ViaSat Introduces New Fangled Tech Gizmo

by The Editors on September 28, 2010

Ips-250 001-1We love the fact that Carlsbadistan is loaded with business so tech that we’ll never understand exactly what they produce or how they produce it. For instance, Carlsbadistan based satellite technology company ViaSat today announced the release of the AltaSec IPS-250 inline network encryptor.

The new product enables U.S. warfighters and government agencies to create secure IP networks without the expensive logistics and lifecycle costs associated with handling and accounting for Controlled Cryptographic Items (CCI). The IPS-250 is designed to secure networks to Secret and Below levels, and provide interoperability between CCI and CHVP/Non-CCI IP encryption devices. . . In accord with NSA CHVP guidelines, ViaSat is developing this new class of products based on its NSA-certified Type 1 cryptographic and cyber security product line.

Huh? Exactly. Follow the jump for more information.
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FaceFighting With New iPod Touch

by The Editors on September 3, 2010

Img 0016.1Appy Entertainment, our favorite Carlsbadistan Village-based IOS game developers were pretty stoked when Steve Jobs announced on Wednesday that the new Apple iPod Touch comes standard with a front facing camera because that means that Appy’s FaceFighter game finally works perfectly on the device.

“Camera-enabled gaming is a new experience possible only with this generation of mobile devices,” said Appy Entertainment CEO Chris Ulm. “Mobile gamers want personal experiences, and there’s no better way to personalize a game than making a photo of a friend or enemy the center of your game. Appy is proud to publish iTunes’ finest photo game experience in FaceFighter, and we’re just scratching the surface of what this new game form can achieve!”

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MaxLinear #17 On Inc.’s Top 500 List

by The Editors on August 31, 2010

MaxlinearCarlsbadistan’s MaxLinear, makers of a “highly integrated radio-frequency analog and mixed signal semiconductor system-on-a-chip” was listed as number 17 on the Inc. Magazine top 500 fastest growing privately held companies list this month saying that the company has grown 8784% in the past three years to a 2009 revenue of $51.4 million.

Not bad.

[Link: Inc.]

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Appy Entertainment Releases Two More

by The Editors on July 8, 2010

MmpromicepieceiphoneCarlsbadistan based iPhone applications developers Appy Entertainment have released two new apps especially for Apple’s new iPhone 4. They’re not games. And they’re not all that complicated. But they work.

First up is MakeUp Mirror. The app that uses the front-facing camera to turn the iPhone into a mirror:

This little app simply harnesses the iPhone 4’s front-facing camera to position a live video image of your face inside a tasteful mirror frame on your iPhone 4.

The second uses the iPhone 4’s new camera flash as a “flashlight” get it? It’s called BrightLight. Being people who continually leave the lights off and stumble around by the light of our iPhones, this app may prove useful as we’ve been running into things lately.

[Link: Appy Entertainment]

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Carlsbad Apple Store Opens Early For iPhone

by The Editors on June 24, 2010

This morning at the Apple Store at Carlsbadistan’s Forum Shops nearly 500 people were cued up and waiting for the doors to open at 7 AM. Some had been waiting all night, others had arrived in the early morning hours. The line for those without a reserved phone ordered was cut off by employees at approximately 6:30 PM.

The hot tip for those of us who lag–at 5 PM all the phone that people reserved but didn’t pick up will be up for grabs to the first customer. We may have to try that.

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Carlsbad iPhone Fans Up All Night For Apple

by The Editors on June 23, 2010

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Apple fans are posted up and ready to spend the night at the Carlsbadistan Apple store at the Forum Stores to be the first to get the new Apple iPhone 4.0. By 10:15 PM tonight (June 23, 2010) there were close to 80 people waiting. Some in chairs, others in sleeping bags, and a few even brought aero beds so they could sleep on the sidewalk in comfort.

“I’ve been here since 2:30 this afternoon,” said the girl at the front of the line. She was in a chair with her laptop and wrapped in a Snuggie blanket ready to stay all night in front of the store.

