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  • Opinion: How to Share Privately With the New Google Reader

    Google Reader is the first screen many people look at when they wake up. Likely the most popular RSS app, Reader has been a crucial news and research gathering and sharing tool for millions of users since 2007. Google on Monday announced changes to Reader, which many users won't welcome.

  • Opinion: Safety: The Missing Third Leg in the Energy Storage Stool

    Electrons don't like to sit still. That's why the electricity grid has developed over the last 150 years without the benefit of energy storage. Energy storage is--in whatever form it might take--an elaborate attempt at getting electrons to behave while in a passive state. It's been clear for thousands of years that energy storage is physically possible. What has held it back from widespread adoption (outside of fossil fuels and consumer electronics batteries) has been safety. Safety can be achieved, but the cost of engineering danger-mitigation solutions makes most energy storage systems too costly. A recent string of safety incidents at new energy storage facilities around the world have underlined the fact.

  • Opinion: Check Out Gmail's New Look: Rolling Out Now

    A new and different looking for Gmail is now landing in users' inboxes.

  • Opinion: Noesis Energy Targets Smart Buildings with Free Energy Management Guidance

    Today another group of software veterans (including Dana Jones formerly with Vignette, Scott Harmon former CEO of AlterPoint, and Scott Jones formerly with Computer Science Corporation) announced an energy management solution for the commercial and industrial building sector. Noesis Energy is officially launched thanks to a $50 million investment from Austin Ventures. This cloud-based, community-centric software platform will enable users to identify the inefficiencies in their building operations that can translate into opportunities to reduce consumption and save money. The platform will provide users with tools for analyzing their energy consumption and a social media network for users to communicate their experiences and perspectives on energy management with a community of subject matter experts. Noesis' goal is to support the process of transforming energy savings opportunities into action. The platform is projected to be fully

  • Opinion: A Closer Look at NASCIO's Top State Gov IT Priorities List

    This is the time of year when government IT experts start discussing top priorities for the coming year.

  • Opinion: Microsoft Video Predicts Dazzling Technology Future

    Microsoft’s promotional video depicting a future in which interconnected touchscreen and gesture-controlled devices pervade every facet of daily life will make people crave the possibilities, but also wonder how they will afford them.

  • Opinion: Apple iOS App Helps Locate Nearest Haunted House

    Apple mobile device users looking for the nearest haunted house this weekend, there’s an app for that, too.

  • Opinion: Go Back to School on the Web

    If you’re looking to brush up your academic skills but can’t quite afford the time or money to go back to school, the following two sites offer intellectual stimulation at no cost, and you can access them at a moment’s notice.

  • Opinion: Stream and Share Music for Free Online

    Forget about buying music; streaming your own playlists for free is now the way to go. Rdio is one of those sites that helps you share tunes. It has an extensive library of music, and it lets you add songs to playlists that you can share with followers who “add” you--much in the same vein as Twitter. Although Rdio emphasizes sharing songs within the site (and on Facebook and Twitter), you can also do your own thing and just use Rdio as an Internet radio station, streaming your hand-picked music all the time.

  • Opinion: Find Out When You Have Outlook Email With Mail Alert

    If you use Outlook, you're probably tired of having to go to its sprawling program window to check for mail. Wouldn't life be easier if you had an assistant telling you every time you've got a new piece of Email? That's exactly what Mail Alert ($7, thirty-day free trial) does.

  • Opinion: A New Era for Energy Storage is Born in West Virginia

    Deep in the mountains of West Virginia lies the most sophisticated and largest battery system ever made. I travelled on Thursday to the alpine hamlet of Laurel Mountain to attend the unveiling of the 32 MW, 8 MWh system, which has just been built by AES Energy Storage. What I found was the next iteration of energy storage technology: bigger, better and cheaper.

  • Opinion: How to Create a Google+ Profile For Your Business

    Google+ has finally opened up business profiles to its Google Apps for Business users, presumably in an effort to roll out any kinks before throwing their doors open to the world. Being first at bat can have intangible benefits on the Internet, including a valuable backlink to your company website from your Google+ profile. Here's how to join this limited group of users and make the most of your Google+ profile before everyone else.

  • Opinion: IBM Simulates 4.5% of the Human Brain; Skynet Is Next

    It's pretty well known at this point that computers are quickly catching up with humanity as far as brain power is concerned. Storage-wise, we've been long surpassed by machines, and powerfully fast computers can run circles around the human brain in solving complex equations. On the other hand, humanity wins in the brain's sheer computational power and energy efficiency.

  • Opinion: Syncing iCloud with Windows and Outlook

    Apple's iCloud is a nice tool for keeping contacts, calendar items, and other data in sync between my iPhone and iPad, but what about keeping everything synced up with my Windows PC? Apple has that covered as well with the iCloud Control Panel for Windows.

  • Opinion: Hacker Collective Anonymous Strikes at Child Porn Sites

    Hacker collective Anonymous is at it again, and this time it is targeting websites that allow users to share child porn.

  • Opinion: Virtual Data Centers on the Way? Poll Results

    On Monday, we polled IT and business leaders about how they're using public and private clouds. The respondents to our pair of suveys who say they are well on the way to a completely virtual data center outnumber those who haven't started using the cloud at all.

  • Opinion: Prefer Open Source? Join the Crowd

    If ever there was a year to demonstrate why open source software is a smart choice for businesses, 2011 has surely been it.

  • Opinion: A Sneak Peek at Gmail's New Look

    Google is busy at work on a dramatic makeover of Gmail's drab, utilitarian interface, and that's a good thing. In August, the search giant unveiled a new Gmail Labs feature called Preview Pane, which lets you preview messages in your Gmail inbox. But more changes are coming.

  • Opinion: Send and Receive Text Messages on Your PC

    Text messaging is great--except when it isn't. For one thing, it's expensive (unless you have an unlimited messaging plan, which itself can be expensive). Plus, it forces you to type on your phone's tiny keyboard--not always the fastest or most convenient method.

  • Opinion: How Does a Google Self-Driving Car Drive?

    Google's self-driving car was once just a pet project, but it has since bloomed into one of the company's largest endeavors. Now, Google's autonomous fleet has logged over 190,000 miles, is street-legal in Nevada, and it may or may not have gotten into its first crash. But what we don't know is just how the automated system manages to stop at a red light or keep from careening into us--until now.



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