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MoveEye: It’s like Google Glass for your TV remote

MoveEye aims to revolutionize the tv remote control process, getting rid of items like keyboards and mice by using Google-esque glasses and software to let consumers direct their television or computer screens with remote hand gestures. The company has patents pending but isn’t commercially available.

Microsoft Sues Over a Feature Windows Phone 7 Lacks

Microsoft is far behind Google Android in mobile device market share but has a secret weapon: patents that the company claims are infringed upon by Android device makers. Ironically, one of the patent examples is a feature that Microsoft hasn’t implemented in it’s own handsets.

Android This Week: Nook; App Inventor; Top Twitter Apps

The Nook reader was released for Android, bringing Barnes & Noble e-books to the platform. Budding Android app programmers can build home-brew apps simply using drag-and-drop methods in the newly released App Inventor. The top 5 Twitter apps for Android will get you tweeting with style.

Barnes & Noble Pushes Update for Nook

Nook owners are getting a surprise from Barnes & Noble in the form of a major software update. Version 1.3 has the standard bug fixes and performance enhancements, and also adds some new features to the Nook. Reading free e-books in the stores is now possible.

Smart Grid Shopping: Itron Acquires Asais

Itron announced this morning that it plans to buy up French smart grid energy management and analytics company Asais. The deal shows how Itron continues to move beyond providing endpoints and hardware to selling end-to-end solutions, software and services.

The Daily Sprout

UK Commits to Cutting Emissions 80% by 2050: The UK’s new energy and climate change secretary Ed Miliband has committed the country…

Crib Sheet for Co-founder Finding

_We’ve posted a few pieces addressing the “challenges of picking your co-founder(s)”:http://gigaom.com/2007/05/17/dangers-of-a-threesome/. Other posts have taken a stab at the best methods…

Yowie brings video chat, media sharing to Facebook

Online video chat provider Yowie is boosting its social presence, with a Facebook app that will let individual users talk to one another while sharing interesting videos. The app differentiates itself by ranking users based on videos they share and their behavior in chat rooms.

Could HBO ‘Go’ Direct to Consumers?

Time Warner Chairman and CEO Jeff Bewkes said the company didn’t have any plans for a direct-to-consumer HBO offering, but he didn’t outright dismiss the possibility, either. Instead, he said HBO might target consumers online if its cable partners don’t roll out authenticated services quickly enough.

Postcard from Denmark: The throwaway culture is over

The Danish Design Center in Copenhagen is featuring an exhibit that explores ways to reduce waste and use more sustainable materials for some of the common things we use. Turns out big corporations are some of the leading thinkers on these eco materials.

Vid-Biz: Google, FOX, Amazon

Google Gets Into TV Ads; search giant partnering with Nielsen to better analyze commercial viewership for advertisers. (The New York Times) FOX…

Netopia, Unplugged

Everyone wants a WiFi, but even that is not enough to staunch the bleeding at Emeryville-based Netopia, which seems to be unravelling.…

Cassandra Snags U.S. Government, Runs on Amazon EC2

The U.S. government will be using NoSQL database technology Cassandra for a 400-node cluster for intelligence mining. In addition, Riptano, the Austin, Texas-based Cassandra-focussed startup says now the open source NoSQL software is ready to run on Amazon’s EC2 service.

Live Chat The Stevenote

While we here at The Apple Blog will be offering our 2 cents (not that you asked…) on tomorrow’s announcements during and…

U.S. Gov: We can update Android phones in 2 weeks

The U.S. government has settled on Google’s Android platform for secure phones, mainly because the software is open and can easily be modified. But what about the dreaded Android software updates? No worries; the government says it can provide them within 2 weeks of Google’s changes!

Why the new iPad is so hot (literally)

That super crisp and bright Retina display of the new iPad might be easy on the eyes, but some reports indicate it may not be very easy on your hands or lap, thanks to the heat it throws off.

Show off your new iPad display with these Retina-ready apps

The Retina display on the new iPad, available Friday, is absolutely stunning. However, the increase in resolution makes some older apps appear a bit pixelated. Here are several apps already updated with Retina-ready graphics so you can show off the pixel-pushing power of your new tablet.

The science behind the new iPad’s display

DisplaySearch explains what exactly Apple did to pack four times the amount of pixels onto the new iPad screen compared to its predecessor’s none-too-shabby display. According to DisplaySearch, Apple did it using a pixel-design technique called Super High Aperture, or SHA.

UMID mbook BZ: Littlest Laptop

A lot of small gadgets come through Mobile Tech Manor but it is rare that one impresses me like the little UMID mbook BZ. The mbook is a full netbook, as it has the full complement of netbook components onboard, yet weighs less than a pound.

The Daily Sprout

“Nanoflowers Improve Ultracapacitors”: Researchers at the Chinese Research Institute of Chemical Defense have developed an electrode that can store twice as much…

Why Apple + Anobit makes sense

Reports say Apple is buying a maker of flash memory technology for up to $500 million. Apple hasn’t confirmed or commented on the deal, but it does seem to fit with Apple’s M.O. when it comes to acquisitions and its overarching strategy.

