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.
Growing interest in digital currency technology. Protecting digital data. Securing connected systems. Better deals for business Internet. Robots that move like humans.
The hydraulic fracturing boom has unlocked massive new supplies of natural gas, and in the process has driven gas prices to rock-bottom levels. But signs of building gas demand suggest that a long-term price recovery is in the works.
What’s next for government surveillance. 3-D printing challenges. New ways for phones to connect. The value of wireless airwaves. New advertising technology.
Oil prices have rebounded from their winter lows. But the oil industry isn’t out of the woods yet.
This issue of Kiplinger’s Tech Alerts focuses on the future of wireless networks and the profound impact they’ll have on mobile communications. Also: Federal regulators and high-speed Internet, the coming shake-up in home security systems and the search for new computer chips.
Whether you’re a homeowner, a renter or a business owner, and regardless of the energy source you rely on for heating, cooling and lighting, there is one simple way to save on your energy bill: Use less energy. To help you do so, this issue of Kiplinger’s Energy Alerts (issues are free through June 9) outlines ways to shave your utility costs, from making quick and easy changes to investing more substantially in energy efficiency.
Welcome to Kiplinger’s Tech Alerts — a digital heads-up on coming trends and breaking developments in technology. This issue focuses on new targets for hackers, the push for businesses to share information to combat cybertheft, biometrics and more.