Stories for Feb. 11, 2009

This morning, like every morning, I rolled out of bed to make a pot of coffee. Like I do every other morning, I fire up a netbook in the kitchen and catch up on the latest tech news. I hit the same few sites and aggregators […] Read more »

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[qi:056] When it comes to software, collaboration is the next big opportunity. It’s being driven by the proliferation of broadband connections, ubiquitous wireless connectivity and the distributed workforce. From Google to Cisco Systems to Microsoft — all are trying to make their way to the treasure. […] Read more »

Verizon Wireless today announced additions to its prepaid phone plans that seem a bit rich compared to prepaid plans already offered by Sprint’s Boost Mobile, Metro PCS  and Leap Wireless. Those plans cost $40 to $50 a month, while Verizon’s high-end plan costs subscribers $4 a […] Read more »

One of the perplexing limitations about MobileMe is its inability to sync birthdays in iCal to the iPhone and iPod touch. As you may already know, iCal can take birthdays from Address Book and add them into a special “Birthdays” calendar, which is really a subscription […] Read more »

A little while ago, I reviewed the service offered by GigPark, which was essentially a referrals network to help people find and share service providers. Qapacity is a new tool that works along the same lines, although it goes about it in a completely different way. […] Read more »

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Despite the fact that solar thermal companies like Ausra are pulling back on the business model of “bigger is better” solar farms, massive solar deals are still being done. This morning utility Southern California Edison says it’s reached an agreement on “the world’s largest solar deal” […] Read more »

Nuance Communications said today it’s offering an upgrade to its line of speech recognition software aimed at carriers and handset makers. The new software includes a combination of on-handset speech recognition and server-based transcription that means it can do far more than navigate an address book. […] Read more »

How Google’s PowerMeter will impact the smart meter business. (Earth2Tech) For independent film makers, the web doesn’t quite cut it. (NewTeeVee) The cold, hard truth about Apple’s App Store. (theAppleBlog) How to be more productive with GMail and new multiple inboxes. (WebWorkerDaily) Read more »

Like a lot of folks, I have been waiting for the chance to play with the Firefox Mobile browser, code-named Fennec, and a very early pre-Alpha (whatever that means) version is now available.  This early version has some caveats as it has only been released for […] Read more »

Archos has made a name for themselves making good Portable Media Players (PMPs) and when they recently announced they were entering the netbook space, we were looking forward to seeing their offering.  Laptop Magazine has reviewed the Archos 10 and done their typically good job putting […] Read more »

Google, with its billions in annual revenue and its constant noise about open standards and free access to information, is hard to ignore when it crashes into an unsuspecting industry. As cell phone companies, publishers, advertisers and software makers have all seen over the years, when […] Read more »

Stories for Feb. 10, 2009

LG knows that texting is big business, but they also know that most phones have lousy keyboards.  That’s why they are getting approval for the LG LBA-C300 Bluetooth Enabled QWERTY Card, a name bigger than the device.  The C300 is essentially a credit-card sized keyboard that […] Read more »

With the rise of superphones such as Apple’s iPhone, the BlackBerry Bold and Nokia’s E71 and N96 devices, we are at the cusp of a new era in which the mobile and the wired web converge. This convergence, when married to location-based services, would create a new real-time and highly contextual Internet experience. And it’s why for Facebook, which by merging the social network with your phone’s address book, integrates the mobile with the web seamlessly to provide a mobile experience with a higher degree of social relevance, the future is mobile. Read more »

At the TED Conference last week, I had the chance to sit down with a number of filmmakers. My first question, of course, was what were their web distribution and marketing plans for their next projects. And each one’s response was the same: traditional distribution models […] Read more »

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