µTorrent Comes to Mac in Beta Form

If I’m using stuck using Windows for whatever reason, I’m probably using µTorrent. It’s fast, lightweight, and far superior in almost every…

Pixykids looks to be the Facebook for kids and their families

Start-up Pixykids is emerging out of stealth and is hoping to become the Facebook for kids with a platform that blends social networking, virtual worlds, video chatting and self-expression and invites the entire family to participate in a child’s activities.

How to Design Electric Cars for Safety

Electric vehicle makers are trying to tackle that EV battery safety issue with design, technology and rhetoric. You can see some good examples at the Detroit Auto Show this week, like Volvo, and Tesla.

AFTRA Accepts Hollywood Labor Deal

AFTRA, the smaller of Hollywood’s two performers unions, has ratified its earlier three year deal with the producers..the labor pact with ma…

Google Ventures & The Lesson of V-Vehicle

Google Ventures will have to brace itself for the majority of investments to break even and lose money. Its investment into green car company V-Vehicle is the classic case in point of how far Google Ventures can miss the mark.

V-Vehicle: DOE Decides Against Loan for Stealthy Car Startup

V-Vehicle, the stealthy auto startup backed by T. Boone Pickens and Kleiner Perkins that aims to build low-cost, highly efficient, gasoline-powered cars, announced late Wednesday that it’s game over for the company’s bid to secure $321.1 million in federal loans. V-Vehicle had requested funds under the Department of Energy’s Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing (ATVM) loan program, including $79.9 million for engineering integration and $241.2 million to set up manufacturing at an old General Motors (s GM) plant in Monroe, Louisiana. And V-Vehicle says the DOE program office has informed the company that it “will not recommend approval” of the applications.

There’s big money in water data

Helping water utilities manage and monitor water using data and analytics is a growing business, and Swiss power giant ABB has just made an investment in an Israeli water data startup called TaKaDu.

Aquamarine Power Awash in $17.4M

Last month we pointed out seven projects paving the way for ocean power. Well, here’s an eighth: This morning, Scottish wave energy company Aquamarine Power said it has raised $17.4 million in new funding, including $12.6 million from power giant ABB.

AUDIO: Schwarzenegger Rocks It At ARPA-E

Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger rocked it at the ARPA-E Summit on Tuesday with one of his best green-themed speeches that also received a standing ovation. Here’s the audio of the speech, for your listening pleasure.

10 Companies to Watch for out of ARPA-E

Early-stage, high-risk, and potentially game-changing — those are a few things all the companies that have been funded by the Department of Energy’s ARPA-E program have in common. I’m at the ARPA-E Summit this week and here are 10 companies to watch for.

Sprint Planning To Lay Off Thousands: Report

*Sprint* Nextel CEO Dan Hesse expects to cut several thousand jobs to demonstrate his promise to instill greater efficiencies and cost savin…

Will the Royal Wedding Break the Internet?

The British government is predicting two billion people may watch the wedding of Prince William to Kate Middleton on Friday, April 29. And with YouTube and other sites hosting live streams, that could be enough to bring down networks and sites around the world.

It's 2018: Who Owns the Cloud?

Ten years from now, I believe that clouds will be evaluated based on three generic criteria: transactions, user experience and presence. And as with any active market, it’s a safe bet that there will be plenty of companies that best showcase each of them. But which of them will own the cloud?

In-App Billing Can Boost Android Revenues More Than You Think

Android developers can now offer digital purchases in their smartphone apps, adding another potential revenue stream. There’s an “Android is free” mentality when it comes to software, but there’s good news here: in-app revenues are greater in free apps than in paid apps, says one report.

Mint vs Blippy

“I don’t like getting questions about my purchases at lingerie shops. What I wear is my own business.” Mint.com founder Aaron Patzer…

Miro Launches First VP8 Video Converter

Miro has introduced the first tool designed to convert files to the just-released VP8 video format. The release of Miro Video Converter 2.0 will leverage Google’s new open video format, which was announced as part of its WebM Project earlier this week.

The All-Access iPhone-Connected Thermostat

Build your energy-smart home with iPhone-compatible thermostats from Home Depot. That’s the new product from Radio Thermostat, as well as the goal of the U-SNAP Alliance, which seeks to bundle Wi-Fi, ZigBee, Z Wave, FM radio and other flavors of communications for the energy-aware home.

Why we are buying paidContent

First the news: Yes, the rumors are true. We are indeed buying the assets of ContentNext Media from Guardian News & Media Limited. And no, we are not disclosing the terms of the deal. Here are the reasons why we are acquiring paidContent and its sister sites.

What Does the Future Hold for Newspapers?

Last year was the worst year since 1986 for newspaper ad revenues (unless you use inflation-adjusted numbers, in which case it was the worst since 1963). Some papers are looking to pay walls as a solution, while others are hoping the Apple iPad will save them.

How-To: Printing Mailing Labels From Address Book

This holiday season, the Unites States Postal Service recommends getting First Class Mail out by Monday, Dec. 20 to ensure delivery by the 25th. The following two tips will help you get address labels printed up and ready to mail using your Mac.

Green Overdrive: We Test Drive the Mini E!

BMW’s Mini-Es might just be prototype electric cars, but they’re some of the most fun ones we’ve driven. With the heavy regen and the speedy pick-up, we had a blast test driving one around the streets of LA. Check it out!

