Looking At Twitter As A News Source
If you are into online technology, you've certainly heard of Twitter by now. It seems many tech blogs can't get enough of how great Twitter is. The scene reminds me a bit of Facebook about 18 months ago. Apparently there's nothing Twitter can't do. In addition to people sharing that they just rode a horse; watched a video; cleaned their apartment; ate a hamburger or took a shower, now Twitter is being utilized as a key news source.
Cisco's Off Switch
Cisco is shutting its doors to any employees who aren't "business critical" for four days, starting Dec. 29. It's supposed save money, but I think it'll cost its brand.
Apple Allows Some MacBook Videos To Play On External Displays
Apple released a QuickTime update that allows standard-definition iTunes movies to play over new MacBooks' DisplayPort to older displays, according to reports on Apple blogs. However, high-def movies are still blocked, which is unfair to owners of MacBooks and other systems by other vendors that use the same technology.
NREL Wood Chips To Power Lab's Silicon Chips
Engineers at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory have taken a major step in launching a "net-zero energy" facility: They lit a road flare and began burning wood chips. No kidding.
Green Jobs In This Economy?
The momentum for green jobs seems to be building. Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty just introduced his Green Jobs Investment Initiative for the 2009 legislative session. Pennsylvania Gov. Edward Rendell is banking on a nearly $12 million investment into alternative clean energy projects to create at least 1,200 jobs. And California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, recent host of an international summit on the issue, has repeatedly thrown his political weight behind clean-technology businesses. But there a
Are Apple Retailers Arming For A Price War?
Best Buy is getting ready to slash prices on new Macs and other Apple products, and Apple has authorized employees of its own retail stores to match the price cuts, according to reports on Apple blogs. That's bad news for store margins, but good news for Apple fans hoping for some fruity goodness under the tree.
Verizon Snags Omnia Smartphone
With integrated Wi-Fi, 3G, 8 GB of memory, Bluetooth, and a 5-megapixel camera, the Samsung Omnia gives Verizon another strong touch-screen smartphone.
Nokia To Launch MVNO In Japan
The cell phone manufacturing giant is hoping to boost its miniscule market share in Japan with a high-end mobile phone service.
Would You Pay For Twitter?
My colleague Allen Stern says no. He says he might pay to use Twitter for business, but wouldn't do it just to hear what people are having for breakfast. I think I use Twitter differently than Allen, but my answer is pretty much the same as his: In theory, I might pay for Twitter, but in reality, no.
Obama Appointment Offers Another Green Signal
Where is President-elect Barack Obama headed with environmental protection and renewable energy? The answer lies not so much in the encouraging but ultimately self-serving video posted on the transition team's Web site on Friday, but rather on links elsewhere on the page. In particular, look at the appointment of senior transition official Rose Mc
'60 Minutes' Looks At 'Widow Penalty' In Immigration Law
Last night, 60 Minutes reported on a group of hundreds of American widows fighting a U.S. government effort to deport them from this country. These women (and a few men) are citizens of foreign countries who married American citizens, but their spouses died before their residency applications were completed. InformationWeek covered this story in June; one of the widow
Why Hulu Will Eat YouTube's Lunch
Saturday night, YouTube held its inaugural "YouTube Live" concert where a number of mainstream artists played and sang along with a few YouTube stars. Mogulus estimates that there were 700,000 concurrent viewers of the YouTube live stream. Sounds like a large number until you realize that most TV shows have millions of viewers.
Namespaces, Search, Network Gestures And The American Soft-White Cyber-Underbelly
On the drive home from Boston's Logan Airport after 7 hours of red-eye flying back from Mashup Camp in Silicon Valley, National Public Radio's Here & Now aired Robin Young's interview of Larry Wortzel, chair of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, about China's alleged acts of cyberwarfare against the United States. What Wortzel said, right on the heels of what I heard O'Reilly Media founder and CEO Tim O'Reill
IBM Demos Reuse Of Data Center Waste Heat
The energy consumption of data centers is enormous. According to a Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory report to Congress, the peak load on the power grid from data centers and servers is currently estimated to be approximately 7 gigawatts, equivalent to the output of about 15 typical power plants of 1,000 megawatts each.
Smartphone Business Apps On The Rise
One factor, according to J. Gold Associates, is that access to corporate applications from smartphones is expected to rise 71% in one year and 196% in three years.
I'd Buy That Twitter For A Dollar
The question going around the early adopter circle this week is whether Twitter users would pay for their accounts and if so, how much would they be willing to pay. Rob Jensen has analyzed a survey which shows that most people who replied would rather see the service go away than pay for it.
Finally, My Home-Grown Kilowatts
There have been a few sparks generated in this space recently. But what excites me more are the sparks being generated in my basement. That's right, I'm finally generating my own electricity.
Apple Releases iPhone 2.2 Update
The firmware upgrade adds the ability to download podcasts directly on the device, improves map applications, and fixes some bugs.
Dell Hurt By Weakening PC Demand
Dell's earnings are a sharp contrast to rival and market leader Hewlett-Packard, which issued last week a stronger-than-expected full-year profit forecast.
Google Crowdsources YouTube Support
YouTube is looking for users willing to make a video to explain topics such as Editing my video, Customizing channels, and Transferring from camera to computer.