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Image Gallery: E-Book Readers

4/23/2010
Electronic book readers are closely related to multi-touch tablet PCs in design, and to a lesser degree in function. Amazon's Kindle dominates the market, but competition is blazing.

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Google Apps Goes After Microsoft Office

4/15/2010
An early peek at the upgraded Google Apps and an exclusive series of interviews with Google engineers reveals how the productivity apps have been formulated to take on a bigger role in the office -- and a bite out of Microsoft's Office suite.

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GM Volt's Whack EPA Mileage Estimates

8/11/2009
The answer to the Web's most annoying question has been revealed. GM's viral "what is 230?" marketing campaign littered Twitter and Flickr, YouTube, blogs, Facebook, and cable for days, and now we finally know what it means.

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Green Tech In Survival Phase

6/16/2009
CIOs are more challenged than ever to cut costs, do more with less, and "go green" (whatever that means, exactly). But identifying the IT hardware, software, and services that fit the bill is a challenge in and of itself.

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The Department Of Energy's Woeful IT Energy Audit

6/9/2009
Energy is a big deal in the Obama administration. Billions of dollars in the economic stimulus package are earmarked for upgrading the power grid, paying for alternative energy credits, and developing clean energy sources. On Tuesday, a 'cash-for-clunkers' bill intended to get gas guzzlers off the road rolled through the House. But at the Department of Energy, it's been business as usual.

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Cisco: Smart Grid's A $100 Billion Baby

5/18/2009
What's as big as 100 Internets -- maybe 1,000 Internets -- and so hungry for routers, switches, and secure IP-based backhaul communications that it could gobble up $100 billion worth of networking technology?

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MIT Poised To Announce Clean Energy, Entrepreneurship Prizes

5/11/2009
Springtime means two things in Cambridge, MA. Outdoors, public works crews are getting busy filling the city's overpopulation of potholes. Indoors, MIT judges are making their final decisions and writing jumbo-size checks to the winners of MIT's $100K Competition and its cousin, the MIT Clean Energy Prize.

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Inside HP's Ink Jet Cartridge Recycling Process

3/27/2009
Paper recycling gets a lot of ink, if you'll pardon the expression. But while many offices and public places have bins for separating waste paper from trash, getting gunked up, empty ink jet cartridges back to the manufacturer is another story.

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IBM Makes A Splash Into Clean Water

3/15/2009
IBM's thirst for higher margins has pushed it into a new line of business: clean water. Last week Big Blue announced a pair of clean water initiatives: new filtration technology and a line of water management services.

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Behind Wal-Mart's E-Health Records Plans

3/12/2009
Wal-Mart isn't waiting for the Obama administration to figure out how to digitize medical records. The World's Biggest Retailer hopes to do for electronic health records what it has done for dog food, plastic lawn chairs, and some generic drugs: make them widely accessible for a reasonable price.

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NASA's Bad Week: A Crash; Accusations Of Fraud

2/26/2009
On Tuesday, a failed NASA launch sent a satellite deep into the frigid sea near Antarctica. On Wednesday, the FBI searched the offices of a University of Florida professor accused of swindling the space agency out of hundreds of thousands of dollars. [Update: on Friday, the White House released its budget proposal, which calls for the space shuttle to be retired.] Luckily for NASA, the week's nearly o

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Cleaner Ways To Clear Snow

1/28/2009
Another January day in New England. Another several inches of snow. Faced with choosing between fume-spewing snowblowers and back-breaking green options (shoveling or letting the ice accumulate) I have just one question: Where are the snow-clearing robots?

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Battery Maker Eyes Michigan For New Plant, New Jobs

1/8/2009
In a deflated digital economy, can investment in manufacturing plants spur renewed prosperity? U.S. manufacturing is dead, we've been told, but A123Systems isn't buying it. The battery maker is angling to expand its U.S. production capacity and create 14,000 jobs in the process.

