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November 27, 2009

The world’s first osmotic power plant from Statkraft


The principle of harnessing osmosis has the potential to produce enormous amounts of energy anywhere that salt water and fresh water meet. We looked at some of the approaches to turning this theory into reality earlier this year, including Statkraft’s plans to build a prototype power plant. The company’s plans are now coming to fruition with Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway officially opening the world’s first osmotic power plant prototype on November 24…

November 26, 2009

Attach files in Offline using Gmail

One of the most requested features for Offline Gmail has been the ability to include attachments in messages composed while offline. Starting today, attachments work just the way you would expect them to whether you are online or offline (with the exception that when you’re offline you won’t be able to include inline images). Just add the attachment and send your message.

If you have Offline Gmail enabled, you’ll notice that all your mail now goes through the outbox, regardless of whether you’re online or offline. This allows Gmail to capture all attachments, even if you suddenly get disconnected from network. If you’re online, your mail will quickly be sent along to its destination.

If you haven’t tried offline access yet, visit the Labs tab and follow these instructions to get started:
Select Enable next to Offline Gmail.
Click Save Changes.
After your browser reloads, you’ll see a new “Offline” link in the upper righthand corner of the Gmail page, next to your username. Click this link to start the offline set up process and download Gears if you don’t already have it.

Details here

November 24, 2009

Google Acquires Teracent To Apply Machine Smarts To Display Ads

Filed under: Google,Technology — techobuzz @ 12:31 pm
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Teracent says:
We are excited to announce that Teracent has signed a definitive agreement to be acquired by Google. The infrastructure, opportunities and technical depth that Google will provide for Teracent customers means a future of product innovation for Teracent’s dynamic ad optimization platform. The transaction is subject to various closing conditions and is expected to close this quarter. Integration details will follow after close, and, in the meantime, please expect the same great Teracent performance and service as always. We are excited to finish this year on a high note for all our customers and partners and ring in an even more exciting 2010! Read More

November 17, 2009

Adobe Releases Flash Player 10.1 And AIR 2.0 – Both Include Multi-touch Support

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Available for download at http://www.adobe.com/

November 16, 2009

Chromium on Linux Gets Bookmark Sync

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If you’re running on the cutting edge of Chrome with a Chromium daily build on Linux, you can now try out the Google-based bookmark syncingthat Windows users have had for a bit now. You’ll have to add –enable-sync to your launching command, but it should work fairly intuitively after that. Your bookmarks are synced to a folder in Google Docs, which you can access and edit if you’ve got an active account.

IBM Opens Up Own Data Stores for New Analytics Cloud

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What IBM has done, and what no one else has yet attempted, is this: Over decades, through its hundreds of thousands of employees, it has researched and archived an immense amount of information in numerous vertical markets, garnered through solving innumerable business-related IT problems. So the company is now putting all that stored-up intellectual property to work behind a new cloud service for use by IBM internally and for its customers’ use.
Read more at IBM

November 13, 2009

Facebook: Parents Have Rules to Follow Online, Too

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Liz Perle is the Editor-in-Chief of Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to improving the media and entertainment lives of kids and families. The organization believes that parents should have a choice and a voice about the media their kids consume. We’ve asked Liz to share some common sense tips for parents as they navigate technology and the web with their kids.

Where do kids learn about good online behavior? From each other, perhaps. Maybe from a teacher. But parents have a big role to play in making sure their kids use the incredible technologies at their fingertips in responsible ways. For parents, that means not only talking the talk, but walking the walk.

It’s really up to parents to explain the basics of online safety and stress the importance of guarding privacy in a world where something shared with one friend online can quickly spread to a vast audience of many others. Parents should be sure their kids understand that anything and everything that people post online can be altered, copied, pasted and sent around to a gazillion friends of friends in an instant.

It’s a parent’s job to make sure kids understand that everything they do online leaves a “digital footprint” — the idea that once something is shared online, it’s really almost impossible to take it back. Just ask my son about the Halloween photo of him that he thought was so funny in 8th grade. Two years later, it’s resurfaced. Let’s just say it’s not doing much for his dating life.

