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Join Us For GridTalk With Futurist And Science-Fiction Writer Karl Schroeder
Commentary  |  1/31/2008  | 
Join us in Second Life and on the Internet Friday at noon Pacific time for a live Q&A with Karl Schroeder, a futures researcher, blogger at and science-fiction writer.
Dirty, Sexy Data Centers
Commentary  |  1/31/2008  | 
Solar and wind technologies are as popular as Tom Brady and his sparkling choppers. Everybody wants some. Sadly, the green initiatives investors should be pushing for even harder are as glamorous as snaggle-toothed Nanny McPhee: data center efficiencies.
Apple Users Are Smug Control Freaks, Says Study
Commentary  |  1/31/2008  | 
Researchers from Internet ad network Mindset Media say the Mac guy in the "I'm a Mac/I'm a PC" commercial is typical of Mac users: superior, self-satisfied, control freaks, perfectionists, politically and socially liberal -- and satisfied with their purchases.
Web 2.0 Gone Awry: Tracking A Pizza Online?
Commentary  |  1/30/2008  | 
Alert! Alert! Useless implementation of Web 2.0 Technology in progress. Alert!
Amy Winehouse Drives A Top EPA Official 'Nuts'
Commentary  |  1/30/2008  | 
The deputy EPA administrator has used his latest blog to inform the public not about global warming, alternative energy, or carbon credits. Nope, he's ranting that Amy Winehouse's "incredibly self-destructive behavior" drives him "nuts." Huh?
Intel A Green Giant
Commentary  |  1/30/2008  | 
Intel is now the single largest corporate purchaser of green power in the United States, according to the EPA.
Green-For-Profit At DEMO '08
Commentary  |  1/29/2008  | 
Can green business be good business? Two companies highlighted at Demo '08 this week are foregoing the not-for-profit model. One has unveiled a smarter charger for consumer electronics, the other tracks and shares users' energy-saving actions.
Apple: The Most Hated Company On The Internet
Commentary  |  1/29/2008  | 
I was going to post this blog about why Apple is the most hated company on the Internet first thing yesterday. But my Mac crashed and ate the post, so I spent most of the day re-doing my work. I think that might be a sign.
Connecting With InformationWeek On Twitter, Facebook, And Our Forums
Commentary  |  1/25/2008  | 
InformationWeek is slopping over the edges of our Internet domain, connecting with this new-fangled "social networking" technology all the kids are talking about nowadays. We're expanding our presence on Facebook and Twitter, getting ready to beef up our forums, and making plans to connect on other social networks as well.
The Secret Life Of Cell Phones
Commentary  |  1/25/2008  | 
Green technology isn't exactly filled with tales of heart-stopping adventure and miscreant behavior, but a new series of environmental videos sure makes it sound that way.
In Davos, YouTube Is On The Agenda
Commentary  |  1/22/2008  | 
What do Robert Scoble, Bono, and the prime minister of Hungary have in common? They might all be watching you on YouTube before the week is out.
News Of What's New
Commentary  |  1/19/2008  | 
Between the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and the flood of press releases timed to the show, there is news about several of the subjects and companies I've written about over the past year. Some updates are in order. Eye-Fi continutes to be a big winner, HSUPA comes to laptops, and more.
Will AT&T Offer The iPhone To Business Customers?
Commentary  |  1/17/2008  | 
Earlier today my colleague, Eric Zeman, reported that IBM is ready to extend Notes access to the iPhone. Now one rumor claims that AT&T will offer the iPhone to its business customers. Who said the iPhone was not ready for the enterprise?
Going Green Merits Yellow Light
Commentary  |  1/17/2008  | 
The green rush is in full swing. But like overzealous forty-niners soiling themselves over a chunk of pyrite, companies are discovering there's a lot of fool's green mixed in with the good stuff.
More Clarity On Dealmaker Media L.A.
Commentary  |  1/16/2008  | 
It's not every day I get accused of "pimping" for a former Hollywood super-agent, but that's what happened (in a good-natured way, mind you) after my story on Dealmaker Media's L.A. venture appeared on Monday.
Where WAS Microsoft -- And Vista -- At CES?
Commentary  |  1/15/2008  | 
Watching Steve Jobs do it again at Macworld Tuesday, whipping up tech enthusiasm (even though the MacBook Air doesn't give him as much to work with as the iPhone did a year ago), I was struck by the comparison with Microsoft at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last week. Bill Gates booked in on his Final Farewell Tour, but even with that, the giant software company seemed to barely bother to show up.
Does Steve Jobs Hate 3G?
