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Tesla’s Powerwall Will Let Households Run Entirely On Solar Energy

Finally someone with resources, moving things forward in a way that helps the earth and is also cool. You almost certainly associate Tesla with cars — very cool cars — or some scientist that never got the credit he deserved. The company, however has a grand vision that will certainly become a household name. CEO and founder Elon Musk unveiled ‘Tesla Energy’ — a new business arm ...

WINDOWS 10 PLANS TO HIT 1 BILLION DEVICES IN 3 YEARS

TO COURT USERS, MICROSOFT IS WOOING DEVELOPERS WITH TOOLS THAT MAKE IT JAW-DROPPINGLY EASY TO BUILD NEW APPS. Microsoft has some very high ambitions for Windows 10. The company announced today at its annual Build conference that it wants to have the new operating system running on one billion devices within the next three years, a feat that is unheard of for just about any platform. But how ...

GE leaves lending business & moves to Manufacturing

After a 30-year fling with finance, GE is going back to its workbench and is selling the bulk of its giant GE Capital unit and returning to its roots. In reemphasizing industrial operations,  GE is heading back to the traditional heart of the company founded by Thomas Edison and away from the era of finance expansion under then-chief executive Jack Welch in the 1980s and 1990s. For most ...

The Manufacturing Robot

Artificial Intelligence isn't fully here just yet but programmers, engineers and intellects are on their way to making new robots that can work alongside humans. “…just in the past few years, digital technologies and all their manifestations, including robots, have been breaking out of the little box where they’d been operating and starting to demonstrate capabilities that they never, ever ...

Tesla Plans To Open Car Doors To All Hackers This Summer

Last year, hackers competed to exploit the connected parts of a Tesla Model S to win $10,000. Researchers from Chinese security, search and app store giant Qihoo 360 won. But that competition was not exactly Tesla-approved. Later this year, however, at the Defcon convention in Las Vegas, Tesla plans to open one of Elon Musk’s sleek electric cars to the hacker attendees, allowing them to ...

Washington is trying to recruit Silicon Valley to join ‘Team America’

The Pentagon just closed out a two-day tour to win the hearts, minds, and technical talent of Silicon Valley. At a lecture at Stanford yesterday, Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter discussed plans to recruit engineers to the Pentagon’s new cybersecurity force, invest in startups, and establish a Defense Department outpost here in the hoodie of innovation. Next he dropped by Facebook to meet ...

Automakers rev up innovation in the Bay Area

In the future, your car will anticipate your every need, from where you're heading to what you'd like to listen to along the way -- and, of course, drive itself. That's the vision automakers are test-driving in Silicon Valley, which has emerged as ground zero in the race to reimagine the automobile. Car companies ranging from General Motors to Mercedes have set up shop in the nation's hotbed ...

Jaguar Land Rover Is Upset Over Chinese Knockoff

Chinese car company unveiled an Evoque facsimile, called the “Landwind X7,” last year at the Guangzhou Auto Show. Jaguar Land Rover were not happy because it looks exactly like the Range Rover. Jaguar Land Rover is in the midst of a major sales push in China. In order to have enough cars to sell, the company is planning to construct a $US1.8-billion factory to build the Range Rover ...

Chicago makes a bid to be the U.S. hub of digital manufacturing

A new center calls on Boeing, GE, and other companies to solve digital manufacturing’s biggest challenges. Chicago takes a big step toward being a U.S. hub of digital manufacturing this month when the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII) opens. Part-incubator, part-research center, the 94,000-square-foot institute will serve as a proving ground for experimenting ...

Why America Has a Shortage of Skilled Workers

A recent report called “The Skills Gap in U.S. Manufacturing 2015 and Beyond” projects that, “Over the next decade, nearly three and a half million manufacturing jobs will likely need to be filled, and the skills gap is expected to result in 2 million of those jobs going unfilled.” This skilled workforce shortage problem is not new. The urgency of the problem was described as far ...