Tesla’s Home Battery Will Only be Rented to Consumers

Following on from our previous story regarding the two new batteries due to be introduced by Tesla, a new report has come in that these batteries will only be on loan rather than bought outright. The batteries in question are a battery for home and a “very large scale utility battery” for ‘very large scale tasks’.; which will more likely be applied to hospital emergency power or similar.

All this comes from a report from The Guardian, suggesting that the home battery will be loaned on a similar principle to what SolarCity is experimenting with their solar panels; SolarCity is a company with extremely close ties to Tesla and is expected that they will work closely on this project in the future.

The proposed scheme will be laid out by SolarCity; the customers pay an initial fee of $1,500, this covers the installation and providing of a Tesla Battery. From here, this will be followed by monthly installments of $15 for 10 years. On the grand scheme, the battery costs a huge $13,000, which makes it a very favourable investment for the consumer which only has to pay $3,300 for the 10 years of ‘ownership’. The batteries will be reclaimed after the 10 years of use and we are unsure if another battery will then be leased at the new pricing or if the customers will get a returning offer.

The battery will be powerful enough to sustain power to the home’s lighting, refrigerator, internet and many other electrical appliances during a power cut. They can store energy either from on-grid mains supply, or through renewable sources; possibly solar panels may be offered from SolarCity to keep them topped up on sunny days.

Approximately 300 customers have already installed Tesla batteries in their homes; “It’s clean, it’s quiet and it looks good in the garage … if you are a gadget person living a digital life – you have iPhones and computers and you always want to be connected – the storage battery is a dream come true.”

All this and more will be revealed to the world on April 30th at Tesla’s Hawthrone Design Studio by Elon Musk himself.

Thank you to The Verge for providing us with this information

Palm Brand Sold Off By HP – New Smartphones on the Way?

Go to Palm.com right now and you’ll see the message above. After that address stopped directing people to hpwebos.com it started going to mynewpalm.com suggesting that something interesting was happening behind the scenes.

It was later discovered that HP had sold off the Palm trademarks to a company called Wide Progress Global Limited – a company supposedly linked to Alcatel One Touch, which is in turn owned by Chinese smartphone company  TCL Corporation. As ArsTechnica says, this move could be seen as TCL’s attempt to break into the US smartphone market under a well-known brand. This all leads people to believe that we’ll see a Palm comeback in some form or another.

Palm is famous for dominating the PDA market that pre-dated smartphones, with its popular Palm Pilot. However, with the advent of smartphones, Palm’s PDA business faltered and they ended up falling behind the new surprise market leaders (Apple and Google). Palm was in turn bought by HP and with the use of the WebOS, they tried to rejuvenate a once leading brand.

As we all know now, that failed, and it’ll be interesting to see what is made of this attempt by a different company.

Source: ArsTechnica

HGST Acquires Enterprise SSD Maker Skyera

On March 17, 2013 we reported that WD was investing a huge sum of money into the SSD sector, in fact they invested $51 Million to an Enterprise SSD manufacturer Skyera whose primary focus is to provide cost effect storage solution. Having gotten a taste of what Skyera has to offer, HGST (a Western Digital division) has announced the all-cash acquisition of Skyera.

“Western Digital has established a leadership position in the fastest growing areas of the storage industry,” said Steve Milligan, president and chief executive officer, Western Digital. “The Skyera acquisition supports our strategic growth objectives and plans to deliver long-term value to customers, shareholders and employees.”

The terms of the transaction were not disclosed, but Skyera will be fully integrated into HGST and bring along the acquired engineering talent and intellectual property that will further strengthen HGST’s technical expertise and resources. HGST now has the broadest storage solutions portfolio in the industry, able to serve pretty virtually any level of users.

Thanks to HGST for providing us with this information

Image courtesy of HGST

Microsoft Has Bought Minecraft for Huge Amount

The deal has been rumoured for a while and now it has become a reality. Microsoft have bought Minecraft maker Mojang along with all of their intellectual properties, in what can only be described as a mega deal. The deal has been finalised and Microsoft ended up paying $2.5 billion.

Microsoft doesn’t plan to make big changes to the game or limit the platform availability, so there shouldn’t be any future problems in that area, something many users had been worried about. Notch made the decision to sell because the company had grown to big and so had the following responsibility for him. Markus ‘Notch’ Persson along with the Mojang co-founders Carl Manneh and Jakob Porsér will be leaving the company with no indication on what any of them will be doing next. Beyond that, the “vast majority” of Mojang employees are expected to remain with the company.

 “He’s decided that he doesn’t want the responsibility of owning a company of such global significance,” Owen Hill said in a blog post on their site. “Over the past few years he’s made attempts to work on smaller projects, but the pressure of owning Minecraft became too much for him to handle. The only option was to sell Mojang.”

Minecraft adds diversity to Microsoft’s game portfolio and helps them reach more gamers across multiple platforms, said Phil Spencer, head of Xbox. Gaming is the top activity across devices and they see great potential to continue to grow the Minecraft community and generally nurture the franchise. That is why Microsoft plans to continue to make Minecraft available across all platforms. Further, Microsoft intends to bring back the Minecon convention next year; something that should make the fans happy.

“We’re excited to welcome Mojang to the Microsoft family and we are thrilled to support the success and longevity of Minecraft for years to come,” said Xbox head Phil Spencer.

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Thank you Microsoft and Mojang for providing us with this information

Image and video courtesy of Microsoft and Mojang