Stories for Jan. 16, 2009

[qi:004] Some days you read something that makes you go: What the…? I got that feeling when I read Peter Kafka’s report that Tweetdeck, one of the many Twitter desktop apps that use Adobe Air and has been downloaded 250,000 times, is getting just shy of half […] Read more »

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Despite my addiction to The Age of Empires (and the rest of the franchise), I’m not much of a gamer. Nevertheless, last year a friend of mine let me borrow his Nintendo Wii and after a couple of hours spent playing some of its simpler games, […] Read more »

Samsung Electronics, the world’s second-largest mobile phone company, the only profitable DRAM maker and the manufacturer of flat-screen televisions announced a reorganization that combines its consumer electronics businesses into one unit focused on gadgets from phones and televisions to home appliances, and a second unit that […] Read more »

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Advanced Data Centers (ADC) announced this morning a record-breaking “Savings by Design” award from the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD). Awards are great and all, and the company’s energy-saving designs have been much publicized. What’s actually interesting about this news is what ADC plans to do […] Read more »

Stories for Jan. 15, 2009

Cisco Systems chief technology officer, Padmasree Warrior, is on a very short list of candidates being considered for the job of U.S. CTO. She is on a short list that also includes Vivek Kundra, CTO of the government in Washington, D.C., according to BusinessWeek. Warrior, who […] Read more »

When the Big Three auto executives drove away from Capitol Hill last month, they left a trail of buzz about the electrification of the auto industry. GM’s plug-in hybrid Volt, which the company says will enter production in less than a year, and Chrysler’s proposed portfolio […] Read more »

The new push by television set makers to introduce Internet-connected models this year could turn consumer electronics manufacturers into gatekeepers for content. Internet-connected sets from Sony, LG and Samsung were among the most buzzworthy products showcased at the recent Consumer Electronics Show. They’ll come to market […] Read more »

FCC Chairman Kevin Martin, a Republican, said today that he will be stepping down from his post once the new administration takes over next… Read more »

Many WebWorkerDaily readers use the Firefox browser, and if you do, today on OStatic we covered two extremely powerful Firefox extensions: Ubiquity and iMacros. Ubiquity adds a flexible natural language command line to Firefox, and is developed by the folks at Mozilla. iMacros sits in your […] Read more »

Here’s a way to draw in cleantech financing in a global credit crunch: find a country, or an emirate, that’s spending lots of oil money on clean power projects. Thin-film solar darling First Solar, said today that it’s selling 5 megawatts (MW) of solar panels to […] Read more »

Mint.com turned out to be a near perfect solution for my financial needs. To understand why, I’m going to give a little background. I used to obsessively enter every single receipt into my financial software of choice and track all my expenses. I knew exactly how […] Read more »

Heroes lost some of its power on Trendrr‘s list of the top Twittered broadcast TV shows for the week ending Jan. 13, down from the 2,000 tweets a day it was getting before the new year. Gossip Girl got some of its social mojo back to […] Read more »

There is a way to solve our energy crisis with strong leadership. Either candidate could have done it, and President-elect Barack Obama should. If our rich and prosperous country’s leader defines the strategy, implements the tactics and requires results, he could free the U.S. of dependence […] Read more »

DisplayPort got a big boost as a video connection standard when Apple decided to use it across its entire notebook line. Of course, being Apple, they couldn’t use it as is, and instead introduced the Mini DisplayPort version, which was more compact, and, sadly, would also […] Read more »

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