If you tend to zone out and leave your computer on to suck energy needlessly, Local Cooling (download it from CNET Download.com) helps you tell your Windows XP beast when to rest, giving the electric company a break, too. I've been using this free download on two PCs for a couple of weeks. It lets you time automatic snoozes or shutdowns for precise periods of neglect (also see Earth2Tech). Use Vista? Check out this battery saver.
A Silicon Valley networking party hosted by TechCrunch last Friday was rife with start-up demonstrations and new product buzz, but it appears to have been a little bit lacking in the scandal department. But, hey, this isn't exactly Perez Hilton's territory. (ASIDE: There was the whole Julia Allison thing, which received the sort of reception as, say, Lindsay Lohan at Coachella.)
There was, however, one minor blog-gossip legacy of the event: a Craiglist "Missed Connection" post called "cute at techcrunch party" in which a shy female partygoer solicited contact with a fellow attendee with … Read more
Venture investment firm Technology Partners on Tuesday announced it has raised a $300 million fund to invest in clean-technology and life science companies.
Heading up the clean-tech portion of that fund is Ira Ehrenpreis, who has been investing in the sector for several years. Among his investments is high-end electric-vehicle producer Tesla Motors, biofuels company Imperium Renewables and water treatment firm Sensicore. With so much investment going into the clean-tech area, I asked Ehrenpreis to provide a snapshot on clean-tech investing.
Q: With all the activity in clean-tech venture capital, are you concerned that there is too much money chasing … Read more
Turns out that the most popular car in Silicon Valley will now have a slightly less expensive price tag.
Toyota said this week that it will sell a new standard 2008 model of its gas-electric hybrid car for $20,950, or 5.5 percent less than its 2007 version, according to a story from the Los Angeles Times (readable here without subscription at the Cincinnati Post's site.) The base price does not include destination charges and options like cruise control and heated rear-view mirrors.
Still, Toyota is raising the price of its midsize and Touring models of the Prius … Read more
Salivation time, ladies and gentlemen. I think I already have something to go at the top of this year's Crave holiday wish list.
The Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione, which debuted at the 2006 Paris Auto Show, is being shown for the first time in the U.S. at the Meadow Brook Concours d'Elegance car show this July 31-August 5 as part of the Alfa Romeo Owners Club national convention.
While the rest of the world is driving around listening to compressed music files on home-brewed MP3 discs and iPod tracks broadcast over FM, Sony is betting that there is a market for audiophiles who want a far richer in-car acoustic experience. The company this week released the XAV-W1, the first superaudio CD-compatible (SA-CD) in-car stereo, which is able to play the proprietary Sony format in 5.1-channel surround sound (if you have the right car speaker arrangement).
With a 7-inch LCD screen, the XAV-W1 is also the first in-dash DVD player from Sony, which has to date confined itself … Read more
Think you're safer in an SUV? Think again.
Cars topping the Forbes "Top 20 Most Dangerous Vehicles" list include a crossover-SUV and two pickup trucks.
While Forbes gets too much into the methodology on how its list is compiled, it makes the good point that frequently crashed cars are not necessarily the most dangerous. (They could simply be the most popular among young and inexperienced drivers.)
And boring does not automatically mean safe. The No. 1 car on the Forbes list, the 2007 Buick Rendezvous crossover SUV touted by Tiger Woods in commercials, got only a three-star … Read more
Mini just released all the details on its forthcoming Cooper Clubman, which is scheduled to arrive in Europe later this year and in the States early in 2008. While it might not be in the same league as the stretch Mini limo that we saw earlier this year, the new Mini Cooper Clubman is nearly 10 inches longer than the standard Mini Cooper. It also features a bizzare unique carriage door on the right hand side to allow greater access to its roomier rear seats, as well as a couple of BMW's most recent engine management technologies. Check out … Read more
Maybe The Jetsons Meet the Flintstones wasn't such a stretch after all.
It seems that the more hi-tech we get, the more people want to look natural.
Now Sada, a Japanese furniture company, has made a car out of wood. Sada's CEO drove it around for Japanese news crews.
According to Engadget, the firetrap can reach up to 50 miles per hour.
Nice try, but it just isn't as cool as a … Read more
With the sound of wailing engines still ringing in our ears, we just got back from the first day's racing at the 2007 San Jose Grand Prix. CNET Car Tech spent the morning getting an exclusive pit-side look at the workings of the CDW/RSPORTS Champ Car team, whose car finished second fastest in the first round of qualifying for Sunday's race. Check out our slide show of some of the tech behind the track times.