Dangers posed by artificial intelligence. Advances in light-based technology. Driverless lawn mowers. The top social media site for increasing sales of goods and services.
President Barack Obama’s long-awaited and just-released rules limiting greenhouse gas emissions from power plants have set off a political firestorm, with some states and businesses already rushing to sue Uncle Sam to halt what they see as a costly and unjustified regulation. Meanwhile, the practical effects of the rules and how they might, or might not, play out are getting overlooked.
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.