Quantum computers. Car hackers. Plans for Windows. Space robots.
It may not get a lot of headlines, but the nuclear power industry is facing some stiff headwinds these days. Big changes in the utility industry mean some plants might close for financial reasons. In time, that could make the U.S. more dependent on other power sources, increasing the risk of rising rates.
Here are the latest updates in technology. This week, we focus on augmented reality, Windows 10, connected devices and telemarketing.
Though it’s July, it’s not too early to start thinking about this coming winter’s heating costs. Depending on how you heat your home or business, you might be able to lock in a favorable fuel price from your supplier or simply stock up at a time when prices are low.
Fighting off cyberthieves. Growing costs of cybersecurity. Advice from the Federal Communications Commission on new Web services. Lessons learned from the SpaceX rocket fail. The impact of the strong dollar on global information tech sales. Surprising buyers of smart-home technology. Slow-loading websites lose sales.
Oil prices are off about 40% in just one year. And the number of rigs drilling new oil wells has likewise plummeted since last summer. But U.S. oil production is up, and promises to keep climbing.
Advances in robotics. Tougher oversight of federal telecom rules. Paying for privacy. Making headway on getting high-speed Internet to rural areas. Another dot-com bubble ahead? And tech jobs among Kiplinger’s 10 best jobs for the future.
In a recent issue, we noted that the battery industry is poised for growth as both utilities and their customers look for ways to store energy for use when demand is high or the electric grid fails. Battery tech is advancing and costs are falling, but batteries are far from the only viable way to store energy or provide backup power in emergencies. Two other approaches — one novel and one traditional — are also making strides.
Doing away with passwords. Business opportunities stemming from breaches of federal computer systems. New communications technologies. The next target for privacy advocates. Health guidance from fitness devices. Online learning goes mobile.
The boom in shale oil and gas isn’t just unleashing a flood of new energy sources in the U.S. It’s also driving a massive build-out of the nation’s energy-carrying infrastructure, which is needed to bring that big bounty of crude oil and natural gas to market. At the same time, big changes for the electric grid mean utilities are investing heavily in new transmission lines to make sure your lights stay on.