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An investor who owns 4,000 apartments explains why multi-family real estate is the best investment he's made

I recently wrote an article that explained why buying a house is for suckers. A home is not an investment, because it doesn't pay you each month — you have to pay it.<p>It's a liability to me, not an asset. Not only does a house leave you less mobile, it ties up your money so you can't use it for real …

Real Estate

Retrofitted net-zero energy home in Washington produces double the power it needs

You don't need to build a new house to "go green". The Birchwood home by Sustainable Connections is the first home in Whatcom County, Washington to …

Clean Energy

The innovators: desalination unit brings clean water on wheels

Portable ‘Desolenator’ makes sea water and rain fit for human consumption<p>Travelling around Thailand in the 1990s, William Janssen was impressed with the basic rooftop solar heating systems that were on many homes, where energy from the sun was absorbed by a plate and then used to heat water for the …

Imperial College London

The biggest barrier to Apple and Google's clean power plans: Utilities

Despite news about Google and Apple investing in clean energy to power their huge data centers, Internet companies’ renewable energy efforts are …

Renewable Energy

Google says Android Wear about to get even smarter (Q&A)

The search giant hasn't said much about its OS for wearable devices since a demo in June. CNET sat down with two of the project's head engineers to find out what's new.<p>"We're going to much more rapidly iterate here."<p>Hiroshi Lockheimer, Google, Vice President of Engineering for Android<p>"It's our …

Wear OS

Big power out, solar in: UBS urges investors to join renewables revolution

World’s largest private bank predicts large-scale power stations will soon make way for electric cars and new solar technologies<p>Big power stations in Europe could be redundant within 10-20 years as electric cars, cheaper batteries and new solar technologies transform the way electricity is …

The Startup That Lowers Your Energy Bills by Paying for Upgrades

Riding your bike to work is a good way to reduce your carbon footprint. But how green is the place you ride your bike to?<p>Buildings use an enormous …

Parrot Jumping Sumo App-Enabled Mini Drone

Drive the mini drone with your smartphone or tablet to start an adventure around your house. That sounds great? Let’s go on checking Parrot Jumping …

Drones

Shell / ARTechnic architects

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> A large shell shaped structure finds itself in the middle of the woods. It is hard to determine what …

Chinese Coin House / Juan Carlos Menacho

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> This house inspires security and balance through its square form. Immersed in a round base, it inspires …