According to reports Android was planning to team up with auto makers to get larger market share in information and entertainment market. However, the platform experienced fierce opposition. Many car makers want to defend their branding over their in-car systems. Google Inc. also plans to use Miracast, a Wi-Fi Direct integrated screen-casting standard to display apps from an Android smartphone on an in-car system.
Apple Inc.’s buying spree continues. It has reportedly acquired two companies, mapping company BroadMap and note-taking firm Catch. The Cupertino-based company purchased both the companies for an undisclosed amount. While BroadMap, which is a mapping firm, was acquired in the first half of 2013, Catch was acquired in recent months.
Researchers at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel say they’ve discovered a major security flaw in the enterprise software of Samsung’s best-selling Galaxy S4 smartphone that could enable hackers to intercept emails and record data communications. The Galaxy S4, introduced earlier in 2013 is one of Samsung’s latest Android-running smartphones.
Oracle Corporation, the world’s No. 2 business software maker said that it had agreed to acquire Responsys, a cloud-based marketing software company, for $27 a share in cash, or about $1.5 billion, to further bolster its cloud-based marketing efforts. Responsys is a software company that makes cloud-based software that businesses use to run their marketing campaigns across e-mail, mobile, display and social advertising across the Web.
According to Martin Learn, president and founder of Home Energy Systems, the plenteous availability of free sunshine has got a growing number of San Diego homeowners to earn financial and environmental rewards by choosing the solar electric (photovoltaic) industry as their energy provider.
U.S. Announces Over $7 Million Investment to Commercialize Cost-Effective Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies
The USA Energy Department announced over $7 million investment in projects that will help bring affordable, advanced hydrogen and fuel cell technologies online faster. This investment, which is spread across four projects in Georgia, Kansas, Pennsylvania and Tennessee, will enhance U.S. leadership in fuel cell-powered vehicles and backup power systems, and provide businesses more economical, cleaner transportation and power options.
This year, four nuclear power plants have declared closing down. If plants continue to close instead of widening its operations the nation stands to lose 60 percent of its clean electricity beginning in 2030, according to a new report by the American Physical Society.
According to Accenture’s (NYSE:ACN) annual holiday shopping survey, U.S. consumers prefer to spend an average of $646 on gifts this holiday season, which indicates an 11 percent increase over the $582 they planned to spend, on average, in 2012. Additionally, the Black Friday shopping has generated a lot of interest and Thanksgiving Day has emerged as an established holiday season event. Though consumers plan to spend more, they will also be on the lookout for big discounts throughout this holiday shopping season.
As the renewable electricity generation and electric cars is rising there is also a growing interest in energy storage technology. On Thursday the U.S. Department of Energy released a report on this emerging technology that points out big problems and potential panacea for encouraging energy storage technology development and installation. Lowering the price of energy storage systems and ensuring they are safe to use are among the big obstacles.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the net import share of U.S. energy consumption will only be 4 percent by 2040, meaning that the country is almost breaking even in terms of U.S. energy imports vs. exports. Though the country’s imports still vary, the percentage is significantly less than it was last year when it had net imports of 16 percent and even 2005 when it had net imports of 30 percent.
Facebook has reportedly launched a ‘Donate Now’ button to make it easier for the social network’s one-billion-plus members to contribute to nonprofits, all the while collecting their info. The button will collect credit card numbers and other billing information of the users that could ultimately aid the social networking giant in its ecommerce and gaming initiatives.
To add a firm to its always blooming collection, Google has acquired a new engineering company: Boston Dynamics. If the tech giant has already created the most popular platform for smartphones by introducing the Android technology, just imagine what they will be able to accomplish now by owning a company which has created the fastest-running robot in the world!
In the past, Americans were concerned about running out of energy to keep their cars revving and their homes heated, but with advanced technologies making oil, natural gas and other fossil fuels more abundant, the risk now is that the world might run out of the water needed to generate power.
Scientists are developing a new type of geothermal power plant that will store unwanted carbon dioxide (CO2) underground and use it as a mechanism to improve electric power generation by relatively 10 times in comparison to existing geothermal power. The report was presented at the American Geophysical Union meeting.
According to Exxon Mobil the drive for better living standards around the world will increase the demand for electricity and transportation fuels even as economies revive and governments put a price on pollution.
The Energy Department announced over $13 million investment in projects that will help drive affordable, efficient solar power for U.S. families and businesses. It is part of the U.S. Energy Department’s SunShot Initiative, which is working towards strengthening domestic solar manufacturing and speed commercialization of reliable, affordable photovoltaic and concentrating solar power technologies.
After Facebook nailed it three consecutive years, Twitter, the brief messaging social network, has reached the top spot within the tech industry on Glassdoor’s annual record of the best places to work during its debut on the site’s rankings. The rating company unseated Mark Zuckerberg’s social network which fell behind LinkedIn to the third place on the 2014 awards list. Furthermore, Twitter also placed second overall among firms with at least 1,000 employees, behind Bain & Co.
According to analysts, big technology companies are seeing signs that the user’s concerns about government digital spying are a threat to their future revenues, especially for businesses selling cloud-based products. Last summer disclosures about the National Security Agency’s (NSA) methods, which included findings about how it is constantly obtaining data from big firms, represent one of the main worries of both users and service providers.
A reviving economy and low prices at the pump have enhanced U.S. gasoline demand in the past months after five years of decline, a change that could continue into 2014. Since 2007, owing to the economic slowdown and expensive gasoline motorists were forced to drive less or buy smaller, more fuel efficient cars but there has been a rise in consumption in the second half of this year