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Kelly Hodgkins

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Clearwire rolls out 4G service to seven new cities

July 2nd, 2010

Clearwire announced on Thursday that it has begun rolling out its 4G WiMAX service to seven new cities in four states. The lucky seven include Eugene, OR., Merced, CA., Visalia, CA., Yakima, WA., Tri-Cities, WA., Rochester, NY., and Syracuse, NY. Folks in these locales who are already rocking an HTC EVO 4G or an Overdrive …

Facebook adds face detection to photo uploads

July 2nd, 2010

Facebook made tagging and sharing photos easier with its new face detection algorithm, a nifty little feature Facebook acquired when it purchased Divvyshot back in April. No more clicking on photos to select the faces of your friends as the new face detection feature will scan your uploaded photos and automatically select the faces in the photo. Once selected, …

LG launches new applications store for both smartphones and feature phones

July 1st, 2010

LG officially opened the doors to its online applications store on Thursday. The app store offers social networking, navigation, VoIP, and instant messaging applications for both feature phones and Windows OS phones. LG will expand its offerings to include an estimated 4,000 applications — including those for Android-powered smartphones — by the end of the year. …

Google acquires flight information software company ITA for $700 million

July 1st, 2010

Google announced on Thursday that it is acquiring flight information software company ITA for $700 million in cash. Based in Cambridge, ITA mines flight data and presents it in a polished form suitable for online viewing. Google will add to its repertoire of services by integrating this flight data into its online search engine. Google …

Nokia to pass on Android, focus on MeeGo and Symbian

July 1st, 2010

Anssi Vanjoki, the head of Nokia’s new Mobile Solutions unit, sat down with the Wall Street Journal on Thursday to discuss the future of Nokia’s struggling mobile phone business. In the brief but pointed interview, Vanjoki re-confirmed Nokia’s commitment to Symbian and MeeGo, a Linux-based mobile OS  jointly created Nokia and Intel. For the time …

iPhone game maker Tapulous purchased by Disney

July 1st, 2010

Tech Crunch is reporting that Tapulous, the company behind Tap Tap Revenge for the iPhone and Tap Tap Radiation for the iPad, has been acquired by Disney. Details are sparse but according to the leaked information, Bart Decrem, the founder of Tapulous, is expected to join Disney as a VP. The financial terms of the …

HP finalizes Palm acquisition

July 1st, 2010

Today, HP announced that it has officially completed the acquisition of Palm. The former Palm business unit will continue with webOS development under the leadership of Jon Rubenstein who will report directly to Todd Bradley, the executive vice president of HP’s Personal Systems Group. Look for the new HP/Palm to further develop its webOS smartphone …

Amazon acquires deal-a-day website Woot!

July 1st, 2010

Woot! announced on Wednesday that it is being acquired by online retail giant Amazon. Known for its daily deals, marathon Woot-Offs, and the server-crashing Bag Of Crap, Woot has been a daily stop for online shoppers since 2004. Faithful wooters should not be concerned as The Carrollton, TX-based company, will continue its zany operation as …

iPhone 4 bars to signal strength mapped, antenna issue partially explained

June 30th, 2010

The folks at AnandTech just published their review of the iPhone 4 and took a close look at the antenna issue that is plaguing the handset. In true geek style, they mapped the bar representation of the signal strength from -51dB (perfect signal strength) to -131dB (bare minimum to maintain a connection) and measured the iPhone 4 signal strength attenuation in terms …