Sonic Solutions added a new feature to its RoxioNow digital video platform, allowing companies like Blockbuster and Best Buy to deliver videos to mobile devices. By teaming up with Widevine, RoxioNow will now be able to deliver videos to iPhone, iPad, Android and Blackberry devices.
The EPA has just opened up its Energy Star program to data centers, using an efficiency rating system years in the works that’s based on the Power Usage Effectiveness, or PUE, metric.
T-Mobile introduces three new handset chargers that boast a faster recharge time — between 20 and 50 percent. The devices all support the Micro USB standard and each provides a second USB port to recharge other personal consumer electronics that use USB for power restoration.
Los Angeles-based social video start-up Qlipso has bought the assets of San Diego-based video sharing site Veoh, according to a report from Socaltech.com. Veoh’s web site already reflects the change of ownership, stating: “Now part of qlipso, so you can share the fun!” Details of the transaction have not been revealed, and Qlipso didn’t return a request for comment.
Veoh filed for bankruptcy in February. The site competed with YouTube (s GOOG) early on and raised more than $70 million in funding, but suffered from a number of strategic missteps along the way, including the focus on a desktop player and exorbitant spending of up to $4 million per month on staff and infrastructure. A copyright infringement lawsuit brought against it by the Universal Music Group didn’t really help to turn things around, either.
Qlipso offers users the ability to combine web videos and other media assets to playlists, personalize these playlists with 3-D avatars and share them in a live web chat. The company has apparently gone through a number of iterations and was previously also know as Icontaqt, 2Peer and Playr. It is backed by Jerusalem Venture Partners and led by CEO Jon Goldman, who previously co-founded the video game developer Foundation 9 Entertainment.
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If you paid more for an Energy Star gadget or appliance, prepare to be outraged. The EPA has been rubber-stamping approvals, according to a New York Times report. It’s so bad, that even a fictional, “gasoline powered alarm clock” earned the right to carry the little blue label. And by “earned” I mean the applicant just had to say it was more efficient than competing models. (A coal-powered one perhaps?) Pretty damning stuff, especially so soon after the whole LG appliances fiasco late last year. Let’s hope efforts to overhaul and add accountability to the approvals process is a success, particularly now that the label is making its way onto data center IT equipment. Sadly it’s too late for me, I’m already eyeing my beloved gadgets with suspicion…
Just nine metropolitan areas in the U.S. at the end of 2009 could boast the presence of more than 100 commercial and industrial buildings earning the Energy Star label for energy efficiency, according to the just-released list of the EPA’s top 25 cities for Energy Star buildings.
The list (included in full below) offers a general sense of which metro areas are really pushing for greener buildings. But the actual rank on the list shouldn’t be taken at face value, because the number of buildings in a city with superior energy efficiency doesn’t directly correlate with reductions in energy consumption. In this case, size matters.
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A feature of e-book readers is the ability to take notes in books. Consumers who like to scribble notes in the margins of books can do so in the electronic versions. This brings to mind a question — who owns the notes you “write” in e-books?
Step aside “Cash for Clunkers,” and make way for “Cash for Caulkers.” The White House is reportedly considering rolling out a two-year, $23 billion program to encourage homeowners to undertake weatherization projects such as adding air sealing, insulation and energy-saving light bulbs. The program would be called Home Star -– playing off the name Energy Star, the Environmental Protection Agency’s widely recognized energy efficiency program. The New York Times, in a story published last night, reported Rahm Emanuel, President Obama’s chief of staff, as saying that it’s one of the “top things he’s looking at.”
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Websites like iFixit are meant to provide a guide for out-of-warranty repairs, take stock of components and satisfy some geeky curiosity — consumer watchdogs, they are not. Yet DIY sites and the people that run them are also exposing, in the most literal sense, how electronics makers are fashioning their wares and if they live up to their claims, eco and otherwise. Scrutiny aside, online DIY resources are also a treasure trove of insight into the levels of user serviceability that green gadget buyers can expect out of their electronics.
Consumers are peeling back the green labels and examining what makes green gadgets eco-friendly. Few electronics makers revel in this kind of scrutiny, but the smart ones will view it as an opportunity.
For electronics makers, green is a potential differentiator in an industry where products in the same device class typically perform comparably. Some even share chipsets and many must adhere to standards set by trade groups and regulatory bodies like the FCC. A “green” marketing campaign can help otherwise unremarkable products stand out from the crowd — but only if done right. I’ve compiled a few pointers on how to win over green-savvy tech buyers.