Stories for Jul. 2, 2008

Roku, the maker of the $99 Netflix streaming set-top box, has told Forbes that it will be updating its software later this year to let the device stream video from other “big name” providers. While Roku didn’t name names, YouTube obviously springs to mind. The video-sharing […] Read more »

For all TAB readers interested in getting access to the most cutting edge (dubbed “sneaky peek”) releases of OmniFocus (their task management app) you can sign up for advance notifications via their Sneaky Peak page. The “Omni” apps are well-crafted products and their programmers do their […] Read more »

If you are looking for on demand, toll-free conference call services, look no further. FreeConference announced this week that they now offer On-Demand Reservationless Toll Free Premium 800 service. FreeConference has been offering free teleconferencing services for years. Their free packages, Web-Scheduled Standard and Reservationless Standard, […] Read more »

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Powerset founder Barney Pell used to turn blue in the face telling people how superior his company’s approach to search was, yet now he’s selling the firm to Microsoft for a rumored $100 million. The move is not, however, simply a reflection of how well Powerset was doing but of how much money the company was faced with spending in order to compete with Google. Read more »

Have you no loyalty, Will Ferrell? While Funny or Die toils along, branching into video games to show that it’s stronger than just your wit alone, you’re off gallivanting on iBeatYou, online video home of new mom Jessica Alba and that traitor Baron Davis (see our […] Read more »

Vyyo, loosely translated, means “air” in Hindi. And air is what the Norcross, Ga.-based cable broadband equipment maker with that name might have run out of. The company, which used to trade on Nasdaq under the ticker VYYO, is down to some $5.3 million in cash […] Read more »

Microsoft today announced the launch of Equipt, a new suite consisting of the Windows Live OneCare security service and Office Home and Student 2007. What’s different here is the pricing: $69.99 per year on an annual subscription basis, covering three computers. Equipt users get whatever upgrades […] Read more »

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Another hydrogen-based fuel cell company has brought in cash, and unlike the physics-defying BlackLight, this one’s tech is already getting tested in some big deals. Intelligent Energy said this morning that it has raised $13.6 million to help it get its hydrogen fuel cells closer to […] Read more »

Gone are the days when the cell phone is simply for talking. In a survey commissioned by Access Systems Americas and conducted by Amplitude Research, buyers of new cell phones look at video capability (33%), music (34%), accessing the Internet (61%), email capabilities (63%), camera (67%), […] Read more »

AT&T has decided not to renew its contract to resell television services provided by Dish Networks. The announcement, made last night in a filing from Dish with the SEC, have sent shares of the satellite company tumbling and analysts rushing to point out that this may […] Read more »

I recently ripped a few seasons of my favorite TV shows from DVD’s to MP4′s so I could put them on my iPhone for when I travel; however, when I imported them into iTunes they imported as movies, not TV shows. No big deal I thought, […] Read more »

Who needs physics when there’s money to be made? The race to discover clean energy breakthroughs is seeing its fair share of cold fusion style ideas — oh-so-much promise, but a looming gap between enthusiasm and scientific reality. In the case of BlackLight Power, a 19-year […] Read more »

That sound you hear is an entire generation of nerds bursting at the seams with the news that their beloved ’80s childhood cartoon, G.I. Joe, is coming back as an animated web series. The series is called G.I. Joe Resolute (was G.I. Joe Stay the Course […] Read more »

One of the eye-catching things about the MacBook Air announcement was the availability of a solid-state drive (SSD) as a standard option, replacing the mechanical hard drive. For a not-insignificant $999, you can upgrade the regular hard drive to 64GB of pure memory chips. SSDs have […] Read more »

It’s best days may be behind it in online search, but Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO) is proving its still a contender in mobile. The search engine and p… Read more »

Is McCain the John Kerry of energy? News reports this week are essentially calling him a flip-flopper when it comes to his energy record and policy. The Los Angeles Times and Bloomberg say the presidential candidate has had varying stances on offshore oil drilling, clean energy […] Read more »

AT&T Dissing Dish Networks; telco won’t resell the satellite service as of Dec. 31. (The Wall Street Journal) DVDs Dominate, But Young’uns Turning to New Ways; study from Knowledge Networks shows Generation Y (ages 13 – 29) streams and downloads, but isn’t buying, video content. (release) […] Read more »

Doesn’t everyone want an update that "improves the phone application, stability and device usability"? If you’re a Palm Treo 755p owner on Verizon, you’re in luck because Palm says that’s exactly what you’ll get. And I use the term "exactly" in a very generous way since […] Read more »

WWD’s Mike Gunderloy covered Mozilla’s Weave project back in December, noting its usefulness in synchronizing bookmarks between a user’s various installations of Firefox…essentially moving a Firefox user profile into the cloud. Monday saw the release of a major update to Weave, bringing in several new features […] Read more »

Troubled rental chain Blockbuster has withdrawn its bid to buy troubled electronics retailer Circuit City. The company issued a one paragraph release explaining the news yesterday: “Based on market conditions and the completion of our initial due diligence process, we have determined that it is not […] Read more »

Although the speculation was rampant when Apple bought PA Semi earlier this year, Intel made it official: there will not be Intel processors in the iPhone. Intel is preparing more x86 versions of their processors for mobile devices, and “Apple chose not to take that road […] Read more »

I’ve mentioned PDF Download before – it’s one of my favorite unobtrusive Firefox extensions. It sits in the background, and when you click a PDF link, you get a choice as to whether to open them in the browser, open them in an external viewer, or […] Read more »

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