Tesla unveiled a better than expected earnings, record deliveries of Model S cars, and delivered its first Model S cars to Europe. Wall Street applauds. Read more »
People my age are driving less than they ever have before. Sometimes I want a car, but that’s partly because car-sharing startups haven’t yet taken off in my neighborhood. Read more »
GE was poised to be First Solar’s major nemesis. But now GE has become one of First Solar’s largest shareholders by selling its thin film solar technology to the panel giant. Read more »
SkySweeper is one of 66 projects competing in the Road to Maker Faire, which launched today. The winning project will receive $2,500 to go toward attending the fair in September. Read more »
The Bloom will cost $80, the LightStrips $90, according to Engadget, who also reports that the new lights will join the original Hue bulb on Apple Store shelves starting this Thursday. Read more »
White hat hackers have already demonstrated our newest connected cars are prone to attack. Cisco and Continental are teaming up to create a secure car network, using the same principles as the enterprise network. Read more »
10gen is announcing that energy demand specialist EnerNOC has rolled out MongoDB to help it analyze its power grid data in new ways. EnerNOC collects 1.5 billion data points every month, although it’s possible they won’t all find their way into the company’s MongoDB environment.
The industrial internet isn’t just some marketing speak thought up by GE. There are different considerations when handling jet engine data compared to a connected door lock. We discuss those on this week’s podcast. Read more »
The next model of the Chevy Volt will be $5K cheaper. GM has slashed the cost to help spur sales. Read more »
A new report analyzing trends in venture capital found that Google Ventures has been the most active corporate VC since early 2012, which makes sense as the firm has Google’s financial backing and ambitions to compete with the top Valley firms. Read more »
Tesla is preparing to launch an all-wheel drive version of its Model S electric car as early as next year, The Verge reports. The currently available Model S is rear-wheel drive, though the upcoming Model X SUV will have AWD available.
Researchers built a hamburger from strips of muscle grown from cow stem cells. It was tasted for the first time in London this morning. Read more »
Turns out our lovable robot overlords, which in theory are better at almost everything, are pretty useful when it comes to sniffing out escaping methane at landfills or around gas pipes. The “Gasbot” was created at the AASS Research Centre at Orebro University in Sweden and it uses GPS, laser scanners and a remote gas sensor to help plug those leaks and keep emissions out of the atmosphere.
Apple has an audit program to keep an eye on its crucial iPhone and iPad suppliers, but two of them are now under local scrutiny for exceeding China’s emissions standards. The Chinese government is investigating the dumping of toxic heavy metals into rivers near Foxconn and UniMicron circuit-board making plants outside of Shanghai.
Crossbar has come out of stealth with a demonstration unit of resistive RAM that could present a viable next-generation alternative to NAND flash for devices and servers. Read more »
Startup Redwood Systems, which makes networked LED management systems that run over ethernet cables, has been acquired for a modest sum, by broadband company CommScope. Read more »
Today GM’s connected cars don’t connect much. But this fall, we could be in for a surprise. It’s completely overhauling its telematics and infotainment systems and is promising a plethora of apps. Read more »
The space company will send 28 satellites into orbit next year. They will take constant images of the Earth to provide monitoring tools for applications like agriculture and environmental protection. Read more »
A smart home IPO! Control4 will start trading on Friday under the symbol CTRL, and has priced its shares at the midpoint of its range. Read more »
In the face of growing competition from startups, Honeywell has launched a Wi-Fi-connected, smart thermostat, and the device may one day control more than just the heating and cooling systems. Read more »
These types of low-power technologies are super important for small mobile devices — say, a wearable device — because you need to be able to use a small battery to power them. Read more »
This week Washington DC kicked off a project that collects and organizes building energy data in granular 15-minute intervals, one of the first and biggest of its kind. Startup Honest Buildings is providing the underlying software. Read more »
Many know that driving an electric car can save money as electricity tends to be cheaper than gas. But the problem is many don’t know how much they could save. Introducing the eGallon, which in CA is $1.53, vs $3.99 for a gallon of gas. Read more »
The IEEE Spectrum pulls out a great quote from an interview with the co-discoverer of graphene, Sir Andre Geim, on the U.K. government’s push to create a Silicon Valley for graphene in England:
“I’m not interested in going into industry or property development or creating ‘graphene valley’ as the government would like me to. It’s a bit silly for society to throw a little bit of money at something and expect it to change the world. Everything takes time.”
SunPower announced a profit-making second quarter on Wednesday as well as a plan to introduce a solar home loan that will complement its effort in the residential leasing market. Read more »
Algae fuel startup Sapphire Energy says it’s reached a milestone: it’s paid back a large loan to the U.S. government. Some energy-focused startups are actually doing OK. Read more »
GÉANT has been upgraded to a maximum capacity of two terabits per second, with individual researchers and scientists able to enjoy connections of up to 100 gigabits per second. Read more »
Boston startup ByteLight’s ultimate goal is to turn a store’s lighting fixtures into a communications network, but for now it’s starting out small. It’s developed a countertop LED reader that can communicate with any camera phone. Read more »
Harvard researchers say the system could also be used to cool solar panels, which heat up quickly when placed on a rooftop. Read more »
UCLA researchers have improved upon their previous research by building a transparent solar film that is twice as efficient as the one they produced a year ago. Read more »
You’re cruising on the highway and someone, somewhere takes remote control of your car. This nightmare scenario may not be too far off the mark. Read more »
Here’s what BMW’s electric i3 2014 car looks like. The car company unveiled it today in three cities. What do you think? Read more »
Down the road, the utility sector could be totally fracked (power joke) if they don’t embrace and enable new cleaner, distributed, and digitally-managed technologies for the grid. Read more »
While Tesla has publicly said it plans to launch its Model S electric car in China this year, the San Jose Mercury digs into the details: a show room at the Parkview Green mall in central Beijing, which will be three times the size of U.S. show rooms.
As BrightSource moves ever closer to finishing its massive solar thermal farm near Las Vegas, the company is raising more money. Read more »
Chinese solar giant Hanergy is acquiring its third thin film solar company and this time its Arizona-based Global Solar Energy. Read more »
Fire prevention is the latest benefit of using fuel cells in data centers, according to data center giant Equinix, a German project developer and fuel cell maker Fuji Electric. Read more »
Suvolta, a seven-year-old chip technology firm, has proven that it can reduce power consumption on an ARM microcontroller by 50 percent. This is a big deal for the internet of things. Read more »
A German company has engineered a lithium-ion battery system with wireless communication to enable homeowners to manage their solar electricity generation and use and control appliances. Read more »
Using Wi-Fi for its WeMo connected home products was a smart move by Belkin. Now the company is making good on its promise to bring an official WeMo app for Android 4.0 or better devices. Read more »