Solar Energy Revolution: A Massive Opportunity
My friend Ray Kurzweil projects the U.S. will meet 100 percent of its electrical energy needs from solar in 20 years. Elon Musk is a bit more conservative, pegging it at 50 percent in that timeframe. While the growth of solar may seem slow to some, it’s fair to say it’s in the midst of its “deceptive phase,” on the road to disruption. For example, a 30 percent increase in solar energy production per year, means 1 percent today grows to 1.3 percent in 3 years. It also means that in 20 years (7 doublings), we’ll see a 128-fold increase. Either way, if Ray and Elon are even close, there is a trillion dollars up for grabs (as well as the future of our planet), and the future is bright. Let’s take a closer look at the converging technologies driving this future… The cost of solar panels is dropping exponentially. The first and most important technological change is the falling cost per watt of silicon photovoltaic cells over the past few decades. Check out the plummeting cost from $76 in 1977, to less than $0.36 today.
Chart: The iPhone 6 - Lots Of People Are Getting Ready To Upgrade
Somewhat unsurprisingly, upgrade potential is much lower amongst the owners of newer iPhones – 36 percent of iPhone 5, 24 percent of 5S and just 15 percent of 5C owners are planning to make the switch to something newer. All eyes, especially those glaring at the dated screens of those now ancient iPhone 3Gs, will be glued to Apple’s launch event at Cupertino on September 9th.
How to Install an SSD in a PlayStation 4
Once you’re at the PS4′s Safe Mode menu, select the “Initialize PS4 (Reinstall System Software)” option, which should be seventh on the list from the top of the screen. Your PS4 will scan the flash drive you plugged in for the update file that you downloaded using your computer. It may take 20 or 30 seconds, but the next screen that comes up will take you through some simple instructions on how to install the PS4′s operating system onto the SSD you just put in the console. This part of the process isn’t complicated at all; you’ll just have to press the X button on your PS4 controller a few times.
Light pink/white PS Vita announced for Japan
Sony announced a new pink PlayStation Vita system during its SCEJA Press Conference today. The back of the system is light pink and the front-facing part is white. Sony will launch the pretty new Vita on November 13 in Japan. It will cost players 18,980 yen (roughly $182.20).
The Weirdest Eating Patterns Of Each U.S. State
Pennsylvania claims the hoagie because it’s on more than a third of menus across the state, while only 6% of menus nationwide have hoagies on them. Meanwhile, it’s actually New Jersey that claims the cheesesteak as its most distinctive dish, not because it’s on more menus than it is in Pennsylvania, but because, with all respect to New Jersey, the state has nothing more original on its menus.
New Ad Council PSA Asks: Are You Ready for Disaster?
What comes to mind when you think of emergency preparedness? The over-the-top hoarding of doomsday preppers? Finding enough storage room for a year’s worth of water? Mastering a defense tactic to ward off the zombie apocalypse? While popular culture has made the notion of organizing oneself for disaster the stuff of blockbusters, the reality of ensuring your family is safe in the event of a catastrophe is much, much simpler. It starts with making sure everyone stays together.
These Cleaning Bots Work for Less Than Minimum Wage
bathrooms will become easier to clean by being reinvented. just like what the dyson airblade has done to the paper towel dispenser. asia pacific countries have already made innovations; for example the bidet reduces/eliminates the need for toilet paper replacement. if you redesign the shape of the toilet (e.g., there are some toilets that are just a hole in the ground and the fancier ones have two demarcations where your feet will go as you squat down--which is incidentally also a healthier/more-effective way to poop) so that it has surfaces designed for easy cleaning with no hard-to-reach places, then tiled the bathroom from top to bottom so it was water-tight, you could then include shower heads that also face the toilet. at 2am every night the bathroom could have an automatic door lock while it begins a 30minute hot steam clean of itself :)
Microsoft Continues Its Campaign Against A US Warrant Demanding Overseas Data | TechCrunch
Profits are at risk. Modern technology companies vend cloud-based services to a global user base — if any one country can use domestic warrants to command access to the data of all companies that are headquartered within its borders, regardless of where the information in question is physically stored, no company can protect the data of users who hail from other countries from its own government. That would harm the company’s ability to sell services to those potential international customers.
