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Brett Widmer

I am just a regular guy, have a fulltime job, play drums in a metal band (Ashes of Abaddon) and in my freetime (yeah right!) do freelance writing.

Microsoft Application Submissions up 40%

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This Wednesday Microsoft announced that with the launch of the Windows Phone 8 platform in October, their Windows Phone application submissions have increased a staggering 40%. Because of this huge increase they decided to keep the Windows Phone Store open longer during the holiday season.

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Acer Releases Upgraded Version of C7 ChromeBook

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Acer recently released the Acer C7 and now they are back at it again, this time with the Acer C710-2605 Chromebook. This affordable laptop features an 11.6 inch display will 1366 x 768 pixels and a Intel Celeron 847 1.1 GHz processor. An impressive 500GB hard drive and 4 GB of RAM, versus the 320 GB hard drive and 2 GB of RAM you get with the C7.

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Redbox to Launch Streaming Service

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Redbox, the movie rental kiosk company has been planning a partnership with Verizon to attempt to break into the video streaming market for some time, but it looks like it is all coming together now. Associated Press reported Redbox Instant by Verizon is set to be launched late December as invite-only for the time being.

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iPhone Heart Monitor Due Next Month: AliveCor Gains FDA Approval

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The FDA has approved AliveCor’s iPhone Heart Monitor and will go on sale in the United States next month. The AliveCor uses an iPhone 4 or 4s smartphone to record, display, store, transfer and evaluate singe channel electrocardiogram (ECG) rhythems. The Class II device consists of a self-powered case that attaches to the back of an iphone. The case communicates wirelessly with an associated heart monitor application on the phone.

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HTC to Release 3 Phones to China Mid-December

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HTC is attempting to take over the Chinese market by launching three variations of it’s 2012 phones for China. These phones should be available mid-December. The HTC J Butterfly (American Droid DNA) a 1080p smartphone will be released in the common black but also a brown and white colors. Local variants of the Windows Phone 8-based HTC 8x and HTC 8s are also to be released.

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