This company wants to beat Tesla at its clean energy game

May 20, 2017

Solar panels + battery storage + electric vehicle = living the clean energy dream.Image: Vivint solar Tesla isn’t the only automaker vying to claim your rooftop as well as your garage. Mercedes-Benz now wants to sell you a full “ecosystem” of clean energy services, including solar panels that charge battery packs, which in turn charge electric vehicles or at least let you store daytime solar power for nighttime use. The…

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These jellyfish-like balloons are delivering internet to people affected by Peru floods

May 19, 2017

One of Project Loon's balloons.Image: alphabet/project loon During natural disasters, the ability to communicate with loved ones and get basic information is vital. But communication infrastructure is often one of the first things to be knocked out by high winds, massive rain, and flooding especially in remote and rural regions. Massive jellyfish-like balloons traveling at the edge of space, however, are making that problem a thing of the past. SEE…

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Tesla reportedly treats factory workers like many successful start-ups: Like afterthoughts

May 19, 2017

Tesla employees work on a Model S car in the Tesla factory in Fremont, California.Image: Jeff Chiu/AP/REX/Shutterstock Silicon Valley companies are often built around making the world more efficient, but engineering efficiency has a human cost many of them either didn’t see coming or would like to forget. Tesla, it seems, is no different. SEE ALSO: Elon Musk says we’re only 2 years from being able to nap in self-driving…

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8 unnecessary startups you didn’t ask for, but here they are

May 19, 2017

Sometimes these ideas create problems instead of fixing them.Image: ambar Del moral/mashable Yes, there’s an app for that. And even that. While HBO’s Silicon Valley pokes fun at start-up culture, tech entrepreneurs, and off-the-wall ideas, the show’s riffs and jokes aren’t only contained to fictional cable TV storylines. The real world is filled with actual examples of unnecessary companies, apps, and products trying so hard to “disrupt” something, anything. SEE…

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BBC fools HSBC voice recognition security system – BBC News

May 19, 2017

‘Really alarming’ Customers simply give their accounting details and year of birth and then add: “My utter is my password.” Although the infraction did not allow Joe Simmons to withdraw coin, he was able to access matches and recent events, and was offered the chance to transfer coin between histories. “What’s truly fright is that the bank allowed me seven attempts to mimic my brothers’ voiceprint and get wise erroneous,…

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Net neutrality is a pivotal moment in a broader movement for a healthy internet

May 19, 2017

Image: Shutterstock / issaro prakalung In John Olivers recent segment urging viewers to stand up for net neutrality, the late-night comedian lamented the challenge of building public support for a seemingly obscure issue. Net neutrality the concept that Internet access should be equal and accessible for all is objectively boring, Oliver says. While I disagree, Oliver has a point. Net neutrality can seem like a woolly issue. Explanations tend to…

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Spotify buys AI startup Niland to develop its music personalization and recommendations

May 19, 2017

Spotify has made its fourth acquisition of the year after Spotify has made personalization a key part of its service with tailored playlistslike Release Radar and Discovery Weekly. reached 50 million paying users in March, andit has more than 100 million listenersoverall when you factor in those who use the free version. Close rival may delay a much-anticipated IPO until 2018, has been busy boosting its tech chops and building…

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For investors seeking a purpose-built CRM toolkit, Affinity raised $13.5 million to get you covered

May 19, 2017

For the venture capitalists, hedge funders, investment bankers and private equity folks trawling the skyways looking for deals, theres nothing more important than a strong network. But for most firms keeping track of meetings, managing follow-ups, and plotting a next move is still a pretty low-tech process (ironic considering all the CRM tools these guys have built for others). Well, now theres a company calledAffinity, thats hoping to give investors…

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Popular social media sites ‘harm young people’s mental health’

May 19, 2017

Poll of 14 – to 24 -year-olds proves Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat and Twitter increased apprehensions of shortcoming and anxiety Four of the five most popular forms of social media ill young peoples mental health issues, with Instagram the most damaging, according to experiment by two health organisations. Instagram has the most deepening young peoples apprehensions of shortcoming and nervousnes. The survey, published on Friday, concluded that Snapchat, Facebook and Twitter…

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