Efrain Johnson

Efrain Johnson

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Renewable energy is rapidly changing the electric grid, and utilities need to adapt or face still greater disruption in their industry, according to a new report.Two directions now appear likely to offer opportunities for growth, the report says.One is to move toward electric infrastructure as a platform for new applications that other companies can develop, such as renewable energy storage.Either way, says report co-author Dan Cross-Call of the Rocky Mountain Institute, utilities that sit back and continue with business as usual could fall behind.“Demand for electricity has become flat or declining in many places,” he says.“So the historical expectation that sales increase is no longer the case.”
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As much as I love the simple act of orcharding, I’m also sharing a radical vision for food and economy in my suburban Los Angeles community of Altadena.What if all my neighbors grew food in their yards, too?Forty percent of the food produced in the U.S. is wasted.Much of this waste ends up in landfills, where it produces methane, a potent greenhouse gas.The food–climate nexus is a window into a deeply broken system; studying it—and experimenting with alternative economics within our communities—can reveal solutions that benefit everyone.Consider the gift economy, brilliantly on display every Sunday in the Fruitvale neighborhood of Oakland, California.
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One day, they may yet turn against us, but for now, they’re still our allies: A drone rescued two teenage swimmers in distress off the coast of New South Wales in Australia, according to a new report.The drone spotted two teenagers in trouble around a half-a-mile out from shore, and then dropped a flotation device it carries for the purpose to give them something to hang on to (via Verge).This drone was actually not supposed to be saving anyone just yet – it was engaged in a pilot project to test its viability.But the Sydney Morning Herald reports that when a call came through about the swimmers in trouble, the drone happened to be in the Ari and nearby, positioned well to respond.The drone’s pilot, a decorated veteran lifeguard for New South Wales, was able to Gert out to the swimmers’ position, and drop the pod in a minute or two, which is at least a few minutes less than it would’ve taken to respond directly with actual flesh and blood lifeguards.This training exercise was designed to get lifeguard staff familiar with the so-called “Little Ripper” drone, which is part of a government plan to help mitigate the risk of shark attacks.
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CEO and Founder of Quantic Dream, David Cage and actress Ellen Page attend Tribeca Talks: After the Movie "Beyond: Two Souls" during the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival.French publications Le Monde, Canard PC, and Mediapart have separately published reports in which they depict an unhealthy environment at Quantic Dream, a game development studio close to Sony and PlayStation.Anonymous employees mentioned the heads of Quantic Dream, David Cage and Guillaume de Fondaumière, in particular, describing a series of inappropriate situations involving them specifically.The two bosses denied the allegations in full, and published an official statement on behalf of the company.Some anonymous staff members mentioned the two studio heads in particular, David Cage and Guillaume de Fondaumière, and accused them of "inappropriate behaviour, overworking staff and colluding in — or at least turning a blind eye to — a schoolboy culture involving sexist and racist jokes," Eurogamer reported.The three French publications from which Eurogamer translated the information — national newspaper Le Monde, Canard PC and Mediapart — have published various Photoshopped images, including some that are reportedly displayed on the studio's walls, which depict inappropriate and sexual images.
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If you’re spending thousands of dollars on your luxury luggage from Louis Vuitton, chances are, you want to make sure you know where that luggage is at all times.And who better to help you keep tabs on your bag than the maker of said bag itself?That’s right — your high fashion carry-on may soon have a high-tech luggage tracker all from the same fashion house.As suggested by a new smartphone app and an FCC filing, Louis Vuitton could be on its way to making a tracking device.While there’s no official confirmation of the purported device just yet, reports suggest that the device will be called the Louis Vuitton Echo, it can last up to six months on a single charge, and it can be re-powered via USB.Moreover, the tag should be work in many airports around the world, as owners of Louis Vuitton luggage are likely jet setting all over the world (and for months at a time, no less).
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Recent Sphero spinoff Misty Robotics brought a decidedly non-consumer-focused device to the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas this week.The Misty I Developer Edition is the first baby step for a startup with even grander ambitions than the one that gave birth to it.In June, the company announced a $11.5 million Series A led by Venrock and Foundry Group to aide in its plans to build a mainstream household robot with a much broader skillset than the industry leading Roomba.For now, however, its focus is far more narrow, with plans to court developers, as it works to build something more suitable for the home market.In a briefing in a hotel suite at CES this week, CEO Tim Enwall and Head of Product Ian Bernstein laid out a fairly grandiose roadmap for me.It’s a ten-year plan, according to Enwall, and the startup’s investors have apparently agreed to that extremely long runway.
