How Technology Is Fueling The Push Toward Solar

Power plant using renewable solar energy with sun

Solar energy in the United States has seen immense momentum throughout the years. When the Solar Energy Industries Association released its annual report in 2008, it concluded that U.S. solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity reached a total of 1.183 gigawatts — a stellar achievement at the time. Contrast that figure with today, and the number is dwarfed by the United States’ installed… Read More —> Read More

The 9 coolest features of Google’s OnHub router

Google OnHub Features

With its new $200 OnHub router, Google is trying to make a previously ignored and boring corner of tech gadgetry interesting for the first time. Not only does Google’s OnHub router look stylish, it looks stylish in a category ordinarily filled with clunky hardware that not surprisingly winds up on the floor, tucked away from view.

Aesthetics aside, the OnHub router delivers an unparalleled selection of router-oriented services that most consumers have never enjoyed previously. While that may admittedly sound boring at first glance, the real world implications of the OnHub router are impressive and compelling.

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Homefront: The Revolution Feels Like Far Cry, and That’s Awesome

Homefront: The Revolution feels a lot like recent Far Cry games, and honestly, that’s awesome. In a brief, 15 minute hands-on demo with the 2016 shooter, I was pleasantly surprised to find a sandbox packed with interesting things to do, multiple ways to explore, and some smart systems that really helped pull me into the world and keep me there.

My goal was pretty simple – get from point A to point B while trying to not get killed by the patrolling, near-future packs of North Korean soldiers. Aside from standard grunts on the ground, there were drones that patrolled the streets, snipers perched up high forcing me to find alternate routes, and heavy trucks that could tear me down with a machine gun at a moment’s notice. Lucky for me, Homefront gave me the tools to start my own revolution and really even the odds.

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An Insider on Switching Between Top Venture Firms — and Their Biggest Differences

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Earlier this week, we sat down with venture capitalist Brian O’Malley of Accel Partners to talk about where he’s shopping now.
We also asked O’Malley — who was recruited into Accel from Battery Partners in 2013 — what it was like to transition between the heavyweight firms, and what he views as the biggest differences between them.
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Mad Max: A Guide to the Wasteland

MWEB GameZone writes: “The one thing that runs through the Mad Max universe like an uncut umbilical cord that feeds its dark, magnetic energy, is vehicles. Or rather, the kinetic energy created by vehicular combat.

Each player’s Magnum Opus is a symbol of their journey through Mad Max. We also take a look at other things that play a vital role in riding out the sandstorm that is Mad Max, the game. —> Read More

Gears of War: Ultimate Edition Review | GameCloud

William Kirk at GameCloud writes:

“Gears of War: Ultimate Edition is yet another testament to Microsoft and their ability to show the rest of the industry how remasters should be handled. In saying that, though, graphics werent ever a problem for this series, so while the updated visuals spruce up the originals muddy appearance, its not going to change anything if you didnt already like the game. Simply put, if youre a big fan of Gears, theres no reason not to pick this up. Its the complete package, it looks fantastic, and youll receive the Xbox 360 collection for free this November. If, on the other hand, youre new to the franchise or didnt enjoy the campaign back in 2006, tread carefully and be sure to bring friends. Its the best way.” —> Read More

Until Dawn Review | GameSpew

Emily at GameSpew writes: “After much anticipation, Until Dawn finally graced the living rooms of UK residents on 28 August this year. This was not my first encounter with the dreaded teen-slasher however; Id played the demo at EGX 2014 a piece chosen to include a certain ghost which springs out of nowhere to frighten the bejesus out of us and frighten it did.

Finally, after many years of yelling at the television and watching dejectedly as horror film stars investigate a noise rather than running away, we can prove that in that situation we would do a thousand times better. Or not, so I found out. Having completed it in 8.5 hours, my cocky-but-cautious play-through lead to the death of five out of eight protagonists and one dog. Whoops. And irritatingly I ended up making the same mistakes that are typical of your average horror film; dont touch anything, dont split up, etc. But, hey, when youve got eight teenagers partying on top of an icy mountain in the middle of nowh… —> Read More

Uber hires the security duo behind the crazy Jeep hack

Uber Cars Safety

Security researchers Charlie Miller and Chris Vlasek made headlines last month when they hacked a Jeep while it was driving down the highway at 70 MPH. The willing target? Wired writer Andy Greenberg.

From a distance, Miller and Vlasek were able to control the Jeep’s vents, the radio, the windshield wipers, and more. Though the pair obviously didn’t do anything to put Greenberg’s life in danger, the hack gave them the ability to to control the Jeep’s entertainment system along with steering and braking controls.

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Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Review

NF – Let me get this out of the way right at the start of this review: Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate is one of those games that makes you buy a 3DS. In fact, when I ask people what they play on their handhelds, it usually ranks right up there with Pokemon and Animal Crossing. And the reason for that is simple: Its an amazing game. —> Read More

Tetsuya Nomura: The Final Fantasy Interview

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“Ol’ Tetsuya Nomura is one busy boy. He may have stepped away from Final Fantasy XV, but he’s now heading up the much-anticipated Disney-infused sequel Kingdom Hearts 3 and the E3-revealed Final Fantasy 7 Remake (a game that’s apparently going to bring “dramatic change” to the series). In a previous issue of Official PlayStation Magazine, the veteran Japanese developer sits down to discuss that latter project and all the expectation and hard-work that comes with remaking the most beloved JRPG of all time (when he’s not busy designing awesome Catwoman statues, that is).” —> Read More

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