Car 2.0: Virgin’s Taxi2 Puts Travel Data to Work for Cab Sharing

taxi2-logoTaxi2, a new cab-sharing service unveiled today by Virgin Atlantic, represents a new spin on an old idea for the age of Car 2.0, in which vehicles, communication networks and information technology increasingly intersect. The free, web-based service, just launched in beta testing for Virgin’s New York and London routes, matches passengers based on their flight info and destinations.
Founded by Ed Maklouf, who also created a text messaging startup called Siine, Taxi2 is partnering with Virgin as part of the airline’s UK government-backed VJAM program. It’s not a total solution, but Taxi2 could provide a piece of the puzzle for reducing emissions from transportation by offering an alternative to airport shuttles, personal vehicles and solo cab rides for travelers.
Read More about Car 2.0: Virgin’s Taxi2 Puts Travel Data to Work for Cab Sharing

Better Place, Denmark’s DSB Strike Deal for Eco-Techno-Utopian Transit

betterplace-dsb-logosElectric car infrastructure startup Better Place and Danish rail operator DSB have a vision to link electric vehicles, car sharing networks, trains and mobile devices into one high-tech, eco-utopian transportation system in Denmark. The duo has just announced an agreement to install charging stations for electric vehicles at “a number of major Danish train stations,” and provide an electric car sharing service at Denmark’s main commuter stations so train passengers can pick up a plug-in for the next leg of their trip.


Read More about Better Place, Denmark’s DSB Strike Deal for Eco-Techno-Utopian Transit

MobileTechRoundup 187 – Revenge of the Nook

MoTR_coverMoTR 187 is 33:05 minutes long and is a 30.4 MB file in MP3 format.
CLICK HERE to download the file and listen directly.

HOSTS: James Kendrick (Houston), Matthew Miller (Seattle) and Kevin C. Tofel (Philadelphia)

TOPICS:

Windows 7 is here, and so is the Windows 7 Whopper. 😉
Will Starter Edition help or hurt netbook sales?
More time spent with Nokia’s N900 and a definitive guide.
B&N Nook vs. Amazon Kindle (which will have a PC edition soon)

CONTACT US: Email us or leave us a voicemail on our SkypeLine!
SUBSCRIBE: Use this RSS feed with your favorite podcatcher or click this link to add us to iTunes!

MobileTechRoundup 183 — How Can Windows Mobile Better Compete?

MoTR_coverMoTR 183 is 35 minutes long and is a 32 MB file in MP3 format.
CLICK HERE to download the file and listen directly.

HOSTS: James Kendrick (Houston), Matthew Miller (Seattle) and Kevin C. Tofel (Philadelphia)

TOPIC:

What’s wrong with Windows Mobile and what can Microsoft do about it? We focus the entire show on this one topic and, as three long-time Windows Mobile enthusiasts, offer observation and opinion.

CONTACT US: E-mail us or leave us a voicemail on our SkypeLine!
SUBSCRIBE: Use this RSS feed with your favorite podcatcher or click this link to add us to iTunes!

Augmented Reality Coming to Mobile in a Big Way

You may not be all that familiar with augmented reality yet, but you’re going to hear a lot about the stuff in coming months. A kind of marriage between the real and the virtual, augmented reality couples live video streams with computer-generated imagery and content. The term can refer to everything from those yellow, simulated first-down lines you see during NFL broadcasts to high-tech, head-up displays integrated into the windshields of military fighter planes. The concept is not new, but augmented-reality apps are finally making their way to smartphones.

The Rebound Begins: Cleantech Gets More Cash in Q2

Cleantech investment is on the rise again, according to two reports released this week, hitting $1.2 billion in the second quarter. “Cleantech venture investment has rebounded moderately after free-falling for two consecutive quarters,” said Brian Fan, senior director of research for the Cleantech Group, in a press release. Other signs of recovery include more mergers and acquisitions, as well as increased solar tax equity, he said.

The Cleantech Group, which tracks deals in North America, Europe, China and India, said Wednesday that cash was distributed among more companies, too: 94 compared with 82 in the first quarter. Meanwhile, Greentech Media put the number of deals in the second quarter at 85 vs. 59 in the first.
Read More about The Rebound Begins: Cleantech Gets More Cash in Q2