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Some of the cars Google uses in its street view project now are equipped to sense natural gas leaks. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

Google-gas: mapping cars search for pipeline leaks

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Environmentalists have teamed up with Google to shine a spotlight on natural gas leaking from pipes buried under city streets in Boston, Indianapolis and Staten Island.
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Update on the Digital Tallybook project (video)

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Eventually I would like to create what I call a “closed loop” solution, whereby things like job procedures are stored in the cloud, an engineer can download those to and modify them on a tablet, and beam them to a wearable device.
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Google planning energy push with technology for power companies

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Google, a big consumer of electricity for the computer servers that power its services, is looking at ways to transform the century-old utility industry, which has been struggling to adapt to changing demands for power management and production.
A customer checks a Nest Labs Inc. digital thermostat on display at a Home Depot Inc. store in Emeryville, California, U.S., on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014. Google Inc., after struggling to catch Apple Inc. in consumer gadgets, is buying Nest Labs Inc., the digital thermostat maker for $3.2 billion in cash. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg)

Reliant hopes you’ll give up some control of the thermostat

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Retail power provider Reliant is posing an intriguing question to customers: For a fee, would you be willing to give up some control of your thermostat?
Google co-founder Sergey Brin gestures after riding in a driverless car with officials, to a bill signing for driverless cars at Google headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. Google engineers say they have turned a corner in their pursuit of creating a car that can drive itself. Test cars have been able to navigate freeways comfortably for a few years. On Monday, April 28, 2014, Google said the cars can now negotiate thousands of urban situations that would have stumped them a year or two ago.  (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

Google: Driverless cars are mastering city streets

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Google says it has turned a corner in its pursuit of a car that can drive itself.
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Tech titans graded in green energy friendliness

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Apple and Facebook won near-perfect grades in a new rating of tech giants’ clean energy friendliness, while Twitter and Amazon failed on almost every measure.
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3 month update for my “One Year Challenge”

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It’s hard to believe that we’re already nearly 25% done with 2014; pretty soon they’ll have the Christmas decorations out…kidding (but probably not…)! As they say, time flies when you’re busy or having fun, and I’ve been both:  very involved at work, and having fun pursuing my “One Year Challenge”. For those of you who […]
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Android Wear an important step for wearable technology in the oil & gas industry

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A few weeks back I wrote a piece on how smart watches could play just as important a role as Google Glass in bringing wearable technology to the oil & gas fields. Unfortunately, adoption of these smart watches has so far been slow, due to limited functionality and a fragmented set of platforms on which […]
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Huge thermal plant opens as solar industry grows (photos)

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A windy stretch of the Mojave Desert once roamed by tortoises and coyotes has been transformed by hundreds of thousands of mirrors into the largest solar power plant of its type in the world, a milestone for a growing industry.
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The beginning of my adventure with Google Glass for oil & gas

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In order to show just how great the potential for Glass is, Google is actively looking for storytellers or “Explorers” (like this fireman) to show how they can apply this technology to their areas of technical expertise. Today I am incredibly excited that I was invited to be a part of the Explorer program.