Phononic raises $30 million to rethink refrigeration

snow mountain peak A startup based in North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park, Phononic, wants to make refrigeration and temperature control far more efficient, and steadier, than is possible with traditional systems. Instead of relying on vapor compressors, fans, chillers or passive heat sinks, Phononic makes semiconductors that are smaller than a dime, and actively remove heat from the places or… Read More technology news

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Catastrophic Surface Pro 3 battery life finally has its firmware fix

Initial reports suggest it’s definitely working, at least for some. sci tech news

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Kindle crashes and broken PowerShell: Something isn’t right with Windows 10 testing

PowerShell has also been been broken by a patch, though that should be fixed next week. sci tech news

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All 44 startups that launched at Y Combinator S16 Demo Day 1

y-combinator-logo Farm drones, autonomous security guards and next-generation tampons were among the products presented at today’s Y Combinator startup accelerator Summer 2016 Demo Day 1. YC’s increased international outreach efforts are paying off. 30 percent of this batch’s startups came from outside the US. While some were mere copycats of US startups, many brought different approaches… Read More technology news

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A first look at the Alta Motors all-electric-motorcycle factory

alta-motors-thumb Motorcycle makers Alta Motors have opened the doors to their new factory in Brisbane, California, and TechCrunch was on the scene for a first look. A quick trip from downtown San Francisco, the factory is in a low and unassuming concrete structure. Inside, it’s surprisingly quiet, thanks in part to the fact that the motorcycles Alta makes are all-electrics, and final assembly of these… Read More technology news

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The 7 steps of Elon Musk’s “Master Plan”

Tesla Master Plan Why did Tesla buy SolarCity? To make your solar panel roof battery power your self-driving electric pickup truck. Elon Musk just revealed the second phase of his “Master Plan” and we broke it down so you can see the future too. Read More Syndicated from TechCrunch

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Elon Musk reveals Tesla’s master plan

(GERMANY OUT) Menschen , Leute , People , Elon Musk Gruender Firma Fahrzeughersteller Tesla Motors Auto Elektroauto ECar (Photo by Lambert/ullstein bild via Getty Images) Elon Musk plans to steer Tesla towards fully autonomous driving, car sharing, and cargo transport, according to the long awaited blog post on the company’s website. A fully solar power ecosystem driven in-part by SolarCity will help Musk and Co. get there. Musk has been teasing the master plan part II for days. What would be in it? Would Tesla cars fly? Would they go to space? What… Read More Syndicated from TechCrunch

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