Hacking solutions to the world’s resource problem

This weekend in New York City, dozens of developers gathered for the second Cleanweb Hackathon, where programmers spent the weekend building mobile and web apps around new ways to manage energy. The event is the latest sign the ecosystem around clean technology is changing.

Hands on with iBooks 2’s textbooks

Apple unveiled its new interactive textbooks Thursday at its media event in NYC. Here’s a look at how those textbooks work on the iPad. Early impressions? Wish I could go back to high school. Still, these textbooks definitely have room to grow.

My 6 mobile productivity strategies for 2012

The last four years have shown remarkable growth in smartphone ownership, changing the mobile landscape as the phone becomes central to our lives. This year I’ll be looking for cross-platform apps, centralized notification services and solutions that intelligently handle more mundane tasks around my smart home.

RIM paints a rosy fiscal picture, but challenges loom

Research in Motion announced its fiscal third quarter results on Thursday (PDF), showing quarterly growth in revenues and handset sales, but continued dismal tablet numbers. Even worse: the company is predicting lower handset sales next quarter, which make up nearly 80 percent of all revenues.

DevOps eliminates knee-jerk no’s at the IT level

Cloud computing technologies have helped remove many of the intrinsic barriers programmers used to encounter when developing, deploying and scaling software applications. Now, the biggest hurdles developers often face are human: their own corporate IT teams. That’s the problem DevOps aims to solve.