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Well written.
The default build tool for Android (and the new star of build tools on the JVM) is designed to ease scripting of complex, multi-language builds. Should you change to it, though, if you're using Ant or Maven?
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The second installment of this series on gradle is at http://www.drdobbs.com/jvm/writing-build-scripts-with-gradle/240168648
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Just rumors so far but if this is anywhere in the ballpark, it looks like it could be a winner.
If a report is correct, the next Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid may offer 30-35 miles rated all-electric range.
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Always a good monthly gauge of US Hybrid, PHEV, BEV sales. In all categories, sales are incrementally getting better for the year. Note that Tesla Model S sales are up 48% which is surprising given its price point.  Makes sense though, if I could afford a Model S I would be driving one today.
Overall sales for June were strong albeit less than May which was the best seasonally adjusted rate since July 2005, with a modest increase from last June.
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Just saw this announcement today which is great for solar energy in Virginia.  The article says it will be a 1000-acres, 80 MW solar project in Accomack County on the Eastern Shore. When completed, it will be the largest in Virginia and the East Coast.
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Congrats Amazon, investing green-power for there own facility....
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The announcement of Tesla Energy and the Tesla Powerwall (energy storage system).  A really good dialog about solar power and how energy storage will solve the problem when the sun is not shining at night and cloudy days.  Additionally, discussion of the problem of existing energy storage battery technology (which suck) primarily based on AGM technology.  The cost of the Powerwall announced was $3500. Is stackable and can operate in a grid-connected, grid-interactive, and off-grid scenarios.
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I expect you are right about all of that.  Still, it’s a nice contrast to GM tying up the large automotive NiMH battery patents for years.  
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What is the advantage of a "floating" solar power system design? Kyocera said the cooling effect of the water results in more electricity generated than with ground-mount and rooftop systems. Also, by shading the water, they reduce reservoir water evaporation and algae growth.

OK, another area of R&D for solar making forward progress.
Kyocera is in the news this month. Two floating solar power plants in two reservoirs in Kato City, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan, are complete. This is a joint venture. The two players are Kyocera and Century Tokyo Leasing, which is in the business of equipment leasing. Construction started last year in September. ...
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Usually there is too much algae, so shading the water helps.
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the operator of the power grid that covers most of the state, expects between 10,000 megawatts and 12,500 megawatts of solar-generating capacity to be installed by 2029. That is roughly equal to the size of all solar farms currently operating in the U.S.
Companies are spending $1 billion on new projects to harvest electricity from the sun
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Amazing.
When it comes to renewable energy, Denmark is officially kicking ass. Yesterday, Denmark’s wind farms produced 116% of national electricity demands, allowing the country to export power to Norway, German, and Sweden. According to The Guardian, that figure had risen to 140% by early Friday morning.
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There is very useful information in this article.  I can say that my experience with a PHEV (Plugin Prius) has been awesome.  For 2015 at mid year, I have only spent $274 total in gas so far including 6-months of driving including many out of town trips. (yup I've been tracking this in a spreadsheet since last summer)
If we showed you a source that reveals how a $32,500 Chevy Volt saves you $6,000 in five years compared to a $21,400 Cruze, would you be interested?
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My Nexus9 just received the Android 5.1.1 update this evening just a few weeks after the 5.0.2 update. The update went smooth. What a pleasant surprise!
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OTA.
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My Nexus 9 updated itself to Android 5.0.2 last night.  So far after a day, it works without any issues and appears to be a bit snappier.
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My Nexus 7 (2012) also updated itself last night to 5.1.1. No issues observed.
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This looks like a  energy storage game changer.. can't wait to when they will be available in my region.
Tesla's Elon Musk has unveiled renewable energy batteries for homes and businesses which could reduce electricity bills by 25pc
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+Bill Juhasz Depending on the jurisdiction, possibly, it can be very difficult. I am in New Mexico where I net meter. PNM and the regulators have an auto-lockout that I can't use my solar panels as backup at all. If instead I had a backup generator and an in-house switch then it would be an easy matter to use that generator for however much it could power. The TESLA system probably would function exactly like that.
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