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Kelly Hodgkins

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Best Buy advertises the HTC Aria with 4G

July 4th, 2010

In a small but embarrassing snafu, Best Buy Mobile is proudly displaying the HTC Aria on the front of its Mobile Buyers Guide with 4G connectivity. An eagle-eyed reader noticed the aberrant 4G icon and was quick to point out that it does not belong on that particular Android handset which runs on a network …

India asks Google, Skype, and RIM for access to email and other data

July 4th, 2010

According to the Economic Times, India’s government has asked the Department of Telecommunications (DOT) to send a notice to RIM, Skype, and Google requesting that each service open its email and other communication data to the Indian government. The data must be presented in a format that is readable by security and intelligence agencies and …

Colorware adds some style to the Xbox 360 S

July 3rd, 2010

The folks at Colorware have added the latest Xbox 360 S to their impressive repertoire of custom-colored electronics. The new slim and sleek Xbox 360 S can be painted in your choice of 46 custom colors for $175 if you already own the gaming console, or for a reasonable $500 if you buy the system …

Blockbuster to be delisted from the NYSE

July 3rd, 2010

Blockbuster continues its downward spiral as it has been suspended from trading and forced to delist from the NYSE effective next Wednesday. Currently trading at $0.18 per share, Blockbuster failed to win majority stockholder approval last week for a reverse stock split that would have brought its stock above the $1 threshold and back in …

Samsung now partnering with Skyhook Wireless

July 2nd, 2010

Samsung and Skyhook Wireless confirmed Friday that the Korean handset manufacturer will incorporate Skyhook’s Core Location Platform into its mobile handset lineup. Not surprisingly, the first handset to get Skyhook’s impressive location service will be the Bada-powered Samsung Wave S8500. Samsung did not single out any additional handsets for Skyhook integration but presumably the Wave will be the …

Apple iPhone 4 plagued by 3G data connectivity issues?

July 2nd, 2010

A voluminous thread on Apple’s support forums seems to suggest that a growing number of iPhone 4 users are experiencing problems with 3G connectivity. According to the reports, folks with an iPhone 4 are experiencing slow or even non-existent 3G connectivity in areas where 3G signal is present. The problem is not solely due to AT&T as a …

Palm laying off staffers as part of the HP acquisition?

July 2nd, 2010

While the world is focused on HP and the future of webOS, some Palm employees are reportedly pondering their own future after they were handed pink slips this week. According to an unnamed source, “many” employees were supposedly laid off in the days just prior to the completion of the HP/Palm merger. The source did not quote …

HDBaseT- new cable technology to replace your power, ethernet, and HDMI cable

July 2nd, 2010

New cable technology on the horizon may be the closest thing to the Holy Grail of cabling; by offering a single cable replacement for your power cable, ethernet cable and HDMI cable. Dubbed HDBaseT, the new technology was co-developed over the past six months by LG, Samsung, Sony Pictures, and Valens Semiconductor. HDBaseT uses a single RJ45 cable …

Unreleased desktop version of Google Voice demoed on video

July 2nd, 2010

Thanks to TechCrunch, the world can get a sneak peek at an unreleased version of Google Voice for the desktop. Running on OS X, the desktop client launches as “Gizmo5 by Google” and retains much of the branding of its original developer Gizmo5, a small development company that Google acquired in November 2009. Surprisingly, the …