Stories for Oct. 21, 2008

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Smule — of Sonic Lighter fame — launched their second app over the weekend, Sonic Boom. As you can probably imagine, it turns your iPhone into a virtual firecracker that can be lit, either with your finger (as a virtual match that you actually have to […] Read more »

Time Warner’s AOL (NYSE: TWX) is pulling the plug on yourminis customizable start-pages, less than a year after buying Goowy, the San Diego-… Read more »

PG&E Gives Away Solar to 25 Schools: The utility has selected 25 California schools to receive 1.3 kilowatt solar generation systems, valued at $25,000. PG&E also picked 9 schools to receive up to $5,000 in “Bright Ideas” grants for their innovative solar science projects. IndoctrinationInnovation starts […] Read more »

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Chuck Klosterman once wrote that the phrase “comparing apples to oranges” to reference the contrast of two different things was dumb because in many ways apples and oranges are actually very similar (small, round fruits). Recently at least two stories have run comparing online video to […] Read more »

Are you using a netbook yet? If so, you may be interested in a promotion that ThinkFree is running. I’ve written about the ThinkFree Office suite of productivity applications before here. ThinkFree’s Office applications are similar to the ones offered in Microsoft Office, and can be […] Read more »

[qi:066] I visited Time Warner Cable’s Austin cable plant today in order to learn more about the last mile — or how cable broadband gets from the Internet backbone to your home — and how the limitations of cable play out in the way the company […] Read more »

Remember those tens of millions of shares that Lehman Brothers held in solar companies as part of convertible bond deals it underwrote? It seems Barclays PLC ended up holding them after it bought Lehman’s broker dealer business following the U.S. investment bank’s bankruptcy. A couple of […] Read more »

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Richard Haddock, President of the Haddock Corporation, an Apple reseller that has been in the Mac business seriously since there have been Macs. I first found Haddock a couple of years ago when, in a panic over accidentally wiping […] Read more »

The black T-Mobile G1 Android phone arrived but try as I might I could not get it to work out of the box.  You must sign in to your existing GMail account before you can do ANYTHING with the phone and I got repeated communications errors.  […] Read more »

The market for video games is changing profoundly, and a comparison of two prominent titles’ recent sales figures shows just how much: Wii Fit, a game largely marketed to women, is outpacing the latest installment of one of the industry’s biggest franchises, Grand Theft Auto. Read more »

Back in early 2006, during a period of unremitting international travel, I joked that my life was no longer a series of circadian rhythms, but my life’s pulses were now an expression of remaining battery life. For many web workers, dependence on the battery-driven vagaries of […] Read more »

After loving Plasq’s Skitch for a while now, I didn’t think I could have feelings for another screen capture utility. At an early glance, it appears I may need to re-evaluate my former stance. Now a days, I’m really looking forward to LittleSnapper from Real Mac […] Read more »

Highlighting the conflict between operating systems isn’t anything super-new, but Goodie Bag’s Macs vs. PCs is a stunning bit of viral video, a West Side Story-esque dance battle that quickly gets ugly and bloody. A diverse cast, references to Steve Jobs’ signature wardrobe, and stellar songs […] Read more »

LG Electronics said today that it will convert a decommissioned plasma panel display manufacturing plant to make silicon solar panels. LG says retooling the plant will cost 220 billion won ($168 million). Read more »

Back in July when I originally covered the beta of Smartsheet Task Manager and Project Collaboration service, I had some reservations about adopting it. While I thought it was a strong app, I also believed it was lacking some of the core features I would need. […] Read more »

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