Apple Delays Availability of White iPhone

Today, Apple released a press statement announcing that it is delaying shipments of the white iPhone 4 until late July due to manufacturing delays. The black iPhone 4 is not affected by this manufacturing issue.

UPDATED: Feds Open Up $25M for Risky Research

The National Institute of Standards and Technology today announced $25 million available for high-risk research projects. The idea is to develop more efficient, lower cost, less wasteful and faster ways of making products “process-based industries.”

Question of the Day: Pricing

*I have a new software product to introduce to the market, but I’m struggling with how to determine what to charge for…

A kinder, gentler DRM?

With Pottermore.com now using watermarking instead of heavyweight DRM on all the Harry Potter e-books, anti-DRM arguments are growing louder. Now the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) hopes to create an industry standard for “lightweight content protection,” occupying “a middle ground between strong DRM and DRM-free.”

Why Japan blew its hardware and mobile edge

Japan was once the undisputed king of consumer electronics. Today, it has ceded that title to rivals from Korea. And if that is not enough, Japan lost its lead in mobile services to more internet centric rivals such as Google and Apple. Reason it lost: Internet.

Asia slowly going VoIP

CNN International reports that slowly and slowly, VoIP is taking hold in places like Hong Kong and Singapore, as broadband spreads through…

Would Apple want to run your whole living room?

A WSJ report indicates Apple, Google and Microsoft are having acquisition talks with a small home automation company. The talks may not go anywhere. But that this company is interesting to these major players shows how crucial the battle for the living room is becoming.

Slingbox Founder Makes Homes Smarter with Android

Slingbox founder, Blake Kirkorian has a knack for turning hobbies into products. His latest, called R2, is an Android application that interfaces with Crestron home automation systems, turning a handset or tablet into a remote control that can tap the system from anywhere in the world.

SlingPlayer Mobile Arrives on the iPad

Sling Media ?today released? an iPad-specific version of its ?SlingPlayer Mobile? application. The app, like its iPhone counterpart, allows you to stream live TV from your set-top cable or satellite box to your iPad wirelessly so long as you have Slingbox hardware.

Introducing, Grouper

One great thing about the current spate of digital disruptions is that entrepreneurs are finally getting their groove back. I just read…

Fast Society exits group messaging race, plots new app

Fast Society, a group messaging app that competed against the likes of GroupMe, WhatsApp, Kik and others, has announced it will end its messaging service on Wednesday but has plans to launch a new product called Cameo early in the new year.

The Apple Roundup: MLB fans embrace Passbook baseball tickets

Here’s our daily pick of stories about Apple from around the web that you shouldn’t miss. Today’s installment: will mobile tickets replace paper, past complaints about Apple Maps, a gathering in Europe to hash out patent problems doesn’t accomplish much, and teens continue buying iPads.

Someone’s in the Kitchen With iPad

My iPad has been spending a huge amount of time in the kitchen in preparation for holiday festivities. In that time, I’ve worked out what the best apps and gear are to support my cooking and baking inclinations. Here’s how the iPad became my sous-chef.

Veokami: A new way to watch concert videos online

Veokami hopes to make it easier to watch videos of concerts and other events with a new platform that finds, curates and pieces together videos from YouTube. By doing so, viewers can watch on-demand videos of concerts from many different camera angles and perspectives.

Microsoft leads embedded RTOS

Venture Development Corporation, a research firm says Microsoft is the leader in the embedded real time operating systems followed by Wind River,…

Lessons In How to Go Viral: Use the "Bored at Work" Network

Everyone who produces content online wants to see it “go viral.” So how does that happen? Jonah Peretti, CEO of viral-media aggregator BuzzFeed and co-founder of The Huffington Post, says the secret is catering to that elusive group known as the “Bored at Work” network.

Caught in the Wake of Apple’s Press Events

After each Apple press event, there is a visible track of turbulence online, in the technology market and on Wall Street, and all that is left for the rest of us to decide is whether or not we will follow or get out-of-the-way.

Wheelz: Car sharing for campuses

The peer-to-peer car sharing space is getting crowded. On Wednesday a startup called Wheelz launched at Stanford University with the idea to bring student-to-student car sharing to campuses.

Just a Little Touch Revives Old Chip Hand

I’ve been fascinated by the touch revolution and often wondered who will win from it. The answer came to me this morning via Ashok Kumar, analyst with Northeast Securities: Cypress Semiconductor. Before heading out to Le Web here in Paris, I called Kumar to learn more.

Why Samsung Needs Bada

Investors will be keeping a close eye on next week’s unveiling of bada, an open mobile platform designed to sit atop Samsung’s proprietary OS. If the company can attract developers to the platform, bada could boost Samsung’s overall phone sales and help shore up diminishing margins.

Video Review: Griffin Standle for iPad

I’ve long been looking for a decent iPad case that can double as a stand. Enter the Griffin Standle: It’s a stand; it’s a handle; it’s a case. But aside from clever naming, how does it stack up? Check out the video for my full review.

Is the Internet Making Us Smarter or Dumber? Yes.

Is the Internet making us smarter or dumber? Authors Nick Carr and Clay Shirky have dueling essays appearing in The Wall Street Journal this weekend that look at opposing sides of that provocative question — but the bottom line is that they are likely both right.

