Stories for Oct. 1, 2008

Jack White and Alicia Keys’ collaboration isn’t quite what people were expecting of the Quantum of Solace title song — but regardless of how you feel about the warbling Keys and White do during the James Bond theme’s bridge, I think we can agree it’s better […] Read more »

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Some interesting strategy coming out of Nokia lately: not long after announcing they’re changing their business mobility strategy, the company says they’re purchasing OZ Communications. Looks like a two-pronged service approach now: Exchange support on a vast number of Nokia handsets for the business folks and […] Read more »

Just a quick programming note. You could say we hedged our bets with the netbook name because when we started to cover them, we created a “mini-notebooks” category. Hey, don’t blame us be for being cautious considering we’ve also got UMPCs, MIDs, ULCPCs, Origami devices and […] Read more »

You may have heard today that Apple "finally dropped the NDA for iPhone developers".  I’ve seen it on a number of blogs including our sister blog.  I’ve followed the story through and while it’s true that Apple has dropped some restrictions about disclosure they’ve only dropped […] Read more »

Should Palm dump its Linux-based OS efforts and embrace Android instead? Fortune makes a persuasive argument why the struggling smartphone m… Read more »

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For most people, even web workers, there is only one search engine on the web. To some extent we differ over which one that is: there are people who use Google all the time, others who swear by Yahoo, and so on. In reality, of course, […] Read more »

NextNewNetworks Launches TMI Weekly; new network devoted to women’s style features Julia Allison’s Nonsociety troupe. (TMI Weekly, review on NewTeeVee Station) AOL TV Goes Outside the Box; new online series asks cast members of popular TV shows questions submitted by fans. (The Hollywood Reporter) Dell Computers […] Read more »

IBM’s Cell processor, originally designed (in Austin!) for the Sony Playstation 3, will return to its entertainment roots in a Toshiba television due out next year. The move makes it official: Big Blue’s big bet on a new chip architecture is paying off. Read more »

The saga of the renewable energy tax credits may have a last-minute happy ending. The Senate is set to vote on a new iteration of the $700 billion financial bailout package, which now includes extensions for the renewable energy tax credits. The Senate has scheduled a […] Read more »

We’ve all been exposes to that bane of the new computer buyer.  The moment that should be pure elation over the new hardware turns into the unboxing of horror as you discover all of that crapware the manufacturer has installed on your new baby.  Most of […] Read more »

iPhone Developers ’round the world can breathe a sigh of relief today. Seven months after the release of Apple’s iPhone SDK, the restrictive NDA that Apple placed on the SDK has officially been dropped. We have decided to drop the non-disclosure agreement (NDA) for released iPhone […] Read more »

There’s no guarantee that the trend will continue, but netbook prices in Taiwan are dropping as the Intel Atom shortage disappears and competition rises. Price drops include: Asus Eee PC 700-series is down to $249 Asus expects to reduce the Eee PC 1000 with Linux from […] Read more »

Kevin beat me to posting about the new 13.3-inch HP dv3500 but I recently got to play with one at HP’s offices.  I am impressed with this little entertainment powerhouse and especially the configurability.  Here’s a couple of photos I snapped of the little dv3500: The […] Read more »

Netflix is adding roughly 2,500 titles from Starz Entertainment to its “Watch Instantly” streaming service. The deal gives Netflix subscribers paying at least $8.99 a month access to content from the Starz Play broadband service as part of their subscription. Though lacking in new releases, the […] Read more »

Computing giant Hewlett-Packard said today it would spend $360 million in cash to buy LeftHand Networks, a storage company that straddles two hot trends right now — allocating storage for virtualized servers and the using Ethernet for storage networks. LeftHand’s software essentially allows a user to […] Read more »

[qi:_earth2tech] Google has taken such an enthusiastic role in investing and promoting clean energy that, in terms of number of deals, the search engine giant was the second most-active cleantech venture investor during the third quarter. Google invested in five cleantech startups during the three-month period […] Read more »

When Google acquired startup @Last and its 3-D modeling product, SketchUp, most observers saw it as a nice add-on for Google Earth, perfect for “hobbyists and enthusiasts.” Since then, the SketchUp program has blossomed into a tool in its own right, and is now nurturing a growing ecosystem of green design startups. Read more »

BeBook has announced their ebook reader that can handle a variety of digital formats.  The reader will be released in the UK for GBP229.99 and handles over 20 ebook formats out of the box.  The reader has a 6-inch reflective screen that the company claims will […] Read more »

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