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Why I Go To Disrupt

It’s never good for someone inside an organization to defend its actions to the outside. It smacks of self-serving and one-sided debate, and, as the Bard wrote, “the lady doth protest too much, methinks.”<p>Be here I go protesting too much.<p>Valleywag’s Sam Biddle wrote a fairly even-handed look at …

The World's Largest Solar Farm

Shine bright like a solar panel<p>In February, the Ivanpah Solar Electricity Generating System opened over a 3,500-acre stretch of the Mojave Desert. The solar thermal farm operates at 392 megawatts—just under 1 percent of California’s total energy production, or enough to power 140,000 homes.<p>The …

Why taxi drivers are going to war with Uber

London's black cab drivers want to bring the city to gridlock in protest at the California company's activities<p>Every digital entrepreneur dreams of inventing a disruptive technology. But perhaps in the case of Uber, a California company that now operates in 110 cities around the world, including …

Microphone Turns Your Fingertip Into A Speaker

Touch your finger to someone's ear, and they'll hear your recorded message whispering to them.<p>Turn your body into another kind of wonderland: A new invention from Disney Research lets you record messages to your friends that they can hear only if you touch your finger to their ears. That is, your …

Spotify Connect: connected speakers take on iPod docks

Music service Spotify is to take on the traditional iPod dock by working with major manufacturers to launch its own range of speakers, the company announced this morning.<p>In collaboration with major hardware companies including Yamaha, Phillips, Bang and Olufsen and others, the new Spotify Connect …

Disney develops 'magical' device to make fingertips sing

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/technology/1009000/1009351_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524717179_a0bd935e9265398433d069d624dce7dc<p><b>Disney has developed a device to transmit sound through the human body.</b><p>The Ishin-Den-Shin technology uses a standard microphone to record audio …

Walt Disney Company

Infrared Car System Spots Wildlife On The Road From 500 Feet Away

Here's how it works.<p>Since their debut 13 years ago, in-car night-vision systems, which identify pedestrians approaching a roadway, have arguably made driving safer. But they come with a pretty big blind spot: animals. Each year, drivers in the U.S. strike about a million deer, causing 27,000 human …

How Two Newspaper Reporters Helped Free an Innocent Man

Daniel Taylor didn't commit murder — and the author, a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist, proved it in The Chicago Tribune. But it took the justice system more than a decade to catch up.<p>During nearly 25 years as a reporter at the <i>Chicago Tribune</i>, I received hundreds of requests for help from …

3 Technologies That Could Have Prevented This Summer's Train Crashes

Three distinctly different, deadly train accidents happened around the world this summer, but they might have been prevented with technology that already exists.

Nettlebox Is A $28,000 Hologram Rig That Lets You View Real-Time 3D From All Angles

Russian startup Nettle, which is based in the Skolkovo Tech City area, is showing off a $28,000 holographic gaming set-up at TechCrunch Disrupt SF’s Hardware Alley. The Nettlebox rig consists of a 3D plasma display, with four fisheye lens infrared cameras at the corners to track the position of the …

Technology driving loss of middle class jobs

The British middle class is under threat from advances in technology which could see white collar jobs in areas such as law, medicine and accounting replaced altogether.<p>Wealth creation is currently concentrated amongst the highest earners and whereas low paid jobs cannot be easily automated, some …

Middle-class

The cows connected to the internet

A farm in Essex has begun connecting its cows to the internet so the farmer can detect when they become ill.<p>The Cow Tracking Project uses data collected from radio positioning tags to monitor the herd's behaviour.<p>If an animal starts acting differently the farmer can locate it to make sure it has …

Internet of Things

Do you need to be rich to start your own company?

<b>With a growing number of young people wishing to start up their own business on both sides of the Atlantic, how much easier is it to do so if you come from a wealthy background? Here a number of young entrepreneurs recount their experiences.</b><p>Utah native Austen Allred's life was changed by the …

Startups

Audio pioneer Ray Dolby dies aged 80

<b>Ray Dolby, the US engineer who founded Dolby Laboratories and pioneered noise reduction in audio recordings, has died in San Francisco aged 80.</b><p>Mr Dolby had suffered from Alzheimer's disease for several years and was diagnosed with leukaemia this summer.<p>His name became synonymous with home sound …

San Francisco