Stories for Feb. 13, 2009

We here at TheAppleBlog have posted a fair bit about Smule and their iPhone/iPod touch applications. Their apps are a bit off the wall (which seems like a winner in the App Store), but pack a lot of potential under the hood (as I indicated here). […] Read more »

Automakers around the world may be feeling the pain of the global credit crunch, but some big car companies and their suppliers are expressing confidence in the future of hybrid and electric vehicles. French auto parts maker Valeo said today it’s teaming up with fellow French […] Read more »

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Back in November I was quite impressed with Flypaper, a Windows application that lets you create, manage and reuse Flash content. With version 2.0 the Flypaper team brings many enhancements to an already-strong product. The interface isn’t radically different but there are usability tweaks. It’s now […] Read more »

Next week, while most Americans are lounging about in honor of President’s Day, the people responsible for your mobile phones, netbooks and cellular networks will converge on Barcelona for the Mobile World Congress trade show. Check back on Monday for clues as to what type of […] Read more »

MoTR 162 is 27 minutes long and is a 24.7 MB file in MP3 format. CLICK HERE to download the file and listen directly. HOSTS: James Kendrick (Houston), Matthew Miller (Seattle) and Kevin C. Tofel (Philadelphia) TOPICS: Matt has his own economic stimulus plan Amazon Kindle […] Read more »

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We’ve already heard of efforts to port Android to netbooks — but today it appears another, more important milestone has been reached. Moto Labs says it has succeeded in porting Android to E Ink display screens. E Ink is an electronic paper display technology with a paper-like, high-contrast appearance, ultra-low-power consumption and a thin, light form; Moto Labs has developed a way to marry Android to the E Ink development kit. And while the fruits of this labor won’t show up in a commercial product for some 12-18 months, it’s still big, big news. Read more »

Biofuel developer Changing World Technologies has withdrawn its filing for an initial public offering, making it even more unlikely that we’ll see any cleantech startups debut on the public markets this year. The West Hempstead, N.Y.-based company’s share sale was expected to price this week, but […] Read more »

Even Porn Companies Hate Internet Pirates; adult industry hit hard by free alternatives, DVD sales and rentals reportedly down 22 percent. (The Wrap) Premium Content Boosts Traffic; In January, the site tripled its uniques over December while streams rose 13-fold. (TVWeek) Uwe Boll Turns to […] Read more »

If you live in the Boston area, you could be forgiven for thinking that the Comcast DVR with TiVo service had just launched. While highway billboards and newspaper ads tout the “new” offering, in fact it’s been available here for more than a year — and the […] Read more »

The “month of Google” continues today with mobile editing of spreadsheets in Google Docs. Now don’t hit up your handset expecting to modify present value equations or anything complex but you can view, edit, sort, and filter data in a Google Docs spreadsheet. Google is currently […] Read more »

Cellulosic Ethanol Ready for Prime Time (Really): Cellulosic ethanol has been “five years from commercialization” for so long that even ethanol company POET’s research director admits it has become a joke. Now he and a crew of scientists say it’s for real. — Christian Science Monitor […] Read more »

It’s hard to know what you’re going to need of your office when you’re first starting out, so I asked some fellow WWD bloggers and my Twitter followers what tips they might give to people setting up a home office. Here’s what I learned. Read more »

Good times or bad, the trash still needs to be picked up. But as Waste Management Inc.’s earnings report showed this week, the business of managing waste and recycling isn’t exactly recession-proof. The slowdown is hitting its recycling business particularly hard. Waste Management said its revenue […] Read more »

Not too long ago, I posted about BookGlutton, a service which allowed for online collaborative reading. You could also upload your own work, but that wasn’t the main focus of the site. Smashwords, on the other hand, is a web site devoted to self-publishing. It doesn’t […] Read more »

When the Sony Vaio P started shipping to customers it became clear that the U.S. version of the little notebook wasn’t using its technology fully.  Sony has put the Gobi technology into the Vaio P, which makes it theoretically capable of working with just about every […] Read more »

The House and Senate held a pre-Valentine’s Day love fest last night and produced a compromise stimulus package; the two houses must now approve the conference bill, after which it would be sent to the president. For details on the full $789 billion plan, you can […] Read more »

I was recently introduced to the Drobo box. If you’re not familiar with it, simply put, it’s the ultimate home backup server. For $400, you get a BeyondRAID array that can support up to 4 simultaneous drives, and caps at 16TB. Even cooler is the ability […] Read more »

Carbon capture and storage technology has barely left the trial stage — let alone be proven as safe or effective at commercial scale. But according to a new report from Emerging Energy Research, the industry could be “well-positioned” for commercialization by 2016 if demonstration projects go […] Read more »

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