Stories for Nov. 11, 2008

Today Oerlikon announced that is has unveiled its newest technology, “Amorph High Performance,” which adds a zinc oxide layer to the cells, boosting efficiency nearly a full percentage while also increasing fab capacity by 50 percent. “More and more you’re going to see an Intel-inside approach to thin-film production,” Chris O’Brien, Oerlikon’s head of market development in North America, tells us. Read more »

Today, i.TV updated their free (ad supported) iPhone Application. The i.TV iPhone app is a guide for up-to-date local TV and movie listings. With this seemingly minor point-release comes a major addition—Netflix integration. With what founder and CEO Brad Pelo says is “the first of several major […] Read more »

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West London filmmakers Phil Samson and Olly Williams’s The Black Hole is a short morality tale with great effects and a cleverly executed premise — which plays clearly without the use of any dialogue (meaning that it works for everyone, regardless of native tongue). In short […] Read more »

Planet Metrics this morning said it has raised $2.3 million in Series A funding from Draper Fisher Jurvetson for its carbon footprint modeling software. The Burlingame, Calif.-based company says it hopes to be the tool of choice for companies, from technology firms to grocery chains, that are ready to dig deeper into their business’s carbon footprint. Read more »

Wired editor Chris Anderson’s theories about the Long Tail have been the source of considerable controversy almost since the day his first Wired magazine piece on the topic was published in 2004. The initial criticisms of his thesis centered on whether there was such a thing […] Read more »

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ShareTool is a piece of software which allows you to easily access your Mac from a remote location. To quote their tagline: “ShareTool is hands down, the fastest, easiest, and most secure way to access all of your Bonjour services from anywhere in the world.” The […] Read more »

The wait is over for HTC’s FUZE on AT&T as the device with the intuitive TouchFlo 3D is now available for $299 after rebate and two-year commitment. I’d say the Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional device is pretty much loaded: Integrated aGPS, 802.11b/g WiFi, Bluetooth 2.0 + […] Read more »

Electric Power Research Institute is heading up research that will examine whether taking steam from solar thermal projects and adding them to conventional fossil fuel power plants can help reduce fuel costs and plant emissions. Read more »

Libraries Can Download Starz Content for Free; arrangement brokered by Ohio-based OverDrive, which provides public libraries with digital content. (paidContent) Orca Partners With Yuxing for Integrated IPTV Set-top Boxes; the pre-integrated IPTV box will offer HD, MPEG-4 and CPVR and is based on Orca’s SUI SDK. […] Read more »

You’d think that after over two years of covering ultra-mobile devices, you’d have quite an arsenal of useful information. Getting that information into a concise usable format can be a challenge though. That’s why I’m extremely impressed with Steve Paine’s Ultra Mobile Computing Buyers Guide for […] Read more »

Virtualization software has come a long way since the days of Virtual PC on PPC Macs. Microsoft’s Windows-enabling program was more of a parlor trick than fully functional software. These days, Parallels Desktop, version 4.0 of which is available today for purchase, makes running a virtual […] Read more »

A new study published Nov. 8 by independent warranty provider SquareTrade has shown that over the course of the first year of ownership, the iPhone is more reliable than both BlackBerry and Palm handsets. The study dealt with failure rates for a sample pool of over […] Read more »

Nokia Siemens Networks plans to cut an additional 1,300 employees as part of an overall restructuring. The telecommunications equipment maker has cut about 6,000 workers and plans to lay off a total of about 9,000 before its restructuring is complete. Read more »

The trend in notebooks continues to give us skinnier devices and that trend continues with the Samsung X460, a thin powerful notebook as reviewed by Laptop Magazine.  We’ll have to disagree with Laptop that a 14-inch notebook can be called "ultra-portable" but the X460 is certainly […] Read more »

Whatever system hardware you’re using, including the port-impoverished new 13″ MacBooks, SimpleTech’s new Duo Pro Drive should have you covered. The Duo Pro supports a variety of different backup options, including Apple’s OS X 10.5 Time Machine as well as SimpleTech’s own Fabrik Ultimate Backup, and […] Read more »

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