Stories for Jan. 29, 2009

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Our daily “Mobile Tech Minutes” video feature has truly been a treat for us. We started these very short segments last week and we’re thrilled with the community response. You can’t keep everyone happy all of the time, but we strive for keeping most people happy […] Read more »

I just got back from Nvidia’s Austin office, where I saw a demo PC running the ION platform that marries a GeForce 9400 GPU with the more powerful of the Intel Atom processors. ION seemed like a sweet deal when Nvidia launched it in December, and seems […] Read more »

It’s been a heady few months. The updates to iWork ’09 and iLife ’09 have, for the most part, been as impressive and inspiring as we’ve come to expect from Apple. I upgraded both suites the very second I could. I can’t tell you how much […] Read more »

It’s not just cars that are getting a cleantech makeover in Michigan; buses are getting a shot at cleaning up, too. Troy, Mich.-based Fisher Coachworks has raised $3.2 million for its new lightweight plug-in hybrid buses, according to a regulatory filing found by peHub. Hybrid buses […] Read more »

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Ausra Scales Back Solar Plans: Solar startup Ausra has abandoned plans to build massive solar-thermal power plants in favor of smaller, cheaper units because of a lack of financing. — CNET’s Green Tech More Money, More Problems?: Congress plans to put $10 billion or more in […] Read more »

I noted with interest the announcement of Measurement Lab, a partly Google-backed initiative to give Internet users and researchers free measurement tools that can help quantify what kinds of service they’re getting from ISPs, and much more. With all the arguments swirling about tiered broadband pricing, […] Read more »

“Must-have” might sound a little extreme, but Handy TaskMan certainly qualifies as a “you ought to try it”. Murray Alexander did just that and likes what he sees on his Symbian S60 device. The app is a full-featured smartphone Task Manager with several key functions. Press […] Read more »

SunPower saw its shares rally in after-hours trading Thursday after reporting better-than-expected earnings for the fourth quarter of 2008 and a so-so outlook for 2009. SunPower’s revenue in the quarter totaled $401 million, up 6 percent from the previous quarter and 79 percent higher than the […] Read more »

Earlier this week, a new billboard (see below) went up across the street from my apartment building. Every morning on my way to the gym or Starbucks, the message (not the beer) winks at me, challenging my own personal belief system by asserting that perfection has […] Read more »

There, I feel better having said that.  I have the great opportunity to play with use a lot of different netbooks and notebooks and one of the common features that most share is the trackpad.  The trackpad is that small slippery little pad that replaces the […] Read more »

A number of the major online video services have added an HD option for video uploads, but which one is the best? CNET’s Josh Lowensohn did a really great round-up of HD services and determined YouTube to be the best. Even better, Lowensohn created this handy-dandy […] Read more »

With all the interest in Netbooks these days, many eyes are on Apple to see what kind of move they may make in this relatively new space. Some analysts believe that Netbooks are a risky idea for all PC makers, while others foster the belief that […] Read more »

In an inauspicious building on a strip of offices in Menlo Park, Calif., I recently met with the team behind ZeaChem, a 25-person startup that’s using a common microbe found in termite guts and regular soil to breakdown trees and plants into the next-generation of ethanol. […] Read more »

I grab a notebook and head out the door to work quite a bit and it seems that each time I do so I have to give pause and decide what gear to take with me.  On the one hand I usually have a netbook to […] Read more »

Earlier this week, we mentioned the new Moblin Alpha build for Netbooks. This is the mobile Linux platform that Intel is backing for Atom-based MIDs, but they’ve pushed the MID version back to 2010. Although the build is bare-bones, we’ll take a quick video look at […] Read more »

The economic downturn knocked the wind out of the handset market in the third and fourth quarters of 2008, resulting in shipments of 1.2 billion handsets for the year and overall growth of just 5.4 percent, according to data released today from ABI Research. And it’s […] Read more »

So it looks like San Jose, Calif., may not be getting the Tesla Motors Model S factory after all. While the Silicon Valley electric sports car maker said in September that it planned to build an assembly plant for its second-generation vehicle at an 89-acre plot […] Read more »

Users do not mind seeing double the number of ads — eight vs. four — interspersed in an online broadcast of an hour-long TV show, according to new research done by ABC.com. News of the study came during a panel discussion yesterday including Disney-ABC TV Group’s […] Read more »

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