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Everything old is new again as demand response comes to real estate with Blueprint Power

Real estate developers and their properties are getting an opportunity to cash in on power management and surplus energy production thanks to a new company called Blueprint Power . It’s a new twist on an old idea dating back to the first clean tech boom based on ideas of demand response and power management. Companies like EnerNOC and Comverge, pitched ways for manufacturers to make money by reducing power consumption during times of peak demand and getting paid for it by energy companies. In the wake of the massive blackout that hit the U.S. in the early 2000s and decades of concerns around failing energy infrastructure in the U.S., the notion of having some way to respond more flexibly to changes in demand from the grid seemed to make sense. Now, as more residential and commercial buildings install actually renewable generation capacity and have more robust digital networks, these buildings can themselves become power generators or local points for gird power management — all in an effort to make the grid more responsive, according to a statement from Blueprint. The company’s pitch was able to compel investors including Congruent Ventures, MetaProp Partners, Fred Wilson and Brad Burnham to throw $3.5 million to the company. The company’s founding investors, Lennar and Fifth Wall Ventures also returned with new investors including Hanwha Energy subsidiary, 174 Power ; Urban.us , and URBAN-X (an accelerator backed by BMW and the Mini Cooper. According to a statement from the company, the business uses by monitoring onsite demand and measuring the output from onsite renewable power assets like solar panels, any energy storage devices, waste heat product, fuel cells and load balancing or controllable load features. Additional software to monitor pricing allows the company to dynamically pitch energy sources to the various markets that would need it. “Until very recently, buildings were not able to proactively sell excess energy capacity in the same way that traditional power plants do,” said Robyn Beavers, the chief executive of Blueprint Power, and a former vice president of innovation at Lennar and an assistant to the founders of Google Inc. — the search engine giant that is now a subsidiary of Alphabet .  “Now in states like New York they can. We are helping buildings connect to and transact in these markets in a scalable way.”

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Tom Hardy’s ‘Venom’ has a lot to say in his new trailer

The latest trailer for Sony’s Venom  delivers the most extensive look yet at the superpowered title character played by Tom Hardy. The film’s first teaser focused on Hardy and the other human cast members, with no footage of the actual alien “symbiote” (basically, it’s a sentient costume with a bad attitude). When we actually got to see Venom a few months later, some people were really into it.  This new trailer goes even further than those previous glimpses of oozing CGI skin and enormous fangs — it’s got big Venom action scenes and even a full-on, joke-y symbiote monologue. Venom was created by David Michelinie and Todd McFarlane (who drew on previous storylines about the symbiote costume). He started out as Spider-Man’s enemy, and that’s the role he filled on-screen a decade ago in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3 . But — as is often the case with comic book characters — Spider-Man and Venom have sometimes shifted into being uneasy allies, and it looks like the new movie will focus on Venom as an antihero rather than outright bad guy. Venom is directed by Zombieland ‘s Ruben Fleischer, with an impressive cast that also includes Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed and Jenny Slate. By the way, you may have noticed “In Association With Marvel” card at the beginning the trailer. That’s a little hint at the film’s convoluted connection to the Marvel Cinematic Universe: While a deal between Sony (which controls the film rights to Spider-Man and associated characters) and Disney/Marvel allowed the studios to collaborate on Spider-Man: Homecoming , Venom is meant to kick off a new cinematic universe  for Sony, built around Spider-Man’s supporting characters like Black Cat and Silver Sable .

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First Aquaman Movie Trailer Released – Ubergizmo

Ubergizmo First Aquaman Movie Trailer Released Ubergizmo DC fans have been anxiously waiting for the first Aquaman trailer to arrive and the wait is finally over for them. DC has released the first Aquaman movie trailer which shows that there's going to be plenty of action in the upcoming superhero movie. YouTube HTML5 Video Player YouTube all 708 news articles »

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Best Amazon Prime Day 2018 Gaming Hardware / Accessory Deals (US) – GameSpot

Forbes Best Amazon Prime Day 2018 Gaming Hardware / Accessory Deals (US) GameSpot Today kicks off Amazon Prime Day, a 36-hour event with deals that the retailer touts rivaling even Black Friday. While you're hunting down the best deals in games and movies and lawnmowers or whatever, we've been scouring for the best accessories and ... Amazon Prime Day's grand finale deals you don't want to miss — here are the best ones Business Insider Amazon 'Prime Day' 2018: The Best PC Gaming Deals On Laptops, GPUs, Monitors, Keyboards And More Forbes Amazon Prime Day 2018: best gaming deals Polygon Game Revolution all 3,814 news articles »

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‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ director Peyton Reed on following ‘Infinity War’

If you watch Ant-Man and the Wasp hoping for clues to the aftermath of Avengers: Infinity War , you’ll probably be disappointed: Although the just-released film coming out a few months after Infinity War , Ant-Man and the Wasp  actually takes place earlier, and it’s focused almost entirely on the personal struggles of its heroes. In fact, after Infinity War , there was at least one article wondering, “ How the hell are we supposed to care about Ant-Man and the Wasp now? ” In other words, after you’ve watched armies of Marvel heroes battling for the fate of the universe, how can you care about an adventure that takes place earlier, with a mere two superheroes? Peyton Reed, director of both Ant-Man films, told me he wasn’t worried about the stakes feeling too low. There’s some precendent, after all, with Ant-Man came out a few months after Avengers: Age of Ultron . “That really is part of the Ant-Man movies — the stakes are really high … they’re just personal stakes,” Reed said. “You know it’s not a gigantic, genocidal villain like Infinity War . On that level, we don’t want to top Thanos.” Instead, Reed said these films have “very different storytelling ambitions,” and in fact his hope is that they have “the most personal tone” of the Marvel films. At the same time, it’s also a sequel, and the 20th (!) film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Asked how he approaches the audience when you’re this deep into a mega-franchise, Reed said, “I really just use myself the moviegoer, as a litmus test in terms of what they have and haven’t seen. At Marvel, no one wants to repeat themselves, no one wants to bore an audience.” One of the big changes from the first Ant-Man is right there in the title: Hope van Dyne (played by Evangeline Lilly) is no longer just assisting her father Hank Pym (Michael Douglas). Instead, she’s putting on her own costume, fighting crime directly and searching for her long-lost mother Janet (Michelle Pfeiffer). In many ways, Hope proves to be a more competent superhero than Scott Lang (Paul Rudd), who took on the mantle of Ant-Man in the previous film

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