Commentary  |  1/15/2008  | 
Earlier today I was sitting around in a design-induced stupor as I gazed longingly at online pictures of Apple's latest killer product: MacBook Air. For all of its amazing design, the MacBook Air is missing one important technology: 3G. Why doesn't Apple build 3G into its notebooks?
Microsoft Slashes Prices For Home Versions Of Office 2008 For Mac
Commentary  |  1/14/2008  | 
Put away your varsity jackets and cheerleader outfits -- you don't have to lie about being a student anymore to get access to Microsoft Office for the Mac for the lowest price. With Office 2008 for Mac, being introduced Tuesday, Microsoft is replacing the student and teacher edition of Office, priced at $149, with a home and student edition, priced at $149.95.
Mark Zuckerberg Is Not An Insufferable Little Jerk, He Just Plays One On TV
Commentary  |  1/14/2008  | 
Since his ascent to the top of the under-30 Web-entreprenuer ranks, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has become well-known for two things: invariably wearing open-toed Adidas sandals and saying, in front of audiences of analysts, investors, and the press, almost nothing of interest.
Displays Were A Bright Spot At CES
Commentary  |  1/11/2008  | 
The Consumer Electronics Show felt a little short on big technology news this year, but one bright spot (pun intended) was displays. And the most interesting news of all was Texas Instruments' demonstration of DualView on displays that use its DLP projection technology. DualView puts two different full-screen video signals displayed on the same screen at the same time.
What If Mobile Search Doesn't Use Text Input?
Commentary  |  1/10/2008  | 
Everyone knows that Google is prepared to conquer the mobile Web. Prompting all these initiatives is Google's drive to dominate the mobile search and ad markets. I have one issue with Google's strategy: It assumes that mobile search will operate like desktop search, using text input. What happens if mobile search doesn't work the same way as search on the desktop?
Transport Dreams For Foot-Weary CES Walkers
Commentary  |  1/10/2008  | 
The Consumer Electronics Show is not a journey for the faint-hearted. You can walk miles on the show floors. So it's no surprise that after a couple of days of footsore product-spotting, the products that began to look most interesting were transportation-related -- like the motorized snowshoes and the 13-mph beer cooler.
Everex Jumps Into The UMPC Market
Commentary  |  1/10/2008  | 
Everex, the Taiwanese PC maker that sells a $199 Linux PC through Wal-Mart, is showing a $399 ultra-mobile PC, the CloudBook, at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The tiny notebook is intended to compete with the Asus Eee PC.
CES: Now That ClickFree Is Out, You Have No Excuse For Not Backing Up Your Data
Commentary  |  1/9/2008  | 
The #1 reason people probably don't back their computers up is that it's too much of a hassle. Now that Storage Appliance Corp. is offering ClickFree, we're going to have to find another excuse. It's that simple.
CES: CallPod Shows Off A 100-Meter Capable 'Class 1' Bluetooth Headset
Commentary  |  1/9/2008  | 
Today, we finally made it over to the Consumer Electronics Show's New to Market Pavilion where a bunch of startups are showing some innovative products. Three of those products are the Chargepod, the Bluetooth-based Dragon, and the Bluetooth-based Phoenix. The Dragon (a headset) and the Phoenix (a voice conferencing solution) are rated as Class 1 Bluetooth products, which means that their range is 100 meters instead of 30 feet or so.
CES: Fujitsu Shows A Corn PC And Concept Designs With Digital Paper
Commentary  |  1/9/2008  | 
Here at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, in addition to showing off its full complement of systems and notebooks (as so many system vendors are) and UMPCs like the LifeBook U810, Fujitsu also is showing off some futuristic systems and concepts (none of which are available in the United States).
Sprint Moves Ahead With WiMax Service. Will Anyone Pay For It?
Commentary  |  1/9/2008  | 
Hillary Clinton wasn't the only one who had a comeback this week. After years of waiting, it looks like Sprint is finally ready to commercially launch its mobile WiMax service, Xohm, in April this year. Will Xohm flop or should I get ready to eat some crow?
World's Smallest PC? Part 2
Commentary  |  1/9/2008  | 
Chinese company Tsinghua Tongfang, maker of the LimePC line, is showing a brand-new tiny computer at the Consumer Electronics Show -- not as small as the MTube project's design, but a whole lot closer to being a real product -- and a really interesting one, at that.
Coming: More Ways To Turn Vinyl LPs Into Digital Files
Commentary  |  1/9/2008  | 
ION Audio scored big last year with digital turntable equipment that connected to your PC to rip vinyl LPs to MP3 files. This year at CES in Las Vegas, the company has pushed the product line even further, announcing three new models. One will rip an LP directly to your iPod, another records to an SD card or flash drive, and a third includes an optical drive to automatically burn a CD.
