You have probably never heard of Yulong or its Coolpad brand, but in China it’s a top 3 smartphone maker beating out even the iPhone in device sales. On Tuesday Coolpad arrived in the US on the MetroPCS LTE network with its first budget smartphone.
Obama’s 2013 budget proposal is out and aside from some increases in support for many of the renewable energy programs the DOE administers, like the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) and the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), the most interesting news is that Obama is starting to go after fossil fuel subsidies with $4 billion in cuts, mostly to get rid of tax subsidies for oil and gas drilling. I’ve often been critical of the over $400 billion in subsidies the fossil fuel industries receive globally, and it’s good to see these cuts on the table. This will be an uphill battle in the Senate and we’ll hear all sorts of awful things about how fossil fuel subsidies are the only thing keeping Americans in jobs, because, you know, we wouldn’t want oil companies like Exxon Mobil, which turned a $41 billion profit in 2011, to actually pay the full cost of its oil exploration.
The White House sent its proposed budget for 2013 to Congress on Monday, and the plan calls for boosting funding for clean power and energy efficiency, seeks to eliminate fossil fuel subsidies and doesn’t seek additional funds for the loan guarantee program.
My first cost-cutting measure is a big one, because I’m looking to free up a significant amount of cash, and the timing is convenient. My lease is up in a few weeks, and so I’m already on the lookout for cheaper accommodation.
The Obama administration released its proposed budget for the 2011 fiscal year this morning, and within the more than $3.8 trillion plan are several programs that could help shift the playing field for greentech startups and energy companies. To start, there’s direct support for the renewable energy, carbon capture and smart grid industries, through loan guarantees, research and development project funding and other programs. Glaringly absent is the $646 billion in revenues that last year’s budget assumed would come from a program for limiting and trading carbon allowances, signaling dwindling confidence that the Senate will pass a bill with a cap and trade system this year.
The administration has also proposed to take a nearly $39 billion bite out of tax breaks for the fossil fuel industry that some advocates of renewable energy sources like solar and wind argue have blocked the gateway to grid parity and fair competition. The bulk of those cuts — $36.5 billion worth through 2020 (a small fraction of the sector’s projected revenue) — are targeted at the oil and natural gas industry ), while Obama proposes cutting tax breaks for the coal industry worth some $2.3 billion in that time frame.
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Going behind-the-scenes of a real iPhone app’s development, in this installment I investigate several methods for cutting development costs and adding value to the game.
I have to admit that I’m still working on the Game Design Document. Something which I thought would take only a few days has grown to incorporate minute details alongside gargantuan fundamental gameplay concepts. This document is essentially Tetris in written form: piling on concept after concept, attempting to make it fit together before the whole thing becomes too unwieldy to manage.
While work on the GDD should finish this week – Matias has stated that this Friday is the absolute deadline – I’m finding the time to explore other related areas of app development. In my last entry I spoke to Mills, one of the founders of ustwo, a growing independent mobile content studio.
Mills provided me with some revealing data in terms of development costs and sales. Looking at ustwo’s costs for app development relative to the revenue that they generated led me to think about how I could lower our own development costs while increasing the app’s desirability.
I’ve managed to find three different solutions that add value to our app and cost either very little or absolutely nothing.
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Web workers do pretty much everything else online, so why not use Internet phone service, too? Besides our natural technology addiction, there are actually compelling financial reasons for why using VoIP (voice over IP) services can be a good idea.
The cost savings can be significant over traditional landline phone services, depending on the needs of your business and whether you make a lot of long-distance or international calls. Here’s a look at the top four ways to cut your web worker budget by using a VoIP service.
Get a business phone number at a fraction of a landline’s cost. Using VoIP can save money on a business line in both service and installation costs. Service for a landline into my home office from our phone company would cost around $30 per month for local service, with long-distance calls additional. Read More about Top 4 Ways to Cut Your Business Budget With VoIP
I don’t know about you, but one of the hardest things for me about navigating these tough economic times is keeping my gadget spending in check. I have a problem, or more accurately, many problems, and they are all shiny, new and electronic. It’d be nice to say that I have enough willpower to forgo these things when the budget isn’t there, but that’s not at all true. I still have to scratch that itch, so I’ve come up with some ways to do so on the cheap.
It may not be quite as satisfying as unboxing something brand-new, or buying a big ticket item at retail, but digging around in your closet for old, nearly forgotten hardware and gadgets can actually be pretty satisfying. Especially if you haven’t looked at them in many years, since you’ll often be surprised with what recent software updates or new peripherals can help you do with older devices. Read More about Budget Tips: Everything Old Is New Again
Jeffrey Katzenberg is prepared for 3D to utterly change the experience of watching television and movies — and a lot sooner than you may think.
The DreamWorks’ (s dwa) chief told attendees at Fortune’s Brainstorm conference in Pasadena, Calif., today that companies like LG and Panasonic (s PC) are ready to ship “millions of monitors” that show 3D video. Such TVs should show up in living rooms early next year. After that will come 3D screens that don’t require glasses.
“It’s like the move from black and white to color,” he said. “It will move to every device we have. Hollywood will be dramatically changed by this.”
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The iPhone/iPod (s aapl) 3.0 OS allows third-party applications to utilize the device’s Bluetooth capabilities for two-player games. The first (and only) application I had that supported this in an update was Flight Control, and since then, whenever my wife and I are on a train, we occupy our time playing this.
The huge advantage of multiplayer Bluetooth compared with Wi-Fi is that you just need the two devices, no Wi-Fi access points or Internet connectivity is required. This is truly awesome, although as we cry, “Arrrgh sooo close!” loudly on public transport we can get some strange looks. We’ve loved playing Flight Control, but I thought that by now there must be a good number of other Bluetooth-enabled games. So I’ve searched the App Store and found the following games are the only ones that support multiplayer gameplay over Bluetooth. This list will hopefully grow soon with more complex quality titles. Read More about 27 Bluetooth-enabled Multiplayer iPhone Games