For Enquiries: CALL +91-9774064470

Sunrun Gives Tesla a Fight in the Home Solar Business

LOS ANGELES — Just four years after its founding in 2006, SolarCity had emerged as the nation’s leading rooftop solar power company. The company’s founders, with the help of their billionaire cousin, Elon Musk, set out to be the vanguard of an age in which consumers weaned themselves from dependence on utilities for their electricity.After piling on debt in pursuit of fast growth, the business was absorbed into Mr. Musk’s Tesla empire two years ago. And now rivals are chipping away at its primacy in installation and innovation.In the short term, the biggest competition is coming from Sunrun, an installer of residential solar panels and energy storage…

Continue Reading

Tech Fix: Wireless Charging Is Here. So What Is It Good For?

Besides getting bigger, smartphones keep getting — for lack of a better word — glassier. From front to back, the bodies of many of the newest smartphones are composed of glass.The trend is not part of a broad conspiracy to make you shatter your phone so that you buy a new one. Instead, glass lets energy pass through the phone so that it can be charged wirelessly. The technology relies on magnetic induction, which involves using an electrical current to generate a magnetic field, creating voltage that powers the phone without your plugging a wire into it.Many people are excited about charging without cords. A study by…

Continue Reading

Strategies: The New iPhones Look Fine. But My Old One Is Better Than Ever.

Could this have been a case of planned obsolescence of a nefarious sort, the deliberate ruination of a perfectly good product to spur sales of a new one? I am not convinced that it was, although suspicions have been rampant for years that this kind of behavior might be standard for big tech companies. Facing widespread criticism, as well as lawsuits that are pending in California, Apple apologized late last year.In a statement at the time, the company said it had meant well and had merely been trying to keep phones working longer. Critically, Apple said it would offer expedited services at lower prices for owners of…

Continue Reading

Cheaper Battery Is Unveiled as a Step to a Carbon-Free Grid

Lithium-ion batteries have become essential for powering electric cars and storing energy generated by solar panels and wind turbines. But their drawbacks are also by now familiar: They use scarce minerals, are vulnerable to fires and explosions, and are pricey.A plentiful, safe and more affordable alternative would be worth a lot.On Wednesday, an energy company headed by the California billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong announced that it had developed a rechargeable battery operating on zinc and air that can store power at far less than the cost of lithium-ion batteries.Tests of the zinc energy-storage systems have helped power villages in Africa and Asia as well as cellphone towers in…

Continue Reading

How Zinc Batteries Could Change Energy Storage

Over the past six years, 110 villages in Africa and Asia received their power from solar panels and batteries that use zinc and oxygen. The batteries are the basis of an innovative energy storage system created by NantEnergy, a company owned by Patrick Soon-Shiong, a biotech entrepreneur and surgeon originally from South Africa.Thomas Edison tried to develop batteries made with zinc 100 years ago. But he did not figure out how to make them technologically viable. NantEnergy says its zinc air batteries are the first to become commercially available.Scientists at NantEnergy said they had achieved two key goals: to make the batteries rechargeable, and to lower their…

Continue Reading

Tech We’re Using: The Sun Sets. The Wind Dies. But Energy Data Is Relentless.

Outside of work, what tech do you and your family love? How do you use it?Our house is full of computers, mostly Apple — MacBooks, iPads and iPhones — though we use other tablets as well. The gadgets get their fair share of schoolwork activity, but they’re also tools of social media, music, art, websites, programming, Hulu and Netflix.Entertainment is big. So there are several gaming systems, old and more recent, like various Nintendo systems as well as Xbox.But as if all of that weren’t enough, my sons built their own computer with money they made during the summer at a fast food chicken restaurant so they…

Continue Reading

Tech Fix: Samsung’s Galaxy Note9: Too Much Phone for Most of Us

AdvertisementTech fixThe new $1,000 device is aimed at power users who work, play, consume and create on their phone. For others, there are plenty of cheaper options.Aug. 22, 2018ImageThe Samsung Galaxy Note9 has new features like the ability to convert the phone into a personal computer. It also has a bold new starting price: $999.99.CreditSamsungApple’s iPhone X broke the pricing barrier for smartphones with a $1,000 price tag. Now Samsung’s new Galaxy Note device, which will be released this week, is joining the $1,000 Phone Club.That raises the inevitable question: Is this new phone worth spending that much money?After a week of testing, my conclusion is you…

Continue Reading

Tech We’re Using: How the 52 Places Traveler Stays Charged While Chronicling the World

How do New York Times journalists use technology in their jobs and in their personal lives? Jada Yuan, who is crisscrossing the globe as The Times’s 52 Places Traveler, discussed the tech she’s using.You are endlessly traveling, and you must have to pack light. What are the most crucial tech tools that you pack?Funny thing is, I’d be traveling much lighter if I weren’t dragging around so much tech!Because I’m carting all my own stuff and moving every four or five days, I have to think a lot about size and weight. My MacBook Pro and iPhone X are essentials, as are a Bluetooth keyboard (which I…

Continue Reading

Tesla to Build China Plant With Goal of Producing 500,000 Cars a Year

Tesla has reached an agreement with the Chinese authorities to build a battery and automobile factory in Shanghai, its first plant outside of the United States, the company said on Tuesday.Tesla said it expected that the plant would eventually produce 500,000 electric vehicles a year, and that the effort would also include a research-and-development center and a sales operation.The carmaker did not disclose how much it planned to invest in the venture, but it said it would be the sole owner. Other foreign automakers, including General Motors, Volkswagen and Toyota, have been required to form joint ventures with local partners to produce cars in China. But the…

Continue Reading

Tech We’re Using: An Investigative Arsenal: Power Chargers, Document Analysis Tools and More

I have traditionally used Adobe Acrobat Pro DC, as it has good optical character recognition tools, which index the words on each page, allowing you to do word searches. More recently, I have been trying out a service called Logikcull, created for law firms to do document discovery work but useful when trying to analyze and annotate piles of documents that I get via Freedom of Information Act requests, which in some cases can run to 18,000 pages. Document Cloud is also a tremendous tool.I have a simple but low-tech trick for keeping track of documents. As I extract individual emails, other documents or audio files, I…

Continue Reading
  • 1
  • 2