CES: Samsung Adds More Power To Latest Rev Of Q1 Ultra Mobile
Commentary  |  1/9/2008  | 
Having been one of the system vendors to pioneer the ultramobile PC space more than a year ago, Samsung is now onto the third generation of its Q1 UMPC: the Q1 Ultra Premium. Compared with its predecessors (the Q1 and the Q1 Ultra), the "premium" has more processing power, more battery life, a better keyboard, and more expandability on the RAM front.
NewsGator Frees NetNewsWire, FeedDemon
Commentary  |  1/9/2008  | 
NewsGator is going to stop charging money for the popular -- and terrific -- NetNewsWire RSS reader for the Mac and FeedDemon for Windows, as well as its other services, including the Web-based RSS reader, and NewsGator Go for Windows Mobile and the BlackBerry. Greg Reinacker, founder and CTO of NewsGator Technologies, says the company is freeing its consumer services to build demand for its enterp
Fujitsu's U810 May Be One Of The Most Feature Complete UMPCs At CES
Commentary  |  1/9/2008  | 
Road warriors looking for the most PC in the smallest package will probably not have to look any further than Fujitsu's U810. It is quite possibly the most feature-complete Ultra Mobile PC (UMPC) I have ever seen. In fact, it probably shouldn't even be called a UMPC since it's a convertible that switches between a traditional notebook mode and a tablet mode. Call it an Ultra Mobile Tablet, or UMT.
New Features, And Controversy, Coming To
Commentary  |  1/9/2008  | 
If you have a music locker on, you'll probably be glad to hear that the Web-based music storage service is adding some new features. If you are a recording company, you'll probably be upset. And if you're Michael Robertson, MP3tunes CEO, you'll regard it as one more small battle in an effort to build a business on helping music buyers control what they bought.
And Now For A UMPC That's Completely Different
Commentary  |  1/9/2008  | 
E-Lead, a Taiwanese maker of automotive "infotainment" systems, showed up at the Lunch@Piero's event at CES Tuesday with an ultra-mobile PC that doesn't look or work like any PC you've ever seen.
CES: Neonode Claims Better Accuracy, Durability For Its Touch Screen Tech
Commentary  |  1/9/2008  | 
To hear Neonode's director of marketing Daniel Stalbo talk about his company's patented infrared light grid technology reminds me of what it takes to be an art thief who doesn't disrupt the cross-thatched beams of light used to protect multimillion-dollar works of art. In principle, its a similar grid of light beams that's behind Neonode's claim that its touch screen technology is better than the rest.
CES: As Google Zigs On Mobile, Yahoo Zags With 'Go 3.0'
Commentary  |  1/9/2008  | 
Yahoo often likes to tout its home page as the place where more Internet users start their Internet experience than anywhere else. Here at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, with version 3.0 of Yahoo Go, Yahoo is clearly looking to establish Yahoo as the starting "place" of choice for mobile users too. A key part of the Go 3.0 strategy (and perhaps a shot across Google's bow) is how the platform has been opened to developers.
CES: Garmin Packs GPS, Time, Speed, Distance, Heart Rate, And More Into A Wristwatch
Commentary  |  1/8/2008  | 
In addition to the technologies from DisplayLink and the Picture Porter Elite from Digital Foci, Garmin's Forerunner 405 ranks as one my favorite finds here at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Because of the way it uses GPS to offer distance and speed features in addition to its heart rate and mapping c
CES: New Intel Mobile Internet Platform To Challenge Nokia, Apple, Sony, Etc.
Commentary  |  1/8/2008  | 
All one has to do is look at the success and buzz that Apple's iTouch (and iPhone), Nokia's 810, and Sony's PSP are getting for their lightweight wireless Internet browsing capabilities to know that there's an opportunity for Intel to sell some prefabricated guts to system vendors that want in. Here at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Intel showed just that in its new mobile Internet platform.
CES: One Pound Spare Battery From Xantrex Proves Futility Of U.S. DOT's New Policy
Commentary  |  1/8/2008  | 
The U.S. Department of Transportation has a new rule about bringing spare lithium ion batteries onto an airplane. For it to be effective, though, both consumers and Transportation Security Administration agents at airport security checkpoints must be able to determine how much lithium is in a battery. But there's one problem.
CES: Allworx' Low-Cost VoIP Switch For SMBs Integrates Mobile Phones
Commentary  |  1/8/2008  | 
Finding business solutions at a event called the Consumer Electronics Show can sometimes be tricky. But they are here. One of those solutions is Allworx' 6X Voice-over-IP (VoIP) "switch" for small-to-medium sized businesses. One of the 6X's coolest features is how, if you don't answer an incoming call, the call gets pushed out to your cell phone. If you don't answer your cell phone, the 6X pulls the call back for pickup by its own voice mail system.
