While Nest is looking to start shipping its new smoke detector soon, it’s hit with a second patent infringement lawsuit from BRK, which makes the First Alert smoke detector. Read more »
Tesla says it’s taking a few actions, following the three accident-related fires for its cars, including increasing clearance on highways through air suspension and tweaking car warranties. Meanwhile the government watchdog has opened an investigation. Read more »
A futuristic sci-fi computer may be just one crystal — and plenty of light — away. Read more »
Apple’s two solar farms and one fuel cell farm near its data center in North Carolina are now all live and generating power. The projects are unprecedented in the industry and have helped usher in real change. Read more »
The Internet of things (IoT) will enable profound improvements in productivity. To see it in action, let’s use a farmer and food production as an example. Read more »
Duke Energy has taken an important step forward to enable large companies to buy clean power from it if they’re willing to pay for it. Read more »
Finnish researchers have devised an algorithm that accurately determines mobile phone users’ modes of transportation by analyzing data from their phones’ accelerometers. Useful? Absolutely! Annoying? Possibly … Read more »
Amazon Web Services VP and Distinguished Engineer James Hamilton explained during a session at the AWS re:Invent conference how the cloud provider keeps costs as low as possible and innovation as high as possible. It’s all about being the master of your infrastructure. Read more »
Researchers were able to store information at 77 degrees fahrenheit for 39 minutes, which is a huge improvement over the previous record of 2 seconds. Read more »
Six more solar panel farms in the deserts of California and Arizona are getting Google as a backer. Read more »
Researchers genetically engineered viruses to build nanowires the batteries rely on when they charge and recharge. The process is safer and more green than traditional techniques. Read more »
Wind power is an increasingly realistic option for the next-generation of data centers built by Internet giants that want to move away from fossil fuel power. Read more »
Quirky has raised $79 million in funding with $30 million coming from GE. The two companies are expanding their partnership to bring connected devices into the home and now selling them at Home Depot. Read more »
Tesla CEO Elon Musk shared some insight about why his car is safe, the need to colonize Mars, and the shyness that made it too hard to ask for a job at Netscape. Read more »
Next-gen, low cost power grid batteries are emerging to help make the power grid more efficient, cleaner and more resilient. Eos Energy is the latest startup to begin the move to crank up manufacturing. Read more »
Microsoft is doing something super interesting and experimental: using fuel cells to create self-powered racks in data centers. Microsoft, which is now testing the tech, says such a set up could make data centers more efficient, minimizing energy distribution losses and reducing dependence on the power grid.
Amazon Web Services is now offering up free access to three NASA datasets from the NASA Earth Exchange project about the world’s weather, geology and vegetation. The cloud is a natural place to house large datasets that many people or institutions might want to analyze without requiring everyone to download, store and analyze the data locally. Scientific data has proven particularly appealing early, with numerous cloud providers already hosting various datasets, often in the fields of genomics and biology.
SmartThings, the connected hub and sensor company that wants to be the brains (and some of the brawn) behind your smart home, has raised $12.5 million. It will need it. Read more »
While everyone’s narrowly focused on earnings, accidents and stock prices for Tesla, the bigger picture is much larger. Read more »
I’ve been eager to see the Revolv home hub in action since meeting with the company several months ago. The good news is the hardware is awesome. But the software could use some work. Read more »
“MegaRun” cluster shatters the record for high-performance computing on Amazon Web Services, said Cycle Computing CEO Jason Stowe. Read more »
A Dallas-based startup called Servergy, which makes low-power servers about half the size of traditional servers, has raised a $20 million series C round of venture capital. The company’s servers run on 8-core 1.5 GHz Freescale Power Architecture processors and, although 1U high, are only 14 inches deep and 8.25 inches wide. Servergy appears to have raised just under $30 million so far, according to SEC filings, although its has not named its investors.
Correction: This post was corrected at 3:15 p.m. to correct the manufacturer of Servery’s processors, which is Freescale and not IBM.
Tesla went from a high of over $180 per share earlier this week to, at one point, under $135 per share on Friday. The company’s shares have been over valued for awhile, and a modest earnings report sent the stock falling this week. Will it head back up or even more down next week?
Using clean energy — from solar to wind farms — to power Internet infrastructure is a complex issue. Next Wednesday in partnership with Greenpeace and some of the leading companies, we’ll unbox this topic. Read more »
At Roadmap yesterday, Tesla’s chief designer gave us a hint at what the company’s third generation car — its least expensive yet — could look like. He’ll start the design process next year. Read more »
A California startup has raised a seed round to show that its energy management app could keep office workers happy and save energy for building owners. Read more »
A Bill Gates and Khosla-backed battery startup, Ambri, has reached an important milestone: it’s opened up its first small scale factory. Read more »
On the one hand, HPC applications are increasing your need for data center services. On the other, there are pressures to reduce data center expenditure and deliver sustainable business practices. The solution for these conflicting demands could be the green data center. Read more »
For established carmakers, design is a very iterative process with decades of work to build from. Tesla Motors had no such history to work with, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing said the company’s chief designer. Read more »
A Canadian startup has built its first European plant to retrieve phosphorous — a key ingredient in fertilizer — from sewage and wastewater and turn it into fertilizer to grow more crops. Read more »
Tesla narrows its quarterly net loss, and remains on track with the Model S production. Wall Street reacted and not so nicely. Read more »
Texas will get to build Mac Pro desktops for Apple and now a facility in Arizona will be used for Apple manufacturing as well. About 2,000 jobs will be created as a result and the facility will run entirely on a new solar power grid. Read more »
Robotics are the future of efficient solar panel cleaning. At least SunPower thinks so. The company bought a small startup called Greenbotics which makes solar panel robotic tech. Read more »
Microsoft gets into the game of buying clean power directly from a power company for a data center in Texas. Read more »
Building out a “smart” electrical grid is going to take more than just the right gear — that gear has to interoperate, and so utilities are searching for the right standard. Read more »
The Nexus 5 is the second phone we’ve seen that incorporates envelope tracking technology, which has nothing to do with mail delivery. The technology greatly reduces the power needed to transmit an LTE signal. Read more »
Startup Harvest Automation is using new financing to get its nursery and greenhouse robot to a farm near you. Read more »
Is the Tesla Model S cool enough to catch on with car lovers on both sides of the Atlantic? We’ll find out this spring. Read more »
According to PatentlyApple, Apple has filed yet another solar panel patent. While this is the eighth patent for the Cupertino, Calif.-based company in an effort to make proprietary solar technology, the “Power Management for a system having non-volatile memory” has eliminated the need for a power converter to turn the solar power into electronic energy. In practical applications, this means that a solar panel could be attached directly to the Magsafe port of a computer or onto the back of a phone. It’s just a concept now, but it could mean that solar power won’t come at the cost of slimness and style.
JumpStartFund, a crowdfunding site that has taken it upon itself to make Elon Musk’s ultrafast hyperloop transit system a reality, has formed a now-operating company around the project called Hyperloop Transportation Technologies Inc. JumpStartFund released a timeline of planned milestones the company has set, including demoing hyperloop technology in early 2015. JumpStartFund announced last month that former SpaceX director of operations Marco Villa and former American Society of Civil Engineers president Patricia Galloway would lead the company.