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October 2009 Blog Posts (10)

ebooks - Kindle, Vook, Que, Sony, etc.

I've purchased the Kindle (Fall 2008) & then the Kindle DX(Summer 2009), to check it out. Pretty neat. Great for travelling. Yet, I find myself picking on one of the many paper books from my To Be Read pile when I am ready to start another book. HUM!

When the Que is released (early 2010), I think I'll give it a try, as well. Plastic-Logic seems to know what it is doing.

Trying to be open minded and even progressive, I have very, very mixed thoughts about Cushing Academy… Continue

Added by Gail Preslar on October 29, 2009 at 5:08pm — No Comments

Just One More Convert - A Former PC User Goes Mac

I love my MacBook!

My husband has been a diehard Apple/Mac fan for years. I was a die-hard PC fan. In fact, we are a probably a bit like the Apple television ads with 'PC' and 'Mac', I am the dry, stuffy accounting type, and my husband, a video editor, is more of the trendy artist.

Until last year, it suited me just fine, I was perfectly happy with my PC. After all, I NEEDED Windows, didn't I? I needed to be able to run Microsoft Office, manage my life through Outlook, and be able to… Continue

Added by Mary McVeigh on October 28, 2009 at 9:00pm — No Comments

The Psuedo Geniuses at Apple

I recently saw Verizon's ad attacking iPhones (watch it here: and, although the ad has glaring factual errors, it raises a good issue: why can't the iPhone do so many things other phones can do?

For example, the iPhone doesn't have a removable battery. It took forever for Apple to… Continue

Added by Chad Riley on October 27, 2009 at 11:00am — No Comments

Roku Expands Affordable OTT Video Product Line with SD and HD-XR Models

Roku is increasing the appeal of its product line with an even cheaper $79 SD player and a slightly more advanced $129 HD-XR player to go with its standard $99 player (read our Trender review of Roku here). For a limited time, Roku is throwing in free shipping for customers purchasing through either the Roku or Amazon web… Continue

Added by Brian Mahony on October 27, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

You Gotta love Gigatribe-FREE file sharing software

Version 3 is now available - FREE and secure file sharing software with no limit on size and number of files to share photos, videos, music with family and friends. You decide on what to share and with whom in a fully encrypted P2P environment with selected Gigatribe members. There are no files to upload, no size limitations and user scan share files and folders and file transfers can be resumed if the user goes offline. Features include: recently shared filed are color coded ; shared files can… Continue

Added by Ellen Veden on October 22, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

Hybrid OTT/Pay TV Solutions on Opposite Sides of the Pond: TV Everywhere and Project Canvas

(Note: an updated version of this post with Project Canvas comparison can be found here:

It is becoming increasingly clear that the flood gates for OTT video—that is TV and movie programming over a broadband Internet connection—have opened and are forcing traditional television service providers and movie… Continue

Added by Brian Mahony on October 22, 2009 at 12:00am — No Comments

IBM, City of Bolzano, Italy, and TIS Innovation Park to Develop Smarter City The city of Bolzano chooses IBM to enable new solutions for citizens

(IBM press release)

BOLZANO, Italy - 23 Sep 2009: The City of Bolzano, Italy and TIS Innovation Park have entered into a strategic initiative with IBM (NYSE: IBM), with the aim of creating a smart city.

Bolzano, capital of South Tyrol in northern Italy, is the fifth Italian city to choose IBM to identify and design a new model for a sustainable city through a range of digital solutions. During the next few months a pilot project will be implemented for remote health… Continue

Added by Joyce Pellino Crane on October 16, 2009 at 2:43pm — No Comments

Private Investing in the Cleantech Sector Rebounds

The cleantech sector rebounded in the second and third quarters of this year, after significant declines in the previous two quarters, according to Dallas Kachan, managing director of the Cleantech Group, of San Francisco. The sector accumulated $1.6 billion across 134 sectors in the third quarter, ending September 30, up ten percent from the previous quarter.

Kachan said the industry is benefiting from global stimulus funds that are boosting the confidence of private… Continue

Added by Joyce Pellino Crane on October 16, 2009 at 2:34pm — No Comments

Is Boston Losing the GreenTech Game to California?

What’s the Silicon Valley got that Boston doesn’t?

The two regions are competing for GreenTech investment and government dollars, and so far, the Silicon Valley appears to be winning. Companies like BrightSource Energy and Nanosolar, both of California, are catching the attention of venture capitalists. Government stimulus funds and loans are also flowing more freely toward California. In June, Tesla Motors of San Carlos, Calif., an electric vehicle maker, was awarded a $465 million… Continue

Added by Joyce Pellino Crane on October 2, 2009 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Family Protection for Social Networks

Well publicized stories of cyber-bullying, stalking, or other types of dangerous social networking related incidents contribute to present day parental angst. As if it weren’t hard enough to keep them safe social sites, like Facebook, provide access to kids and their public information 7x24. It is unfortunate that software companies seem to be in perpetual catch-up mode but, progress has been made with regard to social networking… Continue

Added by Michael Whalen on October 2, 2009 at 6:00am — No Comments

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