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Fast Times in Gaming, Part 1: Turbulent Transitions

Succumbing to the primal pull of gameplay, millions of new consumers are joining the nearly ubiquitous adventure of exploring the pixelated worlds presented in video games, seeking personal recreation, relaxation, amusement, even escape -- and the industry is feeling the profound effects of that sta...

Fantastic Plastic, Part 4: Petro Pollution

Nurdles. Aglets. Bakelite. Cellophane. There's poetry in the myriad names of plastic, which seems fitting for a man-made substance that barely existed prior to World War II but will most likely outlast human civilization itself. And that's just the 100 billion tons of the stuff we've created so f...

Fantastic Plastic, Part 3: Polymemories

For more than a decade, polymer memory devices have lingered in the queue of novel organic candidates for "next-generation" computer data-storage-and-retrieval chip technology. The time for PMDs might finally be at hand ... even if the first application is the humble radio-frequency identification t...

Fantastic Plastic, Part 2: Electric Action

Plastics, those ubiquitous malleable synthetic polymers so essential to the needs of virtually the entire spectrum of global business, have become the pulsing heart of the high-tech world. The universal insulator for the electrical and electronics industries, plastic materials can also be semi-insu...

Fantastic Plastic, Part 1: Polymers in Computing

Not all polymers are plastics, but all plastics are polymers. And organic polymer plastics, known mostly for being insulators, in some cases make excellent conductors and semiconductors. The term "all-polymer semiconductor" sounds almost like an oxymoron. Plastic is generally considered a poor med...

Urban Gardening, Part 2: Greenhouse Technology

These are not your grandpa's greenhouses. Anyone familiar with common plastic-enclosed passive solar structures designed simply to hold plants over cold seasons or grow flowers and less-hardy fruits might be surprised about how these humble buildings have transformed into today's dynamic hydroponic ...

Urban Gardening, Part 1: The Hydroponic Lab on the Roof

The farm has moved to the city in the form of rooftop hydroponic greenhouses, leaving the dirt and pests and pesticides behind in the rural field and going high-tech with a penthouse view from perches atop old buildings. Restaurants, converted factories and warehouses, government facilities, the sto...

Outsourcing the Carbon Accounting Chore

Carbon accounting outsourcing could be the next big thing in the $80 billion business process outsourcing industry. Early out of the gate is FirstCarbon, a carbon data management subsidiary of global outsourcing services provider ADEC Solutions. Launched in June 2009, FirstCarbon is touted as the f...

Sustainability Software, Part 2: Cutting the Paper Chase

Paper and packaging, those essential components of modern life, have a massive impact on the environment and so constitute a prime target for sustainable development and practices and the software that makes it all possible. Paper manufacturing is the third largest user of fossil fuels worldwide, ac...

Sustainability Software, Part 1: It’s Easy Being Green

As the decades-old "sustainability" movement goes mainstream, many businesses are looking to software to make the eco-cause concept functional -- and profitable -- for them. Companies are facing accountability and responsibility demands regarding their roles in rescuing humanity and saving planet Ea...

Wired Water: IT Gets Ready for the Shock

Go wet, young IT man. Your parched, imperiled planet needs you. When it comes to creating a future filled with fresh, drinkable water, information technology professionals have a significant career opportunity in a mega-sized market. The very economic survival of a thirsty, arid Earth -- with the U...

Making Social Networks Pay, Part 3: An Eye on Privacy

Can the privatized and anonymized be monetized? When it comes to the mega-million-name member lists of social network sites like Facebook and MySpace, Big Business really wants to know. As consumer databases go, the Facebook and MySpace lists have an appealing advantage over databases derived from ...

Making Social Networks Pay, Part 2: Players and Products

With an attractive force akin to the massive black hole at the center of the galaxy, online social networks have pulled into their orbits scores of new startups searching for profits. The target: eyeballs. Last January, Facebook totaled 68 million unique visitors and 1.1 billion page views, and MySp...

Making Social Networks Pay, Part 1: Strategies and Technologies

Nobody, not even Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg himself, has yet successfully produced a proven, sustainable and scalable business model that can satisfactorily monetize the vast ecosystem of the social networks -- Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc. The reason for this could be rooted in ...

Green IT, Part 2: The Orange Greenhouse

California's Orange County is known famously worldwide as the home of Disneyland and Knotts Berry Farm, John Wayne and Richard Nixon, citrus crops and beige master-planned communities, babes and beaches. But OC is also coming into its own as the hub in a Southern California green tech corridor stret...

Green IT, Part 1: Withering on the Vine?

Green's got the blues. "Dark Days for Green Energy," declared a headline in the Feb. 4 issue of The New York Times. "Because of the credit crisis and the broader economic downturn ... installation of wind and solar power is plummeting," reported the Times. Green energy's melancholia extends to cousi...

E-Cinema, Part 3: Adding a New Dimension

Despite all the attention being paid to the creation of 3-D films, the immense catalog of existing 2-D movies ready for 3-D conversion provides a massive market ripe for exploitation. Techniques to convert existing 2-D images for 3-D presentation have existed throughout the entire history of 3-D, bu...

E-Cinema, Part 2: Step Into the Projection Booth

3-D has been given a really big job -- coax audiences young and old alike away from their big screen home TVs, their PCs and their video games and back into movie theaters. On Dec. 4, 3ality Digital joined forces with Beverly Hills-based RealD and the National Football League to test a 3-D broadcast...

E-Cinema, Part 1: 3-D Hits Its Stride

Wanted: Movie theater projectionists with IT experience in network systems and client/server environments to operate digital cinema systems. Qualifications and requirements: systems analysis capabilities, a thorough working knowledge of e-business applications deployment, including implementation o...

Social Media Outsourcing, Part 2: Weighing Risks and Rewards

Social media outsourcing will be the next big business opportunity for India after business process outsourcing and knowledge process outsourcing, contends Gaurav Mishra, Yahoo fellow in residence at Georgetown University's Institute for the Study of Diplomacy. "Some functions are best handled by a ...

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