Why Ancient Mayans and Media Barons Are Alike

Clay Shirky says large media entities are like ancient societies such as the Mayans and the Romans, in that they have grown so complex that they are no longer able to function in any other way. The media theorist says that could cause their eventual collapse.

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Bringing Moore’s Law to the Data Storage Market

Flash solid-state drives (SSD) will enable a once-in-a-decade improvement in storage price-performance. Flash SSDs sit between the CPU main memory and the spinning disks, offering more capacity per dollar than main memory and more speed per dollar than disks. Crucially, flash SSDs enable storage to keep up with the rapid advances in CPU speeds driven by Moore’s Law. This may enable customers to dramatically scale back purchases of expensive Fibre Channel (FC) disks and, potentially, high-end FC arrays. However, some early flash SSDs implementations come with a set of limitations that customers need to be aware of, notably around usability and resilience. This note illustrates how the combination of technological advances and declining prices will open up new use cases for flash SSDs in the enterprise, while flagging some of the caveats that customers need to be aware of.

Facebook’s read it later comes from Spool

Facebook plans to introduce “read-it-later” features into its mobile app. That shouldn’t come as a surprise, because this was one of the core offerings of Spool, a tiny startup Facebook acquired earlier this summer.

DoCoMo To Unlock Devices From Its Network. Will Others Follow?

Japanese wireless provider, NTT DoCoMo, will reportedly unlock handsets tied to its network and will include SIM-unlock software in all handsets next April. SoftBank’s iPhone is highly unlikely to follow suit, but here in the U.S. we have hope thanks to LTE on 700 MHz spectrum.

Survey: What’s the state of cleantech investing?

The cleantech sector is tricky when it comes to investments. We’re asking you to weigh in with your thoughts about cleantech investing — will you continue to invest in the space and what do you think will be the outlook for 2012?

Climate As the New Dirty Word

A new movie on climate change called Carbon Nation debuts this week that’s positioned as the anti-Al Gore climate change movie. The movie is part of a recent trend of leaders (including Obama), policy makers and some pundits ditching climate change language for more accessible branding.

The biofuel grind

Physics Professor Tom Murphy takes us through the math of the biofuel grind. And it ain’t pretty.

Beginning Mac: Color Labels

There are many different ways to organize files. From the classic folder structure to the more “experimental” metadata/tagging format. There’s no right…

No easy road for mining rare earth elements

Japanese scientists have pinpointed large deposits of rare earth elements that are necessary for all sorts of cleantech gear. The discovery gives hopes that China’s chokehold on the rare earth supply could be over, but accessing those minerals will be difficult.

Greentech Guide to COP 16 in Mexico

Even though the U.N. climate negotiations in Copenhagen last year, COP 15, were a bust, this year’s COP 16, kicking off in Cancun on Monday, could provide some progress to reaching a treaty on how to cut world carbon emissions. Here’s our greetech guide to the talks.

Free Press Asks FCC for Broadband Bill of Rights

The Free Press on Friday filed a petition with the Federal Communication Commission asking the agency to create rules that would force Internet Service Providers to detail how they manage and route traffic, and what actual speeds are on their networks.

Quick Tip: Print to PDF

Printing to a PDF is a useful feature to have for saving receipts of online purchases or sending screenshots of webpages to…

Sezmi to Power Malaysian OTT Video Service

Sezmi, which offers up a combination over-the-air and online video product, will reportedly power a video service being offered up by Malaysian telco YTL Communications. The service will enable YTL to deploy video services without having to invest in a local cable plant in Malaysia.

Sezmi Investors Pour In Another $17.3M

Over-the-top cable alternative Sezmi has raised an additional $17.3 million, according to SEC documents filed late last week. The latest funding comes on top of $25 million it raised last fall, as the startup expands the availability of its offerings to new markets across the U.S.

Sezmi Now Available In 36 Markets

Sezmi is now available to new users across the U.S., with expanding availability of its product to 36 markets nationwide. Positioned as a way for consumers to cut their cable, Sezmi brings in live broadcast TV content as well as online video from sites like YouTube.

Sezmi Expands to New Markets — But Is Anyone Buying?

Sezmi, after a successful launch in LA, is making its service available in 10 new markets, giving customers access to a mix of over-the-air broadcast content and broadband video content in one set-top box. But how many consumers will pay $299, plus another $5 a month?

Z-Wave Makes Headway in Home Energy, via Verizon

Did the proprietary wireless technology Z-Wave just do a leap frog move into the smart energy home over a more standards-based approach like ZigBee? Verizon confirmed with me late last week that its inaugural smart home energy pilot will initially be based around Z-Wave.

The Next Apple Event and Product Updates

No Apple event, including WWDC, has seen the introduction of a new Mac. Even the redesigned Mac mini arrived with no more advance notice than the familiar yellow sticky note when the online Apple Store goes down. Don’t expect that to change this year.

iPhone Banking

Last year, Bank of America launched its mobile banking service, which as their website name claims, allows you to bank from anywhere.…

Majek Pictures Talks iOS as a Production/Distribution Platform

With Apple itself not in attendance, the focus of Macworld has shifted to how the Apple user community is applying the company’s technologies, rather than about the technologies themselves. There’s no better example of that kind of application in action than what Majek Pictures is doing.

