energy

  • Tado’s Smart AC Control Makes Any Air Conditioner Smart

    Tado’s Smart AC Control Makes Any Air Conditioner Smart

    While smart thermostats have been around for years, they typically have only been able to interface with a home’s central heating or cooling system which are much more expensive than portable units. Today, Tado is launching the Smart AC Control, the world’s first device to make any remote-controlled air conditioner smart. Tado’s device interfaces with over 85% of the… Read More

  • Here Are The First Connected Home Devices For Apple’s HomeKit

    Here Are The First Connected Home Devices For Apple’s HomeKit

    Apple’s HomeKit is finally starting to roll out to actual consumers, via the first crop of HomeKit-enabled accessories from third-party manufacturers. This means you’ll soon be able to get your hands on a range of products for the connected home that work with Siri on your iOS device, and that you’ll be able to do so as soon as today, since some of the new HomeKit… Read More

  • What Is 21.co Really Building? An Excerpt From Digital Gold

    What Is 21.co Really Building? An Excerpt From Digital Gold


    Today we’re thrilled to offer an exclusive excerpt from Nathaniel Popper’s Digital Gold: Bitcoin and the Inside Story of the Misfits and Millionaires Trying to Reinvent Money, the definitive book about bitcoin. In this chapter we learn, in detail, the secrets behind the mysterious 21.co. Originally called 21e6, the company grew in secrecy to become one of the highest… Read More

  • Consider Pitching A “Virtual Startup” To Your Boss Crunch Network

    Consider Pitching A “Virtual Startup” To Your Boss

    Over the years I’ve been part of several of startups, and I love the energy, excitement and sense of risk that comes with launching into uncharted waters. My last startup was acquired in 2007, and I’ve been working at the acquirer ever since. A bit over two years ago, I got the itch to do something entrepreneurial again. When I talked with my boss about quitting to build a new… Read More

  • uBeam’s Ultrasound Wireless Charging Is Real, And About To Be Really Funded

    uBeam’s Ultrasound Wireless Charging Is Real, And About To Be Really Funded

    What if wireless power at a distance actually worked? It does. uBeam invented a way to wirelessly send energy up to 15 feet away with ultrasound. What if you could slap a wireless charging case on your phone and charge it while you move around or use it? uBeam invented that too. While early uBeam prototype were massive, non-portable boxes that merely shot power around, it now has a working… Read More

  • The Marijuana Industry And Its First Crossroads Crunch Network

    The Marijuana Industry And Its First Crossroads

    Marijuana has come a long way in the United States since California launched its first-in-the-nation medical program 19 years ago. Today, 23 states and the District of Columbia have legalized cannabis to some degree, and public perception of the plant is clearly shifting. Medical marijuana is being used in treatment of a variety of illnesses including several types of seizures, cancer and… Read More

  • President Obama Taps Twitter Vet Jason Goldman As White House’s First Chief Digital Officer

    President Obama Taps Twitter Vet Jason Goldman As White House’s First Chief Digital Officer

    President Obama announced this morning that Jason Goldman, a longtime tech industry executive best known for his work alongside Ev Williams during the formative years of products such as Blogger, Twitter, and Medium, has been named the White House’s first-ever “Chief Digital Officer.” The news was first reported by Politico. Goldman will be overseeing the White… Read More

  • Dyson Invests $15M In Michigan Battery Tech Firm Sakti3

    Dyson Invests $15M In Michigan Battery Tech Firm Sakti3

    Batteries are often still the main limiting factor when it comes to most electronic devices we use every day, and that includes electric vehicles. That’s why Dyson has invested $15 million into Sakti3, a Michigan-based firm that is developing a solid state battery tech that theoretically has much higher energy density (power per inch, essentially) than the current, liquid-based Lithium… Read More

  • Nest Touts Three Studies Claiming Its Thermostat Pays For Itself In Two Years

    Nest Touts Three Studies Claiming Its Thermostat Pays For Itself In Two Years

    Google-subsidiary Nest claims that the results of three studies based on longitudinal data show that its thermostat pays for itself in less than two years based on savings from heating and cooling costs. Read More

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