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1. Tesla's new battery helps solar-powered homes get off the grid

SmartBrief on ExecTech | May 01, 2015

Electric car manufacturer Tesla revealed a new battery for the home that can store power from solar panels at night, be used in case of a power outage and transition solar-powered homes to be completely off the grid. "The goal is complete transformation of the entire energy infrastructure of the world, to completely sustainable zero carbon," says the company's founder, Elon Musk. Japan Times, The (05/01) Reuters (05/01)


2. NASA announces breakthrough in aircraft design

SmartBrief on ExecTech | May 05, 2015

A new type of wing that changes shape in flight with no seams or gaps has been flight tested at Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, Calif. NASA led the project, in collaboration with the Air Force and FlexSys. NASA is calling the project a breakthrough in aircraft design. AVweb (05/03)


3. MIT: U.S. is falling behind in research race due to lack of funding

SmartBrief on ExecTech | May 01, 2015

Researchers are making breakthroughs in quantum computing, robotics and energy storage, but little of the work in next-generation science and technology is happening in the U.S. because funding is inadequate. That's the word in a new report from MIT, which warns that historically low funding for scientific research "threatens America's future" as a major world player. InfoWorld (05/01)


4. Internet of Things takes center stage at Cisco partner summit

SmartBrief on ExecTech | Apr 30, 2015

Advanced device connectivity was the main topic when more than 2,000 Cisco Systems partners gathered in Montreal this week. Steve Steinhilber, vice president of strategic alliances at Cisco, said the company had 38 partners focusing development efforts on the Internet of Things and was training an additional 94 to be IoT partners. Channel Partners (04/28)


5. Japanese researchers unveil world's fastest camera

SmartBrief on ExecTech | Apr 30, 2015

A camera capable of capturing moving images at more than 1 trillion frames per second could give scientists more insight into natural phenomena that happen too fast for conventional imaging technology. The so-called Sequentially Timed All-optical Mapping Photography, or STAMP, technology is being developed by a coalition of Japanese research institutions. PhysOrg.com (04/29)


6. Survey: Remote workers save money, are more productive

SmartBrief on ExecTech | May 04, 2015

Hiring remote workers helps both employers and employees increase efficiency and save money, a ConnectSolutions survey has found. "Even the personal benefits workers experience can be viewed as employer benefits since workers tend to be happier, less stressed out, and healthier, thereby bringing down the costs of turnover, absenteeism, lower productivity, and other issues," said Michael Fitzpatrick of ConnectSolutions. HR.BLR.com (05/01)


7. Experts offer insight into decline in IT outsourcing

SmartBrief on ExecTech | May 04, 2015

Outsourcing firms around the globe saw revenues decline to 10-year lows in the first quarter, as enterprises inked fewer mega-deals, Information Services Group reported. Analysts insist the slump should not be viewed as a sign of long-term atrophy but that increased automation is likely a secondary cause of the decline. CIO.com (05/01)


8. Scientists track Russian cargo craft barreling toward Earth

SmartBrief on ExecTech | May 04, 2015

Russian officials say the country's space agency has lost control of an unmanned craft that was delivering supplies to the International Space Station and that the craft is now falling back to Earth. "It has started descending. It has nowhere else to go," an unnamed Russian source told reporters. "It is clear that absolutely uncontrollable reactions have begun." PhysOrg.com (04/29)


9. Cities tap Internet of Things to connect with mobile users

SmartBrief on ExecTech | May 04, 2015

Cities around the country are finding new and timely ways to deliver information to residents using the Internet of Things. In different cities, IoT is helping mobile users with services such as understanding their roadways and finding parking spaces while city workers monitor infrastructure. GovTech.com (04/30)


10. Viewpoint: CIOs must prepare for IoT disruptions

SmartBrief on ExecTech | May 05, 2015

Chief information officers need to prepare for the influx of connected and "smart" technologies entering the market, and they'll need to manage and optimize new products better to gain a competitive advantage, Azmi Jafarey writes. Analyzing real-time data and integrating Internet of Things technology with limited interruptions also will be a top priority for CIOs moving forward, Jafarey notes. Computerworld (05/04)




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