Stories for Dec. 22, 2008

Mogreet Signs Fox Searchlight; mobile greeting company will allow users to send video messages featuring clips from Juno and Napoleon Dynamite. (VentureBeat) Confusion in the Digital TV Air; Consumers Union survey finds 90 percent of the country is aware of the upcoming switch, but 25 percent […] Read more »

iPhone news and review site has announced the launch of Best App Ever, a new site which allows you to nominate your favorite apps and games in any one of thirty categories. Most Innovative App – The most innovative app on the iPhone OS platform […] Read more »

GigaOM has published an interesting article that points out Why Netbooks Are Greener Than Laptops.  The reduced power needs of netbooks compared to their larger siblings certainly makes them greener but this article is the first that takes a look at how green netbooks are.  Many […] Read more »

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Today, chipmaker Solarflare Communications raised $32 million in funding and $12 million in debt for its 10-Gigabit Ethernet over copper chips — bringing its total funding to about $170 million. As I said in June, when it raised $26 million, that’s a lot — even for […] Read more »

Startups haven’t been seeing a lot of venture-capital money lately, but Mariah Power, a company with a small vertical-axis turbine that can turn low-speed gusts of wind into electricity, recently managed to squeeze cash out of the slowed-down funding environment. The company — named for the […] Read more »

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Updated: The technology sector, already rocked by the credit crunch and slowing global economies, is facing a bleak 2009, the impact of which is going to be felt across the entire ecosystem. From PC makers to chipmakers to chip equipment makers, almost everyone is bracing for […] Read more »

Electric vehicle infrastructure startup Better Place has been raking in headlines for the past several weeks with its announcements of partnerships with Hawaii, the California Bay Area, and Japan. But there’s a considerably more speculative report out recently from the Jerusalem Post, quoting Better Place Chairman […] Read more »

Stories for Dec. 21, 2008

Videos from Warner Music recording artists (Madonna, Metallica) are being removed from YouTube because of a breakdown in licensing negotiations between the two sides. There’s been some he said/she said as to who is at fault, with both sides issuing statements. AllThingsD reports that both sides […] Read more »

Whether the (unofficial) Google Phone, a.k.a. the T-Mobile G-1, is going to set sales records or not, remains to be seen. But Google is doing its part. My source says that on Friday, the Mountain View, Calif.-based search and online advertising company gave away a special […] Read more »

First Solar appears to have reached an important and, for many solar companies, elusive target: grid parity, or the point where photovoltaic electricity is as cheap as conventional electric power. In a research note, Pacific Crest analyst Mark Bachman ran some calculations on First Solar’s 12.6 […] Read more »

It was just over a year ago that small, low-cost netbooks hit the market, and since then they’ve become one of the hottest technology trends of 2008, with the top two vendors in the space — Asus and Acer — predicting they’ll sell 11 million devices […] Read more »

President-elect Barack Obama named physicist John Holdren assistant to the president and director of the Office of Science & Technology Policy on Saturday. Commonly referred to as the presidential science adviser, the position will give Holdren influence over budget allocations for nanotechnology, clean energy, space exploration, […] Read more »

It’s the holiday season, the season of giving, and the people behind MacHeist are giving away a bundle of free applications through the Mac Giving Tree. It’s simply a case of signing up and returning on Christmas Day to receive the promotional codes and ‘unwrap’ your […] Read more »

It looks like Roku made its first move to go beyond being just “the Netflix player” this weekend. Firing up the ole Roku box this afternoon brought up the new home screen instead of immediately jumping directly into the Netflix streaming queue like it usually does. […] Read more »

The folks over at Lumosity are serious about the brain. Some of the leading neuroscientists in the world have come together to create a brain fitness program to improve your brain’s health and performance. Although the full Lumosity brain training program involves many other online games and […] Read more »

The week meter has rolled over once again and last week was full of tech excitement and news.  Here’s what you may have missed on jkOnTheRun: Microsoft releases amazing Seadragon Mobile- for the iPhone MobileTechRoundup 157: roller-disco and data don’t mix HP Magic Giveaway kickoff on […] Read more »

Chanukah Sameach, everyone! In today’s Station Conversation, Jill Weinberger gives Liz Shannon Miller a brief education on Hanukkah…through online video, of course. Liz: Hey, when is Hanukkah this year? Jill: Sundown on the 21st. Liz: That’s Sunday! We should do something to celebrate. Jill: The thing […] Read more »

We have a broadband problem in the U.S. There’s not enough real competition to drive either innovations or price reductions. This is also true of cable television, was true for landline phone service and will likely be true for wireless broadband service for a few more […] Read more »

Stories for Dec. 20, 2008

Only two months after going into beta, AOL has released AIM for Mac 1.0. Unfortunately, not a whole lot has been changed since our review of the beta. There is still no option for video or audio chats, and beyond the addition of AIM Expressions (a […] Read more »

According to the App Store, the holiday season has begun proper, with a deluge of Christmas-themed goodies up for grabs. However, that hasn’t hindered happenings in the greater world of Apple this week. In a disappointing but somewhat expected turn of events, was Apple’s official announcement […] Read more »

It’s time to get out my asbestos coveralls because the touchscreen faithful always appear with their flamethrowers when I broach the “touchscreen in laptops” subject.  This is a hot topic currently as almost every day we see rumors that “netbook X” will be appearing with a […] Read more »

After some sites reported that Dell was shipping 24Whr batteries with the Inspiron Mini 9 netbook in lieu of the advertised 32Whr units, I explained why we need better battery standards for mobile devices. I still feel we need future clarity on this front, although there’s […] Read more »

Let’s say Steve Jobs retires next year. So what? I’m one of those in the lonely camp that doesn’t believe Jobs is Apple and Apple is Jobs. Or that when he disengages from Apple the wheels must necessarily fall off. Jobs bought Pixar in 1986, and […] Read more »

Stories for Dec. 19, 2008
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