Do you sleep? Have a laptop or desktop that sits idle during those eight hours? Need an extra $10 a month? If so, startup CPUsage has a proposition that you should hear.
Verizon demoed an upcoming iPad app today that will allow FiOS subscribers to watch linear programming available on their TV screens also on tablet devices. The app is expected to be rolled out next year and Verizon expects all its content partners on board by launch.
It’s hard to get more indie than a show shot on $300 by a team of three friends, and thus give the crown to this five-episode drama, which features great cliffhangers and a cool polish that’ll appeal to any Bannen Way fan.
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As an avid runner, I went out and bought a Nike+ sensor as soon as I upgraded my original iPhone to a 3GS. That solution worked OK, but I think it’s lacking for me in some areas: it has to be calibrated for accuracy, works only with certain shoes and can only be used for running or walking activities. Looking for something to compensate for those limitations, I found RunKeeper in the iTunes App Store. There’s a free version and a $9.95 RunKeeper Pro version. At half the price, I find RunKeeper Pro to be a far better value than the Nike+ sensor because of its flexibility and fewer restrictions.
In this video, I show you what the application looks like and talk about how it works by using the GPS in your handset. Some have complained that the application eats up your phone’s battery too fast, but I simply turn my iPhone display off, which helps tremendously. I did an hour-and-a-half bike ride with the application and only used up around 25% of my battery. Oh, that’s right — you can use this for cycling, which is something else I like to do. You can’t do that with a Nike+. After showing you the application, I share a walkthrough of the online tracking and logging that’s done automatically. It offers a great summary of workouts and dives into some details for those that want more.
Bandwidth caps are forcing at least one startup to adjust its business. Last month when I was in Houston, I met Shion Deysarkar, chief marketing officer of Plura Processing, a company that harnesses the CPU cycles and bandwidth of participating gamers (it pays them up to $2.60 a month for use of 100 percent of the CPU cycles). We talked about the product built on top of Plura, an application called 80legs, which is basically a web crawling service for hire. 80legs, which is still in private beta, provides access to data for search sites, video indexing sites and anything else that wants to scour the web for data.
Through 50,000 Plura nodes, 80legs has access to between 5 and 10 gigabits per second of capacity, which is nothing to sneeze at. However, because of the looming worries about bandwidth caps and metered broadband, Brad Wilson, CEO of Plura, says the company has had to implement several safeguards to keep the users who provide the nodes from hitting a cap. Read More about 80legs Cares About Your Bandwidth Cap
Earlier today I hit The Coffee Groundz, a Houston coffee shop that’s a hit with the city’s tech community, to meet with a few startups and check out what Houston has to offer in the way of geek atmosphere. While it’s no San Francisco, where I could walk into almost any bar and find members of the latest technology startup, the place has its share of smart and savvy entrepreneurs building technology for big companies or playing off the engineering talent working in the city’s energy or health care sectors.
For example, I chatted with a guy about what it would take for utilities to adopt mobile broadband from cellular carriers for smart grid deployments. Basically, utilities want to see prices for getting broadband service on a meter drop to cents rather than dollars. In exchange, utilities could provide traffic delivered at odd times of the day when a network isn’t congested, keeping the pipes full. Read More about Houston’s Tech Scene Is Worth the Trip
Plura Processing, a start-up funded by Houston’s Creeris Ventures has come up with a new model for game makers to earn some much needed cash: sell distributed network computing power.