schmidt worries European governments will 'regulate out' innovation

Posted in Business on 11th Oct, 2014 11:47 PM
by AlexMuller
“That they will somehow prevent a place where a young entrepreneur can invent something truly new.”

Google tests waters for potential ultra-fast wireless service

Posted in Online on 20th Oct, 2014 01:12 AM
by AlexMuller
Google is preparing to test new technology that may provide the foundation for a wireless version of its high-speed "Fiber" Internet service,

Google makes the 'Nobel Prize of computing' worth $1 million

Posted in Online on 13th Nov, 2014 09:20 PM
by AlexMuller
Every year since 1966 it's been awarded to an accomplished computer scientist or engineer like Douglas Engelbart, the inventor of the computer mouse.

Apple Is Now Worth More Than The Entire Russian Stock Market

Posted in Business on 17th Nov, 2014 08:07 PM
by AlexMuller
It might seem odd that one single company is now worth more than the entire publicly traded market of a major economy. But that’s what has happened to Apple recently.

You'll Soon be Able to Pay to Make Google Ads Disappear

Posted in Business on 21st Nov, 2014 11:09 PM
by AlexMuller
Google just announced a new subscription service called Google Contributor, essentially a paywall for web publishers to provide ad-free content for a $1 to $3 contribution.

Google will solve its latest EU problem the usual way: By throwing money at it

Posted in Online on 29th Nov, 2014 12:11 AM
by AlexMuller
The European Parliament has voted overwhelmingly urging antitrust regulators to strongly consider the breakup of Google.

Emergency repairs for cracked phones

Posted in Business on 29th Nov, 2014 10:10 PM
by AlexMuller
A US firm is launching an emergency repair service for broken or damaged smartphones in the UK. Services are springing up offering fixes for cracked screens or broken home buttons.

Chromebooks are beating iPads in the classroom

Posted in Hardware on 2nd Dec, 2014 07:16 PM
by AlexMuller
Don’t underestimate how much this might bother Apple. The company has a long history in the education market, going to back to the early 1980s

Google: Ok, so about half of our online ads are never actually seen

Posted in Online on 7th Dec, 2014 10:04 PM
by AlexMuller
Some of the reasons given for non-viewability: a user scrolled right past it, it wasn’t delivered, or it was delivered but the “viewer” was a software bot.

Ex-Apple Exec Jailed For Selling Supply Chain Secrets

Posted in Business on 8th Dec, 2014 08:19 PM
by AlexMuller
Paul Devine, Apple's former Global Supply Manager, has been sentenced to a year in prison and fined $4.5 million (£2.88 million) for conspiring to sell Apple product secrets.

Apple building massive new R&D center in Japan, says prime minister

Posted in Business on 9th Dec, 2014 08:07 PM
by AlexMuller
Apple has decided to undertake cutting-edge R&D in Japan

Rouble turmoil leads to Apple halting online sales in Russia

Posted in Online on 17th Dec, 2014 07:45 PM
by AlexMuller
Technology giant Apple says it cannot sell products online in Russia because the rouble's value is too volatile for it to set prices.

Future of Work: What Skills Will Help Us Keep Pace?

Posted in Software on 26th Dec, 2014 04:46 PM
by AlexMuller
From the growing clamor of voices warning robots will take away our jobs, it is clear we are focusing more on the problems of AI, robotics, and automation than the solutions.

Healthcare Predictions For 2015

Posted in Business on 27th Dec, 2014 08:53 PM
by AlexMuller
Next year will be big for healthcare. We felt small tremors in 2014 of the seismic changes underway.

Google is catching up to Facebook in social logins

Posted in Online on 10th Jan, 2015 10:40 PM
by AlexMuller
Facebook has long been the social login of choice for many websites and apps. But it seems that Google is starting to climb the ranks.

Solar energy to be at grid parity in most of the world within 2 years

Posted in Science on 13th Jan, 2015 07:35 PM
by AlexMuller
Deutsche Bank is predicting that solar systems will cost is lower or equal to that of electricity from the electrical grid in up to 80 per cent of the global market within 2 years.

SpaceX closes the deal to get $1bn from Google and Fidelity

Posted in Hardware on 21st Jan, 2015 06:04 PM
by AlexMuller
The firms together own just under 10% of SpaceX, valued at $10bn. It said the money would go towards innovation in space transport and satellite manufacturing.

SpaceX and U.S. Air Force reach settlement on rocket program

Posted in Hardware on 24th Jan, 2015 07:56 PM
by AlexMuller
The settlement, SpaceX said, improves the competitive landscape and achieves mission assurance for national security space launches.

What Will Google Glass 2.0 Need to Succeed?

Posted in Business on 24th Jan, 2015 08:15 PM
by AlexMuller
Released to much fanfare in 2013, Google marketed Glass to developers and early adopters. For $1,500, they would get the device and a chance to figure out what to do with it.

Google aims to become a wireless carrier

Posted in Business on 25th Jan, 2015 03:38 PM
by AlexMuller
Imagine one day buying an Android smartphone not through Verizon, AT&T, Sprint or T-Mobile, but with Google Wireless. That day could be coming soon.

App downloads soared in December, but so did marketing costs

Posted in Software on 26th Jan, 2015 04:12 PM
by AlexMuller
Downloads set a new record in December, but the cost of acquiring users also rose 20 percent from last year.

Apple posts the biggest quarterly profit in history

Posted in Business on 29th Jan, 2015 01:40 AM
by AlexMuller
Apple reported a net profit of $18bn (£11.8bn) in its fiscal first quarter, which tops the $15.9bn made by ExxonMobil in the second quarter of 2012.

Google to 'start again' with Glass project

Posted in Business on 7th Feb, 2015 08:36 PM
by AlexMuller
The new version will be developed internally and only released when finished.

World’s first robot-staffed hotel to open in Japan

Posted in Business on 8th Feb, 2015 10:00 PM
by AlexMuller
A robot-staffed hotel, said to be the world’s first, is set to open in Japan where guests will be greeted and served by remarkably human-like robots.

The correlation between where startups are based and how well they do

Posted in Business on 8th Feb, 2015 10:06 PM
by AlexMuller
Silicon Valley is the place to be.

How Off-World Mining Could Pay for Our First Space Colony

Posted in Science on 18th Feb, 2015 06:01 PM
by AlexMuller
Many of us dream of living on other planets, but are two things we'll need before it can actually happen: money and raw materials.

Mobile growth is huge, and could surge 3x in the next 2 years

Posted in Hardware on 21st Feb, 2015 05:39 PM
by AlexMuller
Mobile has been one of the biggest drivers of growth in tech sector the iPhone’s launch in 2007. But if Digi-Capital's predictions hold water, you ain’t seen nothing yet.

DNA screening kit given the go-ahead by US regulator

Posted in Science on 22nd Feb, 2015 07:42 PM
by AlexMuller
The FDA, said the 23andMe product would provide people with information about possible mutations in their genes that could be passed on to their children.

Lenovo’s Superfish nightmare could be a sign that marketing tech has gone too far

Posted in Software on 24th Feb, 2015 12:17 AM
by AlexMuller
Lenovo has loaded harmful adware onto some of its laptops. Has marketing tech has crossed the line?

How machine learning will fuel huge innovation over the next 5 years

Posted in Business on 28th Feb, 2015 09:10 PM
by AlexMuller
Machine learning is coming into a golden age, and with it we’re seeing an awakening of possibilities formerly reserved for science fiction.

Google buys .app web domain for $25m

Posted in Business on 28th Feb, 2015 09:30 PM
by AlexMuller
Google has purchased the website domain .app in an auction held by the organisation which oversees the running of the net.

By 2020, 80% of the world's adult population will own a smartphone

Posted in Hardware on 2nd Mar, 2015 08:29 PM
by AlexMuller
The smartphone is probably the fastest adopted technology of all time.

These are some of the Google X 'moonshots' that may change the world

Posted in Business on 9th Mar, 2015 08:10 PM
by AlexMuller
Not all of the dreams make it, and that’s OK. For Google X, the process itself; the failure and the iteration, is a critical part of the pursuit.

Google X head says blueprint for taking moonshots is failure

Posted in Business on 18th Mar, 2015 05:04 PM
by AlexMuller
'The blueprint is embracing failure. Running at all the hard parts of the problem first. If you want to make a ton of progress, you have to make a ton of mistakes.'

Facebook buyout ended Oculus and Valve's Cooperation

Posted in Hardware on 20th Mar, 2015 08:32 PM
by AlexMuller
Previously Valve had said that it didn’t intend to release a VR product, and would be support Oculus itself. Smith’s story suggests that the buyout turned this situation around.

Google investigation dropped by US regulators

Posted in Business on 22nd Mar, 2015 12:23 AM
by AlexMuller
Google narrowly escaped being prosecuted by the US government over its dominance of the internet search industry.

Google Wants to Change TV Advertising Forever

Posted in Business on 22nd Mar, 2015 11:13 PM
by AlexMuller
Google is about to make the sale of TV ads much more like ads on the web, for better and for worse.

Schmidt says reports of Google Glass' death are premature

Posted in Hardware on 24th Mar, 2015 08:40 AM
by AlexMuller
Google chairman Eric Schmidt said that the company is still hard at work perfecting its wearable, calling it a 'big and fundamental platform for Google.'

Apple isn’t just satisfied reinventing health care, it’s targeting clinical trials as well​

Posted in Business on 26th Mar, 2015 12:32 AM
by AlexMuller
The tech industry now sees medicine as the next frontier for exponential growth.

Facebook will soon support 360-degree videos in the News Feed & on Oculus

Posted in Online on 26th Mar, 2015 12:29 AM
by AlexMuller
Today Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook will soon support 'spherical' 360-degree videos in its Newsfeed.

Elon Musk’s SpaceX buying $90 million of Elon Musk’s Solar City solar bonds

Posted in Business on 31st Mar, 2015 08:13 PM
by AlexMuller
SolarCity, one of the world’s largest installers of solar panels, said today that SpaceX is investing in $90 million worth of its solar bonds.

NASA Selects Companies to Develop Super-Fast Engine

Posted in Hardware on 4th Apr, 2015 08:24 PM
by AlexMuller
NASA announced it will partner with companies to create more advanced space technology, including a new engine that could get humans to Mars in less than 40 days.

Finland’s Latest Educational Move Will Produce a Generation of Entrepreneurs

Posted in Business on 5th Apr, 2015 01:02 PM
by AlexMuller
The new approach aims to encourage different kinds of learning, shifting from facts to problem solving, individual work to collaboration.

Augmented and virtual reality markets to grow to $150B by 2020, forecaster says

Posted in Software on 7th Apr, 2015 10:55 PM
by AlexMuller
Digi-Capital estimates that the combined markets will reach $150 billion by 2020.

New material set to change cooling industry

Posted in Business on 13th Apr, 2015 04:17 PM
by AlexMuller
The world refrigeration market is expected to increase by $7-8 billion by 2018. The breakthrough has an economic impact and an impact on the energy industry and environment.

CRISPR Patent Fight Now a Winner-Take-All Match

Posted in Science on 17th Apr, 2015 05:23 PM
by AlexMuller
Lab notebooks could determine who was first to invent a revolutionary gene-editing technology.

Google search changes will promote mobile-friendly sites

Posted in Online on 20th Apr, 2015 04:12 PM
by AlexMuller
Most internet traffic is now from mobiles. Websites that do not pass Google's mobile-friendly test will feature less prominently on its search engine results.

Elon Musk tried to sell Tesla to Google in 2013

Posted in Hardware on 21st Apr, 2015 03:29 PM
by AlexMuller
Elon Musk pursued a sale of electric-car company Tesla to Google, when it was struggling in 2013, according to an excerpt of a book published Monday by Bloomberg News.

PlanetTech interviews Penny Power OBE, social networking pioneer

Posted in Interviews on 24th Apr, 2015 12:24 AM
by AlexMuller
Penny Power was among the first to start an online social networking business by founding Ecademy. We interview her about the future of social media:

Google launches Project Fi mobile phone network

Posted in Business on 24th Apr, 2015 12:36 AM
by AlexMuller
Google intends to run a mobile phone network in the US. The firm will rent voice and data capacity from existing operators, and use existing wi-fi hotspots, rather than build new infrastructure.

Valve shuts down paid 'mod' system

Posted in Games on 28th Apr, 2015 08:27 PM
by AlexMuller
Angry gamers have forced Valve to end a system that let people who make modifications or "mods" for games get paid for their work. The system was only switched on 4 days ago.

Facebook rolls out free video calls for its Messenger mobile app

Posted in Online on 28th Apr, 2015 08:35 PM
by AlexMuller
Facebook has added free video calls to its Messenger mobile app in a move pits Facebook against already established video chat services, such as Facetime, Skype and Hangouts.

Renewable energy at a turning point

Posted in Business on 28th Apr, 2015 08:44 PM
by AlexMuller
Forming over half of the new energy capacity added in the world in the past 3 years, renewables have reached critical mass, lowering costs through technological innovation.

Tesla's Elon Musk Unveils Stored Sunlight in Batteries

Posted in Business on 2nd May, 2015 11:25 PM
by AlexMuller
The car company plans to sell battery storage systems for homes and utilities to help extend the use of solar power.

Microsoft bought Minecraft for HoloLens, Nadella says

Posted in Games on 2nd May, 2015 11:39 PM
by AlexMuller
HoloLens is an augmented-reality head-mounted display that puts “holograms” right in the real world that you can interact with and walk around.

Mobile gaming will be a $45B market by 2018, leaving console gaming way behind

Posted in Games on 4th May, 2015 10:25 PM
by AlexMuller
As the smartphone continues to take over the world, mobile gaming stands to outpace the rest of the industry.

Google launches all-out assault on mobile advertising

Posted in Business on 6th May, 2015 08:12 PM
by AlexMuller
'We’ve hit an inflection point; There are now more Google searches on mobile than on desktop in ten countries, including the U.S. and Japan.'

Surge in US 'brain-reading' technology patents

Posted in Science on 7th May, 2015 07:28 PM
by AlexMuller
Fewer than 400 neuro-technology patents a year had been filed in 2000-09. But that had doubled to 800 in 2010. And 1,600 such patents had been lodged in the US in 2014.

Massive solar expansion by 2050 may be necessary for climate, MIT reports

Posted in Hardware on 10th May, 2015 10:29 PM
by AlexMuller
Solar's easy of use, efficiency and abundance may make it the clean energy source best suited to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

Can Google Outsell Amazon and eBay?

Posted in Online on 16th May, 2015 09:37 PM
by AlexMuller
Google will launch buy buttons on its search-result pages in coming weeks, a controversial step by the company toward becoming an online marketplace.

Startup Beams the Web’s Most Important Content from Space

Posted in Science on 21st May, 2015 01:16 AM
by AlexMuller
By renting communications satellites, Outernet is currently blanketing about half Earth’s surface with a signal that transmits data.

Millennials have a clear favorite when asked which tech company is their 'ideal employer'

Posted in Online on 24th May, 2015 09:09 PM
by AlexMuller
Millennials overwhelmingly want to work in tech more than any other sector. And nearly 20% say Google is their ideal employer.

Smart glasses begin to take hold in the enterprise

Posted in Business on 25th May, 2015 06:21 PM
by AlexMuller
Google Glass was not the consumer success Google had hoped for. But, contrary to many predictions, Glass is not dead. In fact, its been spun off into its own department.

China to replace US as world's top consumer tech market in 2016

Posted in Hardware on 26th May, 2015 04:10 PM
by AlexMuller
China is expected to become the number one market for consumer tech, thanks to both strong local buying power and the rapid development of homegrown innovation.

OculusVR buys computer vision startup to help the Rift understand the world

Posted in Games on 27th May, 2015 07:20 PM
by AlexMuller
The Rift understands where you are looking and how you’re moving your body, and now, it may soon understand the space around you.

