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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...

An Interview With the Hacker Probably Selling Your Password Right Now

A conversation with the stolen-data wholesaler selling 800 million stolen passwords, and plaguing the security teams of LinkedIn, Twitter, and Tumblr. The post An Interview With the Hacker Probably Selling Your Password Right Now appeared first on WIRED.

Energy firms urge EU to back offshore wind

Companies say offshore wind will generate electricity as cheaply as fossil fuels within a decade if properly supportedA group of offshore wind companies have pledged that the technology will generate electricity as cheaply as fossil fuels in Europe within a decade – but only if policymakers across the EU take the steps needed to...

Edyn debuts smart water valve to put home gardens on autopilot

 Oakland, Calif.-based Edyn started selling a new, smart gardening device this week: an Internet-connected water valve that lets users irrigate their gardens or lawns automatically. The Edyn Water Valve uses data from the company’s Edyn Garden Sensor, a soil sensor, along with local weather systems, to adjust the moisture levels in the soil. If a user wants, they...

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...

Advice From a Former Apple Speech Writer: Pick Your Audience

It’s hard to deny that Apple is pretty great at presentation. Former Apple speechwriter Jayne Benjulian explains one key that helps the company perfect their speeches: choosing your audience.As Benjulian explains in an interview with The Atlantic, your audience is mostly likely to accept your message if it’s clear, spoken with credibility, and if...

The Unknown Lab of Millennials Fast-Tracking NASA’s Missions

If you know anything about NASA, you know that missions just don't get launched that fast. The post The Unknown Lab of Millennials Fast-Tracking NASA’s Missions appeared first on WIRED.

The sweep of the Internet of Things, garbage cans and all

 Who could imagine being wowed by a garbage can? Not much floors us anymore in our age of technological whiz-bang, but I couldn’t stop thinking about the lowly garbage can. Embedded with smart sensors, it alerts city workers when it’s ready to be emptied, which slashes fuel costs and avoids unnecessary pickups. That may...

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....

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.

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