Stories for Oct. 8, 2008

Seemingly not content with having fathered an entire musical genre, pioneered generative music, produced U2’s Where The Streets Have No Name, collaborated with Bowie and generally rubbed-shoulders with a raft of modern music legends, Brian Eno has now released his first iPhone app dubbed Bloom ($3.99). […] Read more »

Alcoa, the world’s largest aluminum company, this week slashed its growth forecast and suspended its stock repurchasing program, battening down the hatches as the global credit crunch continues to hurt demand. My feeling is that aluminum is the canary in the coal mine and is foretelling tough times ahead for both the consumer electronics and computer hardware sectors. Read more »

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While Opera is not the world’s most popular web browser, it has a loyal group of fans and I use it occasionally because it is lightweight and fast. The new version 9.6 of Opera is downloadable now. and I’ve been testing it out. It has a […] Read more »

The scariest thing to watch this Halloween isn’t in theaters — it’s in the stock market. It’s down! It’s up! It’s down! My 401k! Aaaaaaaaagghhh! We can’t help you manage your money, but we can help all those obsessive compulsives get up-to-the minute reports on the […] Read more »

The world’s oceans are an energetic place, and military-industrial giant Lockheed Martin said today it has been granted $1.2 million by the Department of Energy to demonstrate that ocean thermal energy conversion is possible. Although the ocean often doesn’t feel very warm, the temperature gradient between […] Read more »

The Boy Genius Report brings word of relief in sight for Mac users with BlackBerry.  The official Research In Motion (RIM) application BlackBerry Media Sync for Mac will bring all the functionality of BlackBerry Desktop Manager to OS X users. Third party solutions like PocketMac for […] Read more »

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With the huge growth of overseas markets and resources, mobile startups need to shift away from a “local” focus and go “global.” Global companies need to possess the right combination of management capabilities, innovation, market savvy, infrastructure and an overseas footprint to compete on a worldwide […] Read more »

Apple have recently announced a new field trip scheme, encouraging youngsters to visit their local Apple Store. The aim is to either let children use the hardware and software in the store to create a new project (likely using different iLife packages), or to turn the […] Read more »

Norway has taken their two-year fight against iTunes and Apple’s FairPlay DRM to its next step, and will now ask the government to force Apple to open their iTunes music to other devices besides the iPod.  As background, this all began when Norway’s consumer ombudsman, Bjorn Erik […] Read more »

This year’s Paris Auto Show is turning out to be the most electrifying one yet, with car makers from all over the world debuting their electric vehicles. The offerings range from far-flung concept cars to very real production models. Solar roofs are a popular theme and […] Read more »

Today’s video to check out is actually four videos that aim to create a low-tech HD experience — while embedding won’t work for this pretty cool experiment using YouTube embeds and a rarely-seen Rick Astley track, it’s definitely worth your time to click this link or […] Read more »

It appears the term "netbook" must be official with the report that Intel, maker of the Atom processor that appears in most mini-notebooks, has purchased the domain If you go to it takes you to a page where Intel is promoting the Atom processor: […] Read more »

We are (obviously) fond of the term “web worker” to describe the WWD audience. But there are other terms that get thrown around a lot: “digital bedouin” is popular among the cutting-edge set, “telecommuter” seems to be the darling of the mainstream media, while “teleworker” gets […] Read more »

A technology developed at Ohio University to grow algae in efficient bioreactors has been licensed by Atlanta-based startup Green Bios Technology, the university said this morning. The developer of the algae bioreactor, Ohio University Professor of Mechanical Engineering David Bayless, told us that the reactor and […] Read more »

DISH to Fork Over $104 Million to TiVo; with the Supreme Court not hearing its case, the satellite service announced that it will pay up over the patent dispute. (Ars Technica) SNL Skit Yanked Over Legal Concerns; economic bailout sketch pulled because two people depicted in […] Read more »

A web worker’s office is her most important tool.  Arranging it should be given more care and importance than setting up one’s LinkedIn profile.  In my four years of web work, I can’t say that I’ve achieved the perfect office yet, but I already know what […] Read more »

Several websites have reported in recent days that Microsoft are once again extending their period of official support for vendors offering Windows XP on new machines. The proposed deadline had already been extended to the end of January 2009, but appears now to have been prolonged […] Read more »

While Kevin is off playing around working in Baltimore covering the WiMAX press event word has come out that the TU25 USB modem from ZTE has become the first USB WiMAX modem certified for use by the XOHM network.  There is no word on when the […] Read more »

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