Boeing is NASA's first pick for manned ISS flights

Posted in Science on 29th May, 2015 12:02 AM
by AlexMuller
NASA is bringing human spaceflight back to the US. The agency has ordered its first crew mission from Boeing, which will involve ferrying astronauts to the Space Station.

Deep Learning Catches On in New Industries, from Fashion to Finance

Posted in Business on 1st Jun, 2015 06:49 PM
by AlexMuller
A brain like machine learning technique that has already given computers an eerie ability to recognize speech and categorize images is now creeping into many industries.

Virgin Galactic pilot recalls October's crash

Posted in Business on 4th Jun, 2015 09:37 PM
by AlexMuller
Richard Branson is under pressure to prove his dream can still come true.

Solar panels to reach grid parity or better for 80% of the globe by 2017

Posted in Hardware on 7th Jun, 2015 08:46 PM
by AlexMuller
The rapidly falling cost of solar is making clean energy more economical than many people expected.

Solar power passes 1 percent of global electricity threshold

Posted in Business on 12th Jun, 2015 01:16 AM
by AlexMuller
Solar now covers more than 1% of global electricity demand. In three countries in Europe, Italy, Germany and Greece, solar PV supplies more than 7% of electricity demand.

Google's Sidewalk Labs to solve urban problems

Posted in Business on 13th Jun, 2015 12:09 AM
by AlexMuller
Sidewalk will focus on improving city life by developing and incubating urban technologies to address issues like cost of living, efficient transportation and energy usage.

Ericsson Mobility Report: 70 percent of world's population using smartphones by 2020

Posted in Hardware on 20th Jun, 2015 12:16 AM
by AlexMuller
Advanced mobiles will be commonplace around the globe: smartphone subscriptions will more than double, reaching 6.1 billion.

Solar: The First 1 percent was by far the hardest

Posted in Science on 20th Jun, 2015 10:44 PM
by AlexMuller
Solar power now provides roughly 1% of the world’s electricity. It took 40 years. As prices drop, installation rate rises. As installation rates rise, the price continues to drop.

Chemists devise technology that could transform solar energy storage

Posted in Science on 21st Jun, 2015 11:50 PM
by AlexMuller
A new technology developed by chemists at UCLA is capable of storing solar energy for up to several weeks.

Pepper, the emotional domestic humanoid robot, sells out in one minute

Posted in Software on 22nd Jun, 2015 11:48 PM
by AlexMuller
The robot is currently sold in Japan, but is scheduled to hit global markets next year.

Europe's energy revolution marches on:

Posted in Science on 23rd Jun, 2015 12:01 AM
by AlexMuller
Fully one-third of electricity produced in Europe last year came from renewable energy, reports ENTSO-E.

What Happens When A State Seriously Invests In Clean Energy?

Posted in Hardware on 23rd Jun, 2015 12:09 AM
by AlexMuller
A clean energy rush is transforming California so quickly that nearly a quarter of its electricity now comes from renewable sources.

Google aims to develop free Gigabit Wi-Fi for cities

Posted in Online on 27th Jun, 2015 11:55 PM
by AlexMuller
The new venture, named Intersection, will seek to bring free public Wi-Fi to cities around the world using different pieces of urban infrastructure, from pay phones to bus stops.

Japan’s Softbank to Invest $20 Billion in Solar-Energy Projects in India

Posted in Hardware on 29th Jun, 2015 12:21 AM
by AlexMuller
Indian government targets a massive expansion in the country’s solar output from some 3 gigawatts today to 100 gigawatts by 2022.

Gates to invest $2bn in breakthrough renewable energy projects

Posted in Business on 30th Jun, 2015 01:29 AM
by AlexMuller
Gates said that he would double his current investments in renewables over the next five years in a bid to tackle climate change.

Study Reaffirms the Massive Impact Netflix is Having on Pay TV

Posted in Business on 30th Jun, 2015 11:25 PM
by AlexMuller
It wasn’t the first site to offer streaming movies and TV shows, but it certainly popularized the practice of streaming your entertainment rather than watching it on TV.

Snips Grabs $6.3 Million To Add An Artificial Intelligence Layer To Your Phone

Posted in Software on 1st Jul, 2015 12:54 AM
by AlexMuller
By gathering data, such as location and calendar data, an AI could show you what you need.

Is Google Readying a New Version of Google Glass?

Posted in Business on 4th Jul, 2015 11:57 PM
by AlexMuller
killed off the first version of the device earlier this year, but there have been persistent rumors that a second version is due soon.

Opinion: Robots and Artificial Intelligence Will Erase Jobs in Nearly Every Industry

Posted in Business on 8th Jul, 2015 10:32 PM
by AlexMuller
Vivek Wadhwa describes the technology advances that are happening now, which will bear fruit in the 2020s.

Oil Giant To Build World's Largest Solar Project

Posted in Hardware on 9th Jul, 2015 11:52 PM
by AlexMuller
Today the state oil company of Oman announced a landmark deal with California-based solar developer GlassPoint to build the world’s largest solar project.

The big money behind the ongoing student loan disaster

Posted in Business on 10th Jul, 2015 05:19 PM
by AlexMuller
In the past 3 years, the number of colleges and universities charging over $50,000 per year has increased by 2400%. The average wage of the American worker grew by a paltry 2%.

Google says it uses AI to catch 99.9 percent of email spam

Posted in Business on 11th Jul, 2015 11:31 PM
by AlexMuller
About a decade ago, spam brought email to near-ruin: The contest to save your inbox was on.

Research suggests cooperative behaviour is not instinctive, but learned

Posted in Business on 14th Jul, 2015 12:17 AM
by AlexMuller
Researchers compared decision-making in economic games between high-trust and low-trust societies.

Google gains nearly $68 billion to its market value as YouTube drives growth

Posted in Online on 19th Jul, 2015 12:06 AM
by AlexMuller
Google’s shares value the company at $471.50B and cement its position as the world’s second most valuable company after Apple.

We need to adapt capitalism to fit a robot-run future

Posted in Business on 22nd Jul, 2015 12:26 AM
by AlexMuller
With the technology advances that are presently on the horizon, not only low-skilled jobs are at risk; so are the jobs of knowledge workers.

Solar company Sunrun sets terms to raise up to $309 million in IPO

Posted in Business on 23rd Jul, 2015 12:08 AM
by AlexMuller
The Silicon Valley born and backed solar installer is raising money to compete in a quickly consolidating market.

Google's Patent Could Let Us Record And Replay Our Memories

Posted in Business on 24th Jul, 2015 11:41 PM
by AlexMuller
Google has been awarded a patent which would allow us to search through a video database of our lives, all recorded through some future wearable technology.

Hillary Clinton pledges half a billion solar panels if she wins office

Posted in Hardware on 27th Jul, 2015 11:26 PM
by AlexMuller
Democratic presidential frontrunner also says she wants America to generate enough clean renewable energy to power every home within 10 years.

Google has decided to pull YouTube and Google+ apart

Posted in Online on 27th Jul, 2015 11:33 PM
by AlexMuller
After spending a few years plugging Google+ into all of its services, even as users of those services complained, Google is now rolling that back.

US firms to commit $140B to address climate change

Posted in Business on 30th Jul, 2015 02:02 AM
by AlexMuller
Giants including Apple, Google, Microsoft, Berkshire Hathaway and Goldman Sachs are looking to invest at least $140B to shrink their carbon footprints.

Similar to the consumer model, 'Pepper for Biz' to launch for enterprise

Posted in Software on 30th Jul, 2015 11:37 PM
by AlexMuller
SoftBank has announced that its emotionally intelligent robot, Pepper, will be making its mark in the enterprise with preorders from October.

Germany Just Got 78 Percent Of Its Electricity From Renewable Sources

Posted in Science on 30th Jul, 2015 11:46 PM
by AlexMuller
A stormy day across northern Europe combined with sunny conditions in southern Germany led to the new record.

Obama's clean energy plan expected to boost renewables and switch away from coal

Posted in Business on 1st Aug, 2015 11:12 PM
by AlexMuller
After a year of consultations and over 4 million public comments, President Obama's Clean Power Plan will be finalized early next week.

China is building a massive solar plant in the Gobi desert

Posted in Business on 3rd Aug, 2015 07:57 PM
by AlexMuller
Construction has begun on China’s first large-scale commercial solar plant, designed to eventually supply electricity for approximately one million households.

Startups are rocketing to the front of the space race

Posted in Business on 3rd Aug, 2015 08:11 PM
by AlexMuller
Capitalizing on the falling cost of launches and the miniaturization of satellites, startups are gearing up for the new space race under the moniker of NewSpace.

Why it's time to prepare for a world where machines can do your job

Posted in Business on 5th Aug, 2015 11:49 PM
by AlexMuller
Changes in employment patterns are on the way as artificial intelligence takes on many routine, repetitive tasks currently performed by people.

The UK now prefers using phones to get online over laptops

Posted in Business on 6th Aug, 2015 02:47 PM
by AlexMuller
It marks a significant shift. Just last year 22% named their phone as their most important means of getting online, with a solid 40% naming their laptop.

Study claims perovskite solar cells can recoup their energy cost within three months

Posted in Hardware on 7th Aug, 2015 11:22 PM
by AlexMuller
Perovskite cells could rise to take the lion's share of the solar landscape in the near future.

Apple’s App Store Saw $1.7B in Billings And Broke Records In July

Posted in Software on 9th Aug, 2015 10:03 PM
by AlexMuller
The App Store today features over 1.5 million mobile applications and games available for download, and the growth in new app releases shows no signs of slowing down.

Google is planning to take another shot at the ultra low-cost Android One project

Posted in Software on 9th Aug, 2015 10:11 PM
by AlexMuller
The plan will be a push to hit the 'sweet spot' of $50 smartphones.

Gene Editing Startup Raises $120 Million to Apply CRISPR to Medicine

Posted in Business on 10th Aug, 2015 05:04 PM
by AlexMuller
Editas Medicine has raised $120 million to create treatments with CRISPR, including ones for cancers, retinal disease, and sickle cell anemia.

Google cofounders Larry Page and Sergey Brin form Alphabet, a new umbrella company that includes Google

Posted in Business on 11th Aug, 2015 10:10 PM
by AlexMuller
'Expect us to make bets in areas that might seem very speculative or even strange'

US distributed solar prices fell 10 to 20 percent in 2014, with trends continuing into 2015

Posted in Business on 13th Aug, 2015 11:11 PM
by AlexMuller
The installed price of distributed solar photovoltaic power systems in the United States continues to fall precipitously.

Booming Wind and Solar Power Has Slashed Europe’s CO2 Emissions

Posted in Hardware on 16th Aug, 2015 08:07 PM
by AlexMuller
Renewables slashed CO2 emissions by 8.8% each year from 2010 through 2012, the most recent year for which UN numbers are available.

Gartner Says the Internet of Things Installed Base Will Grow to 26 Billion Units By 2020

Posted in Hardware on 16th Aug, 2015 08:22 PM
by AlexMuller
IoT, which excludes PCs, tablets and phones, will grow to 26B units installed in 2020, almost a 30-fold increase from 0.9B in 2009.

Technology has created more jobs than it has destroyed, says 140 years of data

Posted in Software on 18th Aug, 2015 11:13 PM
by AlexMuller
Census results in England and Wales since 1871 show that the rise of machines has been a job creator rather than making humans obsolete.

Kids’ gaming makes up nearly 8% of mobile game spending worldwide

Posted in Business on 18th Aug, 2015 11:39 PM
by AlexMuller
Parents are dropping a serious amount of cash to keep their kids’ tablets and smartphones filled with games.

Google X life sciences team spins out into its own company under Alphabet

Posted in Business on 21st Aug, 2015 09:42 PM
by AlexMuller
'Working to move technologies from R&D to clinical testing, and transform the way we detect, prevent, and manage disease.'

World’s Largest Solar Power Station To Come Up In Madhya Pradesh, India

Posted in Science on 23rd Aug, 2015 07:17 PM
by AlexMuller
If all goes well, the world's largest solar power station will start generating energy by March 2017.

Panic over China and the global economy causes tech stocks to plummet

Posted in Business on 24th Aug, 2015 11:15 PM
by AlexMuller
The gloom has reached the US, and investors seem to be overcompensating by selling everything in sight.

Market Fall Masks Renewable Energy’s Bright Future

Posted in Business on 25th Aug, 2015 10:49 PM
by AlexMuller
The MAC Solar Index, which tracks solar companies, has fallen more than 31 percent in the last three months. First Solar, SunEdison, and SolarCity have taken a market beating.

Coursera raises $49.5M to help it expand to Latin America, China, and India

Posted in Business on 26th Aug, 2015 06:27 PM
by AlexMuller
The online education service has raised $49.5M. With 75 percent of its learners from outside the U.S., Coursera needs to expand its availability.

Principal Solar Teams with Entropy to Build 100MW Generating Facility

Posted in Science on 27th Aug, 2015 11:32 PM
by AlexMuller
The 100MW facility, located in Cumberland County, North Carolina, will produce enough electricity to power approximately 20,000 average American homes.

Alphabet: the Singularity company?

Posted in Business on 30th Aug, 2015 05:40 PM
by AlexMuller
Could Google's surprise reorganization be the biggest bet of all: a bet on the future?

Within 4 years, Google hopes to have its autonomous vehicles commercially available and citizens in the U.S. regularly riding

Posted in Software on 31st Aug, 2015 10:53 PM
by AlexMuller
Google is bringing its autonomous vehicles to Austin for testing.

Facebook offers free education software in US

Posted in Business on 5th Sep, 2015 12:54 AM
by AlexMuller
Facebook has taken its first steps into the education market with software that it claims allows children to learn at their own pace.

Its that time of the year again for Apple; A load of new stuff

Posted in Hardware on 10th Sep, 2015 12:36 AM
by AlexMuller
Apple has unveiled a larger iPad tablet, a TV box with its own app store and new iPhones that can detect how firmly their screens are being pressed.

Q2 2015 an impressive quarter for the US solar PV market

Posted in Hardware on 11th Sep, 2015 01:55 AM
by AlexMuller
The residential solar market registered another quarterly record in the second quarter, with 70 percent growth year-over-year.

Google takes on Apple with Android Pay

Posted in Business on 12th Sep, 2015 04:18 AM
by AlexMuller
Google has made its mobile payments system, Android Pay, available at more than one million locations in the United States.

What happened to the growth in mobile gaming?

Posted in Games on 19th Sep, 2015 04:24 PM
by AlexMuller
Not only has revenue growth slowed down, but the cost of doing business has also risen substantially over the last few years.

Facebook’s Like Buttons Will Soon Track Your Web Browsing to Target Ads

Posted in Business on 20th Sep, 2015 09:42 PM
by AlexMuller
Facebook’s 'Like' buttons have been logging data on our browsing for years; now the company will start using that data to target ads.

Apple reportedly approves electric car project for 2019 release

Posted in Business on 23rd Sep, 2015 12:29 AM
by AlexMuller
The company gave the approval for tripling the 600 employees already working on the project to speed up production.

Fossil fuel divestment movement reaches $2.6 trillion

Posted in Business on 23rd Sep, 2015 03:16 PM
by AlexMuller
A campaign to abandon fossil fuels to boost the fight against climate change has rapidly picked up steam, with institutions worth $2.6 trillion pledging to divest, a study said Tuesday.

New Coating Radiates Heat to Keep Solar Cells Cool, and More Efficient

Posted in Hardware on 23rd Sep, 2015 03:21 PM
by AlexMuller
Solar cells have a problem: the hotter they get as the sun pours down on them, the less efficient they become at converting light into electricity.

Renewable energy outstrips coal for first time in UK electricity mix

Posted in Science on 27th Sep, 2015 08:16 PM
by AlexMuller
Wind, solar and bioenergy surge to supply a record 25% of the country’s electricity for a whole quarter.

SolarCity Creates A 22% Module-Level Efficient Solar Panel

Posted in Business on 2nd Oct, 2015 05:47 PM
by AlexMuller
SolarCity announced that it has created the world’s most efficient solar panel, with a 22 percent module-level efficiency.

