Utilities could save money using smartphone meter readers

Energy companies are destined to use apps on smartphones for day to day processes like reading meters – and the switch could save them money. That’s according to Wybe Horsman, ‎App Centre projects manager at IT services firm Capgemini, who spots a shift from “very specific” devices towards using more “generic” consumer-style apps. Mr Horsman […]

Calling all techies! Ford wants fuel efficiency app

Carmaker Ford has called on software developers to create an app which helps drivers be more fuel efficient. The US car manufacturer is offering thousands of dollars for a smartphone and tablet app which fits the bill. One of the only requirements is for the app to use the open source technology called OpenXC data […]

‘SuMo’ smartphone app wrestles workers’ energy waste

The makers of a new smartphone app called ‘SuMo’ claim it will motivate employees to reduce waste by up to 15% – saving firms money along the way. CloudApps believes this will help firms to cut their costs by using the game’s challenges, leader boards, badges, points and a reward system. The app uses competition […]

Councils litter-ally saving money with smartphone app

Can’t remember when to put the bins out? Lost the council calendar with those key dates? Well now the iphone generation may never miss another collection with the launch of a new app for smartphones which reminds you when to leave out your bins. The Binfo app is due to be launched by South Oxfordshire […]

Light-powered TV is a "game-changer invention"

A new technology for TV and computer screens could harvest and recycle energy for electronic devices from any form of light. Developed by researchers at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science,devices equipped with built-in photovoltaic polarizers allow them to convert ambient light, sunlight and their own backlight into electricity.
 The team […]