Tesla plugs into new market with home battery system

Tesla CEO Elon Musk is trying to steer his electric-car company’s battery technology into homes and businesses as part of an elaborate plan to reshape the power grid with millions of small power plants made of solar panels on roofs and batteries in garages.

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SpaceX mile-high escape test will feature ‘Buster’ the dummy

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX is just days away from shooting up a crew capsule to test a launch escape system designed to save astronauts' lives. Buster, the dummy, is already strapped in for Wednesday's nearly mile-high ride from Cape Canaveral, Florida. He'll be alone as the mock-up capsule is fired from a ground...

Inked and irked: Apple Watch users report tattoo problems

NEW YORK (AP) — It's an annoying problem for the unlucky few: the Apple Watch's heart rate monitor and even some other features might not work if you have a tattoo on your wrist. Inked and irked Apple fans have dubbed the issue "TattooGate" on Twitter, complaining that they must choose between their body art...

New Microsoft website is one for the ages

During the technically oriented second day of Microsoft’s Build conference, Joseph Sirosh, a company vice president, revealed a website designed to identify faces in photos and predict the person’s age and gender.

Partners HealthCare notifies 3,300 patients of email breach

BOSTON (AP) — Boston-based nonprofit health care system Partners HealthCare is notifying about 3,300 patients about a security breach. Partners says in November it learned a group of its workers received phishing emails and provided information in response. Phishing emails trick their targets into handing over passwords or clicking on links that install malicious programs....

LinkedIn joins Twitter in post-earnings tumble

NEW YORK (AP) — Dumping social media stocks that show any sign of weakness is trending on Wall Street. Shares of LinkedIn Corp. plunged 21 percent in after-hours trading Thursday after the professional networking service gave a disappointing outlook for the second quarter, weighed in large part by its pending purchase of online learning company...

Angry Birds to help save their counterparts in South Pacific

HELSINKI (AP) — Angry Birds are getting angrier, because some of their real-life colorful counterparts in the South Pacific are facing extinction. Rovio, the creator of the hugely popular Angry Birds games, said Thursday that it's teaming up with nature conservationist group BirdLife to disseminate information and help collect funds to protect birds in the...

Apple, IBM, Japan Post team up to improve elderly care

NEW YORK (AP) — Apple, IBM and Japanese insurance and bank holding company Japan Post have formed a partnership to improve the lives of elderly people in the country. The companies say they hope other countries will follow suit as the world's population ages. About a quarter of Japan's population, or more than 33 million...