Stories for Oct. 14, 2008

There could have been a drinking game for the opening night of the Solar Power International convention: Take a shot when you hear “credit crunch” or “tax credits.” The current financial turmoil and the renewal of the tax credits for solar permeated both media events — […] Read more »

The Blackberry OS is designed from the ground up to be customizable and as such there is so much power in it that you can use it for years and still learn how to do cool things.  InsideCRM has published a power user’s guide that contains […] Read more »

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Let’s take the focus off the big Apple event today and share some news about those other big guys, Microsoft.  On the Microsoft Vista Team Blog Mike Nash has spilled the big beans that the next version of the Windows operating system, code named Windows 7, […] Read more »

Perhaps not everyone in the U.S. is welcoming Samsung’s entry to the notebook market (think: Dell, HP, and Lenovo for starters), but choice is good so my arms are open wide. Besides, I was happy to spring for three Samsung UMPCs in the last two years […] Read more »

The Logitech V550 Nano wireless mouse is marketed as a notebook mouse, but the real story is that this is just a really superb mouse, whatever sort of computer you use it with — notebook or desktop. I never thought I would say that about a […] Read more »

It takes more than 70 pages of tedious paperwork to get a residential solar system connected to the grid and properly rebated, residential solar installer Sungevity estimates. The Berkeley, Calif.-based startup is launching a campaign today to end this wasteful paper trail by asking the Public […] Read more »

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Stories for Oct. 13, 2008

New rumors keep cropping up about Apple’s event tomorrow. First, some new pictures have surfaced on Engadget of a supposed new 15″ MacBook Pro. A few other sites have picked these up, but AppleInsider has taken it further with information about a possible new display that […] Read more »

The poor state that U.S. automakers have found themselves in started a while ago. Built to churn out SUVs that were in demand for the last decade, they were sideswiped by the surge in oil prices. Now the recession that likely started this summer and is […] Read more »

YouTube is running ads based on search terms alongside search results, Ad Age reported today. The ads are similar to Google’s killer AdWords, and like them are sold on a cost-per-click basis, but they link to advertisers’ YouTube accounts rather than their web pages. Not too […] Read more »

Web-based self-publishing service Blurb has raised around $5 million in third-round funding, according to peHUB. Previous investors Canaan P… Read more »

Solyndra, a startup which just came out of the woodwork with its rooftop solar system and $600 million in funding, showed off its solar technology at the Solar Power International conference on Monday night. The company says the design, which uses a series of tubes and […] Read more »

Hello all, very pleased to be hopping aboard the TAB train and riding it all the way to Apple central. Being based over in Europe — London and Helsinki — I have the distinct pleasure of bringing you lots of Apple-related news from various awkward time-zones.  […] Read more »

Pickens’ Army Now 1 Million Strong: T. Boone Pickens has marshaled a million Americans in support of the wind and natural gas-powered Pickens Plan in just three months. It’s amazing what a $58 million media campaign can buy you – Press Release. Meltdown Melting European Climate […] Read more »

Due to the nature of my work evaluating the Skype ecosystem’s software, web-based applications and a variety of smartphones, I not only have to use Outlook as a primary reference address book for synchronizing contact information but also end up constipating the registry of my Windows […] Read more »

American Express is donating $1.5 million to a nonprofit winner of its Member’s Choice Award. If you’re an  American Express card holder, we encourage you to vote for the work being done by, a microfinance site that connects low-income entrepreneurs around the globe with loans […] Read more »

Joost CEO Mike Volpi told us today that his company is dropping downloads altogether for its Internet TV platform. Though Joost previously required desktop software and more recently offered a browser plug-in, now even Joost users who have the new plug-in installed will default to Flash. Read more »

Are you carrying a USB thumb drive with useful applications with you at all times? I’ve written before about how it makes a lot of sense, and how to stock your drive with many good free, open source applications with only one download. MacLibre and […] Read more »

It’s here. It took awhile, but it’s here: Nearly eleven months after its lauded debut, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare is on the Mac. The game is intense, immersive, fun and rewarding. From the moment I saw a trailer for Call of Duty 4: Modern […] Read more »

With Steve Jobs poised to offer us new MacBooks this week the buzz around that event caused us to give some thought to how the notebook space has evolved this year.  So far we are impressed with the direction the notebook segment has taken in 2008 […] Read more »

Hello everyone! I am one of the new writers here at The Apple Blog. The team here is great and they have been very welcoming. Most of my history with Apple dates back to the late 80’s when I purchased my first Mac — an SE with […] Read more »

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