Just because it has a hybrid badge doesn't mean you have to break the bank to buy one. CNET's Brian Cooley offers his Top 5 cheap hybrid cars that you can afford.
CNET's Brian Cooley explains the differences in hybrid technologies and how they efficiently manage fuel consumption and power.
The best hybrids give you the best of both worlds: some zero-emission motoring, as well as greater range for longer journeys.
Phillips's "green" TV wins the CNET award for best product at the 2008 Consumer Electronics Show.
Bug Labs make-your-own-gadget takes the prize for emerging technology at the CNET Best of CES 2008 awards.
* YAHOO standing up to ICAHN.
* CBS buys CNET.
* BLACKBERRY to get touchscreen.
* YAHOO and WPP team for online ads.
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Visiting CNET's Version Tracker booth at Macworld 2008, we learned how VersionTracker can help Mac users monitor all installed software and alert us when new updates are available. You can also track reviews, ratings and compatibility features.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Technology Spending Stays Strong in Weak Economy
Technology spending might not suffer along with the rest of the economy, a new study by The Consumer Electronics Association and CNET shows. The CEA-CNET Consumer Sentiment Indexes, launched today, map consumer sentiment about technology and the broader economy.
Many consumers spent their economic stimulus checks on items like computers, televisions and wireless phones, which they now view as necessities rather than luxuries, CEA economist Shawn DuBravac says. So even though the public has felt pessimistic about the economy over the last 19 months, its expectations for technology spending rose in June and July.
The long-established University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Indexes, which are already consulted by many market watchers, ask more general questions than the CEA-CNET indexes and don't provide unique data about sentiments toward technology, according to DuBravac.
Data for the CEA-CNET indexes, based on monthly surveys of 1,000 citizens weighted to reflect the larger U.S. population, will be published on the fourth Tuesday of every month.
I interviewed DuBravac and CNET director of research Claudia Haase at the CNET headquarters in New York.
--Kelsey Blodget, Associate Producer
Disclaimer: CNET is a client of Plesser Holland public relations.
It was a big week in social media with news that Facebook and MySpace will allow their platforms to be integrated into other web sites.
While there is excitement about spreading social media outside of their destination sites, there is growing evidence that major advertisers are not comfortable with placing ads on these networks. Caroline McCarthy, the lead social media reporter at CNET News****, reported on Wednesday that eMarketer had downgraded again its projections for advertising on social media.
The big interactive advertising Razorfish has new plans and a patent application to measure the effect of advertising in social media.
To understand the evolving business of social media, I interviewed Caroline earlier this week. This is the first of several interviews Kelsey and I did at the Mogulus studio in SoHo. Special thanks to the Mogulus crew for being such gracious hosts.
Update, 12/13: Here is a story in The New York Times about the problems of advertising and social media.
-- Andy Plesser, Executive Producer
Disclosure: CNET Networks is client of Plesser Holland public relations.
Joost, which Portfolio previously described as going "from superhero from life support," is attempting a comeback, CNET's Caroline McCarthy writes today. Part of its revamping includes its new iPhone application, which I interviewed CEO Mike Volpi about from his London office via Skype earlier this month. I republished the interview here.
--Kelsey Blodget, Associate Producer
CNET News covers the International Security Expo in New York City, focusing on BrickHouse Securitys innovative technology including GPS Trackers and Child Location devices. CEO Todd Morris outlines the exciting future and uses of these products.
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Phillips's "green" TV wins the award for best television at the 2008 Consumer Electronics Show.