Google Officially Becomes Alphabet

Posted in Business on 3rd Oct, 2015 11:00 PM
by AlexMuller
Google itself will continue to exist under the leadership of CEO Sundar Pichai, while Alphabet serves as 'a collection of companies' led by CEO Larry Page.

Facebook will use satellites to bring broadband to large parts of Africa

Posted in Business on 5th Oct, 2015 09:29 PM
by AlexMuller
In its latest effort to open up Internet access to developing markets, Facebook has partnered with French satellite company Eutelsat Communications.

On the Edge of Automation

Posted in Business on 5th Oct, 2015 10:52 PM
by AlexMuller
'Five hundred years from now everyone is going to be involved in some kind of information or entertainment, There will be no farmers, or people working in manufacturing.'

Apple reportedly buys secretive deep learning startup Perceptio

Posted in Business on 6th Oct, 2015 01:26 PM
by AlexMuller
The news comes just three days after a report that Apple had bought another artificial intelligence startup, VocalIQ.

Solar Cheaper Than Natural Gas? It's Happening

Posted in Hardware on 7th Oct, 2015 01:33 PM
by AlexMuller
So what’s it mean? Solar will be cheaper than traditional grid power in at least some locations in a few years, so any utility looking to keep control of pricing will look more and more at solar.

Facebook’s Drone Team Is Collaborating with Google's Balloon Project

Posted in Online on 8th Oct, 2015 11:42 AM
by AlexMuller
The companies are collaborating on efforts to use balloons and drone aircraft to expand internet access unconnected four billion people.

More than half of Google searches now happen on mobile devices

Posted in Online on 9th Oct, 2015 10:27 AM
by AlexMuller
At some point this summer, Google said, there was a tipping point: Now the majority of web searches happen on mobile devices.

The world is on target to get 26 percent of energy from renewables by 2020

Posted in Business on 9th Oct, 2015 10:34 AM
by AlexMuller
With the more affordable technology and political pressure, it’s no surprise that renewable energy is on the rise on a global scale.

23andMe raises $115M to grow its DNA health test technology globally

Posted in Science on 15th Oct, 2015 04:25 AM
by AlexMuller
The company offers customers a report with information about your health and ancestry, covering 254 diseases and conditions.

This is how the world growing more and more food with less land

Posted in Science on 17th Oct, 2015 06:38 PM
by AlexMuller
Two decades ago, food production started rising independently of new land.

Odisha (India) bets big on solar power, plans to set up 1,000Mw park

Posted in Business on 19th Oct, 2015 01:06 AM
by AlexMuller
The central Indian government has set a target of generating 175,000 Mw of power through renewable energy sources by 2022.

Samsung aims to build bots who work for less than Foxconn staffers

Posted in Hardware on 21st Oct, 2015 12:59 AM
by AlexMuller
South Korea's target is smartphones and other kit that currently requires human hands.

Planetary Resources gets $12M in new backing for asteroid hunt

Posted in Science on 23rd Oct, 2015 12:37 AM
by AlexMuller
Planetary Resources, company that aims to mine rare metals and scarce water on asteroids, has raised $12 million in new capital, according to a regulatory filing Wednesday.

Google-Alphabet will spend billions on moonshot technologies like self driving cars and anti-aging

Posted in Business on 24th Oct, 2015 08:32 AM
by AlexMuller
Alphabet is preparing to ramp up spending on its most far-out projects.

Google Turning Its Lucrative Web Search Over to AI Machines

Posted in Business on 26th Oct, 2015 11:42 PM
by AlexMuller
Making its systems smarter and better able to deal with ambiguous queries is one of the ways Google can keep a grip on time-starved mobile users.

Disruption by Tech Companies Expanding Into New Markets

Posted in Business on 27th Oct, 2015 12:12 AM
by AlexMuller
Very few companies have actually successfully disrupted themselves. Most successful companies leverage their existing assets to expand into new, high growth markets.

Morocco to become a solar superpower with launch of mega-project

Posted in Hardware on 27th Oct, 2015 05:22 PM
by AlexMuller
The world’s largest concentrated solar power plant is set to help renewables provide almost half the country’s energy by 2020.

Google's Project Loon internet balloons to circle the Earth

Posted in Hardware on 29th Oct, 2015 02:20 AM
by AlexMuller
"It used to take 14 people an hour or two to launch a balloon, now with an automated crane we can launch a balloon every 15 minutes with two or three people."

Edtech’s Next Big Disruption Is The College Degree

Posted in Online on 30th Oct, 2015 04:45 PM
by AlexMuller
An end to the college degree's unprecedented run as the only credential that matters.

Google is reportedly working on merging its Chrome OS with Android

Posted in Software on 30th Oct, 2015 05:00 PM
by AlexMuller
The merger has apparently been in the works for two years and Google may have something to show for it as early as next year.

Service robots are finally starting to catch on

Posted in Hardware on 1st Nov, 2015 03:43 PM
by AlexMuller
One of the new categories to emerge in the last year is the humanoid helper, kiosk robot or retail robot.

BAE invests in space engine firm Reaction Engines

Posted in Hardware on 2nd Nov, 2015 12:19 PM
by AlexMuller
The technology would allow the launch of satellites into space at a fraction of the current cost and allow passengers to fly anywhere in the world in four hours.

New batch of Pepper robots sell out in 1 minute

Posted in Business on 2nd Nov, 2015 12:45 PM
by AlexMuller
Softbank has upgraded the Pepper robot to memorize and store data on human responses by using cloud technology-based artificial intelligence applications.

Google plans drone delivery service for 2017

Posted in Hardware on 3rd Nov, 2015 12:53 PM
by AlexMuller
Called Project Wing, the initiative aims to be delivering goods to consumers using the aircraft. "Our goal is to have commercial business up and running in 2017"

Skype founders invent self-driving robot that can deliver groceries

Posted in Business on 3rd Nov, 2015 01:08 PM
by AlexMuller
The new self-driving robot, Starship, promises to shake up the local delivery market.

Virgin Galactic to show off its next spaceship in February

Posted in Hardware on 4th Nov, 2015 10:58 AM
by AlexMuller
"Virgin Galactic goes on, with an unwavering commitment to safety and a renewed sense of purpose."

PV Solar & Batteries Could Hit Grid Parity In Japan By 2018

Posted in Hardware on 4th Nov, 2015 10:56 AM
by AlexMuller
'We believe we can provide residential systems that are competitive with and soon-to-be cheaper than electricity from the grid'

By 2020, solar will be price-competitive with fossil fuels on an unsubsidized basis in most parts of the world

Posted in Hardware on 6th Nov, 2015 01:30 PM
by AlexMuller
Germany, China, and Japan are leading the charge in the adoption of clean energy.

Robots Will Change World Beyond Recognition Says BoA

Posted in Business on 9th Nov, 2015 03:16 PM
by AlexMuller
The Bank of America has voiced their opinion that robots may shatter the global economic order within a decade.

Renewable energy investment predicted to surge

Posted in Business on 11th Nov, 2015 06:48 PM
by AlexMuller
The result, says the IEA, could limit the demand for oil and keep the price relatively low for the rest of the decade.

United States Senate votes to legalize space mining

Posted in Science on 12th Nov, 2015 04:40 PM
by AlexMuller
"Many years from now, we will view this pivotal moment in time as a major step toward humanity becoming a multi-planetary species," said Planetary Resources

Congress Says Yes to Space Mining, No to Rocket Regulations

Posted in Business on 18th Nov, 2015 05:58 PM
by AlexMuller
The bill protects private spaceflight from regulatory oversight, and lets entrepreneurs keep whatever nonliving treasures they find out there.

Descartes Labs raises $5M for AI agricultural predictions

Posted in Software on 18th Nov, 2015 06:02 PM
by AlexMuller
Using deep learning technology, Descartes Labs claims that it can make more accurate predictions than the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Leading energy firms to support 'near doubling' of renewable capacity

Posted in Business on 20th Nov, 2015 11:54 PM
by AlexMuller
16 energy firms pledge to remove regulatory, financial, and technical barriers to support 1.5TW of additional renewable capacity.

The price of solar in India could fall below that of coal within 5 years

Posted in Science on 23rd Nov, 2015 08:38 PM
by AlexMuller
In India currently, the price of solar is within 15% of coal process on a levelised basis.

Google loon will test internet delivery across the United States

Posted in Hardware on 27th Nov, 2015 02:12 AM
by AlexMuller
Google parent company Alphabet is planning to test high-altitude balloons to deliver Internet coverage across the United States.

Bill Recognizing Asteroid Property Rights signed into Law

Posted in Business on 27th Nov, 2015 09:29 PM
by AlexMuller
'A hundred years from now, humanity will look at this period in time as the point in which we were able to establish a permanent foothold in space' said Peter Diamandis.

Bill Gates will invest as much as $2 billion in new clean energy partnership

Posted in Science on 28th Nov, 2015 10:18 PM
by AlexMuller
"This is the single biggest cooperative research and development partnership in history."

Zuckerberg, Gates and Bezos Launch Massive Clean Energy Fund

Posted in Business on 1st Dec, 2015 05:43 AM
by AlexMuller
The new coalition will focus on 'early stage companies with the potential of an energy future that produces near zero carbon emissions'

AI and robotics will redefine jobs rather than eliminate them in the short term

Posted in Software on 2nd Dec, 2015 05:03 AM
by AlexMuller
A study claims that even the highest-paid occupations have a significant amount of activity that can be automated.

Google makes 'largest purchase' of renewable energy for data centers: 842 MW

Posted in Business on 4th Dec, 2015 04:41 PM
by AlexMuller
Google moves to meet its commitment to power 100 percent of its business from green energy.

Virgin Galactic intends to use 747 jet for satellite launches

Posted in Science on 4th Dec, 2015 05:00 PM
by AlexMuller
Richard Branson is reassigning one of his old Virgin Atlantic 747-400 jumbos to the service of space launches.

Google has filed a patent for a 'needle-free blood draw'

Posted in Medicine on 4th Dec, 2015 05:26 PM
by AlexMuller
The company has filed a patent for a "needle-free blood draw" system that can be used either as a wearable on a person's wrist or as a hand-held device.

Uruguay makes dramatic shift to nearly 95% electricity from clean energy

Posted in Business on 6th Dec, 2015 01:23 PM
by AlexMuller
The country has slashed its carbon footprint and lowered electricity costs, without subsidies. The Paris summit can learn much from its success.

China Wants to Replace Millions of Workers with Robots

Posted in Business on 7th Dec, 2015 09:56 PM
by AlexMuller
China needs advanced robotics to help balance its economic, social, and technological ambitions with continued growth.

The New Space Race Is Heating Up: Asteroid Mining, Reusable Rockets, and Water on Mars

Posted in Science on 9th Dec, 2015 12:10 AM
by AlexMuller
With growing access to large sums of private risk capital, and powerful exponential technologies, the pace of progress is accelerating.

UK Government proposes major VAT hike for domestic solar installations

Posted in Business on 10th Dec, 2015 07:15 PM
by AlexMuller
Proposal to boost VAT rate from five per cent to 20 per cent likely to add £900 to the average cost of domestic solar projects, say campaigners.

Google Wallet now lets you send money to any phone number

Posted in Online on 11th Dec, 2015 05:00 PM
by AlexMuller
Until now, you needed to give Google Wallet an email address. With this latest update, however, you can just send money to anyone with a phone number.

New Organization Hopes to Push for Responsible Use of Robotics

Posted in Business on 16th Dec, 2015 12:14 AM
by AlexMuller
The explosion in the use of automation has prompted a world leading multidisciplinary group of technology scholars to form The Foundation for Responsible Robotics (FRR).

Facewatch 'thief recognition' CCTV on trial in UK stores

Posted in Business on 16th Dec, 2015 10:03 PM
by AlexMuller
A scheme widely used by UK stores to identify criminals is testing facial recognition technology, the BBC has learned.

New glass coating could lead to omnidirectional solar panels

Posted in Business on 17th Dec, 2015 04:07 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers have developed a special glass coating to enable panels to soak up light from multiple angles, significantly boosting the efficiency and energy yields.

U.S. lawmakers agreed to extend tax credits for solar and wind for another five years

Posted in Hardware on 18th Dec, 2015 04:31 PM
by AlexMuller
This will give an unprecedented boost to the industry and change the course of deployment in the U.S.

Google X absorbing robotics division and Titan drone project as Alphabet re-org continues

Posted in Business on 21st Dec, 2015 07:13 PM
by AlexMuller
Projects placed within Google X are the most experimental and uncertain in terms of a business model.

Google and Ford will announce a self driving car partnership at CES

Posted in Software on 23rd Dec, 2015 09:05 PM
by AlexMuller
Ford and Google could be planning a joint venture to build autonomous cars, pairing their strengths to get self-driving cars on the road faster.

Our ongoing energy transformation in 2015

Posted in Science on 25th Dec, 2015 11:26 PM
by AlexMuller
In 2015 a series of events combined to drive what may well to be profound shifts, even turning points, in the history of the energy sector.

5 deep learning startups to watch out for in 2016

Posted in Software on 25th Dec, 2015 11:40 PM
by AlexMuller
There have been been many developments in deep learning AI, and even the establishment of a nonprofit research lab backed by the likes of Elon Musk and Peter Thiel.

How Facebook and Google’s Plans to Boost Internet Access Advanced in 2015

Posted in Hardware on 25th Dec, 2015 11:55 PM
by AlexMuller
3.2 billion people in the world are now online, the UN estimated late in November. That leaves 56.6 percent of the human race unconnected.

US lawmakers support the goal of 50% renewable energy by 2030 and 100% by 2050

Posted in Hardware on 26th Dec, 2015 09:48 PM
by AlexMuller
Big states like California and New York have already ordered their respective administrative body's to draft mandates for clean energy.

10 predictions for the game industry in 2016

Posted in Games on 27th Dec, 2015 07:18 PM
by AlexMuller
Dean Takahashi of Venturebeat lays down his predictions for the gaming industry in 2016.

2016: the year when VR goes from virtual to reality

Posted in Business on 1st Jan, 2016 10:37 PM
by AlexMuller
Given the amount of investment by players from Facebook to Sony to HTC, it will be a big disappointment if VR does not finally become a reality in many homes this year.

China to Increase Wind, Solar Power Capacity by 21 Percent in 2016

Posted in Business on 2nd Jan, 2016 05:18 PM
by AlexMuller
The nation is targeting at least 20 GW of new wind power installations and 15 GW of additional solar PV capacity.

5 Robot Trends to Watch for in 2016

Posted in Business on 2nd Jan, 2016 05:36 PM
by AlexMuller
We saw significant advancements in robotics and artificial intelligence in 2015. Here’s what we’re watching closely in 2016.

Clean power soaring even in spite of bargain prices for fossil fuels

Posted in Business on 3rd Jan, 2016 10:36 PM
by AlexMuller
In 2015 utility companies went on a worldwide building binge, taking advantage of falling prices for clean technology as well as an improving regulatory and investment climate.

Oculus Rift preorders open on January 6

Posted in Business on 4th Jan, 2016 08:02 PM
by AlexMuller
Oculus did not reveal how much the Rift will cost or when it will release, but it promised to share 'everything you need to know to order your Rift' once preorders go live.

Original Oculus Rift Kickstarter backers will get the consumer version for free

Posted in Hardware on 5th Jan, 2016 08:28 PM
by AlexMuller
Oculus is honoring its first supporters by also giving them a free consumer version of the Rift.

Lumosity brain-training game 'deceived customers'

Posted in Games on 6th Jan, 2016 10:01 PM
by AlexMuller
Lumos Labs had said its games helped users perform better at work and even alleviated the symptoms of Alzheimer's, which the FTC says is false marketing.

The Rift is expensive: Oculus founder: We are not making money on $599 Rift; it's obscenely cheap

Posted in Games on 6th Jan, 2016 10:16 PM
by AlexMuller
$599 to get the top-tier VR equipment in addition to the cost of a PC, and that has a lot of consumers feeling priced out of the market.