Yahoo's 'New' Mobile Strategy Is Neither New Nor A Strategy. Discuss.
Commentary  |  1/8/2008  | 
Yahoo helped to kick off the mobile Web hype at CES yesterday by unveiling its new mobile Web strategy, which includes an upgrade of the company's mobile content and services platform, Yahoo Go 3.0, and a plan for mobile advertising services. Unfortunately for Yahoo, there's nothing new in its mobile strategy, or anything truly stra
Firefox Makes A Liar Out Of Me
Commentary  |  1/8/2008  | 
Wouldn't you know it? I installed the new Firefox beta, and took two days to explore it and write a review. During those two days, Firefox crashed three or four times on my Mac, so I dutifully reported that Firefox beta 2 was less stable than beta 1. We posted the review a couple of days ago -- and Firefox hasn't crashed on me since.

CES: Digital Foci's Portable Media Player Sucks Content Directly Off CF & SD Cards And Memory Sticks
Commentary  |  1/8/2008  | 
DisplayLink may have one of the most killer technologies to be on display here in Las Vegas at the Consumer Electronics Show. But one of the killer products is Digital Foci's Picture Porter Elite. It's a hard drive-based portable digital media player for digital photos, videos, and music. So what you say? Everyone has something like that? What is really remarkable about the Picture Porter Elite is how it totally eliminates the need for a PC to copy content from something like your digital camera
World's Smallest PC?
Commentary  |  1/8/2008  | 
It's not exactly a product. You can't buy it. You can barely even see it. But a team from National Taiwan University is at CES showing off an ultra-small PC and looking for commercialization partners.
CES: Via Text-to-Speech, BlueAnt's Bluetooth-Based SuperTooth 3 Says Who's Calling
Commentary  |  1/8/2008  | 
At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, BlueAnt Wireless announced the SuperTooth 3 -- a hands-free Bluetooth device that mounts on your car's visor and that uses text-to-speech technology to tell you who is calling on the phone (so you don't have to look at a display to figure that out -- potentially causing an accident). It works in a whole bunch of of languages, too (English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, etc.).
CES: Duracell Power Brick Charges Laptops, Cell Phones Simultaneously
Commentary  |  1/8/2008  | 
For road warriors looking to lighten their load, one option could be Battery Biz's Universal Power Adapter. Battery Biz manufactures the replacement power brick for Duracell. Unlike the power bricks that come with most notebook computers today, the Universal Power Adapter has two power outputs: one for a notebook computer (different tips are included for most popular AC ports) and a USB output for simultaneously charging another device like a cell phone or iPod.
CES: 'Link Theater' Links LAN-Based HD Content To Home Theater Setups
Commentary  |  1/8/2008  | 
Like Apple's AppleTV, which can distribute PC-based content to your home entertainment center, Buffalo Technologies' Link Theater High Definition Media Player can play videos, digital photos, and music found on LAN-based PCs and network attached storage (NAS) devices through a home theater setup. Here at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Buffalo Technologies product manager Oliver Kavens gave me a guided tour of the device.
CES: Ford, Microsoft's Attempt To Compete With GM On Safety Falls Short
Commentary  |  1/8/2008  | 
The Sync system in 2008 Ford autos, co-developed with Microsoft, certainly has that cool factor, my favorite being the ability to tell your iPod what song to play (wish I had that in my 2007 Ford, which just has the built-in media port). Bill Gates announced at CES that Sync will soon offer a safety feature, yet it doesn't appear to be nearly as extensive as what GM offers with OnStar.
Small Clues To The Future
Commentary  |  1/8/2008  | 
The Consumer Electronics Show is very good at big. It has halls of tradeshow booths as big as football fields, exhibitors showing off monster trucks with megawatt sound systems. But if you want to know what the future looks like, you can often learn more from the little things -- like the International Commerce Center, where small Taiwanese and Chinese manufacturers show their wares in a couple of hotel ballrooms as crowded and busy as a Hong Kong back street.
CES: BlueAnt Bluetooth Headsets Get Voice Controls
Commentary  |  1/8/2008  | 
BlueAnt already is the little company making big waves in the Bluetooth space with stylish headsets that include cool features such as noise-cancellation technologies. Here at CES in Las Vegas, the company is releasing a new Bluetooth headset -- the V1 -- that is voice activated. This is different from issuing voice commands to your phone. This is where you're replacing presses-of-buttons on the headset (depressions that result in something like the pick-up of a call) with voice commands.
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