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Two US startups break solar efficiency records, aim to light up your life

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Two US startups are breaking solar efficiency records in their quest to bring clean, cost-effective, eco-friendly energy to a power grid near you. Alta Devices, based in Santa Clara, CA, has achieved a 23.5 percent efficiency rating with its standard solar panel, while Semprius, a Durham, NC company, has...
Two US startups break solar efficiency records, aim to light up your life

Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4 keeps it cool, refuses to cook your breakfast (video)

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It's no secret that Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4 SoC is among the most compelling of mobile architectures on the planet today. It delivers fantastic performance and good battery life, but an unsung hero that allows for both characteristics is its excellent efficiency. Based on a new 28nm fabrication process, not...
Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4 keeps it cool, refuses to cook your breakfast (video)

Philips' pricey LED bulb has impressive specs

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Philips' L Prize LED bulb, which will go on sale Earth Day for $50 online and in stores, brings a big jump in efficiency, life, and light quality. [Read more]...
Philips' pricey LED bulb has impressive specs

Nanoshells trap light for more efficient solar panels

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Scientists at Stanford are hard at work trying to improve the efficiency and durability of solar panels -- two key factors that have kept the Sun from becoming a more popular source of energy. Their latest effort involves nanocrystalline-silicon, a material that has proven resilient and highly conductive, but...
Nanoshells trap light for more efficient solar panels

Solar startups set new power records

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Startups Alta Devices and Semprius boast new solar efficiency records using very different techniques in an effort to knock down the price of solar power....
Solar startups set new power records

Google gets Greenpeace props for work on energy

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Greenpeace tries to cast some light on the energy sources behind data centers and commend IT companies that advance clean energy and efficiency through tech. Facebook and Apple aren't quite there yet, it says....
Google gets Greenpeace props for work on energy

Mendeley injects some pace into academia with fast, big data

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Just look around at the likes of Evernote, Springpad, Lawloop and DocTrackr and it should be obvious: managing documents online is a pretty busy space right now. But there’s one service that has quietly been making waves — and now it’s about to stage a real revolution. London-based Mendeley doesn’t...
Mendeley injects some pace into academia with fast, big data

Suzumo SushiBot pumps out 300 Kwik-E-Mart rolls per hour (video)

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We tend to avoid scooping up sushi whenever there's no chef in sight -- at, say, a grocery store, or a gas station -- but we've always assumed there was a human cranking out maki somewhere behind the scenes. If Suzumo's SushiBot makes it to the production line, that...
Suzumo SushiBot pumps out 300 Kwik-E-Mart rolls per hour (video)

Sharp forms strategic partnership with Foxconn parent Hon Hai to boost competitiveness

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Japanese electronics giant Sharp has today announced a strategic deal with Hon Hai (parent company of Foxconn) that sees both parties combine and establish a manufacturing partnership that will combine the strengths of each company, “to launch cost competitive components and products.” As part of the deal, Sharp and Hon Hai...
Sharp forms strategic partnership with Foxconn parent Hon Hai to boost competitiveness

Pricelock Mobile App Puts The Energy Auction In Your Pocket

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Pricelock is all about making the buying and selling of energy more efficient. It was true when the company launched the Marketplace, a customized online energy auction platform for utilities companies, power plants and other government and/or commercial entities to buy and sell natural gas, motor fuels and coal. But...
Pricelock Mobile App Puts The Energy Auction In Your Pocket

Microsoft again dodges the question of desktop apps on ARM-based Win 8 systems

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It’s been less than a week since we called on Microsoft to make plain its plans for ARM-based Windows 8 computers, in regards to whether they will be able to run normal desktop applications or not. The company has yet to provide a response. To quickly summarize the issue, we...
Microsoft again dodges the question of desktop apps on ARM-based Win 8 systems

Lasers plus a crushing magnetic field may make fusion more efficient

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Ever since I first heard about the idea, I have loved inertial confinement fusion. The basic concept involves blowing stuff up with lasers to get some energy, then doing it again and again as fast as possible. What more could a 38-going-on-5-year-old want? Well, what I might also want...
Lasers plus a crushing magnetic field may make fusion more efficient

Army scientists juice battery voltage, hike life up to 30 percent

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With the modern US soldier turning into a walking gadget, the army has some heavy reasons to lower battery weights. Its own scientists might have the answer, claiming 30 percent energy density jumps could happen using additives they developed. Those "sacrificial agent" materials would bond with electrodes to allow...
Army scientists juice battery voltage, hike life up to 30 percent

Popular iPhone photography app Camera+ gets improved sharing, workflows and more

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Camera+, undoubtedly one of the most popular paid iPhone camera apps has just been updated. With a copy sold every 3 seconds, it’s 6 million+ users will be happy to know that the latest update is jam-packed with cool new features they can take advantage of. The app’s sharing features...
Popular iPhone photography app Camera+ gets improved sharing, workflows and more

The NOFAN CR-95C: a fanless copper CPU cooler for your next-gen build

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Interesting times to be shopping around for a processor, but what about a new cooler to go with it? This unassuming little work of art is the copper special edition of the NOFAN CR-95C, which is rated to cool CPUs of up to 100W TDP without the need for...
The NOFAN CR-95C: a fanless copper CPU cooler for your next-gen build