Where space exploration is taking us in 2016

Posted in Science on 7th Jan, 2016 01:26 PM
by AlexMuller
New missions lined up ready to launch, deep space missions wrapping up, and commercial space going heavy.

Apple Purchases AI company Emotient to read users’ expressions

Posted in Software on 11th Jan, 2016 12:19 AM
by AlexMuller
Emotient presents themselves as 'the leader in emotion detection and sentiment analysis’, which can be used to help organizations understand audience reactions.

Adding cesium to perovskite in solar cells boosts performance of silicon

Posted in Hardware on 11th Jan, 2016 12:48 AM
by AlexMuller
Solar has so far not been efficient enough for the average consumer; doubling efficiency might make it a smart investment.

Google Drone Air Deliveries Coming As Soon As Next Year

Posted in Hardware on 12th Jan, 2016 11:33 PM
by AlexMuller
'Moving people and stuff around the planet in an efficient way is where I want to get,' said Vos.

Human Longevity Unveils Oncology Genomics Program

Posted in Business on 13th Jan, 2016 10:58 PM
by AlexMuller
The analysis is intended to offer insight into the tumor mutations that can guide treatment decisions including immunotherapy, and targeted molecular therapies.

Why renewable energy keeps growing despite low fossil fuel prices

Posted in Business on 16th Jan, 2016 06:27 PM
by AlexMuller
Growth in renewable energy shows no signs of slowing, even though fossil fuel prices have plummeted. Here’s why:

Goldman Sachs says VR will be bigger than TV in 10 years

Posted in Software on 16th Jan, 2016 06:56 PM
by AlexMuller
"We definitely aim long-term to get a billion people in VR, and deliver an incredibly comfortable VR experience in a set of sunglasses," -Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe

Investors put $686 million into virtual and augmented reality in 2015

Posted in Medicine on 20th Jan, 2016 10:08 AM
by AlexMuller
Most of that $686 million is for video services, with gaming and solutions/services (stuff with uses for science and industry) following.

What Apple's latest VR hire means for this growing market

Posted in Business on 23rd Jan, 2016 08:56 AM
by AlexMuller
Apple is getting even more serious about VR and AR, which are markets that could generate as much as $120 billion in revenue by 2020.

Google Alphabet has 4 times the research budget of DARPA and bigger ambitions

Posted in Science on 23rd Jan, 2016 09:19 AM
by AlexMuller
Alphabet companies and investments span disciplines from biotechnology to energy to space travel to artificial intelligence and urban planning.

Could Store Visits Be Guided By Robots? IBM Hopes So

Posted in Software on 24th Jan, 2016 01:23 PM
by AlexMuller
The idea is that human-like robots such as Pepper, will be powered by IBM's Watson artificial intelligence technology to turn the robot into a store associate.

Google (aka Alphabet) Is About to Surpass Apple as the Most Valuable Company

Posted in Online on 24th Jan, 2016 01:38 PM
by AlexMuller
Google split into projects and consolidated under a brand named Alphabet. Now Alphabet is close to being the world’s most valuable company.

Solar panel costs set to fall 10% a year, on course to meet 20% of global energy needs by 2027

Posted in Hardware on 27th Jan, 2016 01:12 PM
by AlexMuller
Power from the sun could supply 20% of energy worldwide by 2027 on current technology trends, say UK researchers.

Elon Musk to unveil Mars plans this year, wants to go to space by 2020

Posted in Science on 29th Jan, 2016 06:43 PM
by AlexMuller
Rumors have been swirling about how SpaceX will soon unveil an ambitious architecture that will allow it to begin human missions to Mars within a decade.

Google's project skybender is another internet-firing drone

Posted in Hardware on 31st Jan, 2016 01:29 AM
by AlexMuller
Both Facebook and Google have been testing aerial devices that would be able to provide reliable wireless internet access in remote locations.

Will the robot revolution bring economic meltdown?

Posted in Software on 1st Feb, 2016 06:46 PM
by AlexMuller
Uber and Airbnb. Self-driving cars and Drones. You don't have to be a Silicon Valley veteran to notice that tech seems to be eating everything these days.

Alphabet/Google passes Apple as the most valuable company on Earth

Posted in Business on 2nd Feb, 2016 05:43 PM
by AlexMuller
Alphabet is now worth around $568bn, compared with Apple, which has a value of $535bn.

Luxembourg to support space mining

Posted in Business on 3rd Feb, 2016 03:49 PM
by AlexMuller
The government intends to get behind the mining of asteroids in space. It is going to support R&D in technologies and may even invest directly in some companies.

Will AI Investors Outsmart the Market?

Posted in Business on 4th Feb, 2016 08:22 PM
by AlexMuller
Deep learning could be good 'for extracting hidden trends, information, and relationships'.

Morocco to switch on first phase of world's largest solar plant

Posted in Science on 6th Feb, 2016 08:28 PM
by AlexMuller
The desert complex will provide electricity for more than 1 million people when complete, helping the country to supply most of its energy from renewables by 2030.

Artificial Intelligence in Business: 10 Important Statistics

Posted in Business on 8th Feb, 2016 02:43 PM
by AlexMuller
Artificial intelligence is a rapidly growing trend in the business world.

Virtual Reality Video Game Industry to Generate $5.1 Billion in 2016

Posted in Business on 9th Feb, 2016 06:37 PM
by AlexMuller
Consumers will spend $5.1 billion on virtual reality gaming hardware, accessories and software in 2016. That’s up from the $660 million spent in 2015.

Impact of automation puts up to 85% of jobs in developing countries at risk

Posted in Software on 9th Feb, 2016 06:54 PM
by AlexMuller
Most investors by surveyed by Citi feel automation poses a major challenge to societies, but automation will boost productivity.

Google's self-driving car AI can qualify as a driver, U.S. regulators say

Posted in Software on 10th Feb, 2016 07:12 PM
by AlexMuller
U.S. vehicle safety regulators have said the AI could be considered the driver under federal law, a major step forward for autonomous vehicles.

Obama climate initiative: Supreme Court calls halt

Posted in Science on 10th Feb, 2016 08:17 PM
by AlexMuller
President Barack Obama's plans to regulate emissions of carbon dioxide from US power plants have been stalled by the US Supreme Court.

US Solar capacity hits 20,000 MW, with almost half in California

Posted in Business on 11th Feb, 2016 01:23 PM
by AlexMuller
The U.S. had just over 20,000 MW of solar capacity at the end of November 2015, making up about 1.9% of total electricity generating capacity nationwide.

Google patents delivery trucks that drive themselves

Posted in Business on 11th Feb, 2016 01:29 PM
by AlexMuller
The biggest change to delivery may not be flying unmanned robots, it could be smart package-carrying vans.

Newcomer Rocket Lab Secures Spire As Their Next Customer

Posted in Business on 13th Feb, 2016 10:10 AM
by AlexMuller
More companies have been able to design and build their own small satellites and are looking for launches to get their products into orbit on the cheap.

North American countries sign first-ever climate accord

Posted in Business on 14th Feb, 2016 03:33 PM
by AlexMuller
Canada, the United States and Mexico broke new ground Friday, signing the first-ever climate change and clean energy agreement in North American history.

When machines can do any job, what will humans do?

Posted in Business on 15th Feb, 2016 05:51 PM
by AlexMuller
Rice University computer scientist Moshe Vardi expects that within 30 years, machines will be capable of doing almost any job that a human can.

TED 2016: Google boss on why it is OK to fail

Posted in Business on 16th Feb, 2016 06:36 PM
by AlexMuller
"We find a huge problem that affects millions of people, propose a radical solution and look for a breakthrough technology that can solve it."

Google Ideas is now a tech incubator under Alphabet called Jigsaw

Posted in Business on 17th Feb, 2016 08:40 PM
by AlexMuller
It seems that Google Ideas produced enough good ideas to keep it going, albeit with a new brand to go under the new Alphabet umbrella.

First Internet delivering Google Loons launched in Sri Lanka

Posted in Online on 18th Feb, 2016 05:59 PM
by AlexMuller
Each balloon can provide connectivity to a ground area of around 25 miles (40km) in diameter using LTE, also referred to as 4G, technology.

VCs Invested More in Space Startups Last Year Than in the Previous 15 Years Combined

Posted in Hardware on 23rd Feb, 2016 08:53 PM
by AlexMuller
Venture capital firms invested $1.8 billion in commercial space startups in 2015.

US Solar Market Sets New Record, Installing 7.3GW of Solar PV in 2015

Posted in Science on 23rd Feb, 2016 08:58 PM
by AlexMuller
For the first time ever, solar beat out natural-gas capacity additions.

The robots are coming for jobs that pay $20 an hour or less, White House finds

Posted in Hardware on 23rd Feb, 2016 09:08 PM
by AlexMuller
The question is whether the current pace of automation may in the shorter term increase inequality.

Clean power could save the US billions of dollars each year

Posted in Science on 25th Feb, 2016 10:45 AM
by AlexMuller
Concerns are abound that implementing measures to reduce harmful fossil fuel emissions would create more cost than benefit.

Pepper robot will make first appearance in U.S. businesses this year

Posted in Business on 25th Feb, 2016 11:30 AM
by AlexMuller
After its debut in July 2014, there are now more than 10,000 Pepper robots in use in other countries, primarily Japan.

The FBI has succeeded in uniting silicon valley...against the FBI

Posted in Business on 26th Feb, 2016 10:41 AM
by AlexMuller
Never have we seen so many tech companies united against the US government.

Worldwide spending on robotics to reach US$135 billion in 2019

Posted in Business on 26th Feb, 2016 11:07 AM
by AlexMuller
IDC forecasts global spending on robotics to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 17% from more than US$71 billion in 2015 to US$135.4 billion in 2019.

Mobile virtual reality on track to hit $861M in revenues this year

Posted in Hardware on 28th Feb, 2016 11:38 AM
by AlexMuller
There could be a big opportunity for Samsung and Google to sweep up entry-level consumers without the high-end PC.

The U.S. solar industry just had a week of record-breaking announcements

Posted in Hardware on 29th Feb, 2016 11:43 AM
by AlexMuller
The solar industry is now on an unstoppable growth path that could make it the most important energy source of the next century.

VR Is More Than Merely Improved Gaming

Posted in Business on 1st Mar, 2016 12:49 PM
by AlexMuller
VR is expected to be this years big thing. People tend to see this mostly as an improvement in game playing, but this technology has much broader sweeping implications.

The top UK energy lobbying group backs green energy in historic U-turn

Posted in Business on 1st Mar, 2016 12:57 PM
by AlexMuller
Energy UK, representing big six providers, says it now supports phasing out coal, after years of defending use of fossil fuels.

Google says it bears 'some responsibility' after self-driving car hit bus; no injuries reported

Posted in Software on 1st Mar, 2016 01:20 PM
by AlexMuller
The crash may be the first case of one of Google's autonomous cars hitting another vehicle and making an error.

Blippar augmented reality search engine raises $54 million Series D

Posted in Business on 2nd Mar, 2016 11:29 AM
by AlexMuller
Blippar, is an AR company that lets you see extra, rich information content by simply pointing your phone at an object.

Google experiments with a way to pay without taking out your phone

Posted in Business on 3rd Mar, 2016 04:58 PM
by AlexMuller
The end result is that a point of sale device is already aware of your phone’s presence, and when you want to pay for something, you can do so through Hands Free.

Survey finds two-thirds of US consumers don’t know virtual reality headsets exist

Posted in Business on 5th Mar, 2016 01:43 PM
by AlexMuller
A poll of 3,000 people reflective of the United States population; some interesting feedback.

The Multi-Billion Dollar Robotics Market Is About to Boom

Posted in Business on 7th Mar, 2016 02:57 PM
by AlexMuller
Robotics as a technology has reached its tipping point. Worldwide spending on robotics will nearly double by 2019.

India's big move into solar is already paying off

Posted in Business on 7th Mar, 2016 03:12 PM
by AlexMuller
As the price of solar power keeps plummeting, India's massive bet on solar power is paying off far earlier than anticipated.

Solar is heading for giant boom times in the US

Posted in Business on 11th Mar, 2016 06:31 PM
by AlexMuller
Big solar power plants still provide a measly 0.6 percent of overall US electricity. But they are headed up a steep growth curve.

Rodney Brooks Gives 3 Tips for Young People Interested in A.I.

Posted in Business on 13th Mar, 2016 08:23 PM
by AlexMuller
The former director of the MIT Artificial Intelligence Lab has some interesting suggestions on how to advance the field:

Google Knows Its Self-Driving Cars Are 'Going to Have Worse Days'

Posted in Business on 13th Mar, 2016 08:35 PM
by AlexMuller
'It’s too important not to move forward with the technology. I know that the net benefit will be better for society.'

Google's Eric Schmidt says robots will take our jobs and the rise of AI is a natural progression

Posted in Business on 16th Mar, 2016 02:10 PM
by AlexMuller
"There's no question that as AI becomes more pervasive, people doing routine, repetitive tasks will be at risk."

Google may be looking to sell robotics company Boston Dynamics

Posted in Business on 18th Mar, 2016 07:17 PM
by AlexMuller
According to Bloomberg, possible acquirers of Boston Dynamics include Toyota Research Institute and Amazon, two companies that have experience using robots.

Solar to nearly triple by 2020 to about 450 GW and Wind to be about 750 GW

Posted in Hardware on 23rd Mar, 2016 07:39 PM
by AlexMuller
In 2015, China added more than 15 gigawatts of solar capacity, surpassing Germany as the largest solar market.

SpaceX's Big Plan To Launch Rockets Every Few Weeks

Posted in Science on 23rd Mar, 2016 08:17 PM
by AlexMuller
Elon Musk has long talked about launching payloads into orbit as often as once per week. Now, that dream may be slowly becoming a reality.

2015 record year for global renewables investment

Posted in Science on 25th Mar, 2016 04:27 PM
by AlexMuller
Global investment in renewable energy hit a record US$285.9bn (£202.3bn) in 2015, beating the previous high of $278.5bn set in 2011, a study shows.

The race is on to develop and control Artificial Intelligence

Posted in Business on 26th Mar, 2016 10:14 PM
by AlexMuller
The tech industry’s biggest companies, like Amazon, Google, IBM, Microsoft and Facebook, are jockeying to become the go-to platform for A.I.

ARPA-E funding a Xerox Machine to print super solar panels

Posted in Hardware on 28th Mar, 2016 02:30 AM
by AlexMuller
Researchers at PARC say they’re developing a new digital printing process that could make it much cheaper to mass-produce concentrated solar photovoltaic systems.

Solar Is a Booming Business, but It’s Still Not Generating Much of Our Power

Posted in Hardware on 28th Mar, 2016 02:49 PM
by AlexMuller
Solar capacity is on the rise, but it still accounts for only about 1 percent of the world’s electricity.

Study: California could get 74% of power from rooftop solar

Posted in Hardware on 31st Mar, 2016 09:00 AM
by AlexMuller
Rooftop solar panels could meet three-quarters of California's electricity needs and about 40 percent of the country's electricity needs, according to a new study.

Build 2016: Microsoft proposes helper bot boom

Posted in Business on 31st Mar, 2016 09:23 AM
by AlexMuller
Social bots are automated programs that can chat to users in a humanlike way.

Tesla makes its big play for the mainstream with the Model 3

Posted in Hardware on 2nd Apr, 2016 07:31 AM
by AlexMuller
Musk said his goal was to produce about 500,000 a year with production at full speed. Within a day of the launch, 180,000 vehicles had been pre-ordered.

'Pepper's father' ready for new robotic challenge

Posted in Business on 4th Apr, 2016 03:04 PM
by AlexMuller
Kaname Hayashi, who led the team that developed the Pepper robot, is again in the spotlight as he recently set up a venture firm to create a new robot.

