IBM plans to announce on Tuesday the opening of a new research facility in Brazil, the first new IBM Research lab in a dozen years.
The facility--IBM's first in South America--will begin by putting researchers at existing IBM facilities in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, with plans to have more than 100 researchers in place within the next few years.
"Brazil's abundance of natural resources and technical talent presents unique research opportunities and the ability to deploy them to solve increasingly important problems," IBM Senior Vice President John E. Kelly said in a statement. "… Read more
Think's all-electric City car is wending its way to South America, the automaker said Wednesday.
The Think City, featured at this week's Michelin Challenge Bibendum conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, has a taker. As part of its partnership with Think, Brazilian-based utility CPFL Energia has bought three cars with plans to buy more for its fleet.
One utility buying for its fleet may not sound like much. But CPFL Energia serves about 7 million residential and commercial customers and generated revenue of $6 billion in 2009, according to the company.
"Sustainable mobility is fast working its … Read more
Brazil is hoping an effort to track its huge cattle population will jump-start the country's fledgling chipmaking industry.
By tagging every cow with a tracking chip, the South American country is aiming to make its beef supply safer while also helping to create big demand for Brazilian-made semiconductors.
"There are 200 million cows in Brazil, so that's a big market," science and technology minister Sergio Rezende said in an interview this week. So far, thousands of cattle from three or four large farms have been given the chips, Rezende said.
Here's a new phone form factor to flip out over. The Motorola FlipOut brings its unusual twisty motion to the beaches of Brazil, but will it make it elsewhere?
We've seen a few square phones lately, including the slider Microsoft Kin One and Two or the clamshell Alcatel OT-808. But the FlipOut puts a new, ahem, twist on things with a twisting action from the top right-hand corner of the keyboard.
Read more of "Motorola FlipOut: Flip to be square" at Crave UK.
Brazil on Tuesday opened the world's first ethanol-fueled power plant in an effort by the South American biofuels giant to increase the global use of ethanol and boost its clean power generation.
State-run oil giant Petrobras and General Electric, which helped design the plant, are betting that increased use of ethanol generation by green-conscious countries will boost demand for the product.
Brazil, the top global ethanol exporter, is already in talks with Japan to develop biofuels power generation there.
"We have great expectations to show the viability and economy of generating electricity from...an alternative feedstock to fossil … Read more
Late last week it was reported that following Venezuela's lead in attempting to reduce "violent tendencies" in South American children, Brazilian Sen. Valdir Raupp has authored a bill that would make it a crime to make, import, or distribute "offensive" video games.
The goal of the bill is to "curb the manufacture, distribution, importation, distribution, trading, and custody, [and] storage of, the video games that affect the customs, traditions of the people, their worship, creeds, religions and symbols."
Where this ban, like many others, falls short is in assigning blame for societal ills to video games instead of dealing with larger social issues, including a lack of parental oversight. There are, no doubt, influences in Brazil that are different from the U.S., but video game ratings have proven to be an excellent example of an industry-wide standard that could easily be adopted internationally.
Global biofuel use is expected to increase twofold by 2015 and Brazil will remain the world's top exporter of biofuel, according to a report released Wednesday by Hart Energy Consulting.
The U.S. is expected to see the largest increase in biofuel use per country, increasing its current consumption by more than 30 percent, according to data from the "Global Biofuels Outlook: 2009-2015" report.
The overall increased use of biofuel in many countries around the world will make a dent in the world's consumption of traditional gasoline, according to Hart.
"Global ethanol demand will represent … Read more
The open-source community has a long tradition of looking for and hounding away at the very thought of Microsoft influence from government IT policies.
For example, Open Source Initiative President Michael Tiemann rightly decries an alleged tie between the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's charitable donations and Microsoft's "cabinet-level access to inform policy."
Apparently, however, Tiemann has no problem proudly displaying a picture of Brazil's president, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, wearing a Red Hat fedora, declaring...
Would that all Presidents and all ministers of all countries were so concerned about the sovereignty of their … Read more
Wow. In discussing the Brazilian government's attempts to subsidize interest rates for Linux desktops in order to promote the open-source operating system, CNET uncovers a sad statistic about Linux desktop adoption. Despite a lot of noise around Brazilian adoption of open source and disdain for Microsoft, Microsoft is getting lots of love, as CNET reports:
A big part of this has been a government-backed "PC for all" program that subsidizes the interest rate for some models, though only those with Linux qualify....
That said, some estimates show as many as 18 or 19 out of every 20 … Read more