This weekend the New York Times profiled a San Francisco-based startup called WaterFX, which is using mirrors to harness the sun’s rays to produce energy to clean water. The company has a $1 million project with the Panoche Water District in Central California to clean dirty water that lies under the surface of a wheat field.
The printer is still a prototype, but 12 year old Shubham Banerjee hopes it can help people in developing nations have easier access to a printer. Read more »
China has long been the untapped wild card in cleantech. Now more entrepreneurs are making connections and raising funds from Asia. Read more »
In late 2013, E.ON UK (one of Europe’s leading energy suppliers) was getting about 250,000 hits per week on its consumer-facing website. Three weeks later, it was getting 500,000 hits per week. Why the spike in web traffic? Two words: customer engagement. Read more »
Houston startup began life offering a cloud cost assessment tool but is now broadening out to handle multi-cloud management and migration capabilities all in one suite. Read more »
Screen casting may be coming to Android — but is it a third-party development, or something that Google wants to introduce officially? Read more »
If Silicon Valley is too far away, and San Francisco is too expensive, there’s only one alternative. Oakland, which is both attractive in its own right and in need of financial help, should be home to more companies in the tech industry. Read more »
Here are some stories and opinions from around the web about the deal that will impact how we access our broadband and how it affects the future of the Internet. Read more »
The outfit has apologized for freezing withdrawals and says it now has a workaround to avoid the “malleability issue” that makes certain implementations of Bitcoin services open to fraud. Read more »
Facebook engineers and data scientists are exploring love, data and our modern times in a series of blog posts. Highly recommended, even though I wish they could infuse some passion into their writing about such a emotional topic.
Google isn’t the only big company trying to bring gigabit fiber networks to the U.S. Australian infrastructure financing giant Macquarie is investing in Utah broadband. Read more »
Power your enterprise with data-driven insight by making the most of big data and data science. This requires you to think big and differently. But not in the ways you may assume. Asking the wrong questions will limit the capabilities of your data. Read more »
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has for the first time thrown her weight behind plans, initially suggested by telcos, for a “communication network inside Europe” that can keep data safe from prying U.S. eyes. Read more »
Microsoft will continue to allow PC manufacturers to make and sell Windows 7 business machines beyond the original 31 October cut-off date. The change of plan, spotted by ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley, suggests Microsoft hasn’t seen sufficient enthusiasm from the business sector for its Windows 8 operating system (although a Microsoft exec denied this interpretation, telling Foley the company just wants to continue catering to businesses that are still deploying Windows 7). However, it should still be impossible to find a new Windows 7 consumer PC soon after the end of October.
The Berlin startup is trying to offer small businesses low-cost analytics for keeping their online customers coming back. Read more »
The Dutch tech giant has come up with a way to use connected lighting as the basis for in-store location-based services, such as finding items and offering highly targeted coupons. Read more »
The latest Snowden revelation suggests that Australia’s spies are committing economic espionage on Americans, for the benefit of the American government. Read more »
An image of people holding their phones up to a bright full moon would normally imply that they are Instagramming or Snapchatting it to their friends. But John Stanmeyer, a photographer for VII and National Geographic, captured a moment on the shores of Djibouti City, where migrants gather to try catch a cell connection from Somalia. The photo portrays a romantic look at the globalization of technology and what technology means to people around the globe. On Friday, the World Press Photo Association awarded the image 2013 Photo of the Year after it beat out more than 98,000 images, ranging from the war in Syria to the shooting at Kenya’s Westgate mall.
Bayes Theorem calculates the probability of possible outcomes based on previous events. Coupled with cloud computing and big data, it does more than tell you whether to choose door number one, two or three; it’s become the foundation for predictive analytics. Read more »
The week in cloud: IT spending on cloud infrastructure and services will grow a healthy 20 percent to 172.4 billion next year, according to IHS Technology. Read more »
Secret is an anonymous social network that lets users share personal, gossipy information. But is the app really that useful if nobody’s listening to you? Read more »
With Asus setting the bar at $179 for a Chromebox, how low will LG have to go to sell its all-in-one Chromebase with 21.5-inch 1080p monitor? Tune in to our weekly Chrome Show podcast to find out. Read more »
For a deeper dive into the topics and technologies covered on Gigaom, check out the latest in-depth analyses on Gigaom Research, our subscription-based research service. This week: Azure steps up to the enterprise, the new web experience, and more. Read more »
Kickstarter was hacked earlier this week, the crowdfunding site informed users on Saturday. While the company says the hackers didn’t gain access to credit card numbers and only two users were affected, it advised all users to change their passwords. Read more »
The co-founders of Opower tell us about the top 5 trends they’re watching when it comes to utilities. Read more »
Exponential increases in internet usage from consumers, enterprise, research and education strain our current broadband infrastructure. We ignore these demands at our economic peril. Read more »
It didn’t take long for the Hadoop market to become a juggernaut, and it won’t take long for it to undergo some significant technological changes. Cloudera co-founder and chief strategy officer Mike Olson came on the Structure Show podcast to break it down. Read more »
As more and more families enter into the Apple lifestyle, managing multiple iTunes accounts can have its advantages and disadvantages. Knowing account boundaries and how to manage multiple accounts is becoming household task to master. Read more »
In the movie Her, a man has a romantic relationship with his intuitive, artificial-intelligence-powered operating system. Although some of the technology in the film is merely years away, we’ll likely be able to reap the benefits without risking having our hearts broken by an OS. Read more »
Samsung may have fewer surprises when it launches the Galaxy S5 this month. Or will it be multiple Galaxy S5 models? Android apps on Windows may happen later while now people are debating if Android is open. Hint: It is. Read more »
This week on menu: Madame Sex, Money Ball comes to Basketball, Kiev Crisis, Software Backdoors and Bounty Hunters, Mexican Drug Cartels and their supply chain is open for business, Click Fraud and of course, Endless Love. Read more »
Chuck Hull of 3D Systems invented the first-ever 3D printer in the early 1980s. The first thing he printed? A tiny cup that could serve as an eye wash, according to a CNN interview. The printer worked similarly to its descendants today: a laser seals together particles of material to build an object layer by layer.
Dayframe’s newly-updated Android app is the best way yet to cast personal photos and other imagery to the TV screen. Read more »
Kevin Spacey is back to conquer Washington DC, and what better way to match his ambition than watching the entire second season in one day, binge-viewing style? Read more »
iPhone owners say Siri couldn’t answer questions like “When is St. Patrick’s Day?” but a judge ruled this was not enough to ground a lawsuit against Apple. Read more »
Sociologist Zeynep Tufekci argues that we aren’t living in either Orwell’s 1984 or Bentham’s Panopticon, and that the same tools that allow governments and companies to surveil us — often with our permission — also give ordinary citizens substantial power Read more »
Pinterest mobile for iOS and Android both received updates today — the most noteworthy of which is the ability to view GIFs on both iPhone and Android smartphones. According to the company’s engineering blog, the feature allows users to pin GIFs directly, which will show up in feeds with a small play button. GIFs can then be played via mobile, shared and repinned across platforms. The iPad version was also updated, including support for place pins.
Companies can apply lean startup methods to their innovation and product-development process if they’re careful to avoid some of its pitfalls. Read more at Gigaom Research »
In developing markets, businesses and NGOs often can’t communicate with their customers and clients through email, the web or social networking. But they can communicate with SMS. Read more »
Could data and connected devices make personal trainers obsolete? Fitness equipment and quantified self gear is coming on the market armed with algorithms that know if your crunches are correct and how effective your squats are. Read more »