Stories for Oct. 13, 2008

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 Kiva.org, a microfinance site that connects low-income entrepreneurs around the globe with loans […] Read more »

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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 PortableApps.com […] 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 »

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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 »

JinkoSolar, a Chinese silicon wafer manufacturer, has closed a $35 million Series B round of funding (hat tip PEHub). The company, which is based in Shangrao City in China’s Jiangxi Province, says it’s developed a process for slicing wafers very thinly, boosting the number of wafers […] Read more »

I was on Yahoo’s TechTicker earlier today talking about all things tech, including some of our recent posts, like the one about how aluminum is a canary in the tech mine. Host Sarah Lacy talked to me about Gartner’s tech spending forecast, the slowing ad market […] Read more »

Financial Times CEO John Ridding hopes to build on the gains of the downturn, as its print newsstand sales rose 30 percent in U.S. in Septem… Read more »

Last Friday afternoon, the FCC issued a report putting to rest worries about interference from a free wireless broadband service using the AWS-3 spectrum, paving the way for an auction sometime next year. However, opponents of the auction, including T-Mobile, aren’t going to give up without […] Read more »

We asked Danny Cohen, a venture capitalist at Gemini Israel — which has multiple online video investments including adap.tv, Intercast, and Novafora — what advice he will be giving his startups about coping with the economic downturn. Cohen first told us that video startups will need […] Read more »

Grocery IQ by Free State Labs was recently Apple’s App Store Pick of the Week, and for good reason. While there are other grocery list apps, and plenty of generic task list apps, that can help you remember to bring home milk and eggs, Grocery IQ has a unique […] Read more »

From last Friday’s The Soup comes this exercise in elevated terror. How do you make last weekend’s #1 grossing horror film even scarier? Add some villains of the Disney Channel persuasion… And today we decide to honor Columbus Day by celebrating one of the great masters […] Read more »

NBC Universal (NYSE: GE) is widening the purview of its local TV stations’ sites, even as it tries to downplay the sites’ identities as broa… Read more »

We wanted to take a moment to let you know that Web Worker Daily will be participating in the second annual Blog Action Day, which will take place this Wednesday, October 15th. Blog Action Day is an annual nonprofit event that aims to unite the world’s […] Read more »

Perhaps tired of notebooks hogging the spotlight lately, Apple TV is the subject of new rumors that surfaced this past weekend. Jason Calacanis is making claims that Cupertino is developing a line of network-ready HDTV’s with built-in Apple TV functionality.  The TV’s would offer the same […] Read more »

Vuze Inc. is introducing version 4.0 of its BitTorrent client later this week in an effort to both win back hardcore P2P users and broaden the overall user base of the file sharing protocol. Vuze 4.0 features a completely revamped interface, a new (and actually pretty […] Read more »

We weren’t the only ones taken in by the video of the iPhone booting into Windows Mobile so we don’t feel so bad.  We do want to let you know that as cool as it is the iPhone app for running Windows Mobile doesn’t exist.  Gear […] Read more »

OK, I’m just going to throw this out there: I understand all the talk regarding Apple’s event tomorrow is about hardware (rightfully so, Apple has said the spotlight is on notebooks), but there’s a lot more to Apple’s value equation than just high-quality hardware. Think back […] Read more »

In advance of tomorrow’s Apple media event, rumors are swirling about a sub-$1000 laptop – with most sources pegging it at an $800 or $900 price point. This would be a $200 to $300 drop from the current cheapest MacBook – but perhaps more importantly, it would also be the first time for an Apple laptop to break into a 3-digit price. Read more »

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