Archive for May 1st, 2009

Zippy electric motorcycle comes at a price

The electric Zero S, by Santa Cruz-based Zero Motorcycles.

The electric Zero S, by Santa Cruz-based Zero Motorcycles

(Credit: James Martin/CNET)

The Zero S electric motorcycle is impressive, but be careful with the throttle–it accelerates superfast from a standing start–and keep in mind that it weighs only 225 pounds.

Those are the initial observations of this first-time rider, …

Originally posted at News – Cutting Edge

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Test drive: All-electric Mini and Ford Fusion Hybrid

It’s not every day that you get to drive an all-electric car and a brand new gas-electric hybrid. But that’s just what I did last week when I took both the Electric Mini Cooper and 2010 Ford Fusion for a spin.

The two cars represent two technical approaches …

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Senators aim to protect electric grid from hackers

In the wake of recent reports describing the electric grid’s vulnerabilities to hackers, two members of the U.S. Congress have introduced legislation giving federal regulators more authority to combat that possible threat.

The electric grid system that keeps the United States humming is worth more than $1 trillion …

Originally posted at News – Politics and Law

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Green news harvest: IM for air conditioners

A sampling of green-tech news with quick commentary.


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Putting wind turbines on buildings doesn’t make sense
For the EBN feature article this month I spent weeks learning about building-integrated wind. I’m a huge fan of wind energy in general, and the idea of putting wind turbines on top of buildings — or actually integrating them into the architecture of buildings — was really appealing. Why not generate the energy right where it’s needed, and by putting turbines on top of buildings wouldn’t you be getting them up higher where it’s windier? What a cool idea.

Unfortunately, as I point out in this month’s feature article, "The Folly of Building-Integrated Wind," it’s actually pretty hard to get wind turbines to perform well on buildings and, even if you can, the economics are not very good. A huge challenge is noise and vibration. Spinning things tend to generate noise and vibration, and that can be a big problem when people are occupying the building those turbines are mounted on. I went from being open-minded about the practicality of building-integrated wind to believing that it’s usually a pretty dumb idea.

Another big drawback to building-integrated wind is that even though it’s often windy on top of buildings, that wind tends to be quite turbulent. It’s twisting around and not nearly as effective for wind turbines as laminar flow.

But a lot of rooftop wind turbines are being installed — how are they working?
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Study: Professional Tech Support Revenue to Exceed $2 Billion by 2013
A survey conducted by Parks Associates finds consumer use of tech support has tripled since 2006 thus creating opportunities for service providers, retailers, and third-party providers. One major reason for users turning to tech support is the lack of time and/or expertise to deal with the complications of today’s technology, according to Customer Support in the Digital Home.
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MaxHire Partners with StreamSend for CRM Solution
MaxHire Partners with StreamSend for CRM Solution
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VoiceInterop Intros the AudioMate360i for Motorola’s iDEN Radios
Boca Raton, Florida,-based unified communications solutions provider VoiceInterop, Inc. has added a new solution to its family of AudioMate IP Gateways, the AudioMate360i. The AudioMate360i has been tailored to work with Motorola’s iDEN radios and act as a communication tool for field service and public safety organizations and are being used by over 50 million subscribers worldwide.
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Packet Island’s ‘Lite’ Version of PacketSmart Geared for SMBs
VoIP network testing and monitoring solutions provider Packet Island, Inc. last year released the “lite” version of its PacketSmart VoIP-Data lifecycle management solution geared for small and mid-sized enterprise customers.
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Iverify, Broadcast International in Pact to Provide Communication with Information Security
Security solution provider Iverify announced a partnership with Broadcast International, for what the companies claim as “an initiative to deliver leading-edge security, comprehensive customer care and customized digital signage to business clients across the country.”
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VoiceInterop Intros Cost-Effective Way of Extending Reach of 2-Way Radios
VoiceInterop, a Florida-based provider of unified communications solutions, has unveiled a new bundled solution that helps in extending the reach of wide area two-way radio systems in a cost-effective way.
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Free Webinar: How to Improve Agent Productivity
By boosting agent productivity, companies can maximize their return on investment, agents are less frustrated with their work, and customer service improvements are achieved.
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Avaya Receives 2009 North American Market Leadership Award
Frost & Sullivan has recognized Avaya as the topper in enterprise voice and unified messaging market – by awarding the company with Frost & Sullivan 2009 North American Market Leadership Award.
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IPitomy Enters into Distribution Relationship with Target Distributing
IPitomy Communications has entered into a distribution deal with Target Distributing, a telecommunications and datacom channel distribution group based out of Germantown, MD.
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