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Solar Power's Breakout Year

1/6/2009
The solar industry is the Ugly Betty of clean technology. Photovoltaic panels aren't pretty and solar power isn't yet cheap. But Solar keeps plugging along in its chunky glasses and thick sweaters, inching ever closer to its full potential.

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Clean Tech Skirts The Financial Meltdown

10/24/2008
Years from now, when their great-grandchildren ask "what did you do during the Great Financial Meltdown Of Ought-Eight?," the answer clean tech investors and technologists may give is, "what meltdown?"

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6 Tools For Managing The Money Meltdown

9/18/2008
The horrible news keeps gurgling out of the seeping wound that is Wall Street, but online resources help demystify the mess. If you can't go out and spend it, might as well log on and learn all you can.

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Move Over, IT. Here Comes ET, Energy Technology

9/9/2008
Job losses. Foreclosures. High energy costs. An unstable world economy. The bad news keeps coming. But a critically important new industry may hold the keys to economic recovery -- IF it can find sufficient investment and legislative support.

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Samsung Makes 'Eco' Mobile Phone Out Of Corn

8/18/2008
We Americans love our corn. The documentary film King Corn shows just how much, by tracking the grain in our pork, beef, bread, soda, chicken, french fries, even spaghetti sauce. Some day, even our pockets may be full of kernals, now that Samsung has developed an "eco-phone" made from a corn-based bio-plastic.

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Retailers Opt To Roll Their Own Power

8/12/2008
Cutting back on electricity use can trim a company's power bills only to a point. To really make a dent, businesses are beginning to generate their own juice to supplement what they buy off the grid.

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3 Ways To Turn A Prius Into A Plug-In

8/7/2008
Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) are the darlings of auto shows, forward-thinking consumers, bloggers, and the gang at Google. Unfortunately, you can't stroll into Crazy Larry's PHEV Hut and drive one off the lot today. The quickest way to plug in is to order a Prius conversion kit from an after-market supplier.

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Inside Two Electric Cars

8/6/2008
GM's Chevy Volt is a plug-in hybrid concept car. Tesla Motors' Roadster is an all-electric vehicle in production. We peek under the hoods of both.

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GM Does Solar Power, Too

7/9/2008
Despite General Motors vice chairman Robert Lutz having colorfully called global warming a "total crock of s***" earlier this year, the company has made itself a world leader in solar energy generation.

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Solar-Powered Toyota Prius Coming?

7/8/2008
Reports are burning up the enviroblogs that the 2010 Toyota Prius will boast optional solar panels on the roof. A solar array on a Prius would be like those flower vases in VW Bugs: cute design feature, but not a feat of engineering.

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Blackberry Curve Quibbles And One Big Gripe

7/3/2008
It's been a month since I ditched by Moto dumbphone for a BlackBerry Curve 8330. Overall, I'm delighted with my decision, despite having uncovered a couple of minor annoyances and one serious flaw, which caused me to call the cops.

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A Peek Inside Bill Gates' Head

6/26/2008
As Bill Gates packs up his "#1 software architect" mug and prepares to leave his daily duties at Microsoft, we take a look at the character traits that put him on top of the software industry.

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With EcoSearch, It IS Easy Being Green

6/25/2008
Here's an inconvenient truth: being green can be a pain in the neck. So when I heard of a new search tool that helps the environment without inflicting the least bit of discomfort upon users, I checked it out at once.

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How To Recycle Spent CFLs

6/24/2008
Those corkscrew-shaped CFL bulbs use about a third of the power needed to light incandescent bulbs, so their cost-saving appeal to homes and businesses is obvious. But what happens when potentially toxic CFLs need to be replaced?

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How Open Source Builds Winning Teams

6/20/2008
Anyone who still thinks open source isn't ready for prime time hasn't been paying attention. Two events this week demonstrate how open source principles have put an entertainment juggernaut and a sports franchise at the top of their respective games.

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5 Tips For Saving Money On Gas

5/21/2008
You wouldn't know it by all the fleece around the office, but the start of summer driving season is only days away. With oil prices relentlessly pumping up gas prices, some drivers are looking to the enterprise and the Internet for ways to save on gasoline.

