Gears & Gadgets

Apple commits to build “grid-scale” energy storage in California

Apple’s “California Flats” solar energy farm in Northern California. Apple A worker uses (of course) an iPad on site at California Flats. Apple Apple announced Wednesday that it will build a “grid-scale” energy-storage project in California capable of storing 240 megawatt-hours of energy. The storage will work closely with the 130-megawatt solar farm the company already built to […]

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California plaintiffs sue Chinese tech giant Tencent, alleging WeChat app is censoring and surveilling them

A group of California plaintiffs has filed a lawsuit against Chinese tech giant Tencent in state court, alleging that the company’s WeChat mobile app has censored and surveilled them and shared their data with Chinese authorities. The lawsuit, which seeks class-action status, claims that the company’s practices violate the plaintiffs’ free-speech and privacy rights, and […]

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Nuro becomes first company to receive commercial autonomous vehicle permit from California DMV

Hours after announcing that it acquired self-driving truck startup Ike, Nuro revealed it’s the first company to receive permission from the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to charge a fee and receive compensation for its driverless delivery service. Unlike the autonomous testing licenses the California DMV previously granted to Nuro and others, which limited […]