This 'summer camp for startups' in Michigan graduates its second class (exclusive)
But the Coolhouse Labs team had an epiphany following its first class of graduates as to how to differentiate the program from others: Build a talented product design team to help, guide, and mentor its young startups in a very hands-on approach. If its startups don’t come from an area rich in technical talent, Coolhouse Labs can help them with design and prototyping, which are just as important in today’s market as the original idea.
How to Protect Your Photos (Nude or Otherwise) From Hackers on iCloud
The photos in My Photo Stream are stored on Apple's iCloud servers. Apple stores photos you've taken in the last 30 days. This can be a useful way to sync photos between devices; if you take a photo on your iPhone, it'll also show up on your iPad and Mac or PC. It's also a good automatic backup should you lose your phone after that magical vacation.
This Labor Day, Reflect On Diversity And The Future | TechCrunch
2014 is the year that work became a central point of discussion in Silicon Valley. For the engineers and knowledge workers in the region, issues of diversity and inclusion finally got their turn in the limelight, forcing us to question our deeply-held views about the meritocracy of Silicon Valley.
China gives Microsoft 20 days to provide explanation in anti-trust probe
"(A) special investigation team conducted an anti-monopoly investigation inquiry with Microsoft Vice President Chen Shi (David Chen), and required that Microsoft make a written explanation within 20 days," the SAIC said in a statement on its website.
Chinese Internet Giant Tencent Invests $70 Million In Healthcare Group DXY | TechCrunch
Martin Lau, president of Tencent, said that company has been closely following China’s healthcare industry. “With a rich pool of over two million professional doctors, we understand that DXY is an industry leader in the healthcare industry. Tencent is capable of connecting DXY’s talented pool of healthcare professionals and their medical knowledge database with tens of millions of users. This improves the ease of which our users can access healthcare information and professional medical help.”
Uber Faces Ban in Germany as Taxi Group Wins Court Order
Berlin issued a ruling blocking the service in August and a case over its enforcement is pending at an administrative court in the German capital. The cities of Munich and Dusseldorf are also considering bans. The city authorities say the service is illegal because the drivers offering rides via Uber’s smartphone app need a cabbie license and aren’t properly insured.
Why You Need To Stop Thinking You Are Too Busy To Take Breaks
Our brains have two modes: the “focused mode,” which we use when we’re doing things like learning something new, writing or working) and “diffuse mode,” which is our more relaxed, daydreamy mode when we’re not thinking so hard. You might think that the focused mode is the one to optimize for more productivity, but diffuse mode plays a big role, too.
Press Fit Standing Desk Review: An Affordable Option With U.S. Manufacturing And Materials | TechCrunch
Yamnitsky sent over one of the first production prototypes off of the line so that I could check it out in action, and it’s impressive out of the box. Assembly, even on my own, took about 5 minutes, and most of that time was spent removing bubble wrap from the individual pieces. There’s no hardware, nails or screws to deal with, and yet the desk feels solid and doesn’t exhibit any noticeable shake when you’re typing away on your laptop while standing. Plus it breaks apart in less than a minute for easy transportation to another room or a new location.
Microsoft just teased Windows 9 by mistake
Microsoft hasn't officially discussed Windows 9 yet, but its Chinese division is keen to get people talking about the upcoming OS. In a Weibo posting today, Microsoft China asked "Microsoft’s latest OS Windows 9 is coming soon, do you think the start menu at the left bottom will make a come back?" A Windows 9 logo, mocked up as a wallpaper earlier this year, accompanied the post before it was quickly removed, and Chinese site Cnbeta spotted it . It was clearly a mistake, but the wording suggests Windows 9 is indeed "coming soon."
