Tesla will build and sell its own line of solar panels with integrated batteries, the company announced at a press event at Universal Studios in LA, today. The Powerwall 2 will allow residential homeowners to replace their entire roof with solar panels and an updated Powerwall 2 battery system, making it much simpler for homes to be entirely powered by solar power.
The roof is made of a textured glass tile with integrated solar cells. The roofs look “as good or better” than conventional roofs, according to Musk. They look like normal roofing tiles from the ground, but are completely transparent to the sun. The tiles are hydrographically printed, which, Musk says, makes each one a “special snowflake tile,” and no two roofs will be the same. “You can take any two roofs that look like that and they will be different — because they are different,” said Musk.
Flash was an integral part of the internet in years past, but it has also been a drag on performance and the source of a great many security vulnerabilities. Today, HTML5 is a better way to get the same sort of interactive content running on the web, and it works on mobile devices. The next phase in Adobe Flash’s agonizingly slow demise starts next month when Google Chrome begins blocking all Flash content.
This will come as part of the Chrome 53 update, which should be available in early September. Chrome 53 will block all the small, non-visible Flash elements on web pages. These are usually tacking platforms and page analytics, but they can slow down page loads just like larger Flash content. This is not Google’s first attempt to de-emphasize Flash on the web. Last year in Chrome 52, Google made most Flash content “click-to-play.”
Kevin Peachey @ bbc.com:
Voice as a form of secure ID is becoming more widespread, with Barclays announcing it is using the technology for telephone banking customers.
All Barclays’ personal telephone banking customers are eligible to use the system, although they can opt out.
The technology recognises a customer’s unique formation of words, cancelling the need for security questions or passwords.
A number of banks are at various stages of introducing similar technology.
First Direct has been signing up some customers to the system since March. A month earlier, HSBC said it was introducing voice and touch ID in the summer.
Challenger institution Atom Bank allows its customers to log on via a face recognition system.
Samsung has for the first time (and an industry first) created a complete 512GB SSD solution in a single one-chip package. That’s the storage using 20mm NAND chips, 4Gb of DDR4 memory, and a controller in one to create an SSD called the PM971-NVMe.
That’s impressive enough, but then you realize the size of this thing. Samsung has managed to cram the entire SSD on to a chip that measures just 20 x 16mm and weighs about a gram. For comparison, a typical US postage stamp measures roughly 22 x 25mm and a dime weighs in at 2.3 grams.
Guardian staff @ theguardian.com:
Pokémon Go servers crashed across Europe and the US on Saturday, as global demand for the hit mobile app soared in its first weekend since being launched in the UK.
Players in 26 countries took advantage of mostly good weather to venture outdoors to hunt and capture their first Pokémon creatures, with millions having downloaded the game in its first days since release.
Mozilla’s Firefox browser will start blocking Flash content “not essential to the user experience” from August 2016, the company said today, helping to hasten the achingly slow demise of the aging plugin. The move is the beginning of the end of Flash in Firefox — Mozilla also said that from 2017, it would adopt a new click-to-activate policy that will require users to approve the use of Flash for any content on a page, advising sites that use Adobe’s plugin or Microsoft Silverlight to “plan on adopting HTML technologies as soon as possible.”