FAA plans to expand use of Apple's iPad & create its own app store

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The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has found that use of the iPad has improved efficiency and lowered costs, prompting the authority to expand use of Apple's touchscreen tablet, and even create its own application storefront with aviation-specific software....
FAA plans to expand use of Apple's iPad & create its own app store

Nokia to shed 4,000 jobs as manufacturing shifts to Asia

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Nokia plans to eliminate 4,000 jobs as part of a major cost-cutting effort that will see much of its manufacturing shift to Asia. The cuts will be made across three Nokia plants — 2,300 workers will be shed in Komarom, Hungary, 700 will lose their jobs in Reynosa, Mexico and...
Nokia to shed 4,000 jobs as manufacturing shifts to Asia

Apache outs version 2.4 of its HTTP server six years after last full release

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It's been half a dozen years since Apache last released a new version of its venerable HTTP server, but the day has finally come for version 2.4 to be unveiled to the world. Granted, the old Apache was doing fine -- it's been the most prolific web server in the...
Apache outs version 2.4 of its HTTP server six years after last full release

Startup Soraa lights up with 'LED 2.0'

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The startup sees a 75 percent boost in efficiency with its LED bulb, a new material platform for bringing down the cost of LEDs for general lighting....
Startup Soraa lights up with 'LED 2.0'

Tesla publishes Model S efficiency and range stats, expects 350 highway miles per charge

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We've spent our fair share of time behind the dash of Tesla's gorgeous Model S, though there hasn't been an opportunity to push the all-electric vehicle to its limits on the fuel battery front. The sedan still isn't quite ready for a full-on range test, but the manufacturer has...
Tesla publishes Model S efficiency and range stats, expects 350 highway miles per charge

Dealers wanting to sell Ford's first all-electric car must Focus on the environment

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You can't just sell the new 2012 Ford Focus Electric, you've got to embrace what it stands for, or at least that's what Dearborn is telling its dealers. Per the company HQ, outfits hoping to offer the electric hatchback on their lots later this year must send sales staff...
Dealers wanting to sell Ford's first all-electric car must Focus on the environment
Solar cells must emit light to attain perfection, research suggests

Samsung teases Series 9 Ivy Bridge Ultrabook, leaves availability in the ether

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Samsung's latest Series 9 Ultrabook is certainly a beautiful piece of engineering, but really, what's the fun in purchasing a new laptop with yesterday's internals? Fortunately, users won't need to make that compromise, as the company has now outed a refreshed version of the computer that's complete with Ivy...
Samsung teases Series 9 Ivy Bridge Ultrabook, leaves availability in the ether

New 802.1aq standard promises to improve Ethernet efficiency

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Yesterday the IEEE announced an update to the 802.11 WiFi standard, and today it's promptly moving on to the Ethernet side of things. The association just approved the 802.1aq Shortest Path Bridging standard, which will streamline the management and build-out of networks by using the latest-gen VLAN with a...
New 802.1aq standard promises to improve Ethernet efficiency

Eight Y-Combinator Companies to Watch

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We’re T minus three weeks until the country’s most closely watched accelerator debuts its Summer 2012 class of companies. The classes at Y-Combinator, compared with many other programs, are huge (this one is 82-strong) and the demo days are factory-like in their efficiency–witness Greg Kumparak’s heroic liveblogging of the...
Eight Y-Combinator Companies to Watch

New research brings better wireless to remote locations, 80 percent faster GoT downloads

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Not getting the bandwidth you need, Heidi? Then maybe the folks at North Carolina State University can help. They've figured out a way to boost multi-hop networks, where data is forwarded across two or more nodes (hops) in order to reach far-flung users. Networks like this can often get...
New research brings better wireless to remote locations, 80 percent faster GoT downloads
Nest responds to Honeywell suit, will 'vigorously defend itself' against 'patent-attack'

Porsche 918 Spyder prototype returns to the road with polished black and white shell

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It may not be the first time Porsche's 918 plug-in hybrid has had a chance to flex its 770 horse power for the camera, but when we last saw the pricey insanely expensive speed demon strut its stuff on record, it certainly didn't look like this. The freakish prototype...
Porsche 918 Spyder prototype returns to the road with polished black and white shell

Intel’s Haswell will include new multi-core enhancements

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With Ivy Bridge set to debut in just a few short months, Intel has begun to talk about what we can expect to see in Haswell. Haswell is the 22nmm successor to IB and is currently expected to debut in 2013. Haswell will include support for Intel’s Transactional Synchronization Extensions...
Intel’s Haswell will include new multi-core enhancements

ARM announces new quad-core Cortex-A15 Hard Macro variant

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It's pretty much a year to the day that we reported the possibility of a quad-core Cortex-A15 from ARM, and look what just came across the wire! It's the Cortex-A15 Hard Marco -- the first design from ARM we're aware of that packs four A15 cores. The Hard Macro...
ARM announces new quad-core Cortex-A15 Hard Macro variant
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