Some might remember the announcement from Google a while back that they were hooking up the good citizens of Kansas City Missouri with a fiber optic gigabit network. Google has since named its fiber optic network “Google Fiber” and has continued building out the network and is making further plans for the service. From the looks of things, Google is looking into providing more than just super-fast Internet speeds. According to The Wall Street Journal, the search giant has entered an application to the Missouri Public Service to gain permission to offer television service later this year, and its expected that Google would make a similar request in Kansas. According to sources the ability to watch TV through Google Fiber will not be free, but no official price point (or announcement, for that matter) has been set as of yet.
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Mapmotive is a handy mapping tool for Facebook that lets you know where your friends are located. Still being worked on by designer creator Jonathan Dunn from Montreal, QC, you can add and share locations of interest, special events and your favorite haunts. Of course it will not work for certain privacy levels, but it would be a fun way to find out where your buds in Oshkosh or Fargo hang out.
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After using keeping track of her newborn daughter’s sleep and feeding patterns on paper, Jackie Ashton decided to come up with an app. Baby Brain, which launches this month, has a timer for feedings and sleeping periods as well as diaper change and bottle tracking. The application can be shared with significant others, friends and physicians. If you are or know of a new parent, this is a perfect gift for only $4.99.
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Time to tee off. Fans of the original will be pleased that Digital Chocolate has released Mini Golf 99 Holes Theme Park for iPhone and iPod touch. There are 99 holes with 5 different courses and 5 players to choose from. Best of all, there is endless replay for the low price of $5.99 at the App Store. A free version is also available with a limited amount of levels.
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TripIt and FlightTrack Pro have teamed for this handy app for travelers. Forward a travel confirmation to the site and they send a master itinerary with maps, city guides and weather guides. It will also provide flight status updates, live tracker maps with weather updates and can track flights of other family members or coworkers. After the $9.99 initial download, future upgrades are free.
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It would appear that BlackBerry App World will soon be arriving. Although it is not open yet, you can register now to know when it will be available. Purchasing must be made through PayPal, so you had best sign up for that, too. The requirements are that your smartphone must have an operating system of 4.2 or higher and have a trackball or SurePress touchscreen. RIM is also calling for applications so if you come up with one, let them know.
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Nine year-old Lim Ding Wen has created a painting application for the iPhone. He wrote Doodle Kids for his two younger sisters. The free app allows users to fingerpaint on the touchscreen and clear it by shaking. The Malaysian boy is already fluent in six programming languages, having learned to use a computer when he was only two. We guess it didn’t hurt that his father, Lim Thye Chean, also writes applications. Altogether he has made over 20 projects, his next being a sci-fi game dubbed Invader Wars.
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HP has developed a free application for your iPhone or iPod touch. iPrint Photo lets you print a photo stored on your device wirelessly to most HP ink jet printers. You can make the image either 4 x 6-inch or 10 x 15 cm. The app is available for downloading at the App Store if your handheld firmware is version 2.0 or higher. HP promises a simple operation so check out their site for more details.
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We expect that it won’t be long before all computers have touchscreens, but if you cannot wait, Pen And Free has released the Duo. Change your PC or laptop by installing the receiving station atop or on the side of your display. You then define the application area you want to use as a tablet. There are two versions, one for laptops up to 15.4-inches and one for monitors up to 22-inches. The MSRP on the PNF Duo is $44.00
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Stephen Cooper, a PhD student in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Florida, decided to take a CD spindle and an ioBridge, a smart board that requires very little skill and will set up an online interface page for you. Ninety minutes later he came up with a way to feed his pup Cooper remotely from his iPhone. Stephen explains on his site how you can make a similar gadget. We guess that his dog was happy once he got the hang of it, but we bet he would rather have had the 90 minutes with his best friend.
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