Daily Archives: November 11, 2011

Chris Nuttall

Better Place, the US company building battery-swapping stations for electric cars, has raised $200m in third-round funding and plans to use the money to expand its networks to other countries.

The Silicon Valley startup is due to launch a limited commercial service in Denmark and Israel in the first quarter of 2012.  Its Series C financing will allow it to expand further in Western Europe, it said on Friday, while it continues to advance deployment projects in Hawaii, Northern California, Canada, Southern China and Japan. Read more

Joseph Menn

The software update that Apple pushed to iPhone users this week in part to resolve rapid battery draining has backfired for some users and made the problem worse. Read more

Tech news from around the web:

Facebook is close to a settlement with the US government over how it uses its members’  personal information, The Wall Street Journal reports. The settlement would require the social network to obtain users’ permission before sharing data in a way that is different from how they originally agreed the data could be used, people close to the negotiations told the WSJ. Read more

Chris Nuttall

Imagine taking smartphone photos of a statue you admire in a museum or ones of an expensive candelabra in an auction room, then going home and making an exact replica of what you saw and recorded.

After watching a 3D printing demonstration by Autodesk and trying their free consumer-focused software, released on Monday, I am beginning to think this is almost possible and that my life of failure in the plastic arts and any kind of craftsmanship may soon be a thing of the past. Read more

Chris Nuttall

3D models of entire buildings can be created with Autodesk’s software featured in this week’s Personal Technology column, but for another way of literally capturing the world around you without any photostitching, I have been trying Kogeto’s Dot, the world’s smallest panoramic video camera accessory.

Available in Apple Stores this month and online at Kogeto.com for $79, it works only with the iPhone 4 and 4s currently. A plastic clip fixes the Dot securely over the camera lens of the iPhone, adding a semispheric lens and mirror combination, known as a catadioptric optical system. Read more