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Black Silicon solar cell efficiency pushed to 22.1%

Black Silicon solar cell efficiency pushed to 22.1%

The sun puts out all the clean and free electricity that we could ever need and the big problem in harnessing it is the low efficiency of solar panels today. Much of the solar energy that hits solar panels in use today isn’t turned into electricity. Researchers are constantly working to improve solar panel efficiency and recently researchers from Aalto University and Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya have set a new record for the most efficient solar panel.

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Porsche 911 Carrera and Boxster Black Editions pack enhanced features

Porsche 911 Carrera and Boxster Black Editions pack enhanced features

Porsche has created special editions of its popular 911 Carrera sports car and the Boxster roadster. The special editions are called the Black Edition and as you can guess, the key styling feature for the models is black paint and black interior. The standard paint for both models is a normal black color on the outside with Jet Black metallic available as an option. The best thing about these cars isn't the black paint color; it’s the features that Porsche crams inside.

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Hyundai Sonata Hybrid SE promises 40 mpg in the city

Hyundai Sonata Hybrid SE promises 40 mpg in the city

Hyundai has pulled the wraps off its second-generation Sonata Hybrid this week and it gets some unique touches to set it apart from the normal Sonata models in the line. Those unique touches include unique wheels, and unique front and rear fascias. Those unique front and rear fascias are there to do more than just make the car look visually different from the other Sonatas in the range they also improve aerodynamics.

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Hitachi whole home wireless speakers powered by AllPlay

Hitachi whole home wireless speakers powered by AllPlay

Hitachi has stepped into the whole home audio market with a trio of new wireless speakers that will bring your favorite music to any room of your home or office. The three speakers are WiFi enabled and all are powered by AllPlay technology under the hood from Qualcomm. All three of the wireless speaker solutions support streaming music via WiFi from both iOS and Android platforms.

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Russia wants to build its own smartphone OS

Russia wants to build its own smartphone OS

Russia doesn't want to depend on technology from Western countries like the US. To reduce its dependence on Western tech, Russia plans to build its own smartphone operating system to replace iOS and Android from Apple and Google. Russian minister of communications Nikolai Nikiforo recently announced plans to replace Apple and Google's operating systems with a new open-source OS based on Sailfish.

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Google creates slick time-lapses from images on Flickr and elsewhere

Google creates slick time-lapses from images on Flickr and elsewhere

Google researchers are constantly working on cool things that we can all enjoy. The latest cool bit of tech that Google researchers have developed is a way to automatically create time-lapse images of tourist landmarks using photos that are found on image sharing sites like Flickr, Picasa, and others. The process begins with sorting somewhere in the area of 86 million photos by geographic location.

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Google and Apple urging Obama to keep smartphones secure

Google and Apple urging Obama to keep smartphones secure

Encrypted data on smartphones today make it difficult for law enforcement around the world to decipher data on smartphones that needs to be used in investigations. The difficulty for the technology industry is that the vast majority of smartphone users aren’t breaking the law in any way and want their personal data to be secure. At the same time law enforcement officials like FBI Director James B. Comey (pictured) are concerned that the growth of encrypted technologies is hindering law enforcement agencies during investigations.

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Samsung Flow beta lands in the US for supported devices

Samsung Flow beta lands in the US for supported devices

Lots of people use multiple devices for surfing the web and other activities. While at home or in the office, you might watch videos on your tablet or read a specific website for your industry news. When you need to go on the road, you might use your smartphone for the same tasks. Most of us would agree that being able to seamlessly transition the app or other activity from one of those devices to the other would be a great thing.

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Ekocycle Field Band for Misfit Shine is made from recycled bottles

Ekocycle Field Band for Misfit Shine is made from recycled bottles

The Coca-Cola company is working to ensure that all the plastic bottles that it produces for its soft drinks are recyclable and don’t end up buried in a landfill somewhere for eternity. The PET plastic the bottles are made from is intended to be recyclable and are used in all sorts of products including automobile interiors. Misfit, the company behind the fitness monitor called Shine has announced a new accessory for the fitness monitor that aims to give users a new way to wear the monitor.

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