Climate change will wipe $2.5tn off global financial assets:

Posted in Science on 7th Apr, 2016 03:45 PM
by AlexMuller
Losses could soar to $24tn and wreck the global economy in worst case scenario, first economic modelling estimate suggests.

Future solar panels could also generate energy from raindrops

Posted in Science on 9th Apr, 2016 03:48 PM
by AlexMuller
A new solar cell prototype developed by a team of scientists in China may change the way we use solar panels in the not so distant future.

The Rise of the Chat Bots

Posted in Software on 12th Apr, 2016 06:50 PM
by AlexMuller
Chatbots communicate with people in natural language. They are becoming popular and the companies that develop the software behind them are attracting serious venture capital.

Three trends that are driving the chatbot revolution

Posted in Software on 14th Apr, 2016 07:50 PM
by AlexMuller
Three intersecting trends help us understand why the the chatter around chatbots is everywhere.

Google is about to supercharge its Tensorflow open source AI

Posted in Business on 15th Apr, 2016 06:36 PM
by AlexMuller
TensorFlow was among the 6 open source projects that received the most attention from developers in all of 2015, even though it was only released in November.

Google Is Working on a Wireless Home Internet Service

Posted in Online on 16th Apr, 2016 07:11 AM
by AlexMuller
Google wants to beam wireless broadband directly into homes all over America.

Fossil fuels could be phased out worldwide in a decade, says new study

Posted in Business on 16th Apr, 2016 07:07 AM
by AlexMuller
The next great energy revolution might take place in a fraction of the time of major changes in the past.

Watching SunEdison's Collapse, Solar Industry Resets

Posted in Business on 17th Apr, 2016 07:32 AM
by AlexMuller
The collapse of SunEdison has made clear the perils of too-rapid growth.

Alphabet is plotting a digital city full of Google cars, high-speed Internet and more

Posted in Business on 17th Apr, 2016 08:25 AM
by AlexMuller
The idea under consideration is for Sidewalk to create an area in the U.S. that serves as a testbed for new technologies.

US: New standardization initiative could save billions for solar users

Posted in Hardware on 19th Apr, 2016 11:49 AM
by AlexMuller
Improved access to solar data, would lower risks and result in savings of nearly $9 billion over the next 10 years.

San Francisco just became the first big US city to require solar panels on new buildings

Posted in Business on 22nd Apr, 2016 02:49 AM
by AlexMuller
All new buildings with 10 floors or less must have at least 15% of their rooftops designated as solar ready.

Alphabet's crazy moonshots are growing revenues faster than losses

Posted in Online on 22nd Apr, 2016 05:19 PM
by AlexMuller
Google CEO Sundar Pichai cited the development of machine learning and AI as one of the key factors driving the growth.

VR headset shipments 'to boom' in 2016

Posted in Business on 22nd Apr, 2016 05:42 PM
by AlexMuller
More than nine million virtual reality (VR) headsets will be shipped in 2016, suggests research by analyst firm IDC.

Watch out SpaceX: China's space start up industry takes flight

Posted in Hardware on 23rd Apr, 2016 09:35 AM
by AlexMuller
A new generation of Chinese start ups are entering the space race, backed by universities and hedge funds.

Google reportedly starting an in-house startup incubator

Posted in Business on 25th Apr, 2016 01:52 PM
by AlexMuller
The plan is to allow entrepreneurial Googlers and their teams to develop their ideas with Google's support and funding and potentially branch out with Google as an investor.

Apple revenue falls for first time since 2003

Posted in Business on 27th Apr, 2016 01:31 PM
by AlexMuller
Apple reported a 13% drop in its second quarter revenue on Tuesday as sales of iPhones slipped. China was a particular weak spot. Apple shares fell 8% in after hours trading.

Vive manufacturer HTC creates $100M fund for virtual reality startups

Posted in Software on 27th Apr, 2016 01:50 PM
by AlexMuller
Vive X is a $100 million fund for VR startups. HTC will lead the effort to help startups in this space bring their products to market.

Google looks to the future: Go big on artificial intelligence

Posted in Business on 29th Apr, 2016 07:00 PM
by AlexMuller
In his first-ever letter to shareholders, Google CEO Sundar Pichai says the next wave of computing is all about machine learning.

SpaceX undercut ULA rocket launch pricing by 40 percent

Posted in Hardware on 30th Apr, 2016 01:50 PM
by AlexMuller
The Air Force awarded SpaceX an $83 million contract, breaking the monopoly that Lockheed Martin and Boeing had held on military space launches for more than a decade.

Google and Fiat Chrysler may team up to build self-driving cars

Posted in Business on 30th Apr, 2016 01:57 PM
by AlexMuller
Google has said that it does not want to build self-driving vehicles on its own and has explored alliances with auto companies.

India Adds 7.1 GW Renewable Energy Capacity In FY2015–16, Beats Target

Posted in Hardware on 2nd May, 2016 03:37 PM
by AlexMuller
This is one and a half times more than the target of 4,460 MW set at the start of the financial year.

Report: About 40% of gamers will buy a VR headset in the next year

Posted in Games on 2nd May, 2016 04:01 PM
by AlexMuller
The Entertainment Software Association issued its annual report on the U.S. game industry. Here are some of the essential facts.

There will be more new jobs in solar than oil by the end of 2016

Posted in Business on 4th May, 2016 04:18 PM
by AlexMuller
The decline in oil prices has not just rocked that industry, but jobs linked to both fossil fuels and renewable energy.

Google and Fiat Chrysler will build 100 self-driving minivans, on the road before 2017

Posted in Business on 4th May, 2016 04:23 PM
by AlexMuller
'The minivan design gives us an opportunity to test a larger vehicle that could be easier for passengers to enter and exit'

SpaceX successfully lands its Falcon 9 rocket on a floating drone ship again

Posted in Science on 6th May, 2016 05:26 PM
by AlexMuller
Now, SpaceX has both demonstrated that it can land the Falcon 9 at sea, and that the company can repeat the process.

Tesla's chief Elon Musk: 'We need a revolt against the fossil fuel industry'

Posted in Business on 7th May, 2016 05:49 PM
by AlexMuller
Musk claimed that traditional energy sources will continue to hold a competitive edge due to the vast subsidies they receive.

Luxembourg announces plans to launch an asteroid mining rig into orbit

Posted in Business on 7th May, 2016 06:12 PM
by AlexMuller
Luxembourg aims to be a leading asteroid miner, and Obama signed a bill that allows companies to mine resources from space.

One Million virtual reality fans use Samsung's Gear VR

Posted in Business on 12th May, 2016 12:04 AM
by AlexMuller
We've yet to see similar acceptance for Oculus's flagship VR headset: the Oculus Rift. Its high price along with shipment problems may offer more friction in terms of adoption.

Boeing Falters, And Now Only SpaceX Will Carry Astronauts in 2017

Posted in Science on 14th May, 2016 09:28 PM
by AlexMuller
The Starliner gets pushed back, leaving only the SpaceX Dragon able to fly astronauts in 2017.

Intel is going all in to enable 50 billion 5G connected internet of things devices by 2020

Posted in Hardware on 17th May, 2016 10:31 PM
by AlexMuller
CEO Brian Krzanich said Intel would be focusing on the Internet of Things, cloud and 5G as part of the new 'virtuous cycle of growth'.

Record 34.5% normal sunlight to electricity conversion efficiency which beats the old 24% record

Posted in Science on 19th May, 2016 11:51 AM
by AlexMuller
'What’s remarkable is that this level of efficiency had not been expected for many years'

Google Thinks You’re Ready to Converse with Computers

Posted in Business on 20th May, 2016 11:18 AM
by AlexMuller
Google Assistant will be launched in the company’s mobile search apps, installed on more than a billion smartphones.

Hurdles that keep virtual reality from being mainstream

Posted in Games on 21st May, 2016 04:43 PM
by AlexMuller
VR is exceeding expectations, already. The time has come to start taking this technology a lot more seriously.

Google I/O 2016: The recap of everything you need to know

Posted in Business on 21st May, 2016 05:21 PM
by AlexMuller
It's been a packed three days of announcements, demos, and teasers.

OnePlus launches limited edition Loop VR headset, gives away 30,000 ahead of OnePlus 3 launch

Posted in Business on 24th May, 2016 11:26 AM
by AlexMuller
By paying for 30,000 people to tune in through virtual reality, it hopes to stand out from the crowd.

Google’s summer plan: To become the OS of your life

Posted in Business on 24th May, 2016 11:54 AM
by AlexMuller
By leveraging AI and natural interaction, Google intends to be the OS of your life

China's Solar Prices Can Fall 38%, Become Competitive With Coal

Posted in Hardware on 25th May, 2016 10:00 PM
by AlexMuller
China surpassed Germany last year as the nation with the most installed solar-power capacity, in the process making renewable energy more competitive by driving down costs.

Google reports trillions of mobile searches per year, adds more location-based features to AdWords

Posted in Online on 25th May, 2016 05:44 PM
by AlexMuller
The competition for mobile advertising dollars that exists between Facebook and Google is about to become even more fierce.

SoftBank's humanoid robot Pepper is getting a job at Pizza Hut

Posted in Hardware on 25th May, 2016 10:09 PM
by AlexMuller
Pizza Hut Asia and MasterCard are partnering to bring Pepper robot to restaurants by the end of 2016.

Exxon shareholders take 'small step forward' on climate

Posted in Science on 26th May, 2016 12:32 PM
by AlexMuller
Exxon Mobil continues to face legal investigations over the extent of its knowledge on climate science and whether it played down global warming for financial benefit.

Google defeats Oracle in Java code copyright case

Posted in Software on 27th May, 2016 01:54 PM
by AlexMuller
Google uses Java in its Android smartphone operating system which powers about 80% of the world's mobile devices.

SpaceX launches satellite and makes an ocean landing

Posted in Hardware on 28th May, 2016 07:52 PM
by AlexMuller
SpaceX has for the fourth time landed the Falcon 9’s first stage after a challenging orbital launch. Its the third time that they landed a rocket on a moving robotic barge at sea.

After years of struggle, tidal power’s time may have arrived

Posted in Hardware on 31st May, 2016 05:13 PM
by AlexMuller
Entrepreneurs have tried everything from mill wheels in the 1600s to turbines in the 2000s, only to have their hopes dashed by the water’s crushing force.

Renewable energy surges to record levels around the world

Posted in Business on 1st Jun, 2016 11:15 PM
by AlexMuller
Investments in renewables during the year were more than double the amount spent on new coal and gas-fired power plants.

Minecraft surpasses 100M copies sold as it continues conquering the world of gaming

Posted in Games on 3rd Jun, 2016 12:34 AM
by AlexMuller
One of the best-selling games ever made, and it still has a ton of momentum.

For the first time a country has invested heavily in space mining

Posted in Science on 4th Jun, 2016 08:20 PM
by AlexMuller
Luxembourg announced on Friday it was opening a $225 million line of credit for space companies to set up their European headquarters within its borders.

Would you trust a bot? Conversational commerce depends on it

Posted in Software on 6th Jun, 2016 07:07 PM
by AlexMuller
As AI technology improves, the number of scenarios where a human needs to take over to answer questions will decrease.

Google's most ambitious life sciences projects are struggling to launch

Posted in Hardware on 8th Jun, 2016 02:28 AM
by AlexMuller
In addition to a cancer detector, other ideas, such as glucose sensing contact lenses, might not have the science to back them up.

SpaceX could drive launch costs to low earth orbit below $1000 per pound this year and down to $10 per pound by 2025

Posted in Hardware on 8th Jun, 2016 02:44 AM
by AlexMuller
Full reusability can result in "a two order of magnitude reduction in the cost of spaceflight.

Solar power could reach $1 per watt by 2020

Posted in Hardware on 8th Jun, 2016 10:53 PM
by AlexMuller
Solar power is the fastest-growing form of power generation in the U.S., but it still accounts for just over 1 percent of U.S. electricity.

SpaceX Set to Reuse Rocket Stage For the First Time

Posted in Science on 9th Jun, 2016 12:05 AM
by AlexMuller
Though a seven-month turnaround isn’t bad, the company eventually hopes that it can cut down the time to a matter of weeks.

Apple to lower App Store 'tax' for loyal subscribers

Posted in Business on 9th Jun, 2016 11:08 AM
by AlexMuller
Apple will for the first time lower its App Store commission on one condition: if an app can retain a subscriber for over a year, the revenue split will be 85/15.

Google adds US Cellular to Project Fi, available on Nexus phones

Posted in Online on 9th Jun, 2016 11:19 AM
by AlexMuller
Project Fi phones switch between T-Mobile, Sprint, and Wi-Fi networks depending on which connection is strongest at any given moment.

Solar generation grew 33% in 2015 as coal records largest fall

Posted in Business on 10th Jun, 2016 08:21 PM
by AlexMuller
Solar generation increased by 33% in 2015, officially becoming the world’s fastest growing source of energy.

SpaceX is disrupting the space industry so all future launch systems must be reusable, use additive manufacturing

Posted in Hardware on 11th Jun, 2016 06:37 PM
by AlexMuller
Launch providers including in China and India now have to rethink how to drive down cost.

Tutors become part of the app culture

Posted in Business on 14th Jun, 2016 07:08 AM
by AlexMuller
Tutoring is one the world's oldest professions, but even a vocation so entrenched cannot escape the rising "Uberisation" of daily life.

Apple WWDC 2016: iPhone maker announces iOS 10, Siri for Mac and new iMessage

Posted in Software on 14th Jun, 2016 07:31 AM
by AlexMuller
Apple has revealed plans including a more intelligent Siri and Messages app, quicker Apple Watch and easier to use laptops.

Pepper Robot receptionists introduced at hospitals in Belgium

Posted in Hardware on 14th Jun, 2016 07:47 AM
by AlexMuller
Pepper the humanoid robot has started work as an assistant on the reception desk in hospitals in Liege and Ostend.

Meta raises $50M for its next-generation augmented reality headset

Posted in Hardware on 14th Jun, 2016 09:20 AM
by AlexMuller
With augmented reality, connected glasses can overlay animations on the world, giving you more data about what you see around you.

SpaceX launches two communications satellites, but crash lands booster on drone ship

Posted in Hardware on 15th Jun, 2016 11:52 PM
by AlexMuller
SpaceX successfully deployed both satellites, marking on all accounts a successful mission for today’s launch.

We may be reaching the end stage of the fossil fuel era as we know it

Posted in Hardware on 16th Jun, 2016 12:49 AM
by AlexMuller
A report says we'll reach a tipping point in 2027, when new wind and solar power actually become cheaper than running existing coal and gas generators in much of the world.

Google creates new European research group to focus on machine learning

Posted in Software on 17th Jun, 2016 03:39 AM
by AlexMuller
Google announced that it is expanding its largest non-U.S. engineering center as part of a growing bet on machine learning.

Google working on 'common-sense' AI engine at new Zurich base

Posted in Business on 18th Jun, 2016 02:33 AM
by AlexMuller
Google's high profile AI team DeepMind, based in London, has the broader ambition to "solve intelligence".

3 of the world's 10 largest employers are now replacing their workers with robots

Posted in Hardware on 19th Jun, 2016 09:35 PM
by AlexMuller
Three of the world's 10 largest employers are already replacing tens of thousands of their workers with robots:

How to get positioned for the upcoming Virutal Reality wave

Posted in Software on 21st Jun, 2016 11:46 AM
by AlexMuller
How can forward-looking businesses position themselves so they don’t get left behind when VR really takes off?

Toyota will spend a billion dollars on a 5 year project to make affordable helper robots

Posted in Hardware on 22nd Jun, 2016 11:02 AM
by AlexMuller
'My thought is, if the Toyota production system can be applied to cars, maybe it can also be applied to robots, because they’re quite similar'.

Tesla makes offer to buy SolarCity

Posted in Hardware on 22nd Jun, 2016 11:26 AM
by AlexMuller
Electric carmaker Tesla has offered to buy solar panel company SolarCity in a bid to expand its clean energy business. Elon Musk described the deal as a "no brainer".

