The Battle Over the Next-gen Open Smart Grid

Will the smart grid eventually follow the path of the Internet with truly open standards? Several up-and-coming companies are betting that the answer will be a resounding “yes” and are looking to sign up customers that see the vision of the open standards-based smart grid.

TechUniversity: Conditional Formatting with Numbers

Conditional formatting in Numbers lets you format the contents of a cell based on certain rules. So say you want to show all negative numbers as red and bold…conditional formatting lets us do that! We’ll cover how to apply conditional formatting to numbers, text and dates.

Google TV or Apple TV?

Apple, met with limited success of the Apple TV, has called its device “a hobby” but Google, with its Google TV, is forging ahead with what it believes could revolutionize the industry. So how do they compare?

Lost Series Finale a Twitter Earthquake

The season finale of Lost yesterday was seen by 13.5 million viewers in the U.S., plus millions more around the globe through an unprecedented simulcast aimed at preventing P2P piracy. Pundits may think that’s weak, since earlier episodes of had up to 20 million people viewers, but one thing hasn’t changed: Lost gets people talking.

Lost fans sent out a total of 437,613 tweets during the series finale, according to new data from Trendrr. Just as a quick frame of reference: Twitter darling Glee got less than 20,000 tweets when its most recent episode aired last week.

Of course, “lost” isn’t exactly the easiest term to track. People lose their keys, get lost on the way to a restaurant, and so on. In fact, there were a total of 643,000 tweets mentioning the word yesterday (note to networks: if you want to utilize social media, learn from Glee and don’t use generic show names). Trendrr excluded all mentions of the word itself except for the time the finale aired, which means that countless “can’t wait 4 Lost finale 2night” tweets didn’t even make it into these stats.

Also noteworthy: The tweets include some early morning participation from Europe, as the UK’s Sky1 aired final episode simultaneously with the U.S. West Coast. Brits got to see the finale today at 5 a.m. local time, according to a report from the Guardian. There were also simulcasts in Italy, Spain, Portugal, Israel, Turkey and Canada. From the Guardian story:

“The unprecedented scheduling move aims to prevent illegal Internet downloads of the finale – and save UK fans of the show from having to spend five days dodging web spoilers.”

I know exactly what they’re talking about. I didn’t catch the finale yesterday, and I’ve been on a Twitter diet all day…

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Cisco: The Mobilpocalypse Is Coming!!!!!

Cisco forecasts that by 2014 we will be using 3.6 exabytes per month on mobile networks worldwide, according to its Visual Networking Index figures released today. For those pondering an exabyte, it’s equal to 1 billion gigabytes or half a trillion MP3 files.