We are all bandwidth hogs now

Last year demand for bandwidth rose by 40 percent, and much of that demand is now coming from all over the world, not just in developed countries.

Holy cow, the Formula 1 races have a ton of tech inside

Formula 1 racing has returned to America with last weekend’s race in Austin, Texas. And with it came a jumbo jet packed full of 160 tons of IT and broadcasting equipment and F1’s amazing traveling IT staff. Learn more about the tech powering the sport.

Spotting M&A opportunity, martinwolf opens Bangalore office

As tech companies–both vendors that build product — and integrators that customize and integrate that product into larger solutions — strive for scale there’s growing opportunity for cross-border mergers. That’s why martinwolf M&A Advisors of San Ramon, Calif. is opening an office in Bangalore.

The future of cars for the next billion people

While electric cars are the subject of much media attention, the future of cars for the next billion people to enter the middle class on the planet could be bare-bones, low-cost cars like Tata’s $2,500 Nano.

Despite Their Numbers, Indians Very Active Online

Take away India’s mobile miracle and you soon realize how much the country lags in terms of PC penetration and broadband adoption. According to recently released data from the Indian government, the total broadband subscriber base rose to 6.8 million in July from 6.62 million in June — up a whopping  2.7 percent. (The Indian government defines broadband as Internet connectivity of speeds at or higher than 256 kbps.)
That’s pathetic, as there are five major telecommunication companies in India: Bharti, Reliance, Tata and state-owned BSNL & MTNL. There’s no reason why there aren’t more broadband users in India — in particular, those big phone companies should be aggressively subsidizing the newer, more powerful sub-$500 netbooks that come with 10-inch screens. Read More about Despite Their Numbers, Indians Very Active Online

Supercomputing Takes to the Cloud

The promise of cloud computing has come not only to web startups seeking cheap storage for photos or a way to handle a viral hit without owning a data center, but to big industry, thanks to Tata and folks using Amazon to offer supercomputing as a service. John West over at HPCWire pointed me to this story about Computational Research Laboratories, a Tata Sons’ subsidiary that’s offering its Eka supercomputer through the cloud to companies such as Boeing.
Earlier this month, Amazon (s AMZN) unveiled MapReduce for its cloud, which provides a supercomputer-like ability to manage and thus crunch large data sets in Amazon Web Services. Other researchers are offering their data and software for supercomputing jobs via Amazon’s EC2 as well. So while folks may consider cloud computing good for startups and side projects in the enterprise, scientists and R&D groups are taking the cloud for a spin. Given that trends in supercomputing hit the mainstream IT industry sooner or later, efforts made here will be playing out in the corporate world sooner than we think.

Metered Bandwidth Trend Spreads To India

[qi:004] The metered bandwidth malaise that is spreading across the U.S. — Internet service providers such as Cox, Comcast (s CMCSA), Charter (s CHTR), Time Warner (s TWC) and AT&T (s T) are all dabbling at restricting your monthly bandwidth — is taking root in other parts of the world. In India, two major broadband suppliers – Airtel (click to download a pdf of their terms and conditions) and Tata Indicom — have started imposing restrictions on their already meager broadband offerings. We think metered broadband is a regressive move.

Apple’s Marketing and Sales Teams May Need an Update

In case you hadn’t figured it out by now, I like the new iPod shuffle. So much so that I ordered one (in black) the day they were announced.

I bought it online since shipping and engraving are free. I lose the instant gratification of the Apple Store, but I gain the personalization of engraving. (Though I admit it was challenging to come up with an engraving because there’s a small limit on letters.) Shortly after ordering, I got a confirmation email saying it would ship in three to five business days. So far, so good, now all I can do is wait. Read More about Apple’s Marketing and Sales Teams May Need an Update

Daily Sprout

Say Good-bye to Your Big Plasma: EU officials may outlaw the largest plasma TV models under new energy performance requirements. — NYT’s Green Inc.

Going Negative: Global carbon emissions will have to drop to near zero by 2050 and “go negative” after that to avoid the most catastrophic effects of climate change, according to a new report from the Worldwatch Institute. — Reuters

An Offer Tesla Couldn’t Refuse: Detroit Auto Show organizers gave Tesla Motors a “shockingly” good deal to exhibit at the event after big automakers dropped out. Rival Fisker Automotive signed up early and paid full price. — LAT’s Up to Speed

Chrysler Down, Not Out: In a hastily organized conference call today, Chrysler denied reports that the company is looking to sell some of its brands, plants or other assets. — Wall Street Journal

Tata Power Seeking Renewables: India’s largest private utility plans to add geothermal or solar energy to its 2,300 MW portfolio. — Cleantech Group

Nano 1.0 Still MIA, But Tata’s in Talks for a Micro-Hybrid

startstop-boschTata Motors wants to build a micro-hybrid version of the Tata Nano, the $2,500 “people’s car” unveiled last year and slated (for now) to enter production in 2009. While the Indian auto giant has encountered a series of delays for the Nano — most of them tied to disputes over land slated for factory construction — it has entered talks with German auto parts manufacturer Bosch to supply micro-hybrid, or start-stop, systems, India’s CNBC-TV18 reports.

Micro-hybrids are not true hybrid fuel systems, but Bosch says its technology can boost in-town fuel economy by up to 8 percent: Gasoline alone propels the vehicle, but the engine shuts down when it’s at rest. Electricity from the battery instantly restarts the engine when the driver hits the accelerator.

Two years ago, Bosch forecast that start-stop technology would appear in 1 out of every 5 cars by 2015. So far, BMW, Mini, Fiat, and Kia have come on board. While the system represents a relatively inexpensive add-on, it would add up to 6,000 rupee, or about $125 to the the price tag for the Nano — not insignificant for a car whose chief selling point is affordability. If Tata can ramp to the 100,000 annual production it originally envisioned for the Nano, the deal could be a good score for Bosch. Like Tata, the company has idled factories in recent months in response to slumping global demand.