DOE small biz voucher awards include vehicles and fuel cells

DOE is plugging into alternative fuels The US Department of Energy has awarded $8 million in Small Business Vouchers to 43 businesses, including ten projects aimed at making hydrogen fuel cells cheaper and more efficient, and six projects that will improve vehicle fuel efficiency, including better batteries.
In addition to funding from the DOE, participants in this second round of the SBV project will be working with 12 of the… Read More

Uber turns on electric vehicles in the UK, starting with 50 cars in London

UBER Electric Vehicles - 1 The race for who will take the lead in the next generation of automotive technology is on, and today Uber is kicking off a program that it hopes will help put it in pole position. Today, the transportation-on-demand behemoth is launching a new electric car service in the UK, in partnership with Nissan and China’s BYD, where it will offer leasing (not purchasing) options for… Read More

More details on Audi’s Tesla Model S competitor emerge

Audi A7 piloted driving car concept. Audi’s upcoming four-door luxury electric car will have a 311-mile range, along with Level 4 self-driving features (essentially full autonomy for those keeping track) and three separate electric motors, according to a new report from Autocar. The car is set to go head-to-head with the Model S, based on these new stats, and will likely be called the “A9 e-tron” when it goes… Read More

MIT makes pesticide safer by making it sticky

mit-pesticide Despite progress in creating bug-resistant crops, pesticide is still one of the most effective and cost-efficient ways to ensure good produce yields. But the current approach actually involves applying a huge volume of pest-control poison – way more than you need, because just 2 percent or so attaches to the plants. The extra 98 percent has a good chance of getting into lakes, streams… Read More

How to search the apt packages list for a certain package.

The apt command allows the user to search for a specific package. This is very useful if you do not know the exact name for package installation. This is one way. ubuntu ~ $ apt-cache search vim This will return a long listing of all matching package names. This is another way. This will return […]

Send a message to logged in Linux users and other nice tricks.

To send a message to logged in Linux users with the wall command, just open it and type a message. Then press ^D to send it. jason$ wall Hi   Broadcast message from [email protected] (pts/0) (Sat Aug 27 22:24:05 2016):   Hi This is useful for messaging users about an upcoming server restart or maintenance. […]

Volkswagen’s 2019 electric car said to get 300 miles on a 15-minute charge

e-golf_3578 This year’s Paris motor show will host the unveiling of Volkswagen’s first all-electric car, according to an interview with company chairman Herbert Diess in German magazine WirstschaftWoche. The car will be roughly Golf-sized, according to the chairman, but will feel as roomy as a Passat on the inside, thanks to space saved via lighter frame construction and use of the electric… Read More

Spiri’s on-demand carpooling service will use custom EVs and let drivers ride free

Spiri Danish startup Spiri believes urban transportation is still massively inefficient, and it’s setting out to tackle the problem from a few different directions. First, it’s building an on-demand carpooling service, similar to the UberPOOL offering (and the one Lyft just shut down). Second, it’s going to use its own custom electric vehicles to do so. Finally, it’s using… Read More

The top 7 startups from Y Combinator S16 Demo Day 1

top-7-yc-demo-day In-flight VR entertainment and security guard drones were amongst our favorites from the 44 startups that launched at Y Combinator’s Summer 2016 Demo Day 1. After querying investors and our writers, here are TechCrunch’s picks for the 7 most promising companies from the first half of the batch, plus an honorable mention. Check back later for all the startups and our picks from… Read More

This could be Faraday Future’s answer to the Tesla Model X

 Faraday Future is driving a camouflaged version of a real upcoming production EV in LA, according to Electrek. The site reports that a candid shot of a covered-up SUV is actually a test vehicle from the Californian would-be Tesla competitor backe…

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. You can check out write-ups of all 44 below. And here are TechCrunch’s picks for “The top 7 startups from YC Demo Day 1”, plus writeups of the 48 startups that launched on Demo Day 2… Read More

How to install Powershell for Linux in Ubuntu 16.04.

Installing Powershell for Linux in Ubuntu 16.04 is very easy. I had problems with the packages, but I sorted it out very quickly. Firstly, download the Powershell Debian package. https://github.com/PowerShell/PowerShell/releases/download/v6.0.0-alpha.9/powershell_6.0.0-alpha.9-1ubuntu1.14.04.1_amd64.deb. Then the required libicu package. http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/pool/main/i/icu/libicu52_52.1-3ubuntu0.4_amd64.deb. Then install the libicu package. jason$ sudo dpkg -i libicu52_52.1-3ubuntu0.4_amd64.deb Selecting previously unselected package libicu52:amd64. (Reading database … 490392 […]

A nice utility to show the progress of utilities like cp and mv.

The utility I have found, named progress, will show the amount of data transferred when using commands such as cp or mv. Download this utility by running this command. git clone https://github.com/Xfennec/progress.git Then build the utility. 14:39:50 0 ~ jason$ cd progress/   14:39:53 0 ~/progress jason$ make cc -g -Wall -D_FILE_OFFSET_BITS=64 -c progress.c cc […]

Jobless in the self-driving economy

Uber Self Driving Cars Uber’s self-driving cars will hit the road this month, earlier than anticipated. That’s an exciting surprise…unless of course you’re a driver. They won’t be the only ones affected, though. The consequences of robot-induced unemployment could eventually ripple through the rest of the economy. What will happen to Uber’s 1 million drivers? And the 3.5… Read More

Get system information easily with screenfetch on Linux.

To easily get system information, install screenfetch on Linux and this will be easy. Install screenfetch. sudo apt install screenfetch Then run it to get system information easily. This is a good way to show off your system specifications. jason$ screenfetch [[ ! ]] Gtk-Message: Failed to load module "topmenu-gtk-module" ./+o+- [email protected] yyyyy- -yyyyyy+ OS: […]

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

7Sensors Grow Box will automatically care for your plants, from produce to pot

Screen Shot 2016-08-12 at 9.20.42 AM Everyone loves a good plant in their home, but few have the time and dedication to keep it healthy over the course of the year. Changing temperatures and humidity levels paired with vacations or business trips can limit the variety of plant-life that most people can sustain in their homes. That’s where the Grow Box comes in. Developed by former Apple engineer Andrew Pletenetskyy, the… Read More

BMW’s EV roadmap detailed, includes full autonomy by 2025

P90131413_highRes_the-bmw-i8-09-2013 BMW isn’t letting off the gas on its electric vehicle program – the company plans replacements for the i3 and i8 by 2022, according to Automobile Magazine, and a new entrant dubbed Project i20 internally (but likely to be known as the i5 or i6 when it hits streets) on track for 2021. The i20 has a fully electric drivetrain, like the i3 before it, and will also offer BMW’s… Read More

Karma Revero hybrid electric sports car revealed, complete with solar roof

Karma Revero (PRNewsFoto/Karma Automotive) The Fisker Karma is back, reborn as the Karma Revero, with a familiar look, along with a new name and some design tweaks and feature additions that mark a departure from its origins. Today marks the first time we’ve seen the Revero, revealed via images shared by Karma detailing the car’s exterior, as well as its unique solar roof and redesigned infotainment system. Karma is a… Read More

Masters Degree in Information Security – SANS Technology Institute. Even the Army is studying.

The US Army is training soldiers in cyberwarfare, using Linux in Virtual machines to learn how to use SSH and gain access past a SSH public key. The soldier in this photo is searching for “permission denied SSH public key”, he wants to bypass this and gain access to a remote server. But bypassing a […]