Frederic Lardinois

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Frederic Lardinois founded SiliconFilter in 2011. Before starting this site, he wrote about 1,500 articles for ReadWriteWeb. His areas of interest are consumer web and mobile apps, as well as Internet-connected devices like cars, smart sensors and toasters. You can reach him at [email protected]

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For the most part, today's Verizon iPhone announcement was in line with what most pundits expected: same phone, different network. One intriguing feature of the Verizon iPhone that AT&T doesn't yet offer, however, is the ability to turn the phone into a WiFi hotspot for up to 5 devices. Wouldn't it be nice if AT&T also offered this feature soon?

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Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University took a closer look at the regional dialects of Twitter users and found that they were able to pinpoint a user's location with a reasonable confidence by simply looking at the words you use. While some reports about this study argue that this means that social networks "create their own regional dialects," most of...

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During a press conference in New York earlier today, Verizon announced that it will start carrying Apple's iPhone 4 next month. Thanks to the capabilities of Verizon's network, Apple is allowing the company to offer a few exclusive features, including the ability to use the iPhone as a WiFi hotspot for up to 5 people. As usual, Apple is...

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Goo.gl, Google's fast URL shortener, just got an API that will make it easier for developers to add it to their own applications. Goo.gl launched as a feature for Google's own apps in December 2009, but only went public as a more direct competitor to URL shorteners like bit.ly in late September 2010. At that time, Google didn't offer...

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Google Goggles is one of the most fascinating products to come out of Google's labs for quite some time and the company continues to improve the product regularly. Today, Google is introducing a major update Goggles which features improved barcode scanning and the ability to take pictures of ads in magazines and get search results about the product and...

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So far, the iPad hasn't done much to safe the newspaper industry from itself, but according to the latest reports, News Corp.'s Rupert Murdoch plans to launch its iPad-only paper The Daily on January 19.

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One trend that's very clear at this year's CES is that the Internet is slowly making its way into cars. Of course, you can already browser the net and play music from Pandora through your smartphone, but the next generation of cars - and especially electric cars - are making the Internet an integral part of the car's feature set.

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With SYNC, Ford was one of the first car manufacturers to connect its cars to the Internet and brought relatively high-end technologies like voice recognition and in-car WiFi to the mass market. Now, the Michigan-based company is taking this a