Jennifer Lawrence photo leak: Let's stop calling this hacking 'The Fappening' - Telegraph
While #Fappening2014 may sadly be an accurate summation of how some people
will be reacting to this hacking (for peeping toms - the internet is a
goldmine after all), that doesn’t mean it's something we need to raise every
time we discuss this crime. It also isn’t something that these young, female
victims need to hear or read either. So for their sakes', if nothing else,
let's just stop calling this widespread violation of privacy ‘The
The iWatch Is Not Apple's Next Big Thing
HealthKit is a platform or set of APIs to allow Apple and third parties to link sensors, wearables, and other health-related apps to the iPhone and, via an Apple app, aggregate and compile data in a single location for a user to see and digest. Or in essence, each device's sensors monitor certain health-related items but all of the data from each device is stored in each app individually. If these apps are written to the HealthKit API, that data can be pooled and organized inside an Apple Health app on the iPhone for analysis of a person's health data.
Banks Say Home Depot Just Experienced a Big Credit Card Breach
If you just bought a new screwdriver, check your Visa card for strange charges. Several banks are reporting that Home Depot has experienced a credit card breach that may rival or exceed last fall's Target fiasco .
RunScribe Is A Wearable For Granular Gait Analysis | TechCrunch
What exactly does runScribe measure? A full 13 kinematic metrics (with its Pro pack) captured via the 9-axis sensor within the device, including stride length, pronation, contact time, swing excursion and stance excursion. It uses these metrics to create a runScore so the user can easily compare one run with another, i.e. without having to drill down into all the individual metrics every time — although that remains entirely possible with the full service. And desirable if you are, for instance, trying out a new pair of kicks to decide whether they are appropriate for your running style.
German court orders Uber to suspend services across the country
It’s not the first ban Uber’s faced in Germany, but it is the first country-wide ban and the stakes are much higher this time — up to €250,000 per infraction, plus possible jail time.
Resident Evil: Revelations 2 confirmed for early 2015 [update]
As part of today's Sony Computer Entertainment event in Japan, Capcom showcased content from its popular Resident Evil survival horror franchise. The first trailer debuted for the definitive version of the critically acclaimed masterpiece Resident Evil. Fans of classic survival horror can get their first look at the visual upgrades they can expect by downloading the trailer as well as brand new artwork and screens from the Capcom press site now. The game is set for release on PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, PlayStation® 3 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft and PC in early 2015.
Also at the event, Capcom unveiled Resident Evil Revelations 2. The title is planned for release in early 2015 on PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC. More information and official details for Resident Evil Revelations 2 will be available in the near future so please stay tuned. The live-action teaser trailer for the game is available to check out at the official Resident Evil YouTube page.
‘Umbrella Here’ light invites strangers to share your umbrella, saving them from a soaking
‘Umbrella Here,’ at its simplest, is a light that you plop on the top of your umbrella when it starts raining. As with a taxi, the light signals to others that you’re willing to ‘take a passenger,’ meaning anyone caught in a downpour without rain protection can join you to keep dry.
Buy Smash Bros. 3DS, Wii U, earn epic public entrances
After Super Smash Bros. launches on 3DS, you can walk along to your personal anthem from its soundtrack. If you're lucky enough, your song might land on the dual-disc sampling offered to Club Nintendo members, which would ensure you'd have a copy to lend audio personnel whenever a triumphant public entrance is needed.
In order to get the soundtrack selection seen above, fans in North America and Europe will need to register codes from both the 3DS and Wii U versions of Smash on their Club Nintendo account. A track list and estimated release date are currently unknown, but the NA Club Nintendo page fittingly teases that further details are still coming.
Cortana Makes Siri Insecure in New Windows Phone Ad
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Umstrittener Fahrdienst: Gericht stoppt Uber in ganz Deutschland - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Frankfurt am Main - Travis Kalanick, der Chef von Uber, k�mpft nach eigenen Angaben gegen ein "Arschloch namens Taxi". Nun hat der um markige Worte selten verlegene Manager in Deutschland einen herben R�ckschlag erlitten. Das Landgericht in Frankfurt am Main hat in einem Eilverfahren eine einstweilige Verf�gung gegen den umstrittenen Fahrdienst erlassen - und Uber damit vorl�ufig in ganz Deutschland gestoppt.