Insomnia Film Festival

Apple has officially announced the 2007 Insomnia Film Festival. On Saturday, October 13 at promptly 9:00 a.m. (Eastern Time), Apple will open…

Apple brings its German battle with Moto home to CA

In yet more legal news on the Apple front, on Friday the company filed another lawsuit against Motorola. It’s asking a district court to prevent Motorola from suing Apple in European courts over technology in mobile devices Apple says it’s licensed to use via Qualcomm.

MLB.tv Ready to Play Ball On Android

MLB.tv, Major League Baseball’s official digital offering, is now available for purchase for the 2011 season. While the MLB has been offering live streams of games since August 2002, this year for the first time Android devices will have access to live video.

Standard Solar to Expand With $8.5M

Commercial and residential solar installer Standard Solar has raised $8.5 million in second-round funding, the company said yesterday. The Gaithersburg, Md.-based startup…

AOL+HuffPo! Why It is Not Really a Good Deal

AOL dropped a late night bomb – it bought The Huffington Post for $315 million – of which $300 million is in cash. But when you get over the initial ka-pow reaction, and start thinking about the deal, not everything adds-up. Here is my breakdown of the deal.

Can Great Hardware Alone Sell a Smartphone?

The definition of a smartphone varies, depending on who you ask. Some think if you can install apps on the device, it’s a smartphone, while others claim it must have an advanced operating system. One company has steadfastly clung to its own definition of a smartphone.

Our Girl Hazel Receives an Update

The lovely and talented Hazel received an update (to version 2.3) yesterday. Paul Kim of Noodlesoft announced the update on his developer…

Miso Releases Android App

TV-loving Android users, rejoice: Bazaar Labs just released an Android application for its Miso social TV service. The release will bring all the same functionality that is already available to iPhone, iPad and web users in a native app available today on the Android market.

Google Is From Mars and Facebook Is From Venus

In answer to a question on Q&A site Quora.com about what it’s like to work at Google vs. Facebook, an engineer who worked for Google for four years and now works at Facebook describes his take on the different cultures and approaches of the two companies.

iPhone More Important Invention Than Flush Toilets?

Is the iPhone a more important invention than the humble water closet? As one who has lived for extended periods of time in houses and cottages without indoor plumbing, I would say not, but according to your typical British consumer, it is.

LS9 brings in new CEO, says “not shutting down”

Venture backed biofuel startup LS9 is not shutting down, despite a report, but has changed up its CEO and restructured in the fourth quarter of 2012. It’s a difficult time for biofuel companies, given some VCs have been slowing backing out of greentech investing.

VentureWire Technology Showcase

The VentureWire Technology Showcase will spotlight more than 125 early- and later-stage start-ups from the U.S., Asia and Europe, all vetted by…

Intel, T do chips

Intel and AT&T are teaming up to build some chips that do WiMAX and VoIP, reports Business Week. Very sketchy on details,…

First Look: iWeb ’09

It’s been a heady few months. The updates to iWork ’09 and iLife ’09 have, for the most part, been as impressive…

Mirth and Cardify link loyalty rewards to credit cards

Mirth and Cardify are two of the latest start-ups that are building loyalty programs that tie into credit and debit card accounts. That’s a growing opportunity thanks to enablers like CardSpring but it also means more competition.

Facebook buys Tagtile, continues to focus on mobile

Facebook confirmed that it has acquired customer loyalty service Tagtile, which helps merchants distribute rewards, offers and coupons to in-store customers via their phones. The deal follows the acquisition of Instragram this week and it shows that Facebook is looking at shoring up its mobile needs.

What lighting controls need to grow up: standards

Despite that lighting control technology is finally starting to take center stage, there are still hurdles to the relatively small market. Namely that lighting control companies need to embrace standards to grow the industry and gain customer trust.

FAIL: Next-Gen Technology for Peak Energy Demand

None of the next-generation technologies are a silver bullet when it comes to helping utilities meet peak demand — when people are using lights, heating and cooling and appliances at the same time — according to a report out from Lux Research this morning. FAIL.

T-Mobile USA’s CTO: Nokia, BlackBerry Need to Step Up

The fast growing sales of Android-based smartphones and Apple’s iPhone means that the onus is on Nokia and Research In Motion (s RIMM) to come up with compelling and competing products says Neville Ray, chief technology officer of T-Mobile USA.

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Big storage for big data

IT organizations considering open-source software for object storage must weigh the free technology against potential risks and total cost commitments.

PHP fans embrace Metallica, fight Bieber fever

Metallica may not be the house band for PHP programmers, but it comes close. The heavy metal rockers are the group that most PHP coders like to listen to while they work, according to a new survey of 3,335 coders by Zend.

Facebook & Friends Moving Faster With HipHop

Six months ago, Facebook open-sourced ?a set of technologies called HipHop for PHP. It was a way to turbocharge PHP. Facebook says it has helped them get faster, it has helped improve php using open-source software that like WordPress, MediaWiki, phpBB and Drupal.

