Stories for Dec. 1, 2008

Yazsoft today announced an extensive Christmas giveaway — their “biggest one yet.” From December 1 to December 24, 2008, everyone has a chance to win 1 of 4 grand packages. No purchase is required to enter, and winners will be drawn randomly during the first week […] Read more »

Yahoo is not waiting around for 2008 to pack it in, and has released the top stories (and top searches) for the year that still has 30 days to go. I just spent 20 minutes on the site, and I love it. The presentation is simple, […] Read more »

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Today Clearwire said it had completed the transactions that will allow it to build the first nationwide WiMAX network, to be known as Clear. CEO Ben Wolff took a few minutes to answer some questions about what the upcoming service will look like, how Clearwire might […] Read more »

We’ve covered the Telenav Shotgun and how we like it.  The GPS with connections is the first foray of the Telenav folks into the hardware realm and the Shotgun is a decent offering.  Those connections mean the Shotgun will check continuously while you are driving and […] Read more »

Recently, I’ve done a couple of posts on the growing market share of and impressive performance in speed tests of Google’s open source Chrome browser. Even though Chrome is a very fast browser, though, and even though its ability to load pages and applications in distinct […] Read more »

If you’re like me, sending holiday cards is one of those “necessary evils” of the holidays. A new service, Ecardlets.com, hopes to make the process a little easier — at least for your friends with iPhones. Ecardlets.com is a San Francisco, CA startup founded by ex-Microsoft […] Read more »

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A raft of startups has set out to harness energy from waves and tides, many of them in the turbulent waters of Scotland’s Pentland Firth. A subset of that group has emerged in recent months with plans (and prototypes) for tapping river flows. Rivers have powered […] Read more »

UPDATE: the 2710p has been SOLD.  Thanks to all who contacted me. I mentioned in a Mobile Tech Manor column a few weeks ago that I have been getting my home office set up.  That process has me evaluating all the gear I own to determine […] Read more »

The Internet is close to a meltdown, according to The Register. The culprit, according to author Richard Bennett, is the popular BitTorrent client uTorrent, which introduced a new type of file transfer with its most recent alpha version. BitTorrent clients have long been using the TCP […] Read more »

Personally, I can’t get enough of the new podcast features rolled out in the iPhone/iPod touch 2.2 firmware update. They’re now an indispensable part of my daily commuting. That’s why I was looking forward to Joost for the iPhone (free). It seemed to have the potential to […] Read more »

The people who gave us gOS have announced the Cloud operating system for netbooks and the like.  Cloud will be an instant-on browser-based operating environment to allow the mobile user to get up and running instantly without running full Windows.  Cloud will be installed alongside Windows […] Read more »

California’s SunPower announced its second supply contract in as many months today, an agreement to ship 100 megawatts of solar panels to German solar power plant integrator City Solar Kraftwerke. Under the 3-year deal, SunPower will also provide City Solar with commercial rooftop and ground-mounted systems. […] Read more »

Pownce, a microblogging service started by Leah Culver and others back in May 2007, has been acquired by blogging software giant, SixApart and will be shutdown. Culver and other members of the Pownce team are going to work for San Francisco-based Six Apart, well known for […] Read more »

If you’re like me, the beginning of December means one thing: regretting not having started your Christmas shopping earlier. The malls are packed, Black Friday has ravaged store stock, and you don’t have a clue what to get anyone anyway. I hope I can help with at least one of those problems, with this list of great gifts for that web worker on your list. Read more »

Dare to be Creative has released Sponge, a system cleaning and optimization tool for Mac OS X. The tagline for the product, summing up the aim of Sponge well, is: You’re running out of disk space? You want to clean your disk to free up some […] Read more »

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