After 12 months and 15,000 miles, was the Chevy Volt the right car for us? With our prior home solar panel investment and driving habits: yes. But it’s not a good car for everyone and there’s one thing I’d change. Read more »
The lean startup model works for some, but not all companies. Gainsight CEO Nick Mehta offers five reasons why companies with awesome products, large markets and access to capital might want to consider bulking up. Read more »
After a year as a new-media startup. Matter says it has learned a number of lessons about online journalism — including the fact that paywalls make it hard to attract new readers and also be part of “the rhythms of the web” Read more »
DJI’s new drone updates its previous model with an attached camera that shoots HD video and 14 MP photos. But you have to be willing to shell out $1,199. Read more »
The Geeksphone Revolution promises an intriguingly versatile device, but it’s not all good news — Geeksphone has had to inform those who pre-ordered its current theoretical flagship, the Peak+, that the device has been cancelled due to supply chain problems. Read more »
Hoping to easily install the CyanogenMod (CM) app to change the software on your Android device? It’s no longer as easy as it used to be: The app was voluntarily removed by the CM team at Google’s suggestion as Google said it would eventually have to pull it from the store. The reason? It “encourages users to void their warranty,” which typically happens when a user gains root access to an Android phone or tablet. CM can still be installed through sideloading and is available as a direct download.
A team at Georgia Tech has come up with an ingenious way to steer a wheelchair if you can’t move your limbs and torso: your tongue, featuring a magnetic titanium piercing full of sensors. Currently, the most common driving method for people with tetraplegia involves sucking on or blowing into a straw, but the researchers’ method — which basically turns the tongue into a joystick by having the sensors talk to a headset that controls the chair — is apparently just as accurate and much faster. Associate professor Maysam Ghovanloo hopes to commercialize the technology through his startup, Bionic Sciences.
Netflix, Amazon and Hulu have all made big investments in original series over the last two years — but Netflix is the only one with Emmy nominations. Is there more to it than a lack of David Fincher? Read more »
A government minister has confirmed plans, mentioned recently by the prime minister in a poorly reported parliamentary exchange, to force ISPs to censor access to “extremist” online material. But that term is open to interpretation. Read more »
Today’s secure email technology is too clunky for really widespread deployment. Now the creators of Lavabit and Silent Mail — including encryption legend Phil Zimmermann — have funding to help realize their dream of a usable yet genuinely secure email system. Read more »
The week in cloud: Jared Wray, newly installed cloud CTO of CenturyLink talks about how Tier 3, AppFog, Savvis fit in the CenturyLink cloud umbrella; and we give thanks for special blessings. Read more »
Black Friday means that you can save money on devices like Google’s Chromecast, the new Roku 2 or even an Apple TV. Here are the best deals for cord cutters. Read more »
McLaren CIO Stuart Birrell says the company’s technology ends up helping build a better shoe, monitoring sick kids, and mitigating athletic injury. Read more »
YouTube’s most recent Android app contains a number of references to premium music features, suggesting that the site’s music subscription service could launch soon. Read more »
We’re all familiar with the smart watches and smart glasses that make up the frontier of wearable tech, but what about a smart wig? Bloomberg says Sony has filed a patent for a “SmartWig,” which could do anything from play music to check the blood pressure of the wearer. The wig could also have a built-in camera, laser, or even a GPS sensor. There are even prototypes in the works, suggesting that Sony is interested in taking this kooky concept to reality.
These low-cost apps will help you make a better meal in the kitchen, so your Turkey Day is more pleasant. Read more »
Dwellr, released by the U.S. Census Bureau, gives users handy data on U.S. communities. Read more »
Even with more powerful phones out on the market, I still consider the Moto X to be among the best Android phones you can buy today. But you don’t want to buy one today; if you can wait until Monday, you’ll save $150. Motorola is holding a special deal on all no-contract Moto X handsets and that includes custom Moto Maker versions and the unlocked Developer Editions. A 16 GB model will cost $349 while $399 will get you a 32 GB version. According to Motorola’s John Rinaldi, the sale starts at 8am on Monday and supply will be limited.
