Energy prices are once again in the news. British Gas is putting up the price of its dual fuel tariff by an average of 5.5 per cent at the end of this month. EDF, whose standard tariff is already one of the most expensive, will raise it by a further 1.4 per cent next month. In the longer run, the widespread hope is that we will be saved by alternative energy sources, such as solar and wind. And indeed, these have become much more efficient because of major technological advances. Read more: Londoners least satisfied with energy supplier in UK For example, in the US, since 2009 the prices of solar panels and wind turbines per watt of energy generated fell by a massive 75 and 50 per cent respectively. This must surely be an unequivocal Good Thing. But, like many things in economics, there are unintended consequences. A greater reliance on solar and wind power has led in general to higher, not lower, electricity prices. Michael Shellenberger of the California-based Environmental Progress … [Read more...] about No decent economist will be surprised to see renewables push up electricity prices
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For those in the U.S. who have been waiting for Xiaomi to start selling its smartphones in the states (as opposed to selling power banks and other accessories), the company is getting a little closer. Today, Xiaomi announced that two handsets are coming to Spain where they will go on sale later this month. The two models include the Xiaomi Mi A1 and Xiaomi Mi Mix 2, and both models were unveiled at an event held in Madrid.The Mi A1 will be priced in Spain at €229, which converts to $265 USD at current exchange rates. The Mi Mix 2, with its edge-to-edge screen, will be priced at €499. That works out to $577 USD. Both phones will be available online and at two new physical Xiaomi stores that will open in Madrid. Pre-orders start tomorrow, with Xiaomi and selected retail partners launching the pair on November 11th. Other retailers will have the two phones up for sale on November 22nd.The Xiaomi Mi A1 is a mid-range handset with a 5.5-inch LCD display carrying a 1080 x 1920 … [Read more...] about Xiaomi comes to Western Europe for the first time with the Mi A1 and Mi Mix 2; U.S. market soon?
The prices for the luxurious Apple Watch Edition are out, and yes, they are a shock. A shock to techies, that is, not so much for watch conoisseurs who know well the price of luxury, and might even find the Apple Watch Edition to be more affordable than its competing models from brands like say Patek Philippe.Still, in the best traditions of our parents that taught us to save money and spend them wisely, it seems that there’s quite a few things you can do for the $17,000 you might be considering on spending (if so, we’re glad that PhoneArena has oil tycoons as its readers!).What can you do for well over 10 grand? We help you fill the void with some neat ideas and show you the possibilities, so with no further ado here is what you can do with such a large amount of money: 7 actually awesome things you can buy and do for the price of the Apple Watch Edition 7 actually awesome things you can buy and do for the price of the Apple Watch Edition 1. Get a regular watch and … [Read more...] about 7 actually awesome things you can buy and do for the price of the Apple Watch Edition
Byton is the newest electric car company that you’ve never heard of to use the Consumer Electronics Show, and its growing importance as de facto auto show, to spark some attention. The Chinese based car company unveiled its first concept all-electric vehicle on Sunday that it plans to start selling as a production model late next year. From the exterior, the Byton concept is not flashy, it’s almost downright boring, at least for a concept. If you can excuse the patterned lights on the car’s nose and keister, the vehicle’s design lacks the taunting flare typically associated with concept cars shown at CES. In a video of it driving around a parking lot before the reveal, under cover, it even looks a bit like the Mutt Cutts van from Dumb & Dumber. Unlike many of the other Chinese (or Chinese-funded) car startups we’ve seen in the last few years, Byton’s not trying to break any speed records. A fully-charged base model of this all-electric SUV will … [Read more...] about Byton’s electric SUV concept is another wild stab at the future of cars
Look at some of the autonomous vehicle concepts, predicting a future of us being able to treat a car as a lounge or work area when we don’t want to actually drive, and you’ll notice one thing: space. By that, I mean the space they take up on the road. Everyone seems to be designing a large, autonomous SUV because that’s what people want. Mercedes-Benz is guilty of the same thing, with its vast F105 Concept it showed a few years ago. Sleek, spacious and lounge-like, it’s one idea for a self-driving future. But its tiny Smart division has other ideas. Last month, transportation reporter Sean O’Kane got a “ride” in Smart Vision EQ Fortwo concept — Daimler’s idea of what a self-driving urban car should be. At CES in January, Smart CEO Dr. Annette Winkler told us that the Smart is on its own in the world. “No other car packs in so much into so small of a space,” she said, which has been a hallmark of the brand. “The … [Read more...] about The Smart car goes electric before it plans its autonomous future