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Teach-U: VR uses virtual reality to let anyone learn piano or drums

NYU Shanghai students Sean Kelly and Sam Shi want to use the potential of VR to increase access to information. Over the weekend at the TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon in New York, the duo initially looked into assisting students studying brain surgery but they switched their target and developed …

How to keep your investors invested

You did it. You secured your funding. Good for you. You tirelessly developed, pitched, sold, maybe even danced a little. Not a song and dance, but a display of passion, commitment and promise.<p>You successfully instilled the confidence investors need to see before signing on the dotted line. Now that …

Peer-to-peer power? Finance tech comes to solar energy

If you have used Venmo to pay a friend back or Apple Pay to make a purchase at the store, you likely are familiar with the rise of financial …

The best wireless exercise headphones

<i>By Lauren Dragan</i><p><i>This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a buyer's guide to the best technology. Read the full article here.</i><p>After considering a total of 145 sport-specific headphones and testing 82 of the best-reviewed options, our experts agreed that the JLab Epic Bluetooth is the …

Virtual reality shooter 'Gunjack' is ready for Samsung's Gear VR

Just in time for today's launch of Samsung's consumer Gear VR, developer and publisher CCP is making <i>Gunjack</i> available for the headset. The virtual reality game, powered by Unreal Engine 4, is an arcade shooter that takes places in the EVE sci-fi universe. Once you strap in, you'll play the role of …

Shift is a debit card for your bitcoin wallet

Even though the banking industry and US regulators are getting on board the bitcoin train, actually spending your hard-mined bitcoins can be a bit tricky. Luckily, Coinbase debuted a solution on Friday: the Shift debit card. It's the first such bitcoin-based debit card issued in the US and is …

Chill optional: 51 percent of US internet users watch Netflix

Netflix's robust content library has helped it top nearly 70 million subscribers worldwide. Not surprisingly, the majority of those come from the US, where the streaming service has over 43 million customers alone. And, for the most part, people here seem to be fond of it. According to a survey …

This fitness tracking app pays you to walk more

Having a hard time motivating yourself to exercise? What if somebody offered to <i>pay</i> you work out? That's the idea behind Bitwalking -- an app, digital currency and marketplace that pays its users 1BW$ (Bitwalking dollar) for every 10,000 steps they take.<p>The idea behind the app is about more than …

Zillow for solar? Tech links renewables developers, corporate buyers

More companies are setting clean energy goals. Meanwhile, renewable energy developers are looking for creative ways to fund projects that could add …

Muji's Tiny Prefab Houses Take Minimalism to the Extreme

If you shop at Muji, the Japanese emporium of minimalist, space-saving housewares, it’s probably to pick up one of its excellent water-shedding …

This Plastic Becomes As Moldable As Play-Doh When Dipped In Hot Water

FORMcard, created by designer Peter Marigold, can be used to repair, modify, or create everyday objects.<p>“I’ve always made things and it’s always frustrated me that plastics are something you’re given, and not something you can change easily,” says London-based furniture designer Peter Marigold. …

f.lux

Ever notice how people texting at night have that <b>eerie blue glow</b>?<p>Or wake up ready to write down the Next Great Idea, and get blinded by your computer …

Text Messaging

The Clean Energy Revolution In Three (Or Four) Charts

<b>Published on</b> November 16th, 2015 | <i>by Tina Casey</i><p>29<p>The Clean Energy Revolution In Three (Or Four) Charts<p>November 16th, 2015 by <b>Tina Casey</b><p>In what amounts …

Inneract Project Teaches Underserved Kids Design And Technology

Design plays just as big of a role in technology as computer science. That’s why it’s no coincidence that boatloads of successful startups have designers on their founding teams. Since 2010, 27 designer-founded startups have been acquired by large tech companies like Google, Facebook, Yahoo, Adobe, …

Identikits Of The European Unicorns

French Tech has never been in such good health: Showroomprivé and Deezer just announced their IPO, Leetchi its trade sale to Crédit Mutuel Arkéa group and several startups have announced significant funding rounds in France in the last three months (more than €10 million for Lengow, iAdvize, Geolid …

The top 10 trends transforming the electric power sector

By now, it’s become cliché to suggest that the utility industry is on the brink of a massive transformation.<p>Analysts told us this would happen <b></b>— <b></b>the …

Solar Power

NextEra on Storage: ‘Post 2020, There May Never Be Another Peaker Built in the US’

Energy storage at utility scale just got a $100M vote of confidence from one of the world's largest utilities.<p>NextEra Energy wants to be "the …

Renewable Energy

How batteries for homes and businesses could already make economic sense

Last week, a study in Energy Policy gave a new glimpse into why, despite much anticipation, the so-called energy storage revolution — in which adding batteries or other energy storing devices to the grid lets us decide <i>when</i> we actually want to use electricity that has been generated — has been …

Clean Energy

Solar and Wind Just Passed Another Big Turning Point

It has never made less sense to build fossil fuel power plants.<p>By<p>To continue reading this article you must be a Bloomberg Professional Service …

Renewable Energy

Bravery Is At The Heart Of Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurs looking for a pivot or an idea sometimes ask me “what’s hot now?” That’s the wrong question! What’s hot now is too late for you if your dreams are to be a world-changing entrepreneur: You need to create what will be hot years from now.<p>When I met Renaud Laplanche, and later invested in …

Wall Street is cashing in on Silicon Valley's biggest problem

Lately, it seems to be a big source of agitation for top venture capitalists and CEOs. Venture capitalist Mark Suster, recently called "BS on 50 new billion-dollar US companies in just 18 months," but later admits he thinks "there is nobody to blame for this abandonment of common sense."<p>But there …

Venture Capital

Solar-Plus-Storage Can Offer Resiliency to Low-Income Customers, Not Just the Wealthy

Three years ago, Superstorm Sandy slammed into the East Coast of the United States, killing hundreds of people and leaving millions more in the dark. …

'Back to the Future Part II': science fiction vs. reality

If you came of age in the late '80s, there's a good chance that <i>Back to the Future Part II</i> was a formative film that helped inform your idea of what society might look like in the not-too-distant future. <i>BTTF</i> creators Bob Gale and Robert Zemeckis certainly weren't trying to predict the future as much …

The Secret History of the Hashtag, Slash, and Interrobang

Glyphs are the hidden heroes of the typography world. You might not pay them much attention, but they’re undeniably important. Glyphs—and by glyphs …

Facebook site helps start your programming career

Facebook knows that it can't hire a more diverse workforce unless there's a broader interest in computer science, and it just launched a website to help that happen. TechPrep provides resources to learners (and parents) who are curious about programming, but might not know where to start. It …

Combined Cycle Gas Turbine (CCGT)