Stories for Jan. 9, 2009

[qi:032] President-elect Barack Obama is asking Congress to delay the transition that will force the nation’s TV broadcasts to switch from analog to digital signals. Depending on how long the delay is, it could affect the deployment of several services destined for the spectrum currently occupied […] Read more »

Intel solar spinoff SpectraWatt has put its plans to build a factory in Hillsboro, Ore., on hold after being unable to get enough financing, The Oregonian reported this week. CEO Andrew Wilson told the newspaper that SpectraWatt is searching for an existing building that it could […] Read more »

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Well, well, well. After all of the brouhaha over the “netbook” term, we found out that Coby filed a trademark application for just that. Yet, they company claimed they wouldn’t be producing such a device. Funny how Engadget eye-spied a row of Coby-branded netbooks, eh? I’ve […] Read more »

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Stories for Jan. 8, 2009

The pain the recession is currently causing for the semiconductor industry has been well documented, but it may also escalate tensions between chip equipment vendors and their customers. An ongoing debate over the need to invest in the next cycle of manufacturing plants has pitted equipment […] Read more »

Solar firms dominated cleantech investments in 2008 — will the sector continue its stranglehold on VC dollars in 2009? Well, solar funding is off to a promising start. On Friday SolFocus, which builds solar power plants that concentrate the sun’s rays onto photovoltaics, will announce it […] Read more »

Online video viewing continues to surge, but the ad dollars flowing into the space still aren’t scaling accordingly. Panelists at the Reinve… Read more »

Nokia (NYSE: NOK) said today it is no longer producing its only WiMax device — the N810 edition handheld tablet — striking another blow fo… Read more »

Today, after a nearly year-long delay, Palm announced WebOS, a brand-new web-centric mobile operating system, and the Palm Pre, its first WebOS-powered device. With this twin release Palm hopes to stage a comeback in the mobile business. But while most gadget gurus seem to be quite taken with the newest shiniest object, I remain highly skeptical of Palm’s chance to succeed with this new effort. Read more »

Pandora 2.0 Comes to the App Store – Everyone’s favorite internet radio app gets a major upgrade today. Cover flow is introduced, and an improved recommendation engine. Us here in Canada are still out of luck. There’s also other new features, but I’m too bitter and […] Read more »

Sling Media, Inc. have announced at Macworld that they are working on a version of SlingPlayer Mobile for the iPhone. Demonstrations are being given at the conference, and the software would seem to be in the later stages of development. The software provides a way to […] Read more »

We were all over the Palm keynote and introduction of the Palm Pre smartphone running the new Web OS.  We have a few pics we can now share with you from that presentation.  We expect to have a hands-on session with the Pre to share soon. Read more »

Free online meeting applications, such as Yugma, which I wrote about yesterday, have gotten very powerful in recent years, but they still don’t do all the cool things they could do. Few of them offer any sophisticated way to deal with video, especially high-definition video, and […] Read more »

This morning I met with Edward Coloma from ThinkFree, developers of the ThinkFree Office suite. Back in October, the company introduced a demo of the productivity suite specifically for netbooks and today the company showed me the software running on Qualcomm-based hardware. They’re looking to have […] Read more »

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