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Project Sunroof calculates rooftop solar potential using Google Maps

Project Sunroof uses data from Google Maps to offer a personalized analysis of a roof's solar potential

Ever balked at installing solar panels on your roof because it’s pretty damn expensive or you’re not sure how much power it would actually generate, or a combination of both? Well, a new venture from Google is aimed at taking the guesswork out of weaning your household off the grid. Powered by Google Maps, Project Sunroof can tell users how much sun is hitting their roof and how much they might be able to shave off their power bills.

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Project Sunroof calculates rooftop solar potential using Google Maps

Project Sunroof uses data from Google Maps to offer a personalized analysis of a roof's solar potential

Ever balked at installing solar panels on your roof because it’s pretty damn expensive or you’re not sure how much power it would actually generate, or a combination of both? Well, a new venture from Google is aimed at taking the guesswork out of weaning your household off the grid. Powered by Google Maps, Project Sunroof can tell users how much sun is hitting their roof and how much they might be able to shave off their power bills.

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Apple Music Festival Bringing Pharrell, One Direction, and More to London

Apple today announced its 2015 Apple Music Festival lineup for next month, a free concert series that will bring Pharrell, One Direction, Florence + The Machine, and more to London’s Roundhouse. A revamped version of the previous iTunes Festival, the 2015 version will see a scaled-down lineup with ten dates from September 19–28, down from the usual 30 nights extending throughout the month.

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Apple will broadcast performances to music fans around the world for free, which can be viewed live and on-demand on Apple Music. The Apple Music Festival lets fans get even closer to their favorite performers with coverage on Beats 1℠ alongside backstage news and footage straight from the artists on Apple Music Connect.

“We wanted to do something really special for music fans this year,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “The Apple Music Festival is a greatest hits set of ten unbelievable nights featuring some of the best performers on the planet appearing live and interacting directly with their fans on Connect and Beats 1.”

With only a handful of artists announced so far, the remainder of the concert schedule will be filled out in the coming weeks. Admission for all concerts is free, but only UK residents can apply to win tickets with additional passes being made available through media partner giveaways.


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Samsung Galaxy Note 5 vs. Nexus 6

Gizmag compares the features and specs of the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 (left) and Google/Motorola Nexus 6

If you want an Android phone with a huge screen, then the new Samsung Galaxy Note 5 will sit next to the Nexus 6 as two of your best choices. Let’s see how the two phablets measure up.

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USPTO Invalidates One of Apple’s iPhone Design Patents in Apple vs. Samsung Lawsuit

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FOSS Patents reported tonight that the Central Reexamination Division of the United States Patent and Trademark Office has reexamined one of the key iPhone design patents in the Apple vs. Samsung lawsuit. The validity of one of the patents (618,677) has received a non-final rejection:

The problem the D’677 patent faces here is that the USPTO has determined (for now) that this patent “is not entitled to benefit of the filing date” of two previous Apple design patent applications because the design at issue was not disclosed in those earlier applications. As a result, certain prior art is eligible now, and against the background of that additional prior art, the USPTO believes the patent shouldn’t have been granted.

Apple was originally awarded over $1 billion from the original lawsuit, but that amount has been reduced substantially to about $548 million in damages. Aside from this particular design patent, Apple still has other claims that have not been reduced or invalidated from the previous decision.

Samsung was most recently denied their latest appeal attempt, leaving them with the only option of turning to the U.S. Supreme Court. It appears this invalidation has no direct impact on the current standing of the lawsuit, but may help Samsung in their appeal to the Supreme Court.


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Color-changing polymer to indicate severity of hits to the head

A polymer-based material developed at the University of Pennsylvania could help in the diagnosis of traumatic brain injury

A head trauma can be difficult to diagnose and destroy a life years after the event. Being able to tell immediately if the force someone has suffered is sufficient to result in a traumatic brain injury can make all the difference in limiting the damage. A team from the University of Pennsylvania has developed a material that could one day be incorporated into headgear to instantly gauge the severity of blows and provide a clearly visible indication of injury.

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Princeton Tec Helix collapsible lantern gives light control to your smartphone

The Princeton Tec Helix Bluetooth LED lantern can be controlled wirelessly

Even outdoor gear, designed to function far beyond the limits of Wi-Fi and cell phone coverage, is getting smarter and more connected. The new Helix Bluetooth lantern from Princeton Tec turns your smartphone into a camp-lighting remote control. The funky-looking lantern also collapses down with an accordion-like body and folding legs.

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The Drinkable Book has water-purifying pages

A single book is claimed to meet one person's water filtration needs for four years

For people in developing nations or rural locations, getting clean water may soon be as simple as opening a book … and ripping a page out. That’s the idea behind The Drinkable Book, developed by Carnegie Mellon University postdoc Theresa Dankovich. Each of its pages is made from a thick sheet of paper impregnated with silver and copper nanoparticles, that kill 99.9 percent of microbes in tainted water that’s filtered through it.

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