Shell backs Alphabet’s power-generating kites in latest renewable bet

Alphabet is turning yet another one of its X projects into a business, but this time it's enlisting the help of an unusual ally. Makani Power, a venture making electricity-generating kites (see above), has become a full-fledged subsidiary of Alphabe...

This small stick is a 2 terabyte SSD!

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Remember just around a decade back when 32GB pen drives were all the rage? I remember owning one from Transcend, and it was the size of my thumb. It was a gift I got myself before going to college, and for the longest time, had all my college work stored on it until I had enough money to chip in for an external hard drive (these were the Bittorent days).

The Fledging Shell is slightly larger than that 32GB pen drive I owned back in the day. It also happens to have a storage capacity of 2 whole terabytes! Built with an SSD inside, the Fledging Shell is designed to provide universal compatibility, and file transfer speeds that border on a gigabyte per second without heating up. Its innovative build (featuring an aluminum outer body acting as a heat sink) and internal cooling system keep the Fledging Shell cool as a cucumber as you transfer incredibly heavy files to carry with you on the go, or even take multiple backups of your data to the offline SSD… and unlike other SSDs, the Fledging can be opened and customized, giving you the power to choose the capacity, or switch between different SSDs. Did I also mention how incredibly small and compact it is!?

Designer: Fledging LLC

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E-cig makers have 60 days to show they aren’t targeting minors

The Food And Drug Administration may force several e-cigarette brands to stop selling flavored products if they can't prove they can keep their products out of minors' hands. The brands -- Juul, Vuse, MarkTen, blu and Logic -- have 60 days to convinc...

Shell will build 80 high-power EV charging stations across Europe

This year, Royal Dutch Shell has put more of a focus on EVs, adding charging stations to a handful of its UK gas stations and acquiring NewMotion -- a Netherlands-based company with 30,000 charging points to its name. Now, as Reuters reports, Shell h...

Shell preps for the future with acquisition of EV charging network

Royal Dutch Shell (or just Shell, if you're into the whole brevity thing) has already committed a billion dollars toward alternative fuels, and now it's showing us where some of that money is going. The gas station corporation has agreed to buy NewMo...

Jaguar and Shell Let You Pay for Gas from Inside Your Car

Thanks to improvements in fuel efficiency, stops at the gas station continue to be less frequent occasions for many modern vehicles. But there’s still the process of getting out of the car, sticking your credit card in the machine, and hoping it works properly. On more than one occasion, the card reader has failed for me, and I’ve had to go inside the gas station to pay and make my best guess as to how much gas I’m going to buy. Thanks to a new technology developed by Jaguar and Shell, you’ll soon be able to pay for your gas from the convenience of your car.

The new in-car app lets you use the car’s touchscreen interface to pay without ever having to get out your cash or credit card. Simply press the “Shell” app link on the car’s display, which will first use GPS tech to direct you to the closest Shell station.

When you arrive at the pump, enter your PIN and the pump number, then get out and pump. Your receipt is automatically emailed so you don’t have to deal with printing those out either. It’s a small, but useful timesaver, and a nifty new use for in-car mobile apps.

Customers can make payments via either Apple Pay or PayPal, with Android Pay support coming later this year. The Jaguar/Shell cashless fuel payment app is coming to the new 2018 model year Jaguar XE, XF, and F-PACE, and the app will eventually be available for all Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles since 2014 running the InControl app suite.