Stories for Mar. 3, 2009

Sixtron Advanced Materials, a company that has developed an anti-reflective coating system for solar cells, said Tuesday that one of the world’s top three solar-cell-manufacturing-equipment suppliers has agreed to buy multiple coating systems with the aim of making all of its manufacturing lines “Sixtron compatible.” The […] Read more »

It was just in January that the folks who produce the Eye-Fi SD memory/ WiFi card announced a new product, but they aren’t sitting still.  The new Eye-Fi cards bump the memory up to 4 GB to help handle all of that HD video you might […] Read more »

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http://www.youtube.com/v/OiKohfeEHEk&color1=0xb1b1b1&color2=0xcfcfcf&hl=en&feature=player_embedded&fs=1 Last week, word started to leak that ASUS was planning an Eee PC Shell netbook. Sure enough, they’ve just unveiled it at CeBIT and it sports the 1008HA moniker. Like others in the Eee PC 1000-line, this device offers a 10-inch display. What makes it […] Read more »

The Airport Extreme and Time Capsule were updated today with some new features that, while they don’t change the basic capabilities of the devices, do make them more flexible. Both devices now offer “guest networking” and simultaneous dual-band networks. All of the new features apply equally […] Read more »

Raise money, or sell your assets. Those are the options many solar companies are facing these days as looming oversupply and the global economic crisis threaten to shake out the sector. Today, solar service provider SunEdison said it managed to close a $20 million deal with […] Read more »

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One of the dangers of web working is that of getting stuck in a rut. Not that people working in traditional settings aren’t also affected by this professional pitfall. In fact, web workers are probably better off than most because more decisions about how and where […] Read more »

Prepaid phone company MetroPCS says it hopes to deploy LTE, the next-generation wireless standard, beginning in 2010, according to Tom Keys, chief operating officer of the company. Keys spoke with me at the MetroPCS headquarters today in Richardson, Texas. While he couldn’t lay out a definite […] Read more »

Gina Trapani, formerly of Lifehacker, now has her own great site/ blog Smarterware.  I’ve been following Gina since she moved, and she always has good information to share with us all.  She recently asked her Twitter buddies if they owned a netbook, and if so, what […] Read more »

After months and months of waiting, the new Mac mini turns out to be exactly what all the rumors said it was going to be — the same exterior design with some changes to the ports on the back. And while the visible changes are fairly […] Read more »

TiVo Lost 125,000 Subs in Latest Quarter; total number of subs is now at 3.34 million, roughly the same April of 2005 (see TiVo’s subscriber chart at TV by the Numbers). Amidst the slow death of its hardware business, TiVo has struck separate deals with Alticast, […] Read more »

Energy management startup Tendril thinks consumers will want to control their home energy consumption via their cell phone. The Boulder, Colorado-based company already has an iPhone application, but at the DEMO conference this afternoon Tendril CEO Adrian Tuck plans to show off a mobile application called […] Read more »

eSolar, a startup that claims to leverage algorithms and software to bring down the cost of solar power thermal plants, has signed its second licensing and investment deal in as many weeks. These deals prove promising for the startup as the company has been pretty quiet […] Read more »

It’s true that Twilio just named successful Silicon Valley prognosticators Founders Fund and Mitchell Kapor as initial investors, but the real Twilio story lies in its infrastructure. Or rather, its lack of infrastructure. The San Francisco-based startup hosts all the computing functions of its web developer-friendly […] Read more »

Apple has announced a number of updates today, including a considerable refresh to their professional desktop line, the Mac Pro. Utilizing the Intel “Nehalem” Xeon processors and a next-generation system architecture, the new machines deliver up to twice the performance of the previous generation system. Philip […] Read more »

Update: OStatic talks to Flock CEO Shawn Hardin who says that the company “will continue to make architectural decisions that balance what’s best for our users and what’s best for Flock as a business.” Flock, the four-year-old Redwood City, Calif.-based browser maker, according to a report […] Read more »

Folks in the UK and other countries have had some playtime with the Samsung NC20, but here in the U.S., we’re just in the ordering stage. LAPTOP Magazine just received the Korean version of the NC20 and provides a quick, walk-around video tour of the device. […] Read more »

Last year Andy Plesser of Beet.TV started hosting a series of intimate roundtable discussions with influential online video people. We’ve sadly never been able to attend one until today, so I’m honored to help moderate the latest lineup, coming together at Adobe’s San Francisco office from […] Read more »

Just when you though Slumdog Millionaire had won every award, and topped every list — BAM! — it pulls out another victory. The Oscar-winner was the Most Pirated Movie on BitTorrent for the week ending March 1 according to TorrentFreak. Yeah! That is definitely going on […] Read more »

As the post-credit bubble world adjusts to deal with pre-bubble deals, Terra Firma has written off half the value of its Read more »

We all have those crazy ideas that we really want to make happen, and they sound like a great idea for a brief period of time until we talk ourselves out of them. I will admit to having a few wild ideas on my web worker […] Read more »

Conventional wisdom says now is a great time to start a business, but the economic reality makes such a prospect a daunting one. Funding — be it in the form of credit-card debt, personal loans or venture capital — is scarce, and leaving any sort of […] Read more »

After much anticipation, Amazon VOD finally landed on the Roku player this morning, expanding the capabilities of the $99 set-top box beyond Netflix. Roku owners will have access to Amazon’s VOD library of more than 40,000 titles, including the ability to purchase or rent new release […] Read more »

It’s hard to trust, or even learn more about, carbon offset projects that make a certain event or product so-called carbon neutral. But a variety of startups are developing software and online tools to help make the process more transparent. One such company, eFormic, launched a […] Read more »

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