The rest in the crowd were doing much the same thing. Some played cards, others worked on laptops while their batteries lasted. Apple for there part had done nothing but put up a couple signs and covered the front windows with heavy black drapes. Inside, Apple employees busily set up the store for tomorrow morning’s sales rush.

Apple, which has sold 3 million iPads in the last 80 days, pre-sold 600,000 on June 15 and could sell and estimated 42 million of the phones during 2010, according to story in Fortune. With the looks of the line in Carlsbad, Apple seems to be right on track.

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Tracking Air Traffic From Home

by The Editors on June 21, 2010


Thanks to a new system installed at McClellan-Palomar Airport we can all monitor all those planes that are flying over Carlsbadistan every day, according to a story on

McLellan-Palomar Airport in Carlsbad recently unveiled a program called Lochard WebTrak. The online program is free, available to anyone and it allows users to see where planes are, how high they are flying and how fast they are going. The program also tells users the plane’s tail identification number. The WebTrak information is based on air traffic control radar information.

If for instance if you happen to see a low-hovering blue helicopter drop three dark bags into your neighbors yard you can click on WebTrak a few minutes later and replay the airspace to see if that helicopter shows up. If it does then so will all it information including aircraft number, elevation and speed. . . you know just for your information.

[Link: WebTrak via 10News]

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iPads Sell Out At Carlsbad Apple Store

by The Editors on April 3, 2010

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Those who didn’t pre-order an Apple iPad were stuck hoping that someone who did wasn’t able to come in and pick theirs up because the Carlsbad Forum Apple store was completely sold out by mid-morning.

At 1:30 PM one woman was already waiting by the door with hopes that at 3 PM when any unclaimed reserved units are released there will be one for her. “If there’s only one, it’s mine,” she said.

Img 7970Meanwhile inside the glass doors a crowd who had waited in line for up to 15 or 20 minutes were surrounding the iPad table laughing, talking, and scrolling Apple’s newest fetish product with their fingers.

We checked to see how Carlsbadistan looked on the iPad. It looks sweet!

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Aptera Founders No Longer Employees

by The Editors on February 6, 2010

Aptera-Typ-1-300X180In November Aptera Motors founder Steve Fambro told Popular Mechanics that contrary to rumors he was not ousted from the company, he was simply on vacation until the end of the year. Well, the end of the year is over and now according to Fambro and his partner Chris Anthony are no longer employees of the Carlsbadistan based electric car manufacturer.

While Fambro and Anthony have retained their seats on the Carlsbad, Calif. company’s board of directors, they have little say in day-to-day decision making, even though it was their original vision. These responsibilities have fallen to Aptera’s new CEO Paul Wilbur — one of the main sources of conflict with the original leadership team (though it remains uncertain why the rift occurred).

They certainly dragged that exit out as long and as corporately correct as they could, didn’t they?

[Link: Venture Beat, Autoblog, and Carlsbadistan]

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Poseidon And The State’s Leading Sewer Spiller

by The Editors on December 11, 2009

PopupOn his blog Aguanomics Economist and Wantrup Fellow at UC Berkeley David Zetland, PhD has an interesting take on the Poseidon Resources desalination plant.

While he points out that there are many people who worry about Poseidon’s track record, or the fact that they’re asking for $550 million in tax-favored public bonds, or that the $700 million plant will cost tax payer more than the “promised price” what has Zetland most worried is the Carlsbad Municipal Water District.

Although these things concern me,** I worry more about Poseidon’s partner, Carlsbad MWD, which has the dubious honor of being the least-competent manager of wastewater in the State. . . .With partners like that, I wonder if Poseidon is really facing a worthy contractual partner that can push back when/if push comes to shove. (This is especially relevant given Poseidon’s friendly relations with local politicians.)

Zetland summarizes by saying: “If Poseidon screws up, will Carlsbad MWD be competent enough to catch them or make sure they pay?” And that is one of the best questions we heard so far.

[Link: Aguanomics]

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