Stories for Jan. 5, 2009

As part of a CES related briefing, I was turned on to a product Motorola is pushing that combines a CDMA femotocell with a software-based phone and a digital picture frame. The femotocell will connect with a user’s existing broadband connection and boost cellular coverage in […] Read more »

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Growing support for nuclear energy in the U.S. has hinged on three key arguments in recent years: It offers a carbon-free alternative to coal; a domestic alternative to petroleum; and a supposedly cheaper, more reliable alternative to renewable sources like wind and solar. But according to […] Read more »

With literally hundreds of events, presentations, keynotes and parties, it can be pretty hard to keep up with everything you’d like to see and do at Macworld this year. But fear not, this year, TheAppleBlog has teamed up with SCHED to bring you the Macworld SCHED. […] Read more »

Online workers usually don’t receive an automatic raise from clients. But this doesn’t mean that we aren’t entitled to one from time to time. Raising your rates is one of the many ways you can go a step further on your personal career ladder. But with people throwing around the words “downturn” and “layoffs”, is this really possible? I believe it is, and here are seven simple things we can do to make it happen. Read more »

We first ran into the fancy floral Vivienne Tam Edition Mini 1000 from HP a few months ago.  It is certainly an eye-catching netbook no question.  Judie at Gear Diary has received one of these little jewels and has posted an unboxing ceremony to show off […] Read more »

The good news is that with the keynote almost upon us, the Mac community has switched primarily from crying about Jobs not giving the keynote to instead focusing on the usual rumors and speculation. This is as it should be. I’ve written about what I think […] Read more »

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MSI is entering the world of thin-and-light notebooks with the announcement of the X-Slim 320.  Bigger than the Wind netbook for which they are famous, the 320 has a 13.4-inch screen encased in a very thin body.  The 320 is available with two battery sizes, 4 […] Read more »

The Conservative Party in the UK is ringing in the new year with a call to boost funding for clean technology startups, create cleantech incubators across the country and establish a Low Carbon Index for publicly-traded companies on the London Stock Exchange and the LSE’s Alternative […] Read more »

Comcast, which got in trouble with the FCC for its P2P-throttling approach to network management, has now completed its plan that deals with bandwidth hogs by slowing all broadband traffic for heavy Internet users during times of network congestion. The nation’s largest cable provider has posted […] Read more »

I was walking ’round the Moscone Center this morning after I snagged my media badge and noticed a guy sitting at the entrance to the Moscone Center. I inquired. Nick Lensander (of The MacTips Podcast) was, and currently still is, the first and only guy in […] Read more »

Xobni, a San Francisco-based maker of software for email services, has raised $7 million in fresh funding led by Cisco Systems. Existing investors Khosla Ventures, First Round Capital, Baseline Ventures and Atomico also invested in this round of founding. In a blog posting, the company said […] Read more »

I’ve been looking for ways to better distribute my business contact information to others without the use of the traditional paper business card. Sure, I have really enjoyed handing out my varied and conversation-starting Moo cards at events, however, I’m often caught without my cards and […] Read more »

Here in the U.S., the first 3D movie trailer will be shown at some point during the Super Bowl. If you can’t find funky red-and-blue glasses in time for that, maybe the Minoru 3D Webcam package will suffice. Priced at $89.95 for pre-order, this webcam offers […] Read more »

Home on the Carbon-Offsetting Range: Rangeland sequestration projects, which involve paying landowners to trap carbon dioxide underground by keeping grass unmowed, are on the cusp of a major boom. — Scientific American DOE Unveils Marine Energy Database: The U.S. Department of Energy released a new searchable […] Read more »

Roku announced today that it will be adding Amazon’s Video On Demand streaming service to its set-top box as the company moves beyond just being the Netflix player. The new Amaz-oku service will be available “beginning in early 2009.” From the press release: Amazon Video On […] Read more »

We’ve discussed the attraction of using paper planners in the past. Even though web workers have access to all sorts of cool to-do list and other planning applications on the web, there are times when getting everything down on paper is the best way to keep […] Read more »

Sports car maker Lotus plans to enter the electric vehicle race, CEO Michael Kimberley told the Financial Times last week. “Don’t be surprised to see an electric Lotus shortly,” he said, adding that a concept version could debut as early as March, at Geneva’s International Motor […] Read more »

From HDTV to 3-D TV; big TV manufacturers like Panasonic, Samsung and Texas Instruments are rolling out 3D-capable sets at CES this week. (The LA Times) Consumers to Cut Back on High-Tech Product Purchases; Forrester Research survey finds 51 percent of respondents saying they will spend […] Read more »

I see that James already shared the kit that works for him, so I’ll briefly explain what I’m taking and why. My bag will surely be lighter as two items James is bringing aren’t necessary for the way I work, which underscores a fact we often […] Read more »

I suppose it’s just the price you pay for having created such a powerful brand, but Steve Jobs has been forced to publicly deal with rumors about his health once again, and this time he’s had to give details about dealings with his doctor. In order […] Read more »

Focused on the cloud as we are, we haven’t paid much attention to Marketcircle’s Daylite. It’s a desktop PIM/CRM (Mac only) and it’s not cheap ($149). Now the company is getting ready to introduce Daylite Touch, a companion product that allows for over-the-air sync of calendar, […] Read more »

I came across this very interesting BusinessWeek article by Stephen Baker last week, which discusses how willing we are to do free work online, without even trying to receive monetary compensation for our efforts. Instead, he argues, we’re looking for different kinds of payback. The non-monetary […] Read more »

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