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A Top 11 for 2011

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A Top 11 for 2011

There are no doubts-- it has been quite a full year. From natural disasters to protests and ousted dictators, there was truly something for everyone on the headlines. And as for our business, well, we're about to take a look at what went on during past 12 months, with a Top 11 for 2011...

1. Farewell, Steve Jobs: The biggest story this year was certainly the untimely demise of Steve Jobs at age 56, following a 7 year struggle with cancer. During those years, Apple brought us the iPhone and the iPad. Jobs had already stepped down as Apple CEO on Aug. 24th 2011... and most of us knew the only only reason he would walk away from the company would be his ultimate demise.

One cannot understimate Jobs' effect on the industry-- his return to Apple in 1997 turned a company Jobs himself described as weeks away from bankruptcy into one of the the biggest in the world (and the biggest for a few weeks), fuelling customers' lusts for technology in the process.

2. Bye bye, Best Buy: The biggest retail headline this year was definitely Best Buy leaving the UK, closing its 11 big box stores in the country, following £62 million worth of losses last fiscal year. Not that Best Buy is completely out of Europe-- it still keeps its joint venture with Carphone Warhouse.

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The Peanut Butter Manifesto

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The Peanut Butter Manifesto

What's Wrong with Yahoo and Why It Matters to You...For most of us in the IT channel, Yahoo doesn't bring us money and its ups and downs mean little to our business. So why do we want you to read this, The Peanut Butter Manifesto?

Garlinghouse is a SVP at Yahoo who risked his job to publicly dissect Yahoo's ills with a knife-like accuracy. He complains Yahoo is like peanut butter, an investment spread too thin across too wide a range of opportunities. Decide who we  are, what we can do well, and f Continue reading...

Ten Times the Capacity from Li Ion Batteries?

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Ten Times the Capacity from Li Ion Batteries?

Researchers at the Northwestern University claim they managed to increase both charging capacity and speed of lithium ion batteries by 10x-- potentially pointing to the future of mobile power.

Li ion batteries are not only found in most mobile devices-- from mobile phones to laptops-- but also in electric cars and even "exoskeleton" robots.

Current Li ion batteries create charge by moving lithium from one end of the battery to the other (from anode to cathode), and recharge through the sending Continue reading...

Sony's Next Gen Gaming Device: The Vita

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Sony's Next Gen Gaming Device: The Vita

Unveiled at E3, Sony launches its next gen, quad core gaming handheld, the PlayStation Vita.

Part of Sony’s networked strategy to connecting all its CE devices, Vita lets gamers to play against people using PlayStation 3 consoles over the internet (the currently besieged PlayStation Network) via cellphone networks as well as wi-fi hotspots.

Shipping at end of 2011, prices for wifi model are expected to be 249 euro and euro 299 for 3G.

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Reinventing Li-on Batteries With Nanowires

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Reinventing Li-on Batteries With Nanowires

Stanford researchers use silicon nanowires to produce 10x the amount of electricity of current lithium-ion (li-on) batteries.

Rechargeable li-on batteries power all sorts of devices-- laptops, iPods, video camers, cell phones, and so on.

This technology could even make li-on batteries a possibility for manufacture of future electric cars. The team behind the discovery even suggests possible uses in homes or offices, storing electricity from rooftop solar panels.

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