Stories for Nov. 5, 2008

The browser war has always been of interest as Firefox has been making a push into our browsing lives for some time.  Microsoft has long enjoyed big numbers but the folks at Mozilla have continued to improve their browser which continues to capture the attention of […] Read more »

Am I the only one who gets more misses than hits with the on-screen keyboard of the iPhone and iPod touch? Typing accuracy is OK when my iPod touch is resting on a flat surface, but it is another story altogether when I’m walking or while […] Read more »

Microsoft, in an effort to woo startups and combat the open source movement, is going to start offering free software and online services to certain type of startups across the world, the company announced today. This effort, dubbed “Biz Spark,” will be rolled out across the world in 82 countries. Read more »

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Today I got my hands on the much-delayed BlackBerry Bold that was launched on the AT&T network in the U.S. After less than an hour it was clear to me that this might just be the best BlackBerry on the market — and a must-buy for folks who can’t live without a physical QWERTY keyboard. Read more »

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Stories for Nov. 4, 2008

A world in which networks stream feature-length Hulu movies to laptops and virtual worlds to PCs requires a whole lot of power to run the servers, routers, desktop computers and other gear that make it all possible. The electricity used by servers alone doubled between 2000 […] Read more »

IDC reported this week that 2008’s third quarter saw U.S. domestic notebook shipments cruise past a 50 percent share of the personal computer market, not for the first time but reaching a convincing 55.2 percent. As usual, the broader market trails Apple in the trend line, […] Read more »

Schwarzenegger as Obama’s Energy Czar?: It’s too early to call the polls yet, but not too early to speculate if Republican California Governator Arnold Schwarzenegger would serve as Obama’s Energy Secretary. Schwarzenegger’s energy policy’s are closer to Obama’s than McCain’s – WSJ’s Environmental Capital. What’s A […] Read more »

This past weekend, I was on the web and doing some writing on my beloved Lenovo ThinkPad X40 sub-notebook, when disaster struck. I had a paper cup full of water sitting next to the computer–too close–and a careless brush from my forearm knocked it over onto […] Read more »

The eighth annual World Toilet Summit and Expo, which opens today in Macau, looks at how to provide affordable, environmentally friendly and basic access to sanitation. Forty percent of the world’s population — 2.5 billion people — do not have access to a hygienic toilet, according […] Read more »

From the news reports of long lines, it looks like voter turnout will soar above the anemic 35-50 percent of presidential elections past, and anyone eager to track early indications of how the outcome will swing can turn to the web for clues. Judging by Google’s […] Read more »

Sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference between professional industry analysts and Apple fanboys coming up with dream specs for their ideal notebook. Such is the case with the most recent prediction by Neil Mawston of Strategy Analytics. His call for the (immediate) future of the […] Read more »

Netbooks have tackled the world by storm due to their low price, often just $300-$500.  Small useful little laptops that can hit the web running.  Word has been trickling out this week that major carriers are planning on introducing netbooks at super cheap subsidized pricing to […] Read more »

The FCC today opened up the wireless communications market with its approval of a plan to allow independent devices to operate in the spectrum between digital TV channels; it also OKd the merger of spectrum between Sprint and Clearwire as well as Verizon’s $28.1 billion deal to buy Alltel, creating two new wireless networks backed, in part, by Google. Read more »

Despite the pressures of the economic downturn and caution among most of its customers, Dell continues to see opportunity in its enterprise infrastructure and service business, Senior VP Paul Bell said at the Dreamforce conference today. He noted that Web 2.0, social-networking companies and other firms […] Read more »

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