utilities

  • Later is a simpler replacement for Apple’s reminders

    Later is a simpler replacement for Apple’s reminders

    If you tend to turn to email to send yourself short reminders, instead of using a more feature-rich to-do list or task-management application, a new app called Later wants to help. Later aims to offer an alternative to Apple’s sometimes cumbersome Reminders by giving you an easier, faster way to set times to be reminded about upcoming tasks, as well as a way to get alerts when you… Read More

  • Examining the cybersecurity landscape of utilities and control systems Crunch Network

    Examining the cybersecurity landscape of utilities and control systems

    According to a federal indictment announced March 24, 2016, seven attackers with links to the Iranian government executed cyberattacks against dozens of banks from 2011 to 2013. Public announcements of cyber incidents against the financial system are undoubtedly areas for concern. However, this announcement included an unusual twist: The attackers also targeted a small dam near New York City. Read More

  • Avast expands beyond security with new storage-optimizing app called Photo Space

    Avast expands beyond security with new storage-optimizing app called Photo Space

    Avast is a company best known for its security software, but the days where everyone’s first download to their Windows PC is an anti-virus program are fading into the past. The 25-year old software maker still claims 230 million individuals and businesses using its security applications for mobile and PC, including anti-virus, VPN utilities and other programs, but… Read More

  • Photomyne grabs $2.6 million to bring your old photos online

    Photomyne grabs $2.6 million to bring your old photos online

    If you have albums and shoeboxes stuffed with old photos, a startup called Photomyne wants to help you scan those photos, in order to bring them online where they can be saved and shared. Now the Tel Aviv-based company has raised $2.6 million in seed funding to continue to grow its business, which today is closing in on its first million users, over half of whom are paying… Read More

  • Oracle scoops up cloud utilities solution Opower for $532 million

    Oracle scoops up cloud utilities solution Opower for $532 million

    Last week Oracle bought Textura for $663 million, giving the database giant a vertical construction solution in the cloud. Today it bought Opower for $532 million giving it a vertical utilities cloud solution. I can’t be sure, but I think I see a pattern here. Opower provides cloud data solutions for the utilities industry. What that means in practice is that it gathers data from… Read More

  • Clearbit Connect’s new Gmail widget can help you find anyone’s email address

    Clearbit Connect’s new Gmail widget can help you find anyone’s email address

    LinkedIn’s acquisition of the popular email add-in Rapportive, and its subsequent demolition as its new owner ripped out some of its best features, left a lot of users angry and scrambling for an alternative. A number of these have since launched, but a newcomer called Connect arriving today from Clearbit may be one of the best to hit the market yet. Clearbit may not be a household… Read More

  • FileThis 2.0 Will Organize Your Statements And Bills, Remind You When To Pay

    FileThis 2.0 Will Organize Your Statements And Bills, Remind You When To Pay

    As more consumers shift to using online services for managing their banking, bills, payments, and more, some of our most important personal and financial documents are scattered across a number of websites – sites which don’t always maintain thorough archives of our past statements. A service called FileThis has been working to address this problem by offering a utility that… Read More

  • Portal Lets You Use Your iPhone As A Wireless Thumbdrive

    Portal Lets You Use Your iPhone As A Wireless Thumbdrive

    Portal, a recently launched Android app that lets you move large files between your computer and your smartphone via your Wi-Fi connection, has today made its way to iOS. The new version offers a better alternative to something like Apple’s AirDrop, for example, as it lets you transfer as many files as you’d like, with no file size limits, while also not counting against your data… Read More

  • GridGlo Raises $1.2 Million To Help Utilities Understand How Customers Use Electricity

    A New York research firm that turns massive amounts of data into streamlined information, CUBRC (pronounced “coo-brick”) invested $1.2 million in seed finance, and established a strategic partnership with GridGlo — a smart grid technology startup from Delray Beach, Florida, the companies revealed today. GridGlo sells software and services that help utilities see how and why… Read More

  • Public Art: Finally, a solution to unsightly utility boxes

    Hats off to Joshua Callaghan of Los Angeles for coming up with a way to not only hide those utility boxes you see all over your neighborhood, but to also turn each one into something of a conversation piece. Callaghan calls it “public art” after answering a call from the city of Los Angeles to somehow disguise the boxes. More photos after the jump… Read More

  • Electric car prototype can sell power back to utilities

    Faculty members at the University of Delaware have built an electric car that’s capable of selling back excess stored energy to utility companies depending on the demands of the electrical grid. "A car sitting there with a tank of gasoline in it, that’s useless. If it’s a battery storing a lot of electricity and a big plug that allows moving power back and forth… Read More