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Why Pinterest is killing it, while your gamification lags

The best gamification ideas usually come from just outside the traditional game space (and typically not from gamification 'experts' who are too busy adding badges and points to everything under the sun). The latest blockbuster idea, which could easily be adapted for some really interesting game mechanics, is Pinterest.

January 24, 2012 by

CES 2010: FLO TV comes to the iPhone through Mophie sleeves

I talked a bit about the FLO TV service and new device on The Mobile Gadgeteer, but with today's CES 2010 announcement FLO TV is branching into the smartphone space. They announced a partnership with the folks who make the iPhone Mophie Juicepack batteries to launch a sleeve that fits on your iPhone or iPod touch to give you a wireless FLO TV experience. FLO TV is television sent out over the airwaves and does not use your wireless data for streaming television content. These products will start shipping during the first half of this year.

January 6, 2010 by

Sun Shines On Cloud Security

While it’s still early days for the billowing mists of cloud computing as they struggle to find some solid form and defined function, the vendors who strive to perform the requisite ‘cloudbusting’ techniques needed to corral this stream of computing power continue to form alliances and movements to bring order where once chaos existed.Aiming to put forward an appropriately secure sunbeam in this space this week is Sun Microsystems.

December 18, 2009 by

The Sun Java EE Also Rises

As we wait with baited breath for Oracle to finally get the green light on the Sun acquisition, those of us that speculated whether we would see an increased push into the Java EE enriched enterprise space in the new world of Sun have had our suspicions confirmed.

December 8, 2009 by

Flash disk drives are a hit with enterprise customers, says Sun

Today, Sun announced hundreds of wins across a range of industries for its eco-friendly Sun Storage 7000 series since it was introduced 5 months ago. According to Sun, over 17 petabytes of total space has been purchased, making it "the fastest ramping new product in Sun's storage portfolio ever".

May 5, 2009 by

Sony may be announcing iPod touch competitor at CES

There is a load of digital music players on the market (see my Holiday Guide) that offer consumers quite a bit of choice. However, there is not much competition in the way of touch screen players like the iPod touch. Rumors are flying this weekend that Sony will announce a new Walkman-branded portable media player. With the wild speculation that Palm will actually announce something more than another color Centro and this Sony news CES may actually have some good value for those in the mobile space this year.

December 13, 2008 by

Energy from the wind is the best for Earth

According to a Stanford University researcher, 'wind, water and sun beat biofuels, nuclear and coal for clean energy.' The scientist 'has conducted the first quantitative, scientific evaluation of the proposed, major, energy-related solutions by assessing not only their potential for delivering energy for electricity and vehicles, but also their impacts on global warming, human health, energy security, water supply, space requirements, wildlife, water pollution, reliability and sustainability.' Wow! The researcher found that some sources of energy were 25 to 1,000 times more polluting than the best available options. Some of his conclusions make sense, some are controversial, but read more...

December 11, 2008 by

Turn your iPod touch into a VoIP phone with Truphone

I've talked about the Truphone VoIP solution here on this blog a couple of times in the past and have had it on my iPhone for several months. Now that my ZDNet Smartphones & Cell Phones blog focuses on phones you may be asking why I am posting about a phone solution here on the Mobile Gadgeteer. A new Truphone client was just released for the Apple iPod touch that turns it into a VoIP phone, but it is not a cellphone. Highly respected VoIP blogger and friend Andy Abramson has an excellent blog post on why TruPhone on the iPod touch is a game changer in the VoIP space.

December 3, 2008 by

Sun's eco-friendly data centers

At a press conference in Santa Clara, Calif., Sun Microsystems CIO Bob Worrall outlines Sun's plans to make data centers more energy efficient for itself and for its customers by reducing space and utility requirements.

August 23, 2007 by

Mobile RIAs: Java, Apollo, and Silverlight's deathmatch? If so, what of Eclipse v. Netbeans?

Last week, while at the JavaOne conference in San Francisco, Sun drew some major lines in the sand for Java and now, about the only thing we can do is sit back and watch to see what happens. If I had to sum up what I heard, it's that the battle for supremacy in the RIA space (that's Rich Interactive Application if you're Microsoft, Rich Internet Application if you're not) will be fought in the mobile and embedded spaces.

May 14, 2007 by

Sun plans developer-focused, on-demand application grid services

Sun may not be first in this space, but it does have the assets to be large. For example, Sun already has a compute-intensive grid, and ample storage as a service offerings. By bringing its tools, NetBeans framework, open source Java community, middleware, virtualized runtime containers, and pay-per-drink grid together provides a significant, long-term subscription opportunity for Sun and its partners.

May 8, 2007 by

Here comes the sun: and your GPS may suffer

It wasn't widely reported at the time, but a major sun flare that took place last December 6 did quite a number on our planet's GPS systems. "Our increasingly technologically dependent society is becoming increasingly vulnerable to space weather," David L.

April 4, 2007 by


According to the Baltimore Sun (free reg required - sorry), various bad manufacturers have been taking the mickey over the more relaxed regulations the Americans have for low powered transmitters. More precisely, the Septics have the freedom to use low-powered FM transmitters to link portable gear to domestic and in-car radios, stuff like the i-Trip that lets you listen to your iPod on the stereo without fiddling with wires.

October 31, 2006 by

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