Stories for Dec. 24, 2008

Festivus, the alternative to Christmas introduced in an episode of Seinfeld more than a decade ago, is still going strong. In keeping with that faux holiday spirit, it’s time for the annual “airing of the grievances,” which according to Wikipedia, “consists of lashing out at others […] Read more »

Despite switching from Windows to OSX  a year and a half ago, I’ve yet to find the perfect task management tool for my Mac. I need something that’ll exist on the web, my desktop environment and a mobile handset. Sadly, Gmail’s recently introduced Tasks feature doesn’t […] Read more »

Laminar Research has recently released two new versions of its X-Plane flight simulator for the iPhone and iPod touch; X-Plane Airliner and X-Plane Helicopter. Each can be purchased for $4.99 from the App Store — around half the price of the standard X-Plane game for iPhone. […] Read more »

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Our sister site, jkOnTheRun, is reporting that certain netbook enthusiast sites are getting cease-and-desist orders from Psion Teklogix, maker of the Psion netBook in the early 2000s. They have a copy of a C&D order and are trying to find out more. They did confirm that […] Read more »

Yesterday’s news that notebooks had overtaken PCs in the number of units sold last quarter owes a huge debt to Wi-Fi and a smaller one to 3G cellular networks. Without those Intel unwired commercials and images of folks surfing the web at Starbucks or sitting in […] Read more »

Are cellphones really displacing laptops? [WebWorkerDaily] Don’t expect mass enterprise iPhone adoption in 2009. [TheAppleBlog] The Year in Review: Mobile 2008. [jkOnTheRun] TV Shows people love tweeting about. [NewTeeVee] Why father of the Ethernet, Bob Metcalfe is betting on new energy networks. [Earth2Tech] How to filter […] Read more »

‘Twas the geek’s night before Christmas, and all through the house, Not a hard drive was whirring, not a single clicking mouse; The gadgets were charging in their docks so fine, In hopes that St. Nick shopped at Best Buy online; The geeks were all snuggled […] Read more »

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A kerosene-based aviation fuel called Jet Propellant 8 made up more than 90 percent of the fuel used by the Department of Defense in 2006, at a cost of $6 billion, according to Cleantech Group. Take all of that fuel, and combine it with commercial airlines’ […] Read more »

Stories for Dec. 23, 2008

[qi:080] Darkstrand, a Chicago-based startup planning to commercialize the fiber network built as part of the National LambdaRail (NLR) project, is — like most of its telecom brethren — facing a rocky road. NLR is a federally funded network that connects about 30 universities across the […] Read more »

Glitchy 10.5.6 Update Gets Improved – A week after its initial release, Apple has updated their, ahem, update, making it significantly less glitchy. People were experiencing problems with Bluetooth and, among others. I jumped the gun, and I haven’t had problems yet, but I don’t […] Read more »

Because Heroes continues to dominate the Top Twittered TV shows (is alliteration a bad thing?), stat provider Trendrr also showed us what the chart looks like without Hiro et al hogging all the Tweets (both versions below). Family Guy made a bit of a comeback, but […] Read more »

The Aloha State will be getting a smart grid under a new contract announced today between Hawaiian Electric and Sensus Metering Systems. Sensus said that Hawaiian Electric, which provides electricity for 95 percent of Hawaii’s residents, plans to install Sensus FlexNet smart meters for 430,000 residential […] Read more » is a boot-strapped startup that has been a labor of love for the three founders, Sol Lipman, Jacob Knobel, and David Beach. A host of other characters have helped along the way, influenced by promises of burritos, but the small group hasn’t taken any outside […] Read more »

AltSearchEngines has an interesting post up on a new kid on the search engine block: Worio, which is currently in beta testing. It uses a mix of recommendations and learn-as-you-search features to filter search results for what you’re likely to mean when you search, and deliver […] Read more »

EA dropped SimCity ($9.99) for the iPhone recently, and I actually almost missed it. I was still buzzing over Hero of Sparta and I Love Katamari, both of which are also recent releases. Of course, I had to put everything on hold and take a crack […] Read more »

As we close out 2008, we look to our most-read stories of the year, a list that nicely highlights all the different things happening in online video: shows, stars, tech; companies large and small. (Of course, we couldn’t legitimately call ourselves a blog without a bread-winning […] Read more »

With 2008 coming to a close and CES just around the corner, I’m thinking about what 2009 will bring us. One idea, which at first may sound far-fetched, gets easier to believe if one considers two of the hottest trends right now: netbooks and Android. Could […] Read more »

Poptiq, the video recommendation service for mobile devices (see our previous coverage), said today it’s received an additional round of funding from Tech Capital Partners that brings the total amount it’s raised to “over $2 million.” The company says the money will be used to expand […] Read more »

The year is winding down and it’s always appropriate to review what we saw in mobile gear this year to prepare our minds for what’s in store in 2009.  This year was highly unusual as we saw a number of new things appear that changed the […] Read more »

The world of the web worker is fundamentally a fabric of digital relationships that opens opportunities to work across previously insurmountable cultural, economic and geographic constraints. However, teleworking, remote working and web working introduce their own complexities, notably in how to motivate, manage and (yes) manipulate […] Read more »

The iPhone has a lot of potential for enterprise use. It’s a powerful device, and it supports Exchange synchronization, and more and more, businesses are integrating Apple computers into their current IT loadout. Still, BlackBerry dominates the business market. Especially in more traditional corporate climates, the […] Read more »

Not surprisingly, there are some latent — and blatant — Santa issues surfacing over on the Holiday Hell channel at So ol’ Saint Nick is not the jolly humanitarian his publicist would have us believe? Videos of Santa trolling the mean streets for ho ho […] Read more »

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