Business Innovation Productivity Technology

Google to launch operating system

Google is developing an operating system (OS) for personal computers, in a direct challenge to market leader Microsoft and its Windows system.Google Chrome OS will be aimed initially at small, low-cost netbooks, but will eventually be used on PCs as well. – BBC

Read the article: Google to launch operating system


Google Wave: New way to communicate

Google Wave is a new model for communication and collaboration on the web, coming later this year. Although slightly more complicated that using simple email, it is really simplistic for what it does. Email, chats, blog posts and comments, photos – all in one place.

Google Wave Developer Preview at Google I/O 2009 video:

A sneek peak:

Official Website: About Google Wave

Energy Finance Innovation Life Technology

10 Tools To Save on Electricity Bills

“Smart meters installed at homes can unleash data about the fluctuating price of electricity throughout the day, enabling consumers that have energy management tools to shift energy consumption to the time of day when power is cheapest. The utility-focused tools use smart meter info to provide a deeper dive into energy analysis and can even control smart appliances for utilities to implement demand response events.” –


My picks: Google PowerMeter and Green Energy Options. (Both pictured above)

Read the article:
10 Monitoring Tools Bringing Smart Energy Home

Business Education Life Productivity Social

The Brand Called You

“Regardless of age, regardless of position, regardless of the business we happen to be in, all of us need to understand the importance of branding. We are CEOs of our own companies: Me Inc. To be in business today, our most important job is to be head marketer for the brand called You.” (via Fast Company)

Read the article: The Brand Called You

Business Finance India Politics Technology

Obama names first US Chief Technology Officer

US President Barack Obama on Saturday named a Harvard-educated Indian-American to the newly created post of Chief Technology Officer in an appointment much-awaited by Silicon Valley.

As the country’s first Chief Technology Officer, Aneesh Chopra, 36, will use technology to “improve security, ensure transparency, and lower costs,” Obama said in his weekly address to the nation.

Read the article: AFP: Obama names first US Chief Technology Officer

Innovation Social Technology

Turn your iPod Touch into an iPhone with iClamp

“The iClamp iPod Converter has been developed to give us mere mortals a chance to live the iPhone dream without having to sell a kidney. All you have to do is insert your simcard into the iClamp (any network will do – sorry O2) and clamp this device to your iPod Touch, making sure the top and bottom section are properly inserted. The onboard software does the rest – you’ll see a little call icon pop up on the screen, which means your ready to make and receive calls. Hey presto – you’ve got yourself an iPhone, and all for under £100!”

Update: This was an april fool’s joke. I would have known if I had try to buy it. It didnt appeal to me since the specs showed that it was twice as thick as the iPhone and that is a major consideration for me personally. This would be a cool gadget to have though.

Link to the Product Page: iClamp iPod Converter – I Want One Of Those

Business Education Finance

Street Smarts: Good Business Practices

A well-thought, back to basics article on good business practices.

An Excerpt:
“When you deliver a product or a service in the belief that the customer will eventually pay you for it, you are making a loan, and you should treat it accordingly. That means determining whether customers are creditworthy and finding out in advance how long they take to pay their bills. It also means getting into the habit of checking the quality of your loan portfolio regularly and making sure your average collection time is what it should be.”

Read the article: Street Smarts: Secrets of a $110 Million Man

Business Finance Life Social Videos

Credit Crisis Visualized

The Short and Simple Story of the Credit Crisis by Jonathan Jarvis.

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Safari 4 3.5x faster than Firefox 3


“Proving itself a staggering 42 times faster at rendering JavaScript than IE 7, our benchmarks confirm Apple’s Safari 4 browser, released in beta today, is the fastest browser on the planet. In fact, it beat Google’s Chrome, Firefox 3, Opera 9.6 and even Mozilla’s developmental Minefield browser.” – CNET UK

Read the article: Safari 4 benchmarked: 42x faster than IE 7, 3.5x faster than Firefox 3

Innovation Productivity Technology

BumpTop, rethink your desktop

BumpTop is a fresh and engaging new way to interact with your computer desktop. You can pile and toss documents like on a real desk. Break free from the rigid and mechanical style of standard point-and-click desktops. Interact by pushing, pulling and piling documents with elegant, self revealing gestures. BumpTop’s stunning interface makes clever use of 3D presentation and smooth physics-based animations for an engaging, vivid user experience.

Video: BumpTop in action

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