Innovation Uncensored San Francisco 2014
The Incredible, Edible World Behind Hampton Creek’s Food Innovation Kitchen - Plants have the power to change how we eat, and one start up is demonstrating how. Step inside the R&D kitchen at Hampton Creek for a behind-the-scenes conversation and cooking demonstration about the science of taste and how food will continue to evolve.
Hosted by: Josh Tetrick, Co-Founder and CEO, Hampton Creek; Chris Jones, Director of Culinary Innovation, Hampton Creek; Ben Roche, Research and Development Chef, Hampton Creek.
Hosted by Josh Tetrick, Co-founder and CEO, Hampton Creek; Chris Jones, Director of Culinary Innovation, Hampton Creek; Ben Roche, Research and Development Chef, Hampton Creek
Mashr Resurrects A Tinder Experiment To Make You A Matchmaker | TechCrunch
In addition to the primary one-to-one matching aspect of the app, Mashr has a few gamification aspects to galvanize users to mash their friends together. MashPlay is a timed game where you try to match as many friends together as quickly as possible. MashFeed shows a list of all the mashes people are making–not just the successful ones. This aspect of the app is intriguing, but could backfire. The team hopes it will cause people to check the feed regularly to see who of their friends might be getting matched, but many people wouldn’t want others to see who they’re being matched with.
Windows XP’s Market Share Fell By Less Than 1% In August | TechCrunch
According to Net Applications , Windows XP’s global desktop market share fell from 24.82 percent in July, to 23.89 percent in August. That’s just under one percentage point in a full month. At that pace, it will take more than two years for Windows XP’s market share to fully dissipate.
APPLE STATEMENT ON CELEBRITY HACKING: OUR SYSTEMS WEREN'T BREACHED
We wanted to provide an update to our investigation into the theft of photos of certain celebrities. When we learned of the theft, we were outraged and immediately mobilized Apple’s engineers to discover the source. Our customers’ privacy and security are of utmost importance to us. After more than 40 hours of investigation, we have discovered that certain celebrity accounts were compromised by a very targeted attack on user names, passwords and security questions, a practice that has become all too common on the Internet. None of the cases we have investigated has resulted from any breach in any of Apple’s systems including iCloud® or Find my iPhone. We are continuing to work with law enforcement to help identify the criminals involved.
Sony Japan & Asia presser round-up: Fives alive on PS4
While some of you were snoozing, Sony Computer Entertainment Japan & Asia had a little shindig ahead of this month's Tokyo Game Show, and it was news-stuffed. If you want you can re-watch the whole shebang here , all two hours or so of it... on your precious day off. Just in case you'd rather not, we've compiled a list of the highlights below the break.
Bloodborne (Gamescom 2014)
The overriding theme of the show was games newly confirmed for PS4, arguably topped by the surprise reveal of Persona 5 (above.) Yes, for Sony's latest console.
It's not the only new 5 that was announced for the system today, after Nippon Ichi Software finally drew the curtain on Disgaea 5.
Japan does love a crossover. You've seen Dynasty Warriors meets Zelda, now take a look at Dynasty Warriors meets Dragon Quest in Dragon Quest Heroes. There's still time for Demon's Souls meets Nintendogs, Japanese games industry.
Talking of Demon's Souls, From Software's Bloodborne now has a February 5 release date in Japan. Still no word on a concrete ETA for the West.
Meanwhile, Capcom confirmed the much suspected Resident Evil: Revelations 2 is indeed creeping around the corner.
Vandrico Wants To Become The Wearables Platform For The Workplace | TechCrunch
As Tudela told me, the idea here is to create a very flexible platform that allows businesses to deploy wearables to their employees, no matter whether that business is a mining company, utility or a small business. For the most part right now, the platform is mostly about being able to send alerts to users. Because it’s completely platform agnostic, a worker could be wearing a smartwatch, a head-mounted display like Google Glass or any other wearable.