Bitcoin just broke $1,000, triggering new questions of whether it’s a bubble — or if you should buy some. Here’s a round-up of the latest hype, including what marketers and financial types are saying. Read more »
Making the power grid as smart as the Internet will take a lot of digital tools and software. Particularly digital solid state transformers, if Gridco has its way. Read more »
What has gotten lost in the Beastie Boys vs. GoldieBlox hysteria is that fair use is an important principle when it comes to copyright, and we would be better off as a society if we supported it rather than chipping away at its effectiveness Read more »
Japanese TV fans got one more option to get their movie fix this week: Amazon launched its Instant Video service in Japan Tuesday, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The offering has 26,000 movies and TV show episodes available for rent and purchase, but Amazon isn’t currently offering a Prime Instant-like subscription to Japanese customers. The launch coincided with the introduction of the Kindle Fire HDX in Japan.
We may think we’re used to the potential harms of sharing too much data on social networks, but what happens when passive data collection from sensors can be shared –sometimes without your knowledge? Read more »
Looking for a job in tech? Each week we highlight some of the most interesting positions posted to Gigaom’s job board. Check out the latest gigs at tech companies across the country. Read more »
The latest blockbuster Kickstarter project is an unlikely one: an open source computer science education kit with Raspberry Pi. This one is targeted at kids, and it’s finding fans. Read more »
European courts can order ISPs to block sites that offer copyright-infringing material, in the opinion of the EU advocate general. Of course, some EU countries already allow this. Read more »
Recent reports indicate the best selling Windows Phone is Nokia’s Lumia 520. If true, it makes sense why Nokia is launching the Lumia 525 as a successor. The only change in this model appears to be a doubling of memory from 512 MB to 1 GB, allowing more apps to run simultaneously. The handset will also support interchangeable covers in different colors. To keep costs down, the handset uses an older but still capable 1GHz Snapdragon S4 processor, 8 GB of internal storage an 800 x 480 resolution 4-inch touchscreen and support for 21 Mbps HSPA+ networks in lieu of LTE.
In June of 2012 there were only 27 million LTE connections in the world, but by the end of December that number will be at 176 million, according to GSMA Intelligence. Read more »
If you had doubts that you’ll be able to speak to a computer and have Google Now bring up personalized information, Google’s newest Chrome extension should dispel them. Read more »
Toy maker GoldieBlox, which is at the center of a controversy over their use of a rap song to celebrate girls and science, threw in the towel. Was this a real copyright controversy or just marketing? Read more »
Report: Microsoft’s decision to beef up security around data transmission is more evidence that NSA revelations are hurting U.S. tech companies’ ability to compete. Read more »
Comcast’s Xfinity broadband network — 20.28 million subscribers — is on its way to becoming one of world’s largest IPv6 networks, thanks to a new software upgrade by ARRIS, a cable equipment maker. The Suwanee, Ga.-based company (that also includes Motorola’s Home Business) recently released a software upgrade that has enabled IPv6 support for more than 4 million ARRIS TG862 gateways —boxes that are used to connect to the Internet, offer phone service and act as a wireless access point— currently deployed across the Comcast broadband network. Comcast has been planning to completely rollout IPv6 across its network by early 2014.
The tech world is still enthralled by Yahoo, if only to watch if the CEO du jour can remake what was a hugely important company. Here, four former Yahoo technology executives talk about why the company failed, and the great work it did while doing so. Read more »
This Dec. 3 and 4, 2013, Miami will be home to SIME MIA, a global digital conference featuring some the world’s most innovative and knowledgeable technologists, media executives and venture capitalists, who will share their experiences and vision for the future. Read more »
Here come the holidays! Tune in to this week’s podcast for our recommended Chromebook and five extensions that would make a great gift package. We also discuss how Google made Chrome for Android faster and a new web-based development tool for web apps. Read more »
Pure Storage now charges that EMC purloined one of its flash arrays to extract trade secrets; EMC responds with a patent infringment suit. And so it goes. Read more »
The European Commission has set out its plan for restoring “trust” in the way the U.S. treats Europeans’ data. However, while it calls for more respect for EU ciitizens’ rights, the plan mostly amounts to asking the Americans to stick to the rules they’ve agreed to, and to be clearer about when surveillance may take place. Read more »
Documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden show how the NSA has at least considered using evidence of alleged Islamist extremists’ online sexual activities to discredit them. The targets were not suspected of involvement in terrorist plots. Read more »