With HipHop, Facebook Gives PHP a Turbo Charge

Facebook has come up with HipHop for PHP, a source code transformer that programmatically transforms PHP into highly optimized C++ and uses g++ to compile it. It was developed to boost the performance of Facebook and lower hardware costs and is now being open sourced.

The quiet but massive market for energy IT

Beyond the clamor surrounding cleantech companies – solar, energy efficiency, biofuels – there are many attractive and growing, middle market energy technology companies quietly improving the operations and capabilities of utilities, oil and gas companies, and government agencies with software, and data and analytics.

Stion: Scaling Thin Film Solar to 100 MW

Can the Khosla-backed solar startup Stion become a serious contender in the solar world? While the company touted a $50 million investment from chipmaker TSMC yesterday, Stion has actually raised a $70 million round, and will use that to expand its annual production from 10MW to 100MW.

Web app security startup Unsubscribe.com sells to TrustedID

Unsubscribe.com, the Los Angeles–based startup that makes security and privacy tools for email and social networking applications, has been acquired by TrustedID, a Palo Alto, Calif.–based credit and identity protection technology firm. Financial terms of the deal have not been announced.

Facebook’s new acqui-hire: HTML5 mobile app startup Strobe

Facebook announced Tuesday its latest talent acquisition: Strobe Corp., a San Francisco-based mobile app development startup focused on HTML5 apps. Strobe was born out of SproutCore, an open-source JavaScript framework built by engineer Charles Jolley in 2007 while he was a full-time engineer at Apple

What Thunderbolt Means for End Users

Apple and Intel took the wrappers off of Thunderbolt Thursday, a new connection technology that combines data transfer and video output capabilities. But what can new MacBook Pro owners actually expect to do with this impressive new technology, now and in the future?

When All Content Is Personalized, Who Needs TV Networks?

Online video firms, cable companies and social networks are trying to figure out new ways to personalize the content that people watch online and on TV. But in a world where content discovery is backed by an algorithm, what does that mean for TV programmers?

SaltStack signs on for Google Cloud

SaltStack wants you to use its config tool to deploy cloud applications easily and Google wants more applications to run in its cloud. Hence a partnership is born.

FDA has App Stores Under Surveillance

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is actively watching app stores for apps that it deems fill a medical purpose with an eye toward regulating them, according to an attorney specializing in health care issues. Developers should be aware that apps may warrant FDA approval.

iPhone vs. iPad: Do Games Really Scale That Well?

I’m addicted to Plants vs Zombies. When an “HD” version for the iPad was announced, I gladly ponied up the $9.99. I already owned the iPhone game, but then I thought that it would be a great comparison of iPhone versus iPad games.

Idealab's Bill Gross Launches TweetUp, a Marketplace for Tweets

Of all the times to launch into the Twitter ecosystem — with developers quaking from last week’s revelation that Twitter would compete with them head-on, and Twitter expected to launch a monetization platform this week — Bill Gross is announcing his new company TweetUp.

Aptera Changes Its Chief

Aptera, maker of the swoopy, three-wheeled Typ-1 electric car, announced this week that it’s hired Paul Wilbur as their new president and…

Thought of the Day

“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” — Jack London  So I watched a movie over…

JK gadget bag updated

Whenever the contents of my daily gadget bag changes I try to remember to post it here on jkOnTheRun and a recent…

SafePay wants to use smartphones to combat online fraud

SafePay Solutions Group is launching a tool in the U.S. and Canada for merchants and consumers that uses a smartphone to verify online purchases. Users who sign up will get the chance to confirm all online purchases using their cards at registered SafePay registered retailers.

Dunkin’ Donuts Does WiFI?

Dunkin Donuts, which makes great coffee, is now taking a page out of Starbucks strategy and experimenting with fizzy coffee and wifi…

Thompson may be out, but Yahoo still a mess

Yahoo chief executive officer Scott Thompson who has been caught in a resume gate is leaving the company, reports AllThingsD. He is going to be replaced by Ross Levinsohn. A settlement with activist investor Dan Loeb of ThirdPoint Capital is also in the works.

500,000 users in 10 weeks: what worked for Fab.com

Fab.com, which began as Fabulis, a gay social networking site, has managed to find success by pushing a funky curated catalog of unique design products and trying to be as social as it can. The startup is now revamping a core feature called its inspiration wall.

7 Projects Paving the Way for Ocean Power

Will noise from ocean installations influence migratory marine animals? How should ocean power proposals be evaluated? A round of grants totaling over $4.2 million announced on Tuesday will support a crop of research projects seeking answers to these questions and more over the next three years.

The Cloud Performance Dashboard: A Quick Market Overview

As talk of cloud adoption by enterprise becomes more commonplace, focus is shifting from justifying the cloud, to identifying best practice and the highest performing cloud providers. One area with significant activity is that of performance monitoring. So who is providing cloud monitoring information?

Mathew Ingram Joins GigaOM

Mathew Ingram, a veteran technology journalist, well-known blogger, co-founder of the mesh conference and social news enthusiast is joining GigaOM team. He is going to writing on a diverse set of topics, including the evolution of media.

Palm Press: Sales Not Too Good

It’s Thursday, which means it’s time for another Palm Press, our weekly look at the world of Palm. Palm warned that sales are not as good as expected, and quarterly revenue will not meet forecasts. The annual forecast will be “well below” forecast revenue figures.

