Stephen Stapczynski

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Efforts afoot to tap electric car batteries to power homes

Business Apr 17, 2018

Efforts afoot to tap electric car batteries to power homes

When Damien Maguire moved to the countryside outside Dublin, he struggled to keep the lights on at home because of the town's constant power outages. He found a solution inside his electric cars: their batteries. A tinkerer who posts videos of his hand-built vehicles on ...

Blockchain and drones could play a role in Tepco's fight for survival

Business / Corporate Jan 17, 2018

Blockchain and drones could play a role in Tepco's fight for survival

Shattered by the enormity of the Fukushima nuclear disaster and bleeding customers to nimbler rivals, Tokyo's lumbering, 66-year-old electric-power behemoth has a new strategy for long-term survival: reinventing itself as a cutting-edge innovator. Tepco, known formally as Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc., is scouring ...

Sega embraces rogue fan programmers with retro Sonic sequel

Business / Tech Aug 10, 2017

Sega embraces rogue fan programmers with retro Sonic sequel

Sega is doing what Nintendon't. Instead of shutting down programmers and artists making unlicensed Sonic the Hedgehog fan games, Sega Sammy Holdings Inc. is giving them jobs. Ever since the speedy blue mammal debuted on the Sega Genesis in 1991, it's been the company's most ...

Mongolia and China envision giant power grids to light up Asia

Business Jun 9, 2017

Mongolia and China envision giant power grids to light up Asia

The lights of the high-end boutiques and bars of Tokyo's Ginza district may someday be powered by coal burned more than 1,700 miles away (2,700 km) in Mongolia, electricity zipping over ultra-high voltage lines across deserts and under seas. That's the idea behind plans in ...