SternisheFan sends this excerpt from MIT’s Technology Review: “The first comprehensive and large scale smart grid is now operating. The $ 800 million project, built in Florida, has made power outages shorter and less frequent, and helped some customers save money, according to the utility that operates it. … Dozens of utilities are building smart grids — or at least installing some smart grid components, but no one had put together all of the pieces at a large scale. Florida Power & Light’s project incorporates a wide variety of devices for monitoring and controlling every aspect of the grid, not just, say, smart meters in people’s homes. … Many utilities are installing smart meters — Pacific Gas & Electric in California has installed twice as many as FPL, for example. But while these are important, the flexibility and resilience that the smart grid promises depends on networking those together with thousands of sensors at key points in the grid — substations, transformers, local distribution lines, and high voltage transmission lines. (A project in Houston is similar in scope, but involves half as many customers, and covers somewhat less of the grid.) In FPL’s system, devices at all of these places are networked — data jumps from device to device until it reaches a router that sends it back to the utility — and that makes it possible to sense problems before they cause an outage, and to limit the extent and duration of outages that still occur. The project involved 4.5 million smart meters and over 10,000 other devices on the grid.”
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Smart grid technology has been implemented in many places, but Florida’s new deployment is the first full-scale system.
The first comprehensive and large scale smart grid is now operating. The $ 800 million project, built in Florida, has made power outages shorter and less frequent, and helped some customers save money, according to the utility that operates it.
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It’s been a while since we last took a look at a smartphone from Acer. Today’s offering — the S500 CloudMobile — however, might not be all that unfamiliar, having first met our eyes way back at MWC in spring. This time around Acer presents us with a leaner, slicker, much more design-conscious handset, one that isn’t just about the pretty looks, either.
With a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 Plus processor, 1GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel camera and a 720p display, all for £289 SIM-free, it’s pitched against similarly specced phones like the HTC One S. In short, it’s yet another alternative for people seeking a full-featured smartphone, except it comes without the pocket-draining price tag. More importantly for Acer, however, is the chance to get back onto people’s smartphone radars. So, now that the CloudMobile has gently drifted over our shores, does it have us looking to the sky, or putting on our raincoats of indifference? Read on to find out.
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Google unfortunately had to cancel its Nexus event in NYC today, but not snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays this Google from the swift announcement of its appointed products. Android 4.2 Jelly Bean (not Key Lime Pie, as some had previously pontificated) has arrived.
The software update will debut on the Nexus 10 tablet and the LG Nexus 4 smartphone, the latest devices to join Google’s family of pure vanilla Android products.
The idea of charging your phone without plugging it in seems appealing, but consumers have been slow to adopt it.
At a time of wireless everything—from phones and Internet to headsets and keyboards—it seems tedious that our gadgets remain tethered to an outlet whenever they need a charge. It’s especially galling given that the technology has been available since Nikola Tesla first demonstrated wireless power through magnetic induction in the 1890s.
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New submitter funtapaz writes “Diaspora: Shattered Armistice, the Battlestar Galactica game based on the FreeSpace 2 Open engine, has launched! This cross-platform (Windows, Linux, Mac) release includes the ability to fly the MK VII Viper, the Raptor (or the new MK VIIe strike variant), multiplayer, a mission editor, an original soundtrack, and full voice acting.”
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Ah, there’s nothing like the sweet smell of highly-anticipated app updates in the morning. As CEO David Karp promised at last week’s F.ounders conference, the new version of Tumblr’s iOS app has now arrived. And it’s a doozy. (I mean that in a very good way). The app is completely redesigned, a lot faster, and offers a ton of new features ranging from Spotify support to gesture-based shortcuts.
The first thing you’ll notice, of course, upon logging in, is a radically different new post screen. While the app had previously featured colorful icons for things like “text,” “photo,” “audio,” and “video,” etc., the new post screen has gone for a black background with richer, bolder icons. It almost gives Tumblr’s iOS app an Android-like feel, to be honest.
A new version of Firefox used to be a big deal, but since Mozilla switched to a rapid release schedule, these updates are becoming pretty routine. Today, Mozilla launched Firefox 12. For most users, this is likely one of the least interesting Firefox updates in recent history, as it only introduces a few minor changes. For developers, however, this update is a bit more interesting. In total, this new version of Firefox includes 85 improvements to the browser’s built-in developer tools.
While it should speak volumes that in order to get your hands on a PlayStation Vita before it’s “official” release in the USA you do not need to have pre-ordered a unit, it may make more sense to focus on the price. Those of you who’ve pre-ordered a PSVita should be getting the system in [...]
For many New Yorkers, Grand Central Station is where you go to escape the island — not to leisurely browse aisles of iPhone accessories, or pop in for a Genius Bar appointment. But apparently Apple has a slightly different vision for the city’s transportation hub, opening its fifth NYC store along the main hall’s 23,000 square foot east balcony. We dropped by for the grand opening this morning, which came complete with the standard Apple Store t-shirt giveaway and what seemed like hundreds of red shirt-clad retail employees.
As NYC’s gateway to Connecticut, Grand Central is typically incredibly crowded during rush hour, but the enormous sunlight-filled main hall was packed to the brim today with spectators — eager customers queued up in a hallway out of view, beginning early this morning. The store itself is huge, occupying the entire east balcony and several side rooms, with a large genius bar, training area and accessory alcove at either side. Eager to pop in for a visit? Thumb through the gallery below to step inside, and jump past the break to experience the cacophonous chaos at Grand Central.
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Want to tell your friends that you’ve arrived somewhere, but you’re too lazy to check in to Foursquare, Twitter, Instagram, Batch, iMessage/or text them? WELL YOU’RE
REALLY SAD IN LUCK EXTREMELY PRIVILEGED PEOPLE, BECAUSE ARRIVED HAS ARRIVED IS NOW OUT OF PRIVATE BETA.
In case you didn’t get the memo, Arrived is an iPhone app that notifies people when you get to a certain place, with, get this, no immediate effort from your lonesome. Yeah, I know. Crazy ass modern world right?
Let’s try to be sensible about this. When one or more persons love each other very much — no, erm, let’s start again. The controversial move to segregate websites of an adult nature to the .XXX domain
has begun. The process is staggered across three months to ensure nothing untoward can happen. On September 7th, the 50-day “Sunrise A & B” programs began, Sunrise A is where adult website and trademark holders can claim their domains as the legitimate owner; At the same time, Sunrise B lets non-adult websites like The Weather Channel claim their domain names to prevent it being used for a very different sort of forecast. There will then be an 18-day Land Rush period, where non-trademarked sites can register and conflicts are resolved with auctions. By December 6th, registration opens to everyone — just in time for XXXMas.
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