Stories for Oct. 7, 2008

Sure it’s not like back in the early 2000s, when those crooks from Enron were driving the prices of bandwidth down into the ground, but even today prices on Internet bandwidth continue to fall. If you are a consumer, however, there’s a good chance you’re wondering […] Read more »

Subodh Bapat, who heads up computing giant Sun Microsystem’s energy efficiency charge, advocates the notion of “energy-proportional computing.” While most data centers today use basically a constant amount of power regardless of workload, engineers and data center designers are working on making servers use the equivalent […] Read more »

It’s been a long time coming, but AMD said this morning that it has entered into a transaction with the Advanced Technology Investment Company of Abu Dhabi to create an independent semiconductor manufacturing foundry called The Foundry Company. As part of the spin-out of AMD’s fabrication […] Read more »

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The now non-existent iPhone developer NDA seems to have been holding back a flood of useful and diverse information. IBM has contributed to this information deluge with their release of a tutorial (registration required), authored by PJ Cabrera, on how to use the Eclipse C Development […] Read more »

If the V-P candidates’ lukewarm responses on climate change last week failed to satisfy your hunger for a serious energy debate, perhaps an opportunity to join T. Boone Pickens in an online forum about energy issues during Tuesday’s face-off will. Pickens and Carl Pope, executive director […] Read more »

Stories for Oct. 6, 2008

Green building materials startup Serious Materials officially announced the availability of its eco-windows, ThermaProof, on Tuesday, which it says can save significant energy in buildings and reduce heating and cooling costs by 40 percent. Serious Materials says its windows are so energy efficient that they can […] Read more »

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Add Hulu to the list of places live-streaming John McCain and Barack Obama duking it out in their remaining presidential debates. The site will stream NBC’s coverage of Tuesday’s debate from Belmont University in Nashville Tenn. starting at 9 p.m. EST. This is also the first […] Read more »

YouTube is experimenting with two new viewing options for long-form content: “Theater View,” which shoves down creator information, pulls a clip into widescreen mode, and frames it with red curtains, and “Lights Off,” which dims the browser window outside the video player. The options were documented […] Read more »

Social Line Connect is a simple iPhone game with a cross-platform backbone. The free app, which looks similar to Connect Four, was added to the App Store over the weekend. The real point of the no-frills game is playing it with friends — even if they […] Read more »

1 Block Off the Grid Brings Community and Solar Together: 1 Block Off the Grid is a community-based purchasing program for residential solar which negotiates with installers for group discounts. The group’s first block purchase in San Francisco is set to receive solar panels soon – […] Read more »

I sometimes wonder if the folks over in the Googleplex ever sleep. It seems like we have a new product or service update every other day some weeks. Google is now getting even closer to Mac desktops with the release of Update-Engine, a Mac OS X […] Read more »

The Firefox browser from Mozilla is one of the most popular web worker applications, and one of the reasons is that as an open source browser, it’s always been designed for customization. Firefox extensions are a top way to customize, but in this post I’ll cover […] Read more »

Since the MSI Wind is "now" at Best Buy I decided to hit up their online store to see if it had shown up yet.  It hadn’t but I was very surprised to see "Netbooks" appear on the drop-down menu under "Computers".  I just had to […] Read more »

Today eBay said it would spend $945 million to buy online payment company Bill Me Later, but the folks over at aren’t likely to welcome eBay as Bill Me Later’s new corporate overlords. Amazon holds an equity stake in the payment processing company and is […] Read more »

The remarkable rise and fall of Imperium Renewables — from a rising star in the alternative fuel universe to a green basket case — may finally be coming to an end. On Monday, Imperium became one of the many beneficiaries of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act […] Read more »

A few weeks ago we wrote about ways to get cheap wireless broadband, including an ingenious tip from Pocketables on how to use AT&T’s prepaid GoPhone service to get unlimited access for $20 a month. Well, Phone News tells us that option will be cut off […] Read more »

We told you earlier that MSI was going to announce the appearance of the Wind U100 in a "major retailer" and today they did so.  We got the PR from MSI that announces the Wind will be appearing shortly in Best Buy stores throughout the US […] Read more »

Estimates show that as September came to a close, Apple’s iPhone manufacturers should have rolled unit number 10,000,000 off their lines. Not totally shabby for 18 months of iPhones on the open market — a significant portion of that time limited to potential sales in the […] Read more »

The Department of Defense is looking for something light but powerful for U.S. soldiers to wear. The Department doled out $1.75 million in prize money to the makers of three light-weight power devices for its inaugural “Wearable Power Competition” over the weekend, following a grueling field […] Read more »

With most wireless broadband plans capped at 5GB per month, we’re often asked how much data we use and how quickly we can bump up against that cap. Obviously, the amount of data used varies by each individual’s activities, but I wanted to share info from […] Read more »

My excursion into the netbook world has me looking fast and furious into utilities that work well under Windows XP and especially those that make good use of the lower resolution screen.  Today’s Freeware of the Moment does that by enabling a nice dual pane display […] Read more »

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