Stories for Dec. 10, 2008

When it comes to the more energy-efficient, twisty-shaped compact fluorescent bulbs, consumers complain that fitting them into some lighting fixtures is difficult, that they’re inordinately fragile, and that they give off an unusual light. So how do you get regular Joes to buy up the greener […] Read more »

Yesterday, Skype announced the availability of two new beta clients for mobile phones: Skype for Windows Mobile 2.5 beta and a renamed Skype for Mobile, now called Skype Lite. While the new beta version of Skype for Windows Mobile basically provides improved call quality and stability […] Read more »

Upcoming Events Symbian S60 and Windows Mobile devices finally join the handset crowd capable of Street View in Google Maps for Mobile. Google Android, Apple’s iPhone and RIM’s BlackBerry platform have been enjoying this useful feature already, which offers street level imagery in supported locations. S60 and […] Read more »

Video blogging, or “vlogging,” is still finding itself as a medium, exploring its artistic, didactic and philosophical potential. Arguably, the format’s greatest laureate is a now-retired vlogger by the name of Ze Frank, who ran a daily vlog for a full year, building a sizable audience […] Read more »

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Does the Lenovo IdeaPad S10 netbook make your short list of portable device contenders? When we looked at the netbook, we liked what we saw: aside from the standard netbook features common to most, it offers a multi-touch trackpad, and the OneKey Rescue System that restores […] Read more »

It was only two months ago that Flickr unveiled a beta version of their mobile site optimized for iPhone and iPod touch users, but now it’s official. Compared to their previous mobile endeavor, this update of the site is nothing short of leaps and bounds ahead. […] Read more »

Fuel cell maker MTI Micro has a habit of making a lot of little announcements on its long march toward commercialization, which won’t happen til the end of 2009. The Albany, N.Y.-based company — a subsidiary of MTI — says this morning it has reached another […] Read more »

There are plenty of time-tracking applications out there; we’ve reviewed more than a few over the years. But that doesn’t mean that there’s no innovation left in the field. Case in point: BubbleTimer, which wants to make tracking your time into an effective time-management tool rather […] Read more »

Netgear threw a press event last night to show off some of the products it will be debuting at CES next month. Among them was its new set-top box, the EVA 9000 Digital Entertainer Elite, which, to my pleasant surprise, can stream HD YouTube videos to […] Read more »

With the end of year near, many small business owners start to think about what changes they can make that will make the upcoming year easier than the last. Whether it is reconciling accounts or cleaning up receivables, organizing the finances always seems to be high […] Read more »

During the last recession, eBay not only prospered but flourished — not so this time around. Over the past year, eBay has de-emphasized auctions and put more focus on “buy-it-now,” fixed-price sales. In some ways, the strategy makes sense. But the move away from the freewheeling bazaar and into tighter competition with the likes of Amazon has resulted in a drop in traffic. Read more »

[qi:___wimax] Next year, Verizon  subscribers in a few markets may be surfing the web at warp speed as the carrier said on Tuesday that it would begin deploying LTE next year — a year ahead of schedule. Several vendors had warned me that a U.S. carrier […] Read more »

Good news from Boston-Power today by way of Earth2Tech: the company is producing a lithium-ion battery that will offer a much longer lifespan. How much longer? A battery using Boston-Power’s Sonata technology will last three times longer before the recharge capacity begins to degrade. This doesn’t […] Read more »

Car Czar Candidates: The $15 billion auto industry bailout this close to being finalized calls for a new federal official to oversee restructuring, handle angry creditors, and wrangle Big Three CEOs earning $1 a year. Who’s best for the job? — Reuters UK Struggling to Meet […] Read more »

Bebo Relaunches With New Media Recommendations; new features include a tool that will suggest TV shows and web videos based on user preferences and friend data. (WSJ) Netflix News: Recommendations, Blu-Ray HD; For the second year in a row, no one wins $1 million for improving […] Read more »

As you do your holiday decorating this year, don’t forget to trick out your Mac, too. Fortunately, it’s a lot easier than hauling out heavy decorations or hanging 40 miles of outdoor lights in sub-zero temperatures. I am always amazed at the creative widgets people devise […] Read more »

When I was a freshman art student, there came a day when I realized that my favorite paint colors were running out.  The problem was that I didn’t have the money to replace them.  No ultramarine blue, cadmium yellows, or alizarin crimson.  I was stuck with […] Read more »

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