The year of the battery

2014 is the year of the battery. Hawaii is reporting that it now produces so much energy that its power grid get overloaded. The result of people having installed solar panels to power their houses and feeding the surplus back into the electric grid. As you can imagine, Hawaii is producing a lot of power during the day, without enough people to consume it; while facing a completely different problem when it rains and after sunset. And then there is Elon Musk, who wants to build the largest solar panel production plant in the world; selling electric cars faster than he can build them. If you recall from our previous newsletter issues, he's the person behind the decision to make all the patents to Tesla (the electric car) available to the public. This spells one thing - there will be a huge demand for batteries; to power cars and cities. The race has only just started and it will be interesting to observe. Elon Musk is in the lead.

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This week brought some interesting articles and news worth taking note of:
- HP is building a new kind of computer. They call it "The Machine". Why? The marketing department doesn't know about it, yet.
- What do you ride if you're a tree hugger that wants to look like a real bad-ass? A Harley-Davidson electric bike (insert 'vroom' sound here).
- What's the most convenient way to get hacked? Buy Android Star N9500 of eBay. It comes pre-loaded with spyware.
- If you are patent troll, take a note. The US Supreme Court ruled that just adding the word 'computer' does not constitutes advancements.
- Samsung is dating Siri. At least, this is the current rumour out there. Do you think Apple is the jealous type?
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