Google seems to be working on warehouse robots

Posted in Business on 24th Jun, 2016 05:35 PM
by AlexMuller
The patent outlines a series of robots that could be used in a warehouse, and a system for controlling how quickly they move to ensure that these bots can safely load cargo.

The World Economic Forum lists its top 10 emerging technologies of 2016

Posted in Hardware on 24th Jun, 2016 06:06 PM
by AlexMuller
Criteria used during the deliberations was the likelihood that 2016 represents a tipping point in the deployment of each technology.

Brexit big blow to UK science, say top British scientists

Posted in Science on 25th Jun, 2016 09:07 PM
by AlexMuller
Leave vote sparks concerns over losing £1bn a year in funding and closing doors on researchers from EU countries.

Solar Power to Grow Sixfold as Sun Becoming Cheapest Resource

Posted in Business on 26th Jun, 2016 12:16 PM
by AlexMuller
The amount of electricity generated using solar panels stands to expand as much as sixfold by 2030 as the cost of production falls below competing natural gas and coal.

Artificial Intelligence Explodes: New Deal Activity Record For AI Startups

Posted in Business on 26th Jun, 2016 12:43 PM
by AlexMuller
In Q1'16, there were over 140 deals to startups focused on AI. Khosla Ventures emerges as most active VC investor in the category.

Oculus lifts headset game restrictions

Posted in Business on 28th Jun, 2016 02:29 PM
by AlexMuller
The software locks were introduced after VR fans made software called Revive that let people move or port Oculus games on to the HTC Vive.

North America Is Set to Announce Its Most Ambitious Clean Energy Target Yet

Posted in Business on 29th Jun, 2016 04:07 PM
by AlexMuller
US, Canada, and Mexico poised to announce an ambitious energy pledge; 50% of North American electricity drawn from clean sources by 2025.

HTC Vive announces $10 billion VR Venture Capital Alliance

Posted in Business on 30th Jun, 2016 04:25 PM
by AlexMuller
HTC is certainly looking to do its part to make sure that the headset technologies it is building have a broader ecosystem to fall into.

Japanese Software Company Develops Forex Trading App for the Pepper Robot

Posted in Software on 2nd Jul, 2016 03:26 PM
by AlexMuller
The Forex Robotics Corporation trading app will be using Pepper's AI to make trades on the OANDA FxTrade currency trading platform.

The world's first solar airport no longer pays for electricity

Posted in Business on 3rd Jul, 2016 07:04 PM
by AlexMuller
Fed up with their hefty electricity bill, managers at Cochin International Airport in southern India took matters into their own hands.

Virtual reality heats up in China

Posted in Games on 4th Jul, 2016 02:54 PM
by AlexMuller
In the last six months alone, the Chinese VR market has seen a flurry of investments, partnerships and new ventures.

Renewable energy: UK expected to miss 2020 targets

Posted in Science on 6th Jul, 2016 04:04 PM
by AlexMuller
The Climate Change Act mandates emissions cuts of 80% by 2050.

Bots need personality, not a brain like a vending machine

Posted in Software on 8th Jul, 2016 05:40 PM
by AlexMuller
There’s a major problem with these new bots: a lack of human understanding.

Report Points to Future of Massive Technological Unemployment in Asia

Posted in Hardware on 12th Jul, 2016 04:41 PM
by AlexMuller
Potentially over half of workers in 5 Asian countries are at high risk of losing their jobs to automation in the next two decades.

Microsoft CEO: Chatbots will 'fundamentally revolutionize' computing

Posted in Software on 14th Jul, 2016 05:05 PM
by AlexMuller
In time, human language will be taught to all computers and become “the new interface.”

Why virtual, augmented, and mixed reality are the 4th wave of tech

Posted in Online on 15th Jul, 2016 07:09 PM
by AlexMuller
PC, internet, and mobile were the first three waves, and each was faster, larger, and more disruptive than the last.

VCs are getting serious about spacetech

Posted in Business on 17th Jul, 2016 07:46 PM
by AlexMuller
What's clear is that we've entered a virtuous cycle in spacetech, where VCs are encouraged enough by a handful of successes to invest further in the sector.

Apps put on notice as new study suggests teens love chatbots

Posted in Business on 18th Jul, 2016 08:34 AM
by AlexMuller
Bots are growing in popularity, largely driven largely by this generation’s preferred methods of communication.

SpaceX successfully brings a rocket back to the land for the second time

Posted in Hardware on 18th Jul, 2016 09:29 AM
by AlexMuller
The landing marks the second time SpaceX recovered a rocket on land and their fifth recovered first stage in all.

Chatbots are the next evolutionary step for robots

Posted in Business on 19th Jul, 2016 02:53 PM
by AlexMuller
Businesses will increasingly pay for more and more of their decision-making to be outsourced to algorithms.

Working full-time could be bad for your brain after a certain age

Posted in Science on 20th Jul, 2016 07:53 PM
by AlexMuller
An international team of researchers tested 3,000 Australian men and 3,500 women over the age of 40

SpaceX will try to land three rocket boosters at once

Posted in Hardware on 20th Jul, 2016 08:18 PM
by AlexMuller
Falcon Heavy rocket is slated to launch later this year. And if all goes as planned, all three boosters could come down for nearly simultaneous landings.

Musk reveals his new master plan for the future of Tesla

Posted in Business on 21st Jul, 2016 10:25 PM
by AlexMuller
Elon Musk revealed his new master plan for Tesla today (July 20) in a blog post published on Tesla’s website:

Facebook Connectivity Lab's internet-beaming drone completes first test flight

Posted in Hardware on 23rd Jul, 2016 02:08 AM
by AlexMuller
A solar-powered drone designed to bring internet access to some of the 1.6 billion people living in remote locations.

10 jobs that Artificial Intelligence and chatbots are poised to eventually replace

Posted in Software on 24th Jul, 2016 06:38 PM
by AlexMuller
The AIs are lining up at the door. Time to sharpen up those resumes.

Business ideas sought to launch ISS marketplace

Posted in Science on 25th Jul, 2016 10:07 PM
by AlexMuller
NASA has been signalling intentions to welcome more commercial partners aboard for a little while, and is now canvassing the private sector for ideas to increase business.

Apple hits 1 billion iPhone sales

Posted in Business on 28th Jul, 2016 11:55 PM
by AlexMuller
It’s a noteworthy milestone for a company recently knocked around by investors over the smartphone’s declining sales momentum.

World's largest solar power plant planned for Chernobyl nuclear wasteland

Posted in Science on 30th Jul, 2016 12:10 AM
by AlexMuller
The proposed 1GW solar plant, if built today, would be the world’s largest.

Google parent Alphabet reports strong Q2 2016

Posted in Business on 30th Jul, 2016 12:33 AM
by AlexMuller
'Our terrific second quarter results, with 21 percent revenue growth year on year, and 25 percent on a constant currency basis reflect the successful investments we've made'

Exponential growth and the renewable surprise

Posted in Business on 30th Jul, 2016 10:12 PM
by AlexMuller
Solar PV has grown faster than government officials thought possible, this time in the UK.

SpaceX receives order for second manned mission

Posted in Science on 30th Jul, 2016 11:30 PM
by AlexMuller
NASA says that the new contract will put the United States back into the manned spaceflight game and free US crews to spend more time on scientific research.

Google Search now helps you set up notifications for when you're mentioned online

Posted in Online on 31st Jul, 2016 08:06 PM
by AlexMuller
Google is making it a little easier for you to get an alert whenever your name gets mentioned on the internet.

Tesla and SolarCity Agree to $2.6 Billion Deal

Posted in Business on 3rd Aug, 2016 09:46 AM
by AlexMuller
Tesla reached an agreement to buy SolarCity for $2.6 B about $300 million less than an initial proposal, criticized as a “bailout” for the solar company in which he's the largest shareholder.

Alphabet is part of a $700M effort to cure disease without meds

Posted in Science on 4th Aug, 2016 02:28 PM
by AlexMuller
Emerging medicine that uses electric signals and miniaturized devices, rather than drugs, to treat chronic diseases.

Monetizing VR is like the Wild West; but you can still make money today

Posted in Business on 5th Aug, 2016 05:39 PM
by AlexMuller
'I think 12 months out, we're gonna be seeing a lot of developers making between $10,000 to $50,000 a day'

A next big thing in the space business could be tiny rockets

Posted in Hardware on 6th Aug, 2016 03:18 PM
by AlexMuller
Instead of dozens of small satellites launched annually, analysts are now forecasting hundreds of small satellites heading to orbit each year.

Apple given all-clear to sell energy from solar farm

Posted in Business on 7th Aug, 2016 01:32 PM
by AlexMuller
Apple said renewable energy generated at the site could power 60,000 California homes.

Spectrolab making 30.7% efficient solar cells for space applications

Posted in Science on 7th Aug, 2016 01:43 PM
by AlexMuller
The new XTJ Prime cell has achieved a solar energy conversion efficiency of 30.7% (higher than any other comparable model available, it is claimed).

Cheaper hybrid concentrated solar power plant design put to the test

Posted in Science on 8th Aug, 2016 02:03 PM
by AlexMuller
MHPS is testing out a hybrid concentrated solar power system that combines a a solar power tower with a low-temperature, low-cost Fresnel evaporator.

Studies show most people use only 5 apps on their smartphones

Posted in Software on 8th Aug, 2016 02:17 PM
by AlexMuller
One of those apps is Facebook. The other most common apps, which we know from stats about user counts, include WhatsApp and Snapchat.

Koko raises $2.5 million to put human empathy inside every virtual assistant

Posted in Business on 9th Aug, 2016 04:37 PM
by AlexMuller
Bots that more closely resemble interactions with a human but also to help people experiencing mental health emergencies.

Elon Musk wants to sell you an entire 'solar roof'

Posted in Hardware on 12th Aug, 2016 01:15 AM
by AlexMuller
The idea is that instead of just selling solar panels that can be placed on someone's roof, SolarCity can sell the entire roof itself with the solar power capabilities built into it.

Chromebooks expected to exceed 17 million units by 2023, Google Play store

Posted in Software on 14th Aug, 2016 04:47 PM
by AlexMuller
ChromeOS computers are now outselling Macs, and are among Amazon’s top sellers. Android app support on the way.

Why the year of VR glasses will morph into the decade of AR

Posted in Business on 14th Aug, 2016 04:54 PM
by AlexMuller
While we will likely look back at 2016 as the year of VR, industry observers believe augmented reality (AR) glasses may actually rule in a few years.

VR 2.0: More mobile, more social, more convincing

Posted in Games on 15th Aug, 2016 06:03 PM
by AlexMuller
The VR industry is already moving on to much more advanced VR. Here are five things we can look forward to in the upcoming second-generation VR:

Apple is 'doing a lot of things' in augmented reality, Tim Cook says

Posted in Hardware on 15th Aug, 2016 06:34 PM
by AlexMuller
'I think AR is extremely interesting and sort of a core technology. So, yes, it’s something we’re doing a lot of things on behind that curtain that we talked about.'

Google Fiber rethinking its costly cable plans, looking to wireless

Posted in Business on 16th Aug, 2016 04:37 PM
by AlexMuller
Fiber reached just six metro areas in four years, illustrating the difficulty and expense of digging up streets and laying thousands of miles of cables.

Adorable Robot Assistant Pepper Now Available in the US

Posted in Business on 19th Aug, 2016 03:48 AM
by AlexMuller
For the first time, SoftBank Robotics' Pepper, the adorable and tiny humanoid robot helper, will be available to purchase in the US.

SpaceX plans to use more carbon fiber for lighter rockets as reusing stages justifies higher expenses

Posted in Hardware on 19th Aug, 2016 08:33 PM
by PlanetTech
Originally, the company made rockets mostly out of aluminum to keep costs low.

How chatbots can help small business

Posted in Software on 21st Aug, 2016 08:09 PM
by AlexMuller
Chatbots aren’t just for big name tech brands and retail; small businesses stand to gain plenty from them, as well.

The Future of the Internet of Things

Posted in Software on 22nd Aug, 2016 11:50 PM
by AlexMuller
If your hope is to awaken to a fully automated home, you already can.

Solar Cost Hits World's New Low, Half the Price of Coal in Chile

Posted in Business on 24th Aug, 2016 04:14 PM
by AlexMuller
Chile awarded a contract to sell solar power for $29.10 per megawatt hour (MWh), the lowest ever across the planet.

Viewers engage with ads in VR much more than in mobile or desktop apps

Posted in Business on 25th Aug, 2016 04:11 PM
by AlexMuller
Immersv said that VR drives 12 new installs for every 1,000 video ad views, compared to 0.5 for mobile and 0.2 for desktop.

SpaceX Dragon home from ISS

Posted in Science on 27th Aug, 2016 02:19 PM
by AlexMuller
The mission was SpaceX's ninth of 20 planned under a NASA resupply contract worth up to $3.1 billion.

The Price of Solar Is Declining to Unprecedented Lows

Posted in Business on 28th Aug, 2016 11:21 AM
by AlexMuller
Despite already low costs, the installed price of solar fell by 5 to 12 percent in 2015.

ULA developing 'space trucks' to ferry cargo in an orbital economy

Posted in Science on 29th Aug, 2016 11:47 PM
by AlexMuller
ULA thinks humans will begin building the infrastructure for space mining and exploration that will culminate with lunar colonies before 2050.

SES company first to launch satellite on a 'second-hand' SpaceX rocket

Posted in Hardware on 31st Aug, 2016 10:41 PM
by AlexMuller
Luxembourg-based SES says it is going to be the first commercial satellite operator to launch a spacecraft on a "second-hand" rocket.

SpaceX rocket explodes at Cape Canaveral ahead of launch

Posted in Science on 2nd Sep, 2016 02:14 AM
by AlexMuller
A rocket operated by the aerospace company SpaceX has exploded on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral where it was being test-fired ahead of a launch.

Apple chief Tim Cook says tax ruling 'maddening'

Posted in Business on 2nd Sep, 2016 02:30 AM
by AlexMuller
Tim Cook says the European Commission ruling that Apple should pay billions of euros in back taxes to the Republic of Ireland is "maddening" and "political".

By 2025, The Eastern US Could Get 1/3 of Its Energy From Renewables

Posted in Science on 5th Sep, 2016 05:37 AM
by AlexMuller
One of the largest power systems in the world can integrate over 30% wind and solar power into its systems.

SpaceX says it can continue launching rockets from two other launch pads

Posted in Hardware on 5th Sep, 2016 06:06 AM
by AlexMuller
SpaceX says it can continue launching vehicles from its two other launch sites, one in California and another one in Cape Canaveral.

How a chatbot could help people take their medication

Posted in Online on 5th Sep, 2016 06:20 AM
by AlexMuller
There’s been a big investment in medication adherence and there’s good reasons.

Google’s plan to develop super powerful quantum computers

Posted in Hardware on 7th Sep, 2016 12:54 AM
by AlexMuller
Google is developing a quantum computer that it believes will outperform the world’s top supercomputers, according to an August 31 New Scientist article.

Apple September 2016 Special Event: The key points from Apple's conference:

Posted in Hardware on 8th Sep, 2016 01:45 PM
by AlexMuller
Apple launched a new iPhone that comes with improved processor, cameras and no headphone jack, along with a new Apple Watch.

With PeppAR Waiter, SoftBank’s cute robot shows you your food in 3D before you order

Posted in Software on 12th Sep, 2016 10:15 AM
by AlexMuller
We've seen Pepper used as a restaurant waiter before but the addition of AR turns things up a notch

Razer is investing $30 million into games, tech, and VR

Posted in Games on 13th Sep, 2016 10:12 AM
by AlexMuller
This is different from the OSVR Fund that Razer is heavily involved with and works on offering platform-agnostic VR games.

Virgin Galactic on the way back to space with test flight

Posted in Hardware on 13th Sep, 2016 10:52 AM
by AlexMuller
With this flight in the books, the team will now analyze flight data, learning what worked well and what could be improved for subsequent flight tests.