Washington Post Publisher Steps Down a Year After Bezos Acquisition
The greatest honor of my life has been serving as publisher of The Post these past seven years, working with all of you. Now, after 17 years at this great institution, it is time for me to explore other opportunities. I make this announcement with mixed emotions. I am enormously excited about this new era at The Post , but I will miss all of you tremendously. The Post will be in excellent hands. Effective Oct. 1, 2014, Fred Ryan, will become Publisher and CEO. Fred is a seasoned and well-respected executive with a track record of success at the helm of Politico and Allbritton Communications. He knows Washington, and he knows media. Fred is excited to take the helm and to meet all of you. Fred and I will work closely together to ensure a smooth and easy transition. I will remain available as an advisor to him and to The Post through the end of the year. I want to take a moment to tell you how proud I am of the talent we have in this company – both in the newsroom and business operations. I promised you when I started that it would never be boring. Promise kept.
Startup Mentors — How Do You Filter Out The Good, The Bad And The Ugly? | TechCrunch
In light of the recent brouhaha over the actions of a particular European investor who had a habit of attaching himself to accelerators as a ‘mentor’, it seems an appropriate time to do a quick rundown on the kinds of things entrepreneurs need to look for in genuine potential mentor to them and their companies. Because, in case you have been hiding under a rock, there a lot of new ’mentors’ flooding towards technology startups, and it would be good if everyone had a clear idea of how this relationship should play out.
This Selfie-Friendly Camera Is Good for Non-Egomaniacal Photography, Too | Gadget Lab | WIRED
Of course, you don’t have to use this camera to take selfies, but the tilting 3-inch touchscreen is a unique twist on an existing design. In “selfie mode,” which is automatically enabled when the LCD screen is tipped all the way down to face forward, you get a pared-down UI that lets you tap the screen to focus and shoot quickly. By flipping downward instead of upward, the hotshoe and control dials don’t obscure the lower portion of the screen, and it’ll let you frame duck-face shots from more-flattering angles.
Typing Writer Turns Your iPad Into A Typewriter (And No, It Wasn’t Created By Tom Hanks) | TechCrunch
Elliott stopped by the TechCrunch New York office a few weeks ago to show off the app — I haven’t used both of them, but judging from what’s been written, the Hanx Writer app emphasizes nostalgia for things like the sound of the typewriter, while Typing Writer may be more of a practical writing tool, with an emphasis on moving forward as you write, rather than constantly going back and tinkering. (To that end, it also comes with first drafts from writers like Jim Shepard, Melissa Febos, Aimee Brill, and Rick Moody.)
Customizable 3D Printed Jewelry
This project was driven by a desire to use 3D printed plastic in combination with other materials. My collaborator Kristina Larsen (Instructables member Kristinaliv ) and I have been using felt for a variety of other projects and the bright colors, matte finish, and unexpected material juxtaposition made it just the thing for this piece. For our first prototype we made a closed tube and needle-felted wool roving into the cage to make the inlay. This was really time consuming and didn't look as good as crisp as we had hoped. Our second version incorporated readily available sheets of polyester craft felt and a removable cap with a twist-off flange, but the flange wasn't robust enough for repeated usage. The version we decided to go with has a simple press-fit cap and uses sheet felt for a clean finish. The cap is robust enough to stand repeated use, so you can switch out the inlay felt for a variety of colors, depending on your mood.
W-ORD Channel 7 News With John Oliver & Cookie Monster
Did you know John Oliver and Cookie Monster co-anchor a nightly news broadcast about words? Just kidding, that's not a thing. But you would TOTALLY watch that show. In support of "Sesame Street's" newest vocabulary resource, "Words are Here, There and Everywhere," Mashable has teamed up with Sesame Workshop once again to encourage families to explore the wonderful world of words. Watch the special W-ORD report above, in which John Oliver and Cookie Monster (and a few surprise guests) tackle the hard-hitting word news you need to know. The "Words Are Here, There, and Everywhere" initiative was developed in partnership with PNC Grow Up Great. For more info, visit: http://sesamestreet.org/words Watch the out-takes here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H916E... Watch more of our Sesame Street video collaborations here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtvPl... CAST: John Oliver ( http://youtube.com/lastweektonight ) Cookie Monster performed by David Rudman and Paul McGinnis ( http://sesamestreet.org ) Telly Monster performed by Marty Robinson and Spencer Lott.