But what about the parent’s side of the equation? Kids learn from their parents, not just from what their parents say but also from what they do. It turns out that parents have as much to do with their kids’ online behaviors as their kids do.

At Common Sense Media, we’re dedicated to helping kids and families get the most out the powerful digital technologies that run through the center of our lives. Some of this involves helping kids learn responsible behavior, but kids are only half the story. Parents also have some “Rules of the Road” they should be following:

Model good behavior. If you’re on your phones at dinner or during family events, why should your kids listen to you when you tell them to turn their phones off?

Pay attention. Know what your kids are doing online. For instance, talk to your kids about whether or not they’re comfortable letting you “friend” them on social networks — many will be.

Impart your values. Right and wrong extends to all areas of life, whether it’s online or through a mobile device. Cheating, lying, being cruel — they’re all non-starters, no matter where you are.

Establish limits. There’s really a right time and place for everything. Set guidelines for when it’s acceptable to use the phone, download videos and surf the web.

Encourage balance. The Internet opens doors to new worlds. Encourage your kids to explore their own offline world as well, particularly when there is no cell phone or Internet service available.

Make kids accountable. Let your kids know that having access to technology is a privilege. Let’s make sure they earn it.

Explain what’s at stake. Let them know that what might seem acceptable today can be embarrassing tomorrow.

Do your homework. Get familiar with the websites and services your kids use and the type of content they’re downloading. Armed with knowledge, you can find ways to use technology to say “yes” more often.

Don’t be techno-phobic. Don’t be afraid of technology. Learn to text, send a mobile photo, set up a Facebook profile, upload a video. Or have your kids show you how. It’s impossible to guide what you don’t understand. Not only that, but think of all the anxiety you can avoid by knowing how things work.

Lighten up, embrace their world and enjoy the possibilities together. No parents want a digital divide in their relationships with their kids. It’s up to you to join the fun and help your kids seize the potential.

Liz wants to help parents create positive experiences for their kids with the articles and topics available on Common Sense Media’s website.

VeriSign to Webcast Analyst Day 2009

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA — (Marketwire) — November 12, 2009 — VeriSign, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRSN), the trusted provider of Internet infrastructure services, will host its 2009 Analyst Day on Thursday, November 19 in New York City. The event will begin at 8:30 a.m. (EST) and is expected to conclude at approximately 1:00 p.m. (EST). During the event, VeriSign’s executive management team will discuss the company’s go-forward strategy.

The live webcast of the event can be accessed at VeriSign’s Investor Relations website at http://investor.verisign.com beginning at 8:30 a.m. (EST). A replay of the webcast will also be available at http://investor.verisign.com after the event.

HP Takes “SUMMIT ON THE SUMMIT: Kilimanjaro” to New Heights as Official Technology Outfitter

Filed under: HP,Technology — techobuzz @ 9:14 am
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SUMMIT ON THE SUMMIT: Kilimanjaro is a bold climb up the world’s highest freestanding mountain led by Grammy-nominated musician, philanthropist and “actionist” Kenna and his supporters Jessica Biel, Isabel Lucas, Lupe Fiasco, Alexandra Cousteau and other global influencers.

HP is bringing its technology expertise and fully integrated marketing muscle – including TV, online and social media resources – to SUMMIT ON THE SUMMIT: Kilimanjaro. As partners and official technology outfitters, HP and Intel will raise awareness of the global clean water crisis, inspire individuals to join the cause and provide people with the tools to actively participate in improving the standard of living for those in need.

Read more at HP website -> http://www.hp.com/hpinfo/newsroom/press/2009/091112xa.html?mtxs=rss-corp-news

August 8, 2009

The Microsoft Mall Invasion Begins

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The Microsoft PR team tweeted out the first image to Twitpic of the Microsoft Retail Store opening in Scottsdale and Mission Viejo. The stores are slated to open sometime in the fall, with more locations opening after. In July, Microsoft’s master plan for the retail stores were leaked in a presentation. Image above.

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