AI will eliminate 6 percent of US jobs in five years, says report

Posted in Business on 14th Sep, 2016 10:00 AM
by AlexMuller
Within 5 years AI will eliminate many positions in customer service, trucking and taxi services, amounting to 6 percent of jobs, according to a Forrester report.

Tim Cook says augmented reality will be bigger than virtual reality

Posted in Business on 15th Sep, 2016 09:50 AM
by AlexMuller
Cook has been dropping hints about Apple's interest in augmented and virtual reality since the beginning of the year.

SpaceX Will Start Launching Rockets Again in November

Posted in Business on 15th Sep, 2016 10:03 AM
by AlexMuller
SpaceX had both the first flight of its massive Falcon Heavy and the first re-flight of a Falcon 9 rocket scheduled to go up this fall. Both of those flights were pushed back.

Microsoft aims to 'solve' cancer within 10 years by 'reprogramming' diseased cells

Posted in Business on 21st Sep, 2016 06:36 PM
by AlexMuller
MS aims to 'solve the problem of cancer' within a decade by using computer science to crack the code of diseased cells.

Google's grand plan to target the 'next billion' internet users

Posted in Online on 27th Sep, 2016 05:33 PM
by AlexMuller
The internet giant unveiled myriad new products, programs, and updates as it looks to ramp up its efforts to get in front of 'the next billion' internet users.

Solar power cost down 25% in five months

Posted in Business on 28th Sep, 2016 06:34 PM
by AlexMuller
'There’s no reason why the cost of solar will ever increase again'

Musk outlines his vision for Mars colony and the future of space

Posted in Hardware on 28th Sep, 2016 06:43 PM
by AlexMuller
Entrepreneur Elon Musk has outlined his vision for establishing a human colony on Mars for people that can afford a $200,000 ticket price.

Google says its new AI-powered translation tool scores nearly identically to human translators

Posted in Software on 30th Sep, 2016 05:19 PM
by AlexMuller
Google Machine Neural Translation is nearly indistinguishable from human translation on standardized tests, the company said.

SpaceX sets a date to return to orbit following the Falcon 9 launchpad explosion

Posted in Science on 1st Oct, 2016 02:29 PM
by AlexMuller
The company appears ready to get back on the orbital horse with plans for its next launch set for as soon as November.

VCs invest record $500 million in augmented and virtual reality in Q3

Posted in Business on 4th Oct, 2016 01:11 AM
by AlexMuller
That was the ninth consecutive quarter of increased investment in the hot sector, which Digi-Capital estimates could be a $120 billion business by 2020.

Google's next big step for AI: Getting robots to teach each other new skills

Posted in Business on 4th Oct, 2016 09:01 PM
by AlexMuller
Robots haven't reached human intelligence yet, but Google's researchers are showing how they're closing the gap.

SpaceX will invest $1 billion towards advanced engine systems

Posted in Business on 5th Oct, 2016 08:55 AM
by AlexMuller
Musk is spending tens of millions per year on developing his Mars colonization plans and the hardware for it. This will scale up to $200-300 million per year by 2018 or so.

Solar panels surpass coal-fired electricity in previously 'unthinkable' feat

Posted in Science on 5th Oct, 2016 09:24 AM
by AlexMuller
In the UK, for six months until September, more electricity came from sunlight than coal-fired power stations.

New Alaskan oil discovery boost Alaska oil reserves by nearly double and should begin production by 2022

Posted in Business on 9th Oct, 2016 03:33 AM
by AlexMuller
Smith Bay ranks as one of the world’s largest recent oil discoveries.

Humans need new skills for post-AI world, say MPs

Posted in Business on 12th Oct, 2016 07:32 AM
by AlexMuller
Robotics and AI have "huge potential" to reshape the way people work and live, but the government needs to do more to address the issues raised by such technology.

World's Largest Solar Project Would Generate Electricity 24 Hours a Day, Power 1 Million U.S. Homes

Posted in Science on 14th Oct, 2016 01:55 PM
by AlexMuller
The race to build the world's largest solar power plant is heating up.

Foxconn reaches 40,000 robots of original 1 million robot automation goal

Posted in Business on 15th Oct, 2016 11:53 AM
by AlexMuller
In 2011, Foxconn had announced a plan to replace 500,000 mainland Chinese workers with 1 million robots over the next 3-5 years.

Apple is no longer building its own car

Posted in Hardware on 18th Oct, 2016 11:06 AM
by AlexMuller
Apple's tumultuous Project Titan no longer has the objective of making its own car. Apple will instead focus on providing autonomous technology.

SyncThink gets a patent for eye tracking in virtual reality

Posted in Business on 18th Oct, 2016 11:18 AM
by AlexMuller
This could be a potentially important piece of intellectual property, as VR headsets become more plentiful.

What the growth and developent of AI means for the future of chatbots

Posted in Business on 18th Oct, 2016 11:31 AM
by AlexMuller
Chatbots are one of the hottest subsets of AI right now, and in the coming years they are going to become much more prevalent.

Orbital ATK Antares successfully launches with a return to flight after 2014 rocket failure

Posted in Hardware on 19th Oct, 2016 11:10 AM
by AlexMuller
2 years ago a rocket failure was blamed on a pump in one of the engines, left over from the Soviet manned lunar program of the 70s.

Google has more than 1,000 AI projects in the works

Posted in Business on 20th Oct, 2016 02:44 PM
by AlexMuller
Google has more than 1,000 deep-learning projects in every major product category, including search, maps, translation, and cars.

Video game software sales estimated to hit $98 billion by 2020

Posted in Games on 20th Oct, 2016 02:52 PM
by AlexMuller
Packaged games are slowing down, but the digital market is more than making up the difference.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos thinks space can be the new internet

Posted in Science on 21st Oct, 2016 03:41 PM
by AlexMuller
Bezos says that space is the next frontier, a new internet, that is desperately lacking in infrastructure to support new entrepreneurs.

Argonne Labs makes solar thermal energy storage 20X better, enables solar to provide power at night

Posted in Hardware on 22nd Oct, 2016 12:43 PM
by AlexMuller
Solar power on demand, even with no sunlight, through the use of thermal storage.

U.S. Energy Shakeup Continues as Solar Capacity Triples

Posted in Business on 23rd Oct, 2016 05:48 PM
by AlexMuller
Solar will have nearly tripled in less than three years by 2017, natural gas is the country's chief source of electricity and coal power continues to fade.

World’s largest photovoltaic solar plant to be established in Turkey by 2018

Posted in Business on 24th Oct, 2016 01:37 PM
by AlexMuller
The plant will be constructed on a nearly 2,000-hectare area, will produce 1.7 billion kwh of electricity, which is enough for 600,000 houses.

Renewables made up half of net electricity capacity added last year

Posted in Science on 26th Oct, 2016 02:30 PM
by AlexMuller
Experts hail rapid transformation that will see clean energy outgrow fossil fuels in the next five years, but warn UK is failing to exploit huge potential.

Tesla shows off new product: solar roof tiles

Posted in Business on 30th Oct, 2016 12:04 AM
by AlexMuller
The tiles, made from glass, are intended to be a more attractive way to add solar panels to homes, compared with currently-used solar technology.

A New Age in Education: Udacity and IMB Watson Have AI Engineering Courses Online

Posted in Business on 30th Oct, 2016 09:52 PM
by AlexMuller
Advanced learning is become available to more people by bypassing some established societal barriers.

Google Tests Drone Delivery With Burritos for Undergrads

Posted in Hardware on 30th Oct, 2016 10:01 PM
by AlexMuller
Google's Project Wing is air-dropping fast food onto the campus of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

U.S VR hardware and software market to hit $38 billion by 2026

Posted in Business on 2nd Nov, 2016 03:32 PM
by AlexMuller
The U.S VR market will grow gradually in the next two years, but then faster growth will kick in according to a forecast by Greenlight Insights.

Tesla presses case for SolarCity merger saying it would add $1 billion to 2017 revenue

Posted in Business on 2nd Nov, 2016 03:38 PM
by AlexMuller
'The acquisition will enable us to transform into a truly integrated sustainable energy company.'

Facebook passes 1 billion mobile-only monthly users

Posted in Business on 3rd Nov, 2016 01:28 PM
by AlexMuller
In its third quarter 2016 earnings announcement today, Facebook revealed it now has 1.79 billion monthly active users.

Fove VR headset lets you play games using eye controls

Posted in Hardware on 3rd Nov, 2016 01:34 PM
by AlexMuller
Fove is targeting entertainment, education, gaming and medical industries with gaze control in virtual reality interfaces.

Elon Musk: Robots will take your jobs, government will have to pay your wage

Posted in Business on 6th Nov, 2016 02:03 PM
by AlexMuller
"I am not sure what else one would do. I think that is what would happen."

Tobii to raise $50M to bring its eye-tracking to VR and smartphones

Posted in Business on 7th Nov, 2016 01:35 PM
by AlexMuller
Tobii serves up tools that enable tech such as computers and smartphones to detect a user’s eye-orientation, thereby determining what they are looking at onscreen.

Why investors are throwing heaps of money at machine learning

Posted in Business on 7th Nov, 2016 01:47 PM
by AlexMuller
The more they learn, the smarter they get and the more they’re going to utterly disrupt the economics of the world as we know it.

5 Big Tech Trends That Will Make This Election Look Tame

Posted in Business on 9th Nov, 2016 05:49 PM
by AlexMuller
Political campaigns are about to get hyper-personalized thanks to advances in a few exponential technologies.

Shift to automation may prevent Trump from delivering on his jobs promise

Posted in Business on 10th Nov, 2016 03:23 PM
by AlexMuller
Trump's victory was enabled by technology, everything from his use of social media to Clinton's email scandals to Russian hacking.

Britain Says It Will Ditch Coal Power By 2025

Posted in Business on 14th Nov, 2016 12:18 PM
by AlexMuller
After a year in which solar generated more power than coal for six months, the country has realised a transition to clean energy won't be so hard.

AI Predictions of Court Rulings are Surprisingly Accurate

Posted in Software on 14th Nov, 2016 12:43 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers have developed AI systems reportedly capable of predicting European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) judicial decisions of the with 79% accuracy.

Microsoft partners with Elon Musk-backed AI non-profit

Posted in Business on 16th Nov, 2016 12:09 PM
by AlexMuller
The research project will run experiments on Azure's cloud-based virtual machines.

Google unveils new plans for its London HQ

Posted in Business on 16th Nov, 2016 12:14 PM
by AlexMuller
It's the search giant's first "wholly designed" building outside of the US.

Private Space Stations could start launching in 2020

Posted in Science on 18th Nov, 2016 02:51 PM
by AlexMuller
Large multi-module stations able to hold 100 or more people by 2030

Tesla and SolarCity shareholders approve acquisition

Posted in Business on 18th Nov, 2016 02:57 PM
by AlexMuller
Tesla is now officially in the solar energy business.

Elon Musk claims solar roof looks better than a normal roof, lasts twice as long, costs less and generates electricity

Posted in Hardware on 19th Nov, 2016 12:22 PM
by AlexMuller
If Musk’s claims prove true, this could be a real turning point in the evolution of solar power.

Planetary Resources And Luxembourg target 2020 asteroid mining mission

Posted in Hardware on 20th Nov, 2016 01:00 PM
by AlexMuller
Core hardware and software technologies developed at Planetary Resources were tested on orbit last year.

China Wants to Build a $50 Trillion Global Wind & Solar Power Grid by 2050

Posted in Hardware on 21st Nov, 2016 12:12 PM
by AlexMuller
The company that is tasked with running China's power grid just proposed a $50 trillion global electricity network to tackle climate change.

NHS using Google technology to treat patients

Posted in Medicine on 22nd Nov, 2016 02:09 PM
by AlexMuller
A London NHS hospital trust has teamed up with tech giant Google to share patient data so it can save more lives.

Tesla officially acquires SolarCity

Posted in Business on 22nd Nov, 2016 02:19 PM
by AlexMuller
The aim is to provide customers with full-stack solutions for owning their own energy production, storage and consumption.

Tesla converted an entire island to solar with new microgrid product developed by SolarCity

Posted in Business on 23rd Nov, 2016 03:42 PM
by AlexMuller
The island of Ta’u has been using diesel generators and burning over 100,000 gallons of fuel per year.

US Renewable Electricity Generation Reached 13.8% In 2015

Posted in Hardware on 26th Nov, 2016 07:47 PM
by AlexMuller
National Renewable Energy Laboratory says that US renewable electricity grew to 16.7% of total installed capacity and 13.8% of generation.

SpaceX wants to surround Earth with an internet service that's 200 times faster

Posted in Hardware on 28th Nov, 2016 02:01 PM
by AlexMuller
On November 15, the company filed a lengthy application with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to launch 4,425 satellites.

Solar Capacity In India Tops 10 Gigawatts

Posted in Business on 29th Nov, 2016 04:23 PM
by AlexMuller
India will soon become the third-largest solar power market in the world, after China and the United States.

'Snoopers' charter' petition hits signatures target

Posted in Science on 29th Nov, 2016 04:31 PM
by AlexMuller
A petition asking the UK government to repeal its new Investigatory Powers Act now has more than 118,000 signatures.

The UK is ill-prepared for the fourth industrial revolution, manufacturers warn

Posted in Software on 1st Dec, 2016 04:24 PM
by AlexMuller
The UK is ill-prepared for the next industrial revolution, in which robots and artificial intelligence will make millions of jobs obsolete.

Most US manufacturing jobs lost to technology, not trade

Posted in Business on 4th Dec, 2016 11:19 AM
by AlexMuller
Increasing protectionism is unlikely to override forces of automation.

Germany's Aggressive Switch to Renewables Will Save €149 Billion

Posted in Business on 6th Dec, 2016 02:41 PM
by AlexMuller
Germany’s goal is to lower its greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2020.

Google data centres to be 100% renewable-powered by 2017

Posted in Business on 7th Dec, 2016 03:06 PM
by AlexMuller
Google has confirmed it will hit its target of offsetting 100% of the energy used at its data centres and offices against power from renewable sources.

New journal Science Robotics is established to chronicle the rise of the robots

Posted in Software on 8th Dec, 2016 12:16 PM
by AlexMuller
Robots have been a major focus in the technology world for decades.

Jeff Bezos, Mayo Clinic back anti-aging startup Unity Biotechnology for $116 million

Posted in Science on 8th Dec, 2016 12:21 PM
by AlexMuller
Unity Biotechnology is a startup focusing on medicines to help us do that by slowing the effects of age-related diseases.

HTC shows off 20 virtual reality startups at its Vive X accelerator

Posted in Business on 9th Dec, 2016 03:28 PM
by AlexMuller
HTC has committed to investing more than $100 million in Vive X companies.

Solar Fabric Could Let You Charge Your Phone With Your Shirt

Posted in Hardware on 11th Dec, 2016 02:13 PM
by AlexMuller
The latest advancement in solar technology will put solar energy on another new and somewhat unexpected surface.

Bill Gates is heading a $1 billion venture fund to combat climate change

Posted in Business on 12th Dec, 2016 02:47 PM
by AlexMuller
A fund led by Microsoft-co-founder Bill Gates that aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to almost zero by financing emerging clean energy.

US Solar Market Experiences Record Quarter, Installing 2 Megawatts Per Hour

Posted in Hardware on 14th Dec, 2016 03:33 PM
by AlexMuller
US solar shattered all records this past quarter, installing a massive 4.1 gigawatts (GW) at an average of 2 megawatts of solar PV per hour.

SpaceX won't launch astronauts until 2018

Posted in Science on 16th Dec, 2016 07:54 AM
by AlexMuller
It's official: SpaceX is not going to meet its 2017 deadline to carry its first astronauts into space.

Calico focused on trying to gain insight into biology of aging which has been disappointing to those who favor SENS style antiaging

Posted in Medicine on 16th Dec, 2016 08:16 AM
by AlexMuller
They hope to extend the human life span by coming up with a breakthrough.