Ukrainian Forces Retreat From Luhansk Airport
Meanwhile, Russia's foreign minister said on Monday that diplomats at a new round of talks on easing the crisis in Ukraine must push for an immediate, unconditional cease-fire between Ukrainian government troops and pro-Russian separatists.
Swatch to launch smartwatch 'next summer' - Telegraph
Swatch is planning to launch a smartwatch next summer in a bid to grab a slice
of the wearable technology market, expected to be worth $30 billion ($18bn)
Apple inks deals with Amex and others for iPhone 6 mobile payments, report says
While many retailers are yet to include technology for accepting payment from NFC-enabled mobile devices, Apple’s expected adoption of the technology into a phone expected to sell in huge numbers could push many businesses to take a closer look at offering such an option.
Why does the universe exist?
Why is there something instead of nothing? In other words: Why does the universe exist (and why are we in it)? Philosopher and writer Jim Holt follows this question toward three possible answers. Or four. Or none.
An Interactive Ceiling That Undulates as You Pass Under | Design | WIRED
To set the pipes in motion, visitors just walk underneath them. Underneath the 13-by-13 foot floorboards are capacitive sensors that track footsteps. That information, combined with data gleaned from four Microsoft Kinect sensors at the installation’s corners, determines which pipes should move up, and when. The piece can handle up to ten people at once, but Staal says it’s optimized for two people, when fewer pipes are being retracted. The effect is meant to mimic the generative movement of the ocean, as well as Lundin’s approach to exploration: “It’s very technical, but their geology department is very open minded in how they approach their exploration operations.” Staal says. “The leader of their exploration department is like a philosopher.”
Reddit Launches Mobile AMA App
The AMA format has become a runaway success story, with verified interviewees ranging from Bill Gates to a Disney princess performer . With its visual search cues and card-based design, the iOS app is clearly designed for Reddit newbies. But the arsenal of friendly typefaces and brightly colored icons are a significant improvement over the bare-bones look of the default web UI--a convoluted maze of nested nested text and GIF-related wit--that housed previous AMAs. The new design also prioritizes a more passive experience: users can ask questions and vote up comments in secondary areas of the app, but the homescreen defaults to streams of curated content.
There Are Only Two Weeks Left To Comment On Net Neutrality | TechCrunch
Without Net Neutrality (or The Open Internet as the FCC puts it), certain network providing companies will be able to create a tiered system of internet speeds, meaning that digital companies with deeper pockets can purchase more and faster throughput for their digital content than smaller less deep-pocketed startups or competitors. In short, richer company’s digital content will work better.
PAX 2014: Bloodborne: Come for the Combat, Stay for the Atmosphere - IGN
But as one of IGN’s biggest Souls fans, the thing that stood out to me most during my time with Bloodborne is just how incredible the atmosphere is on almost every level. For example, take the enemy design. Everything that exists in the small slice that we’ve seen exudes dread. From the shambling townsfolk who wander around what seems like a funeral procession in a haze, to the emaciated hounds which go from pitiful to deadly in an instant, the world is filled with terrifying occupants around every corner. It ads an evocative sense of unease over the entire world.
Car sharing service Uber banned in Germany
The case against Uber was brought by the Taxi Deutschland Servicegesellschaft company, which offers a rival app that links users to registered taxi drivers. The company argued that Uber was not operating a legitimate service because its drivers did not have the correct permits, were not properly insured, and were not subject to checks. German law allows drivers without a commercial licence to pick up passengers only if they charge no more than the operating cost of the trip.
Finally win at fantasy football with numberFire’s new analytics app
In our time with the app, it felt a little plainer than what we were expecting. Advanced stats can be intricate and overwhelming, but numberFire seems committed to keeping it as simple as possible. For fantasy fanatics who just want to know who’s going to get them the most points in a given week, this makes fine sense, and the gamified approach for answering questions appears like a good way to keep already overly competitive fans engaged. We’d just like to get more details on numberFire’s own data. The math obviously yields solid results, but we want to see numberFire show its work.