Stories for Jan. 27, 2009

QuickBooks is a critical tool for many small businesses, and one of the more frustrating issues for switchers to figure out as they come to the Mac from a Windows PC. While the options for running QuickBooks on the Mac are improving in 2009, there are […] Read more »

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On the OStatic blog today I covered some of the early benchmarking results appearing for Release Candidate 1 of version 8 of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer browser.  The speed results from ZDNet Australia that I discussed there are corroborated by other testers, including DownloadSquad. Depending on which […] Read more »

You may not agree with all the tactics of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), but you gotta appreciate their online marketing moxie. The organization said it created the sexy “Veggie Love” ad to run during this weekend’s Super Bowl, only to have it […] Read more »

Tired of tinny-sounding speakers in notebooks? Some systems offer nice sound but most the netbooks and smaller notebooks I’ve used lately have me plugging in a decent headset. It’s challenging to find room for speakers when you have to cram in various ports, jacks and card […] Read more »

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If the rest of the country had followed California’s lead in supporting clean energy, improving efficiency, and creating green jobs, it might not be in the economic doldrums it’s in today. That’s the assertion made by venture capitalist F. Noel Perry, founder of the nonprofit policy […] Read more »

Project and Communication Manager Staction, which I reviewed back in September, dropped its beta tag today and has officially launched to the general public. You may recall that I was very smitten with Staction, particularly how the sparse interface (one page – two boxes) makes it […] Read more »

Break Media announced today it had formed an “internal development and production organization” called Creative Lab. But this is hardly the first time Break has gone down the original content route. Egg Drop Record Breakers – Watch more Free Videos Founded in 1998, Break has bought […] Read more »

Should eBay spin off Skype? While it’s a bad time for eBay to try and spin off it or anything else as the company tries to refocus itself and save its core franchise of online auctions, the answer to that question is yes. Armed with comments […] Read more »

[qi:083] On its earnings conference call today, Verizon says it still hopes to have LTE commercially available by the first half of 2010. Verizon President and COO Denny Strigl gave the time frame, and didn’t indicate that the four-month delay in accessing the 700 MHz spectrum […] Read more »

Getting cheaper solar power into the market isn’t just about making the solar cells more efficient at converting sunlight into energy, it’s also about streamlining the manufacturing. To that end, Israel’s BrightView Systems said it has raised $6 million in its first round of funding that […] Read more »

Prop 8 — The Musical Heading to Broadway; one-night only performance will be part of the Defying Inequality: The Broadway Concert benefit. (Variety) SAG Boots Doug Allen, its Executive Director and Chief Negotiator; move could signal a pull back from previous plans to call for strike […] Read more »

As everyone waits to find out how new Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz plans to resuscitate the struggling Internet giant, in the meantime, the stress of watching Yahoo bungle one thing after another — such as coming within inches of a merger with Microsoft, only to blow […] Read more »

Clean Car Subsidies Come to China: China’s central government plans to subsidize purchases of electric, hybrid and fuel-cell vehicles for public fleets in 13 cities. — Reuters Say It Isn’t So: A new study finds greenhouse gas levels expected by mid-century will produce 1,000 years of […] Read more »

It was the rejection heard ’round the world when Apple’s reviewers rejected the user-favorite Podcaster app, citing as the cause the fact that it duplicated functionality provided by Apple’s own software. That proved to be the case, but only after Apple released the 2.2 iPhone firmware […] Read more »

Verizon Communications reported fourth-quarter earnings this morning (see here for all the details), and it looks like FiOS is gaining momentum. The company added 303,000 FiOS TV subscribers in the fourth quarter and almost 1 million in 2008, bringing the total to 1.9 million out of 9.2 million […] Read more »

“Opel Ampera.” That’s what GM’s German subsidiary, Opel, has named the European version of the Chevy Volt. Using the same electric propulsion system that appears in the Volt, Opel — which just a few months ago SolarWorld was speculated to want to buy and turn into […] Read more »

Everything you ever wanted to know about Smart Grids. (Earth2Tech) What went wrong with OLPC. (OStatic) Does Apple’s new multitouch patent mean end game for others? (jkOnTheRun) Cheap ways to stay entertained during the downturn. (NewTeeVee) How to learn from unfulfilled goals. (WebWorkerDaily) When it comes […] Read more »

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