Stories for Dec. 10, 2008

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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I have often wondered if Apple’s iPhone is primarily a U.S. phenomenon or if it’s having an impact overseas, too. Earlier this morning, when Google released its Zeitgest, I conducted an unscientific comparison, though it doesn’t take into account actual sales of the devices. My logic […] Read more »

When you absolutely must have a full-sized keyboard to use when you’re out and about you might want to look at the Atek OnBoard Travel Keyboard.  The Atek is a full-sized keyboard that sits in a sliding cover that the company says lets you "get more […] Read more »

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TruPhone just last week released an iPod Touch application that allows for VoIP calls on the device using Wi-Fi and also has such an app for the iPhone. But this morning the company has pushed out an app that allows iPhone users to make VoIP calls […] Read more »

An unheralded new feature Apple quietly added to OS X 10.5 Leopard is the ability to create, expand, or shrink hard drive partitions without erasing the entire drive. Several third-party applications can repartition drives as well, but it is a function that had never previously been […] Read more »

This week, the Supreme Court is hearing a case, Entergy v. Riverkeeper, that will decide how big a factor cost is when it comes to utilities’ compliance with the Clean Water Act. Power plants, after all, use local water supplies to cool their facilities, which can […] Read more »

Hulu. Fancast. Sling.com. Joost. Veoh. These are all video portals trying to be the one-stop online shop for you to enjoy every bit of TV network content. Despite this crowded field of heavy hitters, First on Mars is throwing its hat into the premium content ring […] Read more »

The O2 website is now offering a unique Windows Mobile 6.1-based clamshell device that has some decent specs.  The O2 Xda Flint has a detachable keyboard, 5-inch VGA touchscreen, 624 MHz processor, ATI graphics, 16 GB internal flash memory, 3 MP camera, quadband radios and integrated […] Read more »

Today Amazon launched its Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) in Europe, where it joins Amazon’s CloudFront and Simple Storage Service (S3) as an option for European developers. This means companies using Amazon Web Services can host the data and run their applications in Europe, rather than hosting […] Read more »

According to the Wall Street Journal,  telecommunications equipment maker Nortel is talking to lawyers about its strategy, including filing for bankruptcy.  This is grim news for the vendor and the industry at large. Nortel has a lot of debt ($4.5 billion as of the last quarter), […] Read more »

Bebo, a social network that was acquired by Time Warner’s AOL division for a whopping $850 million, today launched an effort that allows its users to aggregate various social web services into a brand-new home page. The Bebo service, which is popular in overseas markets and […] Read more »

When Congress passed $18 billion in national renewable-energy tax credits in October, it also approved a provision allowing utilities to take advantage of the credits for the first time. That led to wide speculation among solar insiders that utilities would be entering the industry en masse […] Read more »

Stories for Dec. 9, 2008

Boston Power, a 3-year-old startup that makes rechargeable lithium-ion batteries for laptops, has secured a major laptop customer: Hewlett Packard. Under terms of the deal, HP will sell Boston Power’s more energy-efficient, longer-lasting batteries as a premium upgrade for its laptops. Boston Power wouldn’t divulge how […] Read more »

My friend Esme Vos, who runs Mapplr, emailed to let me know that she was having problems with Google Maps, which she has been using as an engine to power her mapped social guides. Others have complained about similar problems on the Google Maps Discussion Board. […] Read more »

As cloud computing moves beyond startups and attracts enterprise users, major software vendors are being forced to reckon with a new challenge to their current pricing models. Much like the emergence of software as a service has caused many large software vendors to evaluate existing licensing […] Read more »

BrightSource Energy has contracted Siemens to build a 123-megawatt solar-powered turbine generator for its massive Mojave Desert solar-thermal projects, the Oakland, Calif.-based startup announced today. Having raised more than $160 million (including$115 million from Google.org, BP, and other big investors in Series C financing last May) […] Read more »

Having finally settled with book publishers about scanning and indexing hundreds of thousands of books, Google (NSDQ: GOOG) has set its sigh… Read more »

In a call today outlining Sun Microsystem’s cloud computing efforts, David Douglas, SVP of Sun’s cloud computing business  and Lew Tucker, Sun’s CTO, said the server and software vendor believes that there will be multiple clouds tailored to specific industries, and that more than one or […] Read more »

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