It’s official: Path closes $30M funding round

After a month of rumors surrounding a funding round being picked up by mobile social networking startup Path, the company has finally closed the deal and officially announced that it has raised more than $30 million in a Series B financing round led by Redpoint Ventures.

Can Cardpool Solve the Unused Gift Card Problem?

The gift card business has nearly quintupled from $20 billion in 1999 to $100 billion in 2010. Along with the growth has come a unique problem: nearly $5 billion worth of cards go unclaimed every year. Cardpool, a San Francisco-based startup, wants to solve that problem.

RockYou Buys Social Game Developer Playdemic

Even more M&A activity in the soaring social games sector … RockYou, the heavily-backed social networking app maker, is buying Playdemic,…

RockYou Gets $10 Million For Asia Expansion

RockYou, the big social networking app developer, has raised $10 million more in funding from SoftBank, which it says it will use to expand…

Building the Technology Stack for Internet Freedom

The State Department introduced a $25 million fund for technology companies to help with the task. One group has already applied for a $3 million grant to build the technology stack for a distributed, open-source telecommunications system. Here’s what it looks like.

How To Beat the Internet Censors

As the controversy surrounding Google’s standoff with China continues, it’s easy to forget that many countries have closed Internet policies. While potential punishments can be severe, there are people and organizations around the world who circumvent censorship. Here are some of the free resources they use.

YouTube AdSense or AdSnore

[qi:004] Google’s (GOOG) new initiative to distribute YouTube videos through their AdSense network, wrapped and nicely packaged inside AdSense ads seems to…

Amonix Starts Construction on Vegas Solar Factory

The jury over whether concentrating solar photovoltaics — a hybrid tech that uses both solar cells and solar thermal tech — will be embraced by companies and utilities, is still out. But that isn’t stopping Amonix from starting construction on its Las Vegas-based manufacturing plant.

Android Users (and Devs) Get a Lift from AT&T

Paying for Android apps is getting a lot easier for AT&T users now that the operator is adding carrier billing for its Android users. The update brings a much needed payment alternative to Android Market and hopefully points toward carrier billing support from all carriers soon.

We Will Soon Live in a 100 Gbps World

While the U.S. government sets the bar low for residential broadband at 100 megabits per second, the telecommunications infrastructure guys are laughing all the way to the bank as demand for 100 gigabits per second pipes is expected by the telecommunications and computing infrastructure players.

Tweet @Obama and @McCain During Debate

Instead of just detailing mundane thoughts on everyday moments of their lives, Twitter users will be able to have their political opinions featured as part of the upcoming presidential debates on both C-SPAN and Current.

Eucalyptus Anchors the Latest Cloud Software Stack

Apparently, Eucalyptus was determined to be part of an integrated cloud stack after getting left out of OpenStack, as it’s announced a technology partnership with newScale and rPath that gives businesses yet another option for their ready-to-go cloud platform needs.

Comcast on the Defensive

Two weeks before the Federal Communication Commission meets to decide whether or not to issue an enforcement order against Comcast for throttling…

iCal Turns Five Today

Today Apple’s iCal application turns the rip old age of five. In case you hadn’t noticed, the iCal application ican stays a…

When It Comes to Broadband, Does Speed Matter?

An independent task force that provides recommendations on broadband policy to the FCC has made its first eight recommendations, including one that relates to the FCC’s recent questions about if megabits per second is a good metric on which to judge broadband.

Why buy the latest smartphone when you can lease it?

TMNG Global , a consulting and strategy firm that works with all the major carriers, is introducing the first mobile device leasing program in the U.S., which will allow operators to offer no money down one-year leases for handsets to their best customers.

Comcast’s AnyPlay brings live TV to the iPad

Comcast is finally making live TV available on the iPad. But unlike other operators, it’s not just making those streams available directly through an app: Customers who wish to take advantage of the live offering will need an extra set of equipment to make it work.

Flat Sales Predicted for CE stuff

Consumer Electronics sales are still going to be flat this holiday season, predicts Ipsos-Insight. The surge in demand for home-based consumer electronics…

Twitter: All the Numbers That Matter

At its first-ever developers conference — known as Chirp — which is being held in San Francisco today, Twitter co-founders Biz Stone and Evan Williams provided some hard numbers behind the growth and size of the social network. Here are some of the most important ones.

Numbers on the iPad: Doesn’t Add Up

Numbers for the iPad is an outstanding standalone application. The creation of basic spreadsheets is uniquely optimized for the iPad layout. However, Numbers does not share well with others, and if you use Excel at all, you should probably just move along to another app.

Zoompass Trials Mobile Payment Tag

Zoompass, a mobile payment service offered by a group of Canadian telecom companies, is offering a sticker that attaches to any cellphone or handheld device and turns it into a “tap-and-pay” system. It could have better luck than some earlier ventures aimed at the same market.

Vonage IPO plans on the shelf?

Is Vonage’s much talked about IPO being postponed as company goes out and raises more cash. Jonathan Askin who works for Pulver.com…

Facebook Finally Adds Video

Alongside welcoming a raft of third-part application builders today, Facebook announced its own video application. Users can upload and record videos directly…

Soulver

Soulver is a unique calculator application for the Mac. Instead of the standard Keypad/Pseudo LCD that most programs use, Soulver takes quite…

Telecom rebound anyone?

