Solar Panels

Breakthrough tech could double the amount of energy generated by solar cells

Breakthrough tech could double the amount of energy generated by solar cells

By on May 25, 2016 at 8:10 AM.

Solar power has always seemed on its surface to be the perfect solution to the world’s reliance on fossil fuels. After all, sunlight is free and abundantly available. The problem has always been efficiency, since solar panels generate power far less efficiently than other options. In fact, it takes about 40 square meters of solar panels to generate enough energy to power just one American home for a day, based on average use.

Progress is slowly being made in labs around the world, though you might not know it by looking at the recent performance of solar stocks. But now, a breakthrough in the way solar energy is collected could double the amount of power generated by solar panels without dramatically increasing cost. More →

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OnePlus 3 iPhone 7 Specs

This is the OnePlus 3 feature the iPhone 7 has to copy

By on May 25, 2016 at 7:45 AM.

This is the OnePlus 3 feature the iPhone 7 has to copy

Chinese smartphone maker OnePlus, which has reached quite a level of popularity among hardcore Android users, is about to unveil its third “flagship killer,” a phone that appeared in countless rumors leading up to its June launch. A new report brings more details about the phone’s specs, including one feature Apple should definitely copy for the upcoming iPhone 7.

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Hit List

Microsoft 2016 Nokia Layoffs

Microsoft completes disposal of Nokia’s remains with new round of layoffs and $950M hit

By on May 25, 2016 at 6:50 AM.

Microsoft completes disposal of Nokia’s remains with new round of layoffs and $950M hit

For many Microsoft employees, this is just another Wednesday morning like any other. But for close to 2,000 people it’s going to be a day to remember. The company announced that it’s “streamlining” its smartphone business by laying off about 1,850 people worldwide, including 1,350 people in Finland and 500 elsewhere. The move will see Microsoft take a $950 million financial hit, and it marks the death of the Nokia-born Lumia phone brand. More →

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Game Changers

Chewbacca Mom Video Abrams Corden

Watch ‘Chewbacca mom’ take James Corden to work and freak out meeting J.J. Abrams

By on May 24, 2016 at 10:15 PM.

Watch ‘Chewbacca mom’ take James Corden to work and freak out meeting J.J. Abrams

Unless you’ve been disconnected from the Internet this past weekend – and who does that, am I right? – you’ve probably seen and shared the hilarious Chewbacca mom video on Facebook. The clip shows a Texas woman trying out a Chewbacca mask and enjoying every minute of it. Her contagious laugh is what turned the video into a viral sensation that has since surpassed 140 million views.

That’s all you need to know before you watch the following video, in which we see the Chewbacca mom taking James Corden and J.J. Abrams to work. More →

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These robots replicate enemy forces

By on May 24, 2016 at 9:30 PM.

These robots replicate enemy forces

Millions of rounds can be unleashed at these robots and they’ll keep going on going. In part because they have state of the art armor, but also because these robots can think and behave like the enemy … and avoid getting shot.

While it sounds like a “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines” scenario, Special Operations Forces around the world are leveraging the abilities of the cutting-edge Marathon Target robots to challenge and enhance their skills.

Robots that think, communicate with each other and fight as a team …this is the future of land combat and the future is nearly upon us. These robots are currently used for advanced training – not for deployment in combat. More →

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Xbox One Halo Bundle Price

The 1TB Xbox One Halo 5 bundle you’ve been waiting for is now $399 on Amazon

By on May 24, 2016 at 8:45 PM.

The 1TB Xbox One Halo 5 bundle you’ve been waiting for is now $399 on Amazon

When new video game systems come out it’s so hard to wait to buy one, especially since there’s so much time in between console generations. New systems are so much more powerful and capable than older ones, and you need the latest and greatest. Well, if you’ve been holding off on buying a new Xbox One your wait is about to pay off, because Amazon is selling the Xbox One 1TB Console – Limited Edition Halo 5: Guardians Bundle for $399 with free shipping. It’s $500 elsewhere, making this a killer deal you won’t want to miss. More →

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Traffic Jams China

China wants to battle traffic jams with this crazy futuristic bus

By on May 24, 2016 at 8:00 PM.

China wants to battle traffic jams with this crazy futuristic bus

Traffic congestion is a problem that many cities across the globe continue to struggle with. And while some cities have come up with their own ways to deal with congestion, whether it be a push for public transportation or constructing new roads, a new initiative out of China is without a doubt the most original idea we’ve seen yet.

Meet TEB, otherwise known as a Transit Elevated Bus. TEB is essentially a bus that can drive over traffic, as evidenced by the photo above, although it’s just a concept for now. The idea for a TEB like vehicle isn’t new, but a working mini-model of the incredibly intriguing idea was recently presented at a tech expo in Beijing.

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Master all of the essential Microsoft Office programs for a price you decide

By on May 24, 2016 at 7:50 PM.

Master all of the essential Microsoft Office programs for a price you decide

In today’s business world, knowledge of Microsoft Office is a necessity. Many jobs do not even consider hiring candidates without it. With the Pay What You Want: The A to Z Microsoft Office Training Bundle, you can learn the ins and outs of Microsoft Office in no time. More →

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Apple Wireless Carrier Support

Will no one save us from wireless carriers?

By on May 24, 2016 at 7:30 PM.

Will no one save us from wireless carriers?

Why is T-Mobile’s “Un-carrier” initiative working so well? The answer is as obvious as it seems: people don’t like wireless carriers. These telecommunications giants continue to squeeze subscribers for every last penny they can and all the while, they rake in billions upon billions of dollars each quarter. It would be one thing if a company just scraping by tacked on a tiny fee, but Verizon hauled in $7.9 billion in profit last quarter on $32.2 billion in sales while AT&T’s operating income climbed to $7.1 billion on revenue totaling $40.5 billion.

T-Mobile is hardly a non-profit, but the company has done a tremendous job of playing off consumers’ collective disdain for carriers and it has seen tremendous growth as a result. At the same time, its model really isn’t all that different from the rivals it regularly berates.

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Fitbit Heartrate Inaccuracy

Fitbit’s inaccurate heart-rate tracking can ‘put consumers at risk’

By on May 24, 2016 at 7:00 PM.

Fitbit’s inaccurate heart-rate tracking can ‘put consumers at risk’

Fitbit is currently embroiled in a class-action lawsuit over the accuracy of its heart-rate tracking. As part of their case, the plaintiffs commissioned a scientific study of the accuracy of the Fitbit Charge HR and Surge. Wareable spoke to the scientist who was paid to do the testing, and unsurprisingly, he has bad things to say about Fitbit’s devices.

Dr. Edward Jo, an assistant professor of Applied Physiology at California State Polytechnic University, was paid to conduct a “validation study,” seeking to prove that Fitbits mis-report heart-rate data when users are working out.

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Sonos Alternative 2016

This week only, save $50 on the 5-star rated Raumfeld One S wireless speaker

By on May 24, 2016 at 6:20 PM.

This week only, save $50 on the 5-star rated Raumfeld One S wireless speaker

Sonos makes fantastic products but plainly put, they’re not for everyone. Some people are seeking out a different look or different features, but it can be difficult to weed through all the junk out there and find high-quality wireless speakers. Well, we’ve done the weeding for you and we’ve got a killer sale you need to check out. This week only, Amazon has knocked $50 off the price of the Raumfeld One S Wireless Streaming Speaker in either black or white. That’s within $10 of the One S’s lowest price ever, and it includes free Prime shipping. More →

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