Stories for Jan. 6, 2009

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Durham, N.C.-based Cree, maker of light-emitting diodes (LEDs), will soon illuminate a wing of the Pentagon that’s now undergoing renovations. Defense Department officials signed an agreement today for the company to supply more than 4,200 recessed LED fixtures for part of the Pentagon called Wedge 5. […] Read more »

Plustek is introducing a not-so-mobile scanner that actually does have a mobile aspect. The BookReader V100 actually does read books for you, but it won’t write a book report for you. Sorry, kids! This $699 scanner takes print content and applies OCR, or Optical Character Recognition, […] Read more »

IBM readies free Symphony productivity suite for Mac. [OStatic] How to get paid better in 2009. [WebWorkerDaily] Adobe marches into your TV. [NewTeeVee] Scan and turn books into audio files. [jkOnTheRun] Skype 2.8 Beta Goes Live. It is Good. [theAppleBlog] Smart grid could create 280,000 smart […] Read more »

iMovie ’09 adds powerful, yet easy-to-use new features to let you create a movie quickly, or add refinements and special effects to your project if you have more time. There are a whole host of new features, each of which can aid in the quest to […] Read more »

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Freelancers take pride in their independence.  But no matter how independent you think you are, you’ll need to work with a team and handle your difficult clients well.  Sometimes, the work can be so overwhelming that you think you’re left with no choice except to find […] Read more »

GarageBand ’09, the updated version of Apple’s popular software used by millions to play and record music, now gives budding musicians a fun new way to learn to play piano and guitar. Basic Lessons Basic Lessons let you learn the fundamentals at your own pace with […] Read more »

Well, the Macworld keynote has come and gone, and we received a lot of new software from Apple, but not too much on the hardware side. In fact, the long-awaited missing unibody MacBook Pro is the only machine to come out of the event. But it […] Read more »

One of the early treats of Macworld this year is the release of a new Skype beta which boasts some big improvements over the existing stable release. The beta was demoed during ShowStoppers yesterday at the Macworld trade show, and released today for public download. Among […] Read more »

When reviewing the work of the American sketch comedy duo Dave & Tom, there’s an elephant in the room that needs to be addressed. It’s nigh impossible to discuss Dave & Tom without invoking England’s mighty Monty Python. It’s not simply that David Beeler and Tom […] Read more »

SundaySky, an automated video services startup, announced this week that it has raised $8 million in a Series A round led by Carmel Ventures and Globespan Capital. SundaySky’s video platform creates a customized template for a company such as an e-commerce site to create videos. Once […] Read more »

If I had to name one collaboration application that I to use on an almost daily basis, with the exception of Google Docs, my answer would be Cisco’s WebEx. A lot of companies make pitches to me using WebEx. Despite its patchy performance on the Mac, […] Read more »

Unveiled this morning at the Macworld Expo in San Francisco, the new 17-inch MacBook Pro is part of what Apple is calling “the world’s greenest family of notebooks.” Is it just a ploy to keep Greenpeace’s Green My Apple groupies off its back? Not completely. This […] Read more »

It wasn’t quite the same lively Macworld keynote without Steve Jobs, but it looks like self-deprecating Phil Schiller, Apple’s VP of worldwide product marketing, did an admirable job of introducing a whole slew of products, including the new Macbook Pro (17-inch version) and the new DRM […] Read more »

Despite a significant drop cleantech startups investments in the fourth quarter, 2008 still delivered a record level of investment for the cleantech industry, according to two reports out recently. According to the Cleantech Group’s preliminary results for the fourth quarter of 2008, $1.7 billion was put […] Read more »

Today, Clearwire unveiled the WiMAX network in Portland, Ore., that we covered last month. Portland is the first city to get WiMAX service under the Clear brand since Clearwire closed its WiMAX spectrum merger with Sprint last month. Portland joins Baltimore, Md., as Clearwire’s only pure […] Read more »

I didn’t make many New Year’s resolutions this year. I cut out all those destined to fail, and instead focused on some that I have at least a little hope of achieving. A lot were work related, and one in particular applies primarily to web work. […] Read more »

We’ve made it in to the keynote, have decent seats, and currently really solid W-Fi. Crossing our fingers that the Wi-Fi (and our batteries) will stick around. The vibe here is update and people are handing out “Bring Steve Jobs Back” apple-shaped flyers. We’re not planning […] Read more »

I’m at the Macworld keynote in San Francisco to see if Apple releases any video-related products. Which, if it’s smart, it will… First up: New version of iMovie ’09 being released. People missed the features from before when iMovie was completely rewritten last year. But they’ve […] Read more »

Israel’s strikes into Gaza continue apace, and news stories are pointing out that the conflict is being fought online as well — Twitter, YouTube and hacking web sites are playing a role, as ways to get information out of the country and dispense propaganda. There’s no […] Read more »

Adobe and Broadcom Corporation announced today that Flash will be integrated into Broadcom’s latest digital television and set-top box system-on-a-chip platforms. The partnership will make it easier to watch web video on your TV, and comes one day after Adobe announced a similar chip partnership with […] Read more »

Mobile start up AppLoop has closed down, citing both financial and legal reasons for its demise a short five months after its launch in June… Read more »

A new energy-efficient infrastructure could be coming to the U.S. with the new administration, and up to 280,000 new jobs could be created from the deployment of smart grid technology alone. That’s according to a report released today by the GridWise Alliance, a smart grid industry […] Read more »

The North of England seems to be a hotbed of coworking with not only major cities such as Manchester and Leeds hosting multiple, vibrant coworking communities, but smaller towns such as Huddersfield and Bradford now beginning to enter the field. Options are available for web workers […] Read more »

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