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Responsibility for broadband delivery in the UK has been handed to Margot James following Matt Hancock's promotion to Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport in prime minister Theresa May's reshuffle of the top jobs this week.But amid the Cabinet shake-up, the matter of who controls digital policy remains unclear.James will likely take over all of Hancock's old responsibilities, including the broadband and mobile briefs, although her precise ministerial responsibilities are yet to be confirmed.Meanwhile, in the Cabinet Office, Caroline Nokes – who was minister for government resilience and efficiency, and in charge of the Government Digital Service (GDS) – has moved to a cabinet position as immigration minister.David Lidington is now minister for the Office.Both Number 10 and the Cabinet Office say it isn't their responsibility to decide who gets the brief, leaving the direction of the Government Digital Service rudderless – something that has arguably already been happening for sometime.
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SNP MP Hannah Bardell broke into a Trainspotting-style rap in the House of Commons.The Livingston MP, the SNP’s trade spokesman, was listing reasons why her party opposed the Government’s Trade Bill when she announced she’d written a lyric called ‘B.R.E.X.I.T’ and that it ”sums up the current situation”.It touched on everything from “trade relations going down the swanny” to the controversial Vote Leave battle bus, and even mimicked Ewan McGregor’s famous lines in Trainspotting: ”Choose Brexit.Choose a new queue, at the airport we’ll be going through.”Her attempt to inject a bit of fun into proceedings divided opinion on social media, however.The Trade Bill, which is continuing its journey through Parliament, gives the Government power to transition current trade deals it already has with other countries via the EU.
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Determined to improve public safety, SkyFire Consulting works with police and fire departments to implement the use of drones in varying aspects of their efforts.SkyFire’s work is mainly done behind the scenes as it aids Federal Aviation Administration training and certification for public safety departments.“We help [public safety organizations] identify their use cases, their missions, and identify what equipment will help them best,” SkyFire CEO Ben Kroll told Digital Trends at the Drone Rodeo at the 2018 CES expo.“We will assist with the FAA certification process and whatever route they want to go that way.We also do [public safety] training, we have several customizable training programs that we offer departments.”Besides for training and certification, SkyFire also focuses on pairing the proper drones for the appropriate public safety department.
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Google isn’t exactly known for always having a coherent product message and lineup.Just take a look at its current mess of messaging apps and services, not to mention those that it already retired.To a lesser extent, that is the same situation with its mobile payment systems, previously comprised of Android Pay, Google Wallet, and, if you’re in India, Tez.“Previously”, because Google is now combining two of those, namely Android Pay and Google Wallet, into a single “Google Pay” brand to reduce, or increase, confusion.To be blunt, it never really made much marketing sense for Google to have named its mobile payment solution as “Android Pay” in the first place.Especially when you consider that it was going up against Apple Pay and Samsung Pay.
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You may not see the purpose in an artificially intelligent refrigerator or a smart washing machine.You, after all, are a sentient adult, fully capable of determining for yourself what fresh produce you need or how much detergent to put in your clothes (we assume).But we can all agree that when it comes to your security, having a bit of extra intelligence is never a bad thing.Here to bring AI into your life in a useful way is Ooma, whose new Ooma Home security solution now boasts a smart video camera with AI for facial and audio recognition.And thanks to new geofencing capabilities, Ooma Home can also automatically arm and disarm the security system, and customers can set a customized radius as dictated by their unique needs.Known as the Butterfleye, Ooma’s new AI-powered video camera is a wireless security cam that can detect and identify people, pets, and sounds.
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Maze Mobile has been in constant competition with itself, making improvements through its smartphone models particularly MAZE Alpha X.And with the January discounts all around it just made sense for the MAZE to drop with price too.Alpha X achieves a near full display by drastically reducing the bezels.It has been updated to take the full advantage of the 18:9 canvas.With its screen advantage and an easy grip, a better viewing experience is on the table.It shows more content vertically so users see more of a webpage or images at once, without scrolling.
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4K can seemingly do one.It's now within the affordability range of a lot of people, meaning the big display companies are dumping it in favour of something new and expensive.We already saw some 8K TVs at IFA last September, but with CES upon us we're seeing a lot more.Samsung's not one to be left behind, and it's revealed some 8K TVs that will go on sale in the second half of this year.There are some caveats, though.For starters Samsung won't be making any 8K TVs with displays smaller than 65-inches, and the displays will only be QLED rather than the usual OLED or LCD.
