Stories for Jul. 1, 2008

Thin-film solar technology, or thin layers of photovoltaics that can be printed onto flexible surfaces, will make up 28 percent of the solar market by 2012, says a report out this morning from Lux Research. Thin-film solar technology, which is being developed with materials like amorphous […] Read more »

Joss Whedon’s upcoming writers’ strike-inspired web series, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, is the closest thing to a sure hit online, even if it is going to be a musical (hey, that’s just unusual — not bad!). Turns out Whedon has a pretty interesting plan for pleasing […] Read more »

Apple and AT&T have made a great deal of noise about the iPhone 3G: “Twice as fast. Half the price.” But that marquee $199 price could be elusive, depending on your current relationship with AT&T. With the rollout of their latest iPhone product pages and the […] Read more »

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Or Die Networks Branches Into Video Games; PwnorDie.com to launch in fall, as we reported earlier, the site will be video-based and won’t let you actually play games. (The Hollywood Reporter) Hollywood Make “Final Offer” to SAG; union most likely to wait a week and see […] Read more »

Stop the presses! It’s Tuesday morning and we love the Onion, so we feel obliged to point out this ridiculously awesome list of biofuel products in the Onion’s Obligatory Green Issue (the list is an oldie but a goodie). “Mentholanol” could get scarce if this legislation […] Read more »

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Adobe, Google and Yahoo have announced they are banding together to enable searches through Flash content, but the service won’t index FLV files — meaning no new way to search YouTube videos. Perfecting video search seems to be a nagging issue for the industry, but it […] Read more »

Today Apple quietly launched iTunesU-K12, a resource for K-12 schools and districts throughout the United States. So far, only a few states have contributed (Arizona, Florida, Maine, Michigan, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Utah) with varying amounts of content available. iTunesU-K12 was announced at NECC (National Educational […] Read more »

As the average consumer embraces ever more complex technology, Verizon is offering a series of classes beginning in New York City to show consumers what their PDAs and smartphones can do for them. I’m sure many of our readers aren’t in need of such a class […] Read more »

The official press release that many folks have been waiting for is finally here: iPhone 3G pricing details. Sure, we all knew about the low, low $199 price for an 8GB, while you can double-down on your storage capacity for another $100. But what about non-qualified […] Read more »

Today‘s the first day that San Francisco residents can start applying for those thousands of dollars in rebates for their rooftop solar systems through one of the country’s most aggressive municipal solar programs. Residents can apply for the incentives of between $3,000 and $6,000 and businesses […] Read more »

I’ll come clean here: when Sony introduced the mylo line of personal communicators, my "mobile-tech meter" didn’t even register a beat. I couldn’t figure out if Sony was trying to get into the Sidekick business without a cellular radio or what. Now I’m having second thoughts […] Read more »

If you want a 3G iPhone without an AT&T contract, you can get one. Eventually. For $599 for the 8 GB version or $699 for the 16 GB version. That’s a 200 percent markup over the $199 price tag for the 8 GB version with a […] Read more »

[qi:_earth2tech] Imagine what it would be like if gas were $7 a gallon, or three and a half times the price at the beginning of last year. According to CIBC World Markets analyst Jeff Rubin, unless something gives, that’s what we can expect two pay — […] Read more »

With Gordon Brown‘s fiscal reputation following Dubya‘s own battered rep into a swirling black hole of oil prices and crunchy credit, it’s heartening to know that (sometimes) Her Majesty’s government can still do its subjects a few financial favours here in Blighty. A couple of weeks […] Read more »

Last week, my 10-month old MacBook crashed. And died. And now I’m slowly uncovering the depth and breadth of my arrogance. Because, my dear readers, I had not backed up my computer for 10 months. And the only reason I had a 10-month old backup of my data is because it occurred as I was getting my files from my old G4 laptop to my MacBook last Fall. This is a cautionary tale for anyone out there who is still finding every excuse in the book not to back up their computer. And I had many. Read more »

In the wake of reports from TUAW and RoughlyDrafted.com that 10.6, also known as Snow Leopard, would be the smallest Apple OS in years, many have been scrambling to figure out how exactly Apple was going to be dropping that much heft from their mainline apps. […] Read more »

Back when gas was $2 a gallon, we didn’t sweat it. Our biggest concern at the pump was whether we remembered to check the oil. At $3 a gallon, we started to grouse. At $4, we can all agree, it hurts. So imagine what it would […] Read more »

Veoh last week discontinued Viral, its original video show, by laying off host Sunny Gault. Gault was the only member of the cast and crew who was a full-time employee, the company told NewTeeVee. The show’s final episode is embedded below: Viral, which debuted in November […] Read more »

Tesla wasn’t the only cleantech startup with big news about manufacturing on Monday; solar thermal startup Ausra said yesterday that it had turned on the reflector line at its Las Vegas solar equipment manufacturing facility. And like at Tesla’s media event, which was attended by California’s […] Read more »

Stories for Jun. 30, 2008

The move was on schedule as expected at the start of the day today with Comcast scheduled to arrive for the new installation between 8 and 11 am.  I was stuck waiting for the technician to arrive to install the cable TV equipment and especially the […] Read more »

Another Weak Point for Biofuels, Weather: “The nation’s increasing dependence on crops for motor fuel adds another level of vulnerability from the weather.” — New York Times. Wind Too Reliable for British Power?: A report funded by the Renewable Energy Foundation and printed in the journal […] Read more »

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