Technology

Embedded fuel cells power smartphones for a week… and could run the world

 People love their smartphones but hate poor battery life. We love having access to the world’s information at our fingertips but tire of the need to constantly plug in to the world’s electricity grid. The recharging model of batteries fails us — the marketplace is ready for a new approach to portable power. Read...

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.

The Europas — It’s time for a different kind of tech conference

 Let’s face it. Some tech conferences have lost their way. While TechCrunch Disrupt remains a firmly curated, media-driven, event, with hundreds of journalists attending, a couple of other conferences have really gone for scale. A minimum of 15,000 people, thousands of companies, echoing halls — and a lot of investors (and journalists) turning their...

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.

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

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...

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.

Mercedes home batteries are a potential rival for Tesla’s Powerwall

 The batteries developed for the high demands of all-electric Mercedes-Benz cars are finding a new application as in-home energy storage units. Sound familiar? Yeah, it’s a lot like the Tesla Powerwall. Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler AG announced that the storage units are being manufactured by its subsidiary Deutsche ACCUMOTIVE (Daimler has a real love...

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...

Boosted’s v2 electric skateboards go 12 miles with swappable batteries

 The Boosted Board is the best electric skateboard on the market, but its biggest flaw is a troublingly low range of 6 miles per charge. Today, Boosted opened pre-orders of its Gen 2 boards for $999 to $1599, solving the problem with extended and swappable battery options that let them go almost twice as...

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