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Apple iPhone Vs. BlackBerry Curve

5/14/2008
It's time to upgrade my crummy old refurbished Moto cell phone to a snappy smartphone. (Yes, I will recycle the relic.) I've narrowed down my choices, and I'm either going to hold out for a next-gen iPhone, or go for the BlackBerry Curve.

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Earth Day Mythbusting

4/22/2008
Today is Earth Day, and if your hype-filter is on the fritz, you'd better go some place quiet, where the big green machine can't find you. Otherwise you're likely to encounter a cacophony of well-intentioned greenness.

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Read A Book; Save A Forest

4/4/2008
Do you continue to regularly blow money on books, even though you haven't read one cover-to-cover since The World According To Garp? What if there were a way to indulge your love of reading and simultaneously save some trees?

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Of Earth Hour And Toasty Undercrackers

3/28/2008
I'll get to the undercrackers in a moment. First, a word about a global event scheduled for Saturday, March 29, which is either a planet-friendly gesture we can all feel good about, or a misguided act of "environmental indoctrination."

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Xerox Calculates Office Sustainability

3/25/2008
This is the time of year many of us start thinking and talking about losing weight. Again. Vague goals like wanting to "slim down for summer" are tough to achieve,in part because they are imprecise. (And in part because pancakes make superior butter delivery platforms.) The desire to "be more green" is another vague yearning I'm hearing a lot these days.

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XPrize: $10 Million For 100-MPG Cars

3/20/2008
The XPrize Foundation is doing for cars what it has already done for commercial space flight (and is trying to do for human genomics and lunar exploration) -- it is pushing for groundbreaking technical innovation by offering big prize money.

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5 Ways To Cut Data Center Power Costs

3/17/2008
Here's the problem: Power costs keep rising, while storage needs keep growing. Whether your data center is a couple of servers or a roomful of racks, creating efficiencies doesn't have to be complicated. Here are five ways to start cutting costs today.

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How Daylight-Saving Time Costs More

3/10/2008
If you're certain that daylight-saving time is good for the planet, put your hands up. Now put your hands down, because a recent study of more than 7 million residential meter readings over a three-year period shows what many of us have believed anecdotally for years. Electric bills go up when we switch to daylight-saving time.

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No Crock: GM Announces Next-Gen Hybrid System

3/4/2008
GM announced plans Tuesday to roll out a second-generation version of the GM Hybrid System with a more powerful lithium-ion battery. The announcement comes just weeks after GM vice chairman Robert Lutz called global warming a "total crock of s***."

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Solar-Powered Gadgets Gone Goofy

2/29/2008
I'm as eager as anyone to see more products that can be fired up with solar power. But some gadgets should never have made it off the drawing board -- they're just too goofy. Like these.

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Congress Tries To Drink Big Oil's Milkshake

2/28/2008
If Daniel Plainview weren't fictional, he'd be howling bloody hell. Congress on Wednesday passed a bill that would yank $17.65 billion in tax breaks to oil companies and reallocate the savings to fund tax incentives for wind, solar, and other renewable energy technologies.

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Technology And The Big Foot Problem

2/26/2008
Michael Specter's article "Big Foot," in the current issue of The New Yorker, examines some common assumptions about carbon emissions and how technology is going to have to step on the gas to tackle the climate change problem. It's worth a close read.

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GM To Sire Hybrid Pony Car?

2/22/2008
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning received a trophy, a ring, and his pick of Cadillacs for being the game-winning MVP of Super Bowl XLII earlier this month. But he won't be driving his new Caddy anytime soon.

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Satellite Smithereens Preferable To Graveyard Orbit

2/21/2008
The U.S. Navy says it is "very confident" it blasted a defective spy satellite to bits with an interceptor missile Wednesday night. Its next order of business, after definitively confirming the strike today or Friday, should be to play up the positive environmental benefits of the mission.

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