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SolarCity generator Tesla Motors lithium-ion battery packs aren’t just powering electric luxury sports sedans for wealthy any more. They’ve started appearing in a small number of California homes to store electricity generated by rooftop solar panels, and SolarCity, the Silicon Valley solar installer, will start providing Tesla batteries for businesses that want to cut their utility [...]
“The Key to Erebor” Hollywood is embracing 3D printing in a big way. Warner Bros. will offer fans digital blueprints of “The Key to Erebor” to help market he Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug. “The Key to Erebor” is a key item from the series, which fans can 3D print on their own or send to [...]
Mobile penetration in Africa is still growing at 4.2 percent annually. People tend to have certain paradigms about the “developed world” and the “developing world.” Including, of course, media-fed images of Africa as a place of almost irredeemable poverty, deprivation, and pain. Many of our paradigms are, of course, illusions.
“Farmers may operate an unmanned aircraft over their own property for personal use.” Good news from the Academy of Model Aeronautics: The FAA has clarified its rules (which were assumed but not confirmed) that private use of drones over their own property is allowed now:
There are more tablets available with kid-protections and controls. Tech is topping the Christmas lists this year as parents are prepared to indulge. A PBS Kids survey shows that 54 percent of parents plan to pick up a techie gift this year, more specifically tablets. Kids want bigger screens to play games and watch movies [...]
Biggest funding source is family and friends. You hear about startups in Silicon Valley getting venture capitalor crowdfunding money all the time. But the two combined barely make up the money given by startups’ biggest funding source: friends and family. (Infographic)
UPS researching delivery drones. Amazon made headlines when it announced it was working on small drones that could deliver customers packages in half an hour or less someday. But the e-commerce giant isn’t the only company researching how to harness the potential of small unmanned aircraft: the world’s largest parcel service, UPS, has been experimenting with [...]
Students in Shanghai ranked as the world’s best. The OECD is out with new global rankings of how students in various countries do in reading, science, and math. You can see below how Asian countries are obliterating everyone else in these categories.
The Phantom 2 Vision quadcopter. A man crashed a quadcopter on a busy street in New York City in September. Footage has accidentally been shot of the inside of someone’s apartment. Drones cause problems, but the technology is too exciting to write off. (Video)