Stories for Nov. 11, 2008

Last week brand-new video startup Encoding.com was named a finalist in Amazon’s Start-Up Challenge, one of seven in the running for $100,000 in cash and Amazon Web Services credits and a possible investment from Amazon. Resource-intensive video startups have a pretty good record in the competition […] Read more »

Solar stocks continue to have a rough time. In stark contrast to 2007, when the bigger names in the sector were rallying month after month on the promise of solar power, there is no clear sign of where the bottom is. Just when it looks like […] Read more »

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Stories for Nov. 10, 2008

Though my Dad is a clever chap – an old school Maker -  he never had the chance at a higher education and as a consequence would force me to watch historical and educational shows as a kid. One of these were the televised lectures of […] Read more »

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Users of IMVU, the popular web-based virtual chat room network profiled on GigaOM last June, can purchase songs from a catalog of 1 million tracks, either as a stream to be played within IMVU or as DRM-free MP3s they can play anywhere. Read more »

The controversy over whether Apple should enter the netbook category seems to incite a fair bit of passion in some commentators. One school of thought contends that Apple already has the bases adequately covered with its conventional notebooks and the MacBook Air, plus the iPhone for […] Read more »

Sure, the MobileTechRoundup podcast that Kevin and I do with good friend Matt Miller has always been available in the UK, that’s how podcasts work after all.  But what is totally cool is that Webuser Magazine in the UK thinks that MobileTechRoundup is a podcast that […] Read more »

Cheap Concentrating Solar Aimed at Developing World: Morgan Solar is developing what it says is a super-cheap concentrating solar system that could be deployed in the developing world – The Star. “The Secret Life of Quercus Trust”: David Gelbaum’s stealthy cleantech fund has funded dozens of […] Read more »

It seems everyone is lowering their sights regarding Apple’s projected earning for next financial year. But some, at least, are predicting more “wow” factor to shore up those numbers. No one seems to think they can sustain the kind of numbers they showed this past year, […] Read more »

I don’t have to track my time for billing anymore but when I did having a good time billing program was essential.  Invotrak is a great online program that lets you track your billable time and generate client invoices.  It was covered a while back by […] Read more »

The UIQ operating system, a variant of Symbian that has been used on Motorola and Sony Ericsson handsets is now officially dead.  The demise of UIQ was a given once Nokia spun off the Symbian Foundation to promote the S60 version of Symbian that all but […] Read more »

BusinessWeek today has a short list of the people being considered to head up the Federal Communications Commission. The decision as to who will be appointed FCC Chair is a critical one, for in coming years the country faces some major issues that will need to […] Read more »

During the Olympics, the iPlayer accounted for nearly 20 percent of the total broadband traffic in the UK, and at present has garnered about 10 percent of the total UK broadband audience. That number is likely to rise with the release of the iPlayer for the […] Read more »

Many web workers avoid the cost of Microsoft Office productivity applications by using alternatives, including hosted applications online such as Google Docs and Zoho’s applications. Even if you’ve already settled on some Office alternatives for core productivity applications such as word processing and spreadsheets, though, it’s […] Read more »

The Shotgun is Telenav’s first foray into the hardware arena and as a first effort it is a decent GPS solution.  What sets the Shotgun apart from the competition is the GPRS connectivity which can inform you of adverse traffic conditions in your route.  The Shotgun […] Read more »

While the revenue from wireless data plans is rising to about a fifth or a fourth of carrier’s wireless sales overall, a survey released today indicates carriers aren’t satisfied. Taking a page from web firms, they want to know how their subscribers are using wireless broadband, in order to make more money. Read more »

Current state Renewable Portfolio Standards require nearly 40 gigawatts of clean energy by 2030, but in order to deliver that power to customers the total cost of building the necessary transmission and distribution networks could reach $2 trillion, according to an industry report released today. Read more »

Whether you’re new to the Mac or have been using one for some time, there’s usually always something new you can learn about it to make your workflow, personal projects, or fun time a little easier or more enjoyable. To that end, Apple makes plenty of […] Read more »

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