Stories for Nov. 12, 2008

Over the years we have seen the gradual separation of phone numbers from geographical location. To date, Skype’s SkypeIn service has been the best demonstration of this trend; even though I live and work just outside Toronto, Canada, I have a Palo Alto, Calif., SkypeIn number […] Read more »

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Guitar Rock Tour has arrived to challenge Tap Tap Revenge‘s rhythm-action throne. The new arrival touts a bevy of terrific tunes to tap along to, plus the option to play drums or guitar, loads of characters and unlockable awards. While Guitar Rock Tour may be Rock […] Read more »

Intel (INTC) after the close of markets today issued its fourth-quarter revenue forecast — something it had said it would do on Dec. 4 — and as expected, cut its guidance by some $1 billion. Read more »

A tiny clamshell UMPC has appeared from UMID that reminds me of the uber-small Fujitsu U810.  The Korean device has a 4.8-inch screen and a bunch of connectivity options including WiBro, WiMAX, HSDPA, WiFi, and Bluetooth for starters.  Couple all of that with a 1.33 GHz […] Read more »

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Freescale Semiconductor said today that it is teaming up with McLaren Electronic Systems to build regenerative braking systems for Formula 1 race cars. The energy would be released with a special “boost button.” Think Knight Rider meets Prius. Read more »

Six years ago, when I wanted to make a conference call involving five participants, Bell Canada wanted to charge me $0.55 per minute per participant, resulting in a $165 cost for a one hour call. All those participants had to be in North America and a […] Read more »

Using Flash based content for your sales, marketing or training can be an effective and impressive way to present your message. It can also be expensive. When the content you created last month needs tweaking, it’s back to the developer to program your changes. Flypaper wants […] Read more »

Apple’s user interface is heralded as a sleek, modern experience. A great deal of attention is paid to the design of icons, and a guide is published to help ensure that developers also create icons which meet the standards of OS X. If you’d like to […] Read more »

[qi:114] So much for the Obama bump. The markets have resumed their downward spiral, making clear that our economic conditions aren’t going to improve anytime soon. The impact of this sustained selling is even being felt by companies that were, until recently, deemed bulletproof — among […] Read more »

I was playing Texas Hold’em on the iPhone the other day when it struck me: If Apple allowed one-touch financial transactions inside apps — in the case of Texas Hold’em, for example, to buy $1,000 of poker chips for $1 — the consequences could be huge. […] Read more »

T. Boone Pickens, the hedge fund manager with a plan to get the U.S. off of foreign oil, is stalling the financing of his massive wind farm due to the debt markets, Pickens tells us. Pickens says he was originally planning to finance his 4,000-MW wind […] Read more »

It’s almost here! Our second-annual NewTeeVee Live conference is less than 24 hours away. If you’re not one of the 500 people with a ticket to the show, you can still tune in to our live-stream here, our live red carpet interviews here, and our live-blogging […] Read more »

The addition of Gmail Voice and Video Chat to Google’s list of services brought back to mind a question I’ve been thinking about for a while: have we gone past the saturation point in having different ways to chat with people? Even if you count only […] Read more »

They say good things come in small packages. That certainly is true of the new INQ Social Mobile phone from INQ, a subsidiary of Hutchinson Whampoa, a global wireless company that runs 3G networks in eight countries around the world, including the UK and Australia. INQ’s […] Read more »

Social network MySpace launched its new Primetime application today, which lets users watch full-length content from their user homepages and profile pages. To use the new Primetime feature, users must first download the free app, but once it’s running they will have access to premium content […] Read more »

[qi:032] Telephone companies pushing television services will gain customers by offering lower prices than cable or satellite providers, according to a survey being presented today by Heavy Reading. The survey, which consisted of about 200 consumer interviews, found that price, more than special interactive features, will […] Read more »

When clients call you and hear a baby cooing or a kitten meowing in the background, they can’t help but remember that you’re human. You’re not just an invisible web working slave that does their bidding. You have a life, a family, and pets. Your clients […] Read more »

Despite the ongoing global credit crunch, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said today that the world can’t afford to pull back on renewable energy and efficiency programs, forecasting that $4.1 trillion will need to be spent to avoid an energy supply crunch on a much warmer and more energy-hungry planet. Read more »

New Video Chat Options From Google and TokBox; Plugin allows video chat embedded within the Gmail interface (CNET), while TokBox now lets users watch and discuss YouTube videos, SlideShare presentations and video mails together. (emailed release) Pure Digital Ranked Fifth on Deloitte’s 2008 Fast Technology 500; […] Read more »

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