DIY Powerwall Builders Are Using Recycled Laptop Batteries to Power Their Homes

In May of 2015, Elon Musk unveiled Tesla’s Powerwall. The battery allows homeowners to store electricity, either from the grid or solar panels. The tech was alluring to those interested in alternative energy, but for many, the starting price of $3,000 was too steep. The battery could only store up to 10 kWh of electricity, or around a third of the amount the average American household consumes a day (the newer version can hold up to 14 kWh).

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The Galaxy Note 8 marks a big, but cautious return for Samsung

In the wake of the smoldering, ongoing mess that was the Note 7, there was an open question about whether Samsung would maintain the brand. After two recalls totaling one million phones in the U.S. and an endless parade of bad headlines, it was a PR nightmare from which is seemed it might be impossible to return.

For Samsung, however, it seems there was never any question. The Note would be back, and it would be bigger than ever. Unveiled today at an event in New York City, the Note 8 brings an even bigger screen than its predecessor, at 6.3 inches to the Note 7’s 5.7 inches. That’s a full inch larger than the original Galaxy Note, which seemed impossibly large when it debuted back in 2011.

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Apple could announce the next iPhone on September 12

Mark down September 12 in your calendar as Apple could be unveiling the next iPhone at 9 AM on that day. Mac4Ever wrote a report saying that it confirmed with telecom companies that Apple should hold a press event on September 12.

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Google and Walmart are partnering on voice shopping in a challenge to Amazon’s Alexa

Google and Walmart have entered into a partnership to make hundreds of thousands of Walmart products available to purchase through the Google Home voice-controlled speaker, the tech giant’s answer to the Amazon Echo, the companies told Recode on Tuesday.

Owners of the Google Home gadget will be able to order one item at a time from Walmart completely by voice, or add multiples items to an online shopping cart for larger orders, and complete the purchase via the Google Home app later on.

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Over 500 Android apps with a combined 100 million downloads found to secretly contain spyware

Unbeknown to the app developers, an advertising software kit contained code for stealing data from their products’ users.

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More than 500 Android apps, collectively downloaded over 100 million times from the Google Play store, could have been used to secretly distribute spyware to users, thanks to a malicious advertising SDK (software development kit).

Mobile apps — especially free ones — commonly use advertising SDKs to deliver ads to their customers through existing advertising networks, thereby generating revenue.

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Android O is officially called Android Oreo

The latest version of Android is officially here, and it’s called Android Oreo, as most people suspected. Google made the interesting decision to reveal the final name and consumer launch details of Android 8.0 coincidentally with the arrival of the solar eclipse over NYC, which is where it held its launch livestream today.

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HTC cuts price of Vive virtual reality system by $200, could spur more enterprise pilots

HTC Vive now goes for $599 and the company may be speaking to enterprises as much as consumers.

HTC cut the price of its Vive virtual reality system by $200 in a move that follows discounting by Facebook’s Oculus Rift.

In a blog post, HTC said it would offer its Vive system for $599. That bundle includes headset, sensors and motion controllers. Oculus in July said that its Rift and Touch were available for $399 for a limited time. Both Oculus and HTC are chasing Sony’s Playstation VR, which has sold more than a million units so far and goes for $399.

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Apple just shared iOS 11 beta 7 to developers

Apple just dropped a brand new beta for iOS 11. And you know that iOS 11 is going to be your favorite major iOS update of the year, as there’s only one per year. The company has been testing iOS 11 for a couple of months already. Don’t forget that the beta program is primarily targeted at developers working on app updates.

I still wouldn’t recommend installing iOS 11 on the iPhone you use every day. The changes in iOS 11 will take some time to pay off for your iPhone anyway. And beta versions of iOS usually drain your battery life.

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Cisco rolls out industry-first security features for Spark

The collaboration platform will now, among other things, enable customers to run on-prem key servers for securing cloud content.

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Cisco on Monday is unveiling a set of new security features for its Spark platform that it says are unprecedented in the cloud collaboration space.

The new capabilities, years in the making, “set a new bar for enterprise-grade security for collaboration tools,” Cisco CTO Jonathan Rosenberg told ZDNet.

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Intel’s new 8th generation Core processors launch today with revised Kaby Lake chips

Intel might be sticking to the familiar Kaby Lake architecture for the eight generation of its Core chips, but the its internal testing looks pretty promising as far as performance goes. The company says the chips are capable of a 40-percent increase over their predecessors — and even more notable for those finally ready to upgrade an old system: about double the performance of a five year old device.

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