Where to watch the Rose Parade & Occupy protests online

Dozens of floats, all made entirely from flowers and other organic materials, marching bands, cheerleaders and… Occupy protesters? This year’s Tournament of the Roses parade promises to be a little different. But no worries: Both the parade and the surrounding protests will be streamed online.

Where to watch New Year’s on Times Square live online

Want to watch the ball drop on Times Square at New Year’s, but not actually spend hours in the cold on Times Square? Don’t worry, the action will once again be live-streamed to computers as well as iOS and Android cell phones everywhere.

The iPad is the big winner in planned SMB tablet adoption

Tablets are set to be a hit with small- and medium-sized businesses in 2012, according to a new NPD survey, and Apple is set to take full advantage. The iPad has the advantage of being synonymous with “tablet” in enterprise, which is great news for Apple.

For Evernote, 2011 was a year to remember

2011 has been all about personalized mobile apps, and Evernote has benefited handsomely: In the past 12 months, the personal note-taking software company grew its user base from 6 million to 20 million. GigaOM talked to CEO Phil Libin about the growth and Evernote’s 2012 outlook.

12 tech leaders’ resolutions for 2012

How are people like Sun co-founder Scott McNealy, Paypal co-founder Max Levchin, Wordpress founder Matt Mullenweg, Cisco CTO Padmasree Warrior and Foursquare founder Dennis Crowley approaching 2012? We asked 12 of the best-known tech industry leaders to share their New Year’s resolutions with us.

Today in Connected Consumer

This page will be on hiatus next week, so today’s collection of links will be the last for this year. I hope everyone has had a grand holiday season thus far and we here at the Connected Consumer desk wish everyone a happy, prosperous and connected New Year.

First Solar: tired of playing “whack-a-mole”

The dramatic news last Wednesday that the $3 billion U.S. solar industry bellwether First Solar was exiting subsidy-dependent markets and instead shifting focus toward utilities was a sobering indicator of what the subsidy environment will look like in the next few years. First Solar’s new strategy will reverberate across the solar industry, as everyone will have to answer the daunting question of how they will survive in decreasingly subsidized markets.