Technology

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...

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...

Nanomaterials could double efficiency of solar cells by converting waste heat into usable energy

 An experimental solar cell created by MIT researchers could massively increase the amount of power generated by a given area of panels, while simultaneously reducing the amount of waste heat. Even better, it sounds super cool when scientists talk about it: “with our own unoptimized geometry, we in fact could break the Shockley-Queisser limit.”...

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

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...

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...

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....

MenuMate Puts A Mac App's Menu Bar Next to Your Cursor

Mac: If you have a giant screen or you tend to work on multiple desktops, the menu bar on your Mac might feel miles away. MenuMate’s a simple app that lets you pull up everything on an app’s menu bar with a keyboard shortcut.The idea here is simple: your menu bar is way up...

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...

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