Brian Gillies

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A month with Nest's latest smart thermostat

Nest's programmable thermostat has just turned four, and the company marked the anniversary with the debut of its third-generation device. Four years ago, thermostats were still boring blocks stuck to your wall and while programming them was already possible, it was always a painful process. Once …

Home Automation

Germany is about to start up a monster machine that could revolutionize the way we use energy

And they're still dreaming.<p>But thanks to the efforts of the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics, experts hope that might soon change.<p>Last year, after 1.1 million construction hours, the institute completed the world's largest nuclear-fusion machine of its kind, called a stellarator.<p>The machine, …

Nuclear Energy

Tobias Jesso Jr. and Haim Perform "Forever"

<i>Haim photo by Pooneh Ghana, Tobias Jesso Jr. photo by Tom Spray</i><p>At his recent shows, Tobias Jesso Jr. and his band Duk have been doing a loose, impromptu series of covers. One of them is Haim's "Forever", and during his show last night at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles, he spotted the Haim sisters …

Los Angeles

Microsoft has trapped its biggest partners between a rock and a hard place

Sales in the PC industry are declining at around 11% per quarter, according to IDC, causing drops in profits for PC makers. Microsoft is somewhat insulated from this decline thanks to big enterprise sales, but the company's increased focus on hardware with the new Surface Book Pro — a high-end …

Satya Nadella