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Saying that TCL had a “good year” in 2017 is akin to saying that Star Wars: Episode VIII — The Last Jedi made “a lot of money.” It’s a gross understatement.The China-based manufacturer made a splash with several excellent Roku TV models at astonishingly low price points, and the P-Series was ranked among the our Best TVs You Can Buy list for 2017.This time around, TCL is no longer the scrappy underdog, but one of the market leaders when it comes to smart TV.Accordingly, the company has stepped up its game in response to raised expectations, introducing us to the new 5-Series and 6-Series, both of which boast models with 4K UHD resolution and Dolby Vision HDR support for wider color gamuts and expanded contrast.The 6-Series, which will presumably act as TCL’s new flagship television line, features 55-inch and 65-inch models, each built with a unique “stealth metal design.” More importantly, they’re equipped with the HDR Performance Package Pro, which includes Contrast Control Zone lighting technology that automatically identifies bright and dark areas in individual frames of content and adjusts each of the 96 (55-inch) or 120 (65-inch) zones’ contrast levels to achieve ideal DCI-P3 color space coverage.It also features HDR Pro Gamma control, which is essentially a zone map that adjusts the picture based on the lighting in the room.
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Do you care so much about your tech gadgets that you aren’t willing to pass them to your child?Or maybe you just want a dedicated and easier to use device for the task?In both cases you can check out the iRULU BabyPad 5, a tablet specifically made for kids; let’s learn more about it!2017's Top Phantom Drones -Our Top Pick Will Surprise YouFree 2-Day Shipping + Free
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The Premier League is the most popular spectator sport in the world, with people all over the world tuning in to watch British teams kick a ball around a field.It's no surprise that the rights to show those games are quite sought after, but the competition might get a bit more heated because Amazon is supposedly interested in the streaming rights.The Football Association opens up the bidding for Premier League broadcasting rights next month, and according to Bloomberg Amazon is preparing to place a bid.It would be a big step for the company, which already streams Thursday night NFL games and ATP Tennis, though going up against the likes of Sky and BT means the rights aren't going to be cheap.The two paid a combined £5.14 billion for the rights back in 2015, which secured them the rights for three seasons.Last month the two agreed to share their sports channels, so platform exclusives won't really exist for both business's customers.
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Today HBO broke it to dedicated fans the world over that Game of Thrones won’t be returning until 2019.Game of Thrones star actress Sophie Turner gave as much away in an interview with Variety last month, though many fans were still awaiting an official confirmation of their darkest fears.HBO’s choice to announce the eighth season date in the new year probably dampened the psychological impact for fans, who will wait more than a year for the wildly suspenseful show to return after the season seven finale, “The Dragon and the Wolf,” aired on August 27, 2017.HBO confirmed that the final season will be a six-episode run, though we’re hoping that plenty of those clock in over 60 minutes, given how many loose ends there are and the show’s propensity to run long.Along with the news, HBO indicated that it will switch things up a little with David Benioff, D.B.Weiss, David Nutter and Miguel Sapochnik directing the season.
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Hulu has made a surprise announcement: a new deal that will have it rebooting the popular cartoon Animaniacs with Steven Spielberg returning as the show’s executive producer.As well, a new deal has a few classic cartoons, including the original Animaniacs series, launching on Hulu today.Those shows include the full Animaniacs series, as well as the Tiny Toons Adventures collection and Pinky and the Brain.The new deal is between Hulu, Amblin Television, and Warner Bros Animation.The trio will work together to create a reboot of Animaniacs; this is a two-season straight-to-series order, according to Hulu.This will be the first time Hulu has created an original series targeted at families, one that happens to resurrect a beloved 90s animation.
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On Wednesday, January 3, Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai canceled a scheduled appearance at CES one week before the show.During the event, Pai was supposed to be part of a panel alongside Maureen Ohlhausen, the Federal Trade Commission’s acting chairwomen, and moderated by Consumer Technology Association president Gary Shapiro, in a so-called “candid conversation.” The session would have been Pai’s first appearance at CES as FCC chairman and CES 2018 will mark the first time he has missed the show in five years.Almost no information has been given regarding why Pai canceled his appearance at the show, other than an email from the Consumer Technology Association.“Unfortunately, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai is unable to attend CES 2018,” said the email.“We look forward to our next opportunity to host a technology policy discussion with him before a public audience.” Neither Pai’s office nor Shapiro immediately replied to requests for more information about the sudden decision, though we will update this article if they do.Pai has been no stranger to controversy over the past year or so.
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The idea was simple: Ask your product discovery questions on Product Hunt, and the community chimes in with their recommendations.To date, more than 2,300 questions have been submitted, with one of the most popular ones being: What is your favorite MacOS menu bar app?If you want to explore more, you can check out the full list of Ask Product Hunt questions here.Keep your Mac from going to sleep“Caffeine is so simple it’s hard to understand how it’s not a native feature from MacOS.” — Camilo Oliveira“After using this for some time, I can barely look at other screens now.
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