Solar Power Is Now The World's Cheapest Energy

Posted in Business on 18th Dec, 2016 05:56 PM
by AlexMuller
The drop in price is driven by investments from developing nations.

Europe’s new GPS system Galileo goes live in bid to end dependence on U.S. network

Posted in Hardware on 18th Dec, 2016 06:00 PM
by AlexMuller
By 2020, the EU hopes for Galileo to be completely self-reliant. And it claims that the new system is far more precise.

OneWeb raises $1.2 billion to launch a 'constellation' of satellites for high-speed internet access

Posted in Hardware on 20th Dec, 2016 05:39 PM
by AlexMuller
Founded out of London in 2012, OneWeb is planning to bring high-speed affordable internet access to everyone around the world.

Lumus raises $45 million to make wearable augmented reality displays

Posted in Business on 20th Dec, 2016 05:42 PM
by AlexMuller
Lumus has completed a $45 million funding round for its augmented reality displays for smartglasses.

Trump's coal revival plan probably won’t work; clean energy tech is already cheaper

Posted in Hardware on 20th Dec, 2016 05:56 PM
by AlexMuller
The cost of solar power systems has dropped 30% this year alone.

Nobel economist: 'I don't think globalisation is anywhere near the threat that robots are'

Posted in Software on 24th Dec, 2016 06:37 PM
by AlexMuller
Obama's White House warned on Thursday that advances in artificial intelligence and robotics have the potential to wipe out millions of job.

Solar power is now the cheapest form of energy in almost 60 countries

Posted in Business on 24th Dec, 2016 06:54 PM
by AlexMuller
The average price of solar energy in almost 60 countries dropped to US$1.65 million per megawatt during 2016.

Progress towards next-generation solar cells

Posted in Science on 26th Dec, 2016 09:50 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists have identified an unexpected cause of poor performance in a new class of flexible and cheap solar cells, bringing them closer to market.

Fully transparent solar cell could make every window in your house a power source

Posted in Hardware on 28th Dec, 2016 10:57 AM
by AlexMuller
Soon windows, panes of glass, and even entire buildings could be used to generate solar energy.

Will Solar and Wind Surpass Hydro by early 2020s?

Posted in Business on 30th Dec, 2016 05:42 PM
by AlexMuller
The pro-solar case is based upon massive scaling of lower cost solar and low cost batteries.

Emerging Markets Lead the Way to Cheapest-Ever Solar Energy

Posted in Business on 31st Dec, 2016 05:34 PM
by AlexMuller
The shift is happening faster than anyone thought it would, particularly in solar energy.

Solar Panels Now So Cheap Manufacturers Probably Selling at Loss

Posted in Hardware on 1st Jan, 2017 07:25 PM
by AlexMuller
The current price is also lower than cost estimates.

India's double first in battle against climate change

Posted in Hardware on 4th Jan, 2017 06:22 PM
by AlexMuller
Two world-leading clean energy projects have opened in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu.

China to invest £292bn in renewable power by 2020

Posted in Science on 5th Jan, 2017 06:55 PM
by AlexMuller
World’s largest energy market looks to move from coal towards cleaner fuels.

Morocco unveils Noor I power plant, a massive solar power plant in the Sahara

Posted in Hardware on 6th Jan, 2017 10:05 AM
by AlexMuller
It's capable of generating up to 160 megawatts of power and covers thousands of acres of desert.

Elon Musk: 'I think we may see some surprising things from the next administration on renewables'

Posted in Business on 7th Jan, 2017 03:36 PM
by AlexMuller
Musk described his takeaway from the meeting and it looks encouraging for the clean tech industry.

Proof will track your blood alcohol content with a wristband

Posted in Science on 8th Jan, 2017 12:43 PM
by AlexMuller
Milo Sensors is a company built around wearable sensors that detects various chemicals in your body based on perspiration from your skin.

China kept on smashing renewables records in 2016

Posted in Business on 9th Jan, 2017 05:40 PM
by AlexMuller
The 2020 solar power capacity installation target is likely to be met next year, two years ahead of schedule.

Self driving minivans from Google and Tesla has version 2 of autopilot

Posted in Hardware on 9th Jan, 2017 05:50 PM
by AlexMuller
Google's new fully self-driving Chrysler Pacifica minivans are here. Waymo, Google's self-driving spin-off, says they will be hitting the road at the end of January 2017.

Age of automation: what if more work is the problem, not the solution?

Posted in Business on 10th Jan, 2017 04:58 PM
by AlexMuller
The Green Institute argues that shorter hours and a universal basic income would be better than more jobs.

Obama says shift to green energy is 'irreversible'

Posted in Business on 10th Jan, 2017 05:08 PM
by AlexMuller
Renewable energy sources will continue to grow in the US despite the antipathy of the incoming Trump administration, says President Obama.

Illumina wants to sequence your whole genome for $100

Posted in Medicine on 11th Jan, 2017 04:37 PM
by AlexMuller
The NovaSeq machine's scanning speed could decipher an entire human genome in less than an hour.

Virtual Reality funding and innovation look strong for 2017

Posted in Games on 11th Jan, 2017 04:45 PM
by AlexMuller
The biggest barriers to consumer adoption are the need for more compelling content, especially for nongaming audiences.

Solar Looks to Outpace Natural Gas and Wind

Posted in Business on 12th Jan, 2017 05:41 PM
by AlexMuller
Although final totals are not quite in, estimates indicate more solar capacity was added in 2016 than for its rivals.

How Will Driverless Cars Disrupt the Transportation Industry?

Posted in Hardware on 12th Jan, 2017 05:59 PM
by Megan Ray Nichols
Autonomous vehicles (AVs) are still relatively new and the technology is still developing, but driverless cars are already beginning to change the transportation industry.

Solar power to rise from Chernobyl's nuclear ashes

Posted in Science on 14th Jan, 2017 05:17 PM
by AlexMuller
Chinese companies plan to spend $1bn building a giant solar farm on land contaminated by the nuclear disaster in Ukraine.

Tesla will power its Gigafactory with a 70-megawatt solar farm

Posted in Business on 16th Jan, 2017 12:35 PM
by AlexMuller
It will be the world’s largest roof-mounted solar installation.

Renewable Energy Jobs Will Likely Grow By More Than 170% in the Next 10 Years

Posted in Business on 17th Jan, 2017 04:41 PM
by AlexMuller
Energy-related positions make up about 8% of the U.S. workforce, but many sectors of the industry are seeing reductions in job numbers.

U.S. investors see more automation, not jobs, under Trump

Posted in Business on 22nd Jan, 2017 02:02 PM
by AlexMuller
Swapping robots and software for human labour has underpinned much of the productivity gains in the United States over the last 25 years.

Solar Is Finally Moving Beyond Boom and Bust

Posted in Business on 23rd Jan, 2017 11:15 AM
by AlexMuller
Solar no longer driven by subsidies.

Robots May Steal Our Jobs, but Not as Quickly as We Thought

Posted in Business on 23rd Jan, 2017 11:22 AM
by AlexMuller
Widespread automation is inevitable, but it won’t happen as quickly as has been predicted.

51% of all job tasks could be automated by today's technology

Posted in Hardware on 25th Jan, 2017 03:50 PM
by AlexMuller
A new report from McKinsey finds that the future of work and automation isn’t quite the zero-sum game when it comes to jobs as some perceive.

Drone Use To Transform The Construction Industry

Posted in Hardware on 25th Jan, 2017 05:50 PM
by Allison Crady
With cost and energy saving abilities, drones will swiftly become indispensable to the industry.

Massachusetts lawmakers float aggressive bill mandating 100% renewables by 2035

Posted in Science on 26th Jan, 2017 04:02 PM
by AlexMuller
If successful, the Massachusetts bill would launch the state into the company of states with similar aggressive decarbonization goals.

Ireland votes to be world’s first country to fully divest from fossil fuels

Posted in Science on 27th Jan, 2017 06:05 PM
by AlexMuller
The country’s parliament just passed “first-of-its-kind fossil fuel divestment legislation” with a majority vote.

Manufacturing jobs are finally returning to North America…for robots

Posted in Hardware on 28th Jan, 2017 05:45 PM
by AlexMuller
Automation threatens jobs on every continent.

Renewable Energy Is Creating Jobs 12 Times Faster Than the Rest of the Economy

Posted in Business on 28th Jan, 2017 05:57 PM
by AlexMuller
Solar and wind jobs have grown at rates of about 20% annually in recent years.

Robots could help solve social care crisis, say academics

Posted in Hardware on 31st Jan, 2017 04:50 PM
by AlexMuller
Humanoid robots, with cultural awareness and a good bedside manner, could help solve the crisis over care for the elderly, academics say.

Facebook loses $500m Oculus virtual reality case

Posted in Business on 2nd Feb, 2017 06:51 PM
by AlexMuller
A US court has awarded $500m (£395m) to a firm which sued Facebook and other defendants over the use of its virtual reality technology.

Factory Replaces 90% Of Workers With Robots, Sees 250% Production Increase

Posted in Hardware on 2nd Feb, 2017 07:08 PM
by AlexMuller
The trial for the robots is going so well that the general manager said that the number of human employees may drop to 20 someday.

Rocket problems may delay SpaceX's first crewed launches

Posted in Science on 4th Feb, 2017 11:18 PM
by Alex Muller
If confirmed, cracks in the falcon 9's fuel pumps could pose a threat to astronauts.

Beneficial AI conference develops 'Asilomar AI principles' to guide future AI research

Posted in Software on 5th Feb, 2017 08:02 PM
by Alex Muller
The result was 23 Asilomar AI Principles, intended to suggest AI research guidelines.

China becomes the world's largest solar power producer

Posted in Hardware on 6th Feb, 2017 04:05 PM
by Alex Muller
As it stands, solar energy represents only one percent of the country’s energy output.

China will go from 1% solar power in 2016 to possibly 2.5% power generation from solar in 2020

Posted in Business on 8th Feb, 2017 05:59 PM
by Alex Muller
China aims to boost the mix of non-fossil fuel generated power to 20 percent by 2030 from 11 percent today.

Japan is building the world’s largest floating solar power plant

Posted in Hardware on 12th Feb, 2017 12:47 PM
by Alex Muller
Japan doesn't have much land to spare. Tokyo Leasing Corporation along with Kyocera Corporation have announced a project to built the World’s Largest Floating Solar Plant.

Solar can already generate more energy than oil, says scientific review

Posted in Business on 13th Feb, 2017 10:16 AM
by Alex Muller
While the world has been going crazy, solar has quietly tipped over the edge and kicked oil and gas off the cliff of history.

Trump investigating the large scale development of space with SpaceX a likely big winner

Posted in Hardware on 15th Feb, 2017 06:53 PM
by Alex Muller
The Trump administration is considering a bold and controversial vision for the U.S. space program.

US Solar Market Grows 95% in 2016, Smashes Records

Posted in Science on 16th Feb, 2017 03:41 PM
by Alex Muller
The United States solar market nearly doubled its annual record, topping out at 14,626 megawatts of solar PV installed in 2016.

Alphabet’s Project Loon now requires fewer balloons to beam down internet

Posted in Online on 17th Feb, 2017 03:06 PM
by Alex Muller
Researchers at Google say they are 'years closer' to rolling out a network of huge balloons to provide connectivity to rural areas.

Hurdle cleared on road to printable, low-cost perovskite solar cells

Posted in Hardware on 18th Feb, 2017 02:56 PM
by Alex Muller
A manufacturing breakthrough that allows for lower cost and higher efficiency perovskite solar cells to move forward.

Bill Gates Says Job Stealing Robots Need to Pay Taxes

Posted in Business on 20th Feb, 2017 04:29 PM
by Alex Muller
Bill Gates thinks that, as automation makes jobs obsolete, governments should impose a tax on robots.

New York sees almost 800 percent growth in solar over 5 years

Posted in Hardware on 23rd Feb, 2017 04:35 PM
by Alex Muller
New York's Clean Energy Standard requires 50 percent of electricity to come from renewables by 2030.

Oculus facing legal ban on VR code used in its products

Posted in Business on 24th Feb, 2017 04:40 PM
by Alex Muller
The video game publisher that won a case against Facebook-owned Oculus has asked a judge to block the firm from using its code in virtual reality products.

Google's self-driving firm sues Uber

Posted in Business on 25th Feb, 2017 04:10 PM
by Alex Muller
Uber is being sued for stealing trade secrets and technology from Google.

Artificial Intelligence To Streamline Commercial Business

Posted in Business on 27th Feb, 2017 02:13 AM
by Alex Muller
Artificial intelligence develops more and more each year, promising to redefine the way we live, move and work.

UK robotics research gets £17.3m pledge

Posted in Hardware on 27th Feb, 2017 05:35 PM
by Alex Muller
Funding of £17.3m ($22m) for artificial intelligence and robotics research to be carried out by British universities is to be announced by the government.

Google’s Launchpad Accelerator expands to Europe and Africa

Posted in Business on 3rd Mar, 2017 12:46 AM
by Alex Muller
Google has been mentoring startups in Asia and Latin America since late 2015, when it launched its launchpad accelerator program.

Virgin Galactic spins off dedicated satellite launch company

Posted in Science on 3rd Mar, 2017 08:05 PM
by Alex Muller
Virgin Orbit will launch satellites into orbit using the LauncherOne vehicle, which is released from a 747-400 aircraft.

People are Heated Over Whether or Not to Tax Robots over Automated Jobs

Posted in Software on 5th Mar, 2017 07:43 PM
by Alex Muller
Manufacturing, transportation, and even customer service industries stand to lose jobs to automation in the near future.

Solar reached 1.4% of U.S. electricity in 2016

Posted in Business on 5th Mar, 2017 08:01 PM
by Alex Muller
The latest figures from the U.S. Department of Energy show that all renewables together made up 15.3% of U.S. generation.

How robotic delivery will disrupt the grocery industry

Posted in Hardware on 6th Mar, 2017 07:47 PM
by Alex Muller
What may change is how you get your groceries and prepared foods.

Automation Could Cause America to Lose 35% of its Tax Base in the Next 20 Years

Posted in Business on 6th Mar, 2017 07:58 PM
by Alex Muller
The US is in danger of losing more than one-third of its tax base due to increasing automation in both manufacturing and service sectors.

Solar power growth leaps by 50% worldwide thanks to US and China

Posted in Business on 8th Mar, 2017 11:52 PM
by Alex Muller
The amount of solar power added worldwide soared by some 50% last year because of a sun rush in the US and China, new figures show.

Solar industry facing devastating 800% tax increase

Posted in Business on 9th Mar, 2017 07:44 PM
by Alex Muller
Some businesses and schools that generate electricity from rooftop solar panels will have to pay rates for the first time, while others will face a massive tax rise.

Google’s Project Sunroof now shows solar potential in all 50 states

Posted in Online on 15th Mar, 2017 09:38 PM
by Alex Muller
Another expansion of Project Sunroof, a web app for showing how much money you can save by installing solar panels at home.

Solar has become America’s fastest-growing, nonpartisan energy source

Posted in Science on 19th Mar, 2017 09:53 AM
by Alex Muller
The U.S. added 9.5 gigawatts of utility-scale solar power last year alone. That’s more than the previous three years combined.

Google Flags Promise in New Goodenough Battery

Posted in Hardware on 20th Mar, 2017 03:32 PM
by Alex Muller
The 94-year-old creator of the lithium-ion battery has invented another breakthrough storage device that’s capturing the attention of industry heavyweights.

One Powerful Way the U.S. Could Boost Solar Adoption

Posted in Business on 23rd Mar, 2017 09:17 PM
by Alex Muller
A new report suggests that playing nice with China could be the key to success.

This company replaced 90% of its workforce with machines. Here's what happened

Posted in Business on 24th Mar, 2017 07:18 PM
by Alex Muller
As technology improves, the range of tasks that can be taken over by automated systems will continue to expand.

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