Consumer Reports puts Tesla Model 3, Model S back on its recommended list after reliability improves – TechCrunch

Tesla gained ground and moved up four spots in the latest Annual Auto Reliability Survey from Consumer Reports, thanks largely to improvements with the Model 3. Reliability has improved in the Model 3 and Model S enough that Consumer Reports can now recommend the two models. Consumer Reports announced Thursday the results of its Annual…

Recycling robots raise millions from top venture firms to rescue an industry in turmoil – TechCrunch

The problem of how to find the potential treasure trove hidden in millions of pounds of trash is getting a high-tech answer as investors funnel $16 million into the recycling robots built by Denver-based AMP Robotics. For recyclers, the commercialization of robots tackling industry problems couldn’t come at a better time. Their once-stable business has…

VoltServer adds a data layer to electricity distribution in a move that could help smart grid rollout – TechCrunch

Stephen Eaves, the chief executive of a new startup which promises to overlay data on electricity distribution has spent years developing data management technologies. Eaves’ first company, the eponymous Eaves Devices focused on energy systems in aerospace and defense — they converted the military’s fleet of B2 bombers to use lithium ion batteries. The second…

Hugo Boss on how to make sewing machines sing – and see into the future

German fashion house Hugo Boss has been applying advanced analytics to its production plants in four ways, it told IoT Solutions World Congress in Barcelona last week. These variously cover predictive maintenance, line optimisation, and efficiencies around consumption of materials and energy. Speaking during a panel session during the Barcelona show, Erkut Ekinci, the company’s…

Cybersecurity expert Alex Stamos on Facebook’s counter terrorism team and the private-public divide – TechCrunch

Alex Stamos rose to fame as the former chief security officer for Yahoo and then Facebook. But today he’s the director of Stanford’s Internet Observatory, where he’s immersed in teaching and research safe tech — and understands better than most the threats that the U.S. is facing, particularly as we sail toward the next U.S.…