Technology

Comfy raises $12 million for app to end office thermostat wars

 Building Robotics Inc., better known as Comfy, raised $12 million in Series B funding for building automation software that helps companies save energy on office air conditioning while gathering employee-contributed data about the use and occupancy of a workspace. Emergence Capital led the investment, joined by real estate services company CBRE and Microsoft Ventures. According to...

Drastic disruptions are underway in the energy market

 What if energy “agents” could help us make better choices to cut costs and save the planet? Read More

Remains of the Day: You Can Now Post 360-Degree Photos to Facebook

Facebook can now convert your panoramic pics into fully immersive 360-degree photos. Pretty much any smartphone can shoot a panorama, so it’s a fun way to make a little interactive experience. My selfies will never be the same.The 360-degree photo feature is launching today, says Mark Zuckerberg, so you should see the feature soon...

Use a Silent Ringtone to Quiet iPhone Alarms

Regardless of whether or not your iPhone is muted, if you have an alarm set, it’ll make a sound. How-To Geek points out that a silent ringtone can solve this potential problem so you’ll still get the vibration without the ringing.The process here basically requires that you use a ringtone with no actual sound....

Willow Hill Ventures will fund and connect agriculture tech startups with farmers

 International Farming Corp. and Finistere Ventures have agreed to partner under the moniker Willow Hill Ventures to invest in growth-stage agricultural tech startups. International Farming Corp. owns and manages land that it, essentially, leases out to commercial farmers, helping them maximize the land’s yield and profitability. Finistere Ventures invests in early-stage tech companies… Read More

The business case for fighting climate change

 Chilling news regarding climate change continues to arrive on a regular basis, even as Antarctica warms dangerously and further troubling global symptoms emerge. It’s a shame global governments seem unable to mobilize to the degree necessary to keep Antarctica safely frigid and other climate-change-related catastrophes at bay. It’s also a shame those same governments...

Tesla’s patent strategy opens the road to sustainability for transport and for itself

 What makes Tesla unique? How about everything. Mention patents to most people and their eyes glaze over. Worse, they think of patent “trolls” that some say are harming American businesses. But everyone appreciates one fundamental fact: Patents, and intellectual property generally, mean value. Read More

ChargePoint raises $50 million to charge more cars

 ChargePoint announced this month that it had raised $50 million in its latest round of funding, thanks in large part to Linse Capital. That makes a total of $164 million raised from investors like BMW iVentures and Siemens, among others. ChargePoint already has the largest EV charging network in North America, with 28,000 stations installed...

For One Police Force, Body Cams Are Critical—Not Annoying

Photographer Devin Yalkin spends a day with the Evesham Township to see how they've adjusted to wearing body cams. The post For One Police Force, Body Cams Are Critical—Not Annoying appeared first on WIRED.

Monoprice sets its sights on outdoor gear brick and mortar stores

 If you don’t buy your cables (yes, some of us still use cables) from Monoprice, you disappoint me. But while the online retailer got its start with cables and components (and component cables), it’s been expanding for years into dozens of electronics categories — and the latest is gear for your trips to the...

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