I am making an argument for a slow telecom comeback in my latest column in Business 2.0. Sure it is starting out…

Ray Ozzie to Leave Microsoft: Has The Future Left the Building?

Ray Ozzie, chief software architect with Microsoft, is leaving the Redmond, Wash.-based software giant. Ozzie is widely viewed as someone who tried to change Microsoft’s internal attitudes towards cloud computing. He is credited for Microsoft’s move into the cloud with its Azure efforts.

Serious Materials Launches Energy Software

Green building materials startup Serious Materials is best known for selling its eco-drywall and energy efficient windows. But quietly over the past several months the company has jumped into the energy management software market with a software-as-a-service product that enables building owners to reduce energy consumption.

UK’s 3G Twister

The Business: well if you are Vodafone, you should be mighty pissed. You spent billions of dollars on acquiring 3G spectrum, built…

Apple’s Product Line is at Least 50% Mobile

In July, 2010, Apple’s (s aapl) flagship products (not mice, keyboards or displays) but the products Apple chooses to feature at the top of the store’s main page are now 50% mobile. It’s only now that Apple’s role as a mobile tech company becomes immediately apparent.

Web Content Still Finding Its Place At Comic-Con

Comic-Con is a great gorgeous whale of pop culture, and if you approach the event as a microcosm of media today, then the way web content has squeezed itself into this five days of panels, exhibits, events and parties is mirrored accordingly.

How Apple put the hurt on carriers’ subscriber growth

The usual third-quarter subscriber boom failed to happen as operators had no new iPhone to lure in new customers. But UBS predicts that the fourth quarter will more than make up for any slumps, as it combines the traditional holiday surge with a delayed new-iPhone bump.

Udemy: Democratizing Online Learning With Video

Udemy hopes to democratize the learning process by making it easy for instructors to create online courses with video online. While most other online learning services are focused on live streams, Udemy hopes to grow its user base with on-demand courses users can take any time.

What's Wrong With Yahoo?

Yahoo and its destiny has become fodder for headlines and cheap shots. What hasn’t been discussed is the crumbling culture within the company, thanks to layers of management, and resultant state of masterful inactivity masked as consensus. The only organization more dysfunctional than Yahoo? The New York Mets. Yahoo needs a cultural cleanse … quickly! Continue Reading

Devs Say Android is Future-Proof. iOS? Not So Much.

While at the moment iOS is favored over Android, developers are saying that may change. A new study shows that 52 percent of developers believe the Android platform is “best positioned to power a large number and variety of connected devices in the future

The VC industry is broken. So now what?

The investment team at the Kauffman Foundation believes the venture capital industry is broken and they — or rather investors in VC funds — are partially to blame. The report condemns venture firms for being to big, not delivering returns and not adjusting to the times.

Hunch Co-founder Releases Twitter-YouTube Mashup

This is cool: Forage.com generates YouTube music video playlists based on the people you follow on Twitter. The site is a mashup cooked up by Chris Dixon, the co-founder of Hunch, and it demonstrates how Hunch uses its own data sets to predict new taste preferences.

Chris Dixon to VCs: Act More Like Startups

Hunch.com co-founder and angel investor Chris Dixon has some advice for big venture capital firms: Try to think more like, and behave more like, the startup companies you invest in. That includes cutting down on excessive management fees and not tweeting about your golf game.

Why We Need an Open "Like" Standard

Facebook wants to extend its social graph throughout the web, via social plugins and a billion “Like” buttons, but not everyone is convinced that this is a good thing. The “Open Like” project is an attempt at an alternative, with an open standard that deserves support.

Apple May Go Where Google Won’t: Facial Recognition

Though they have demonstrated that they have the capability, tech companies have shied away from deployments of mobile facial recognition, mostly out of privacy concerns. Now Apple may be willing to be first to cross that line with its purchase of Swedish startup Polar Rose.

AT&T to Acquire Smart Home Startup Xanboo

The telco world is finally making some progress on the home automation and energy management front. On the heels of the news that Motorola will buy up smart home startup 4Home, CEPro is reporting that AT&T has acquired Xanboo, a home automation and energy player.

Update Your Facebook Status While Driving… Seriously!

OnStar, the in-car services network today announced a new service which allows you to update your Facebook status by dictating to the OnStar. And Not only that, you can listen to most recent updates from your news feeds via OnStar.

Searching for Soladigm’s Secret Sauce

Soladigm has emerged as a startup to watch in the smart window space, yet not much is known about its technology. Turns out, the 3-year-old startup, which announced its first commercial factory plan in Mississippi last week, has been amassing both technologies and patents.

How to avoid appearing in Google ads

On November 1, Google will turn users into product pitchmen by letting advertisers rent their endorsements for web ads. If you don’t want to go along with this, here’s how to turn it off.

Dock Gone: Say Goodbye to Your Dock

When Apple introduced the Dock with OS X, people immediately either love it or hated it. Over time, we all got used to it. Among some of the usability complaints about the Dock is the fact that without hacking, you can’t simply get rid of it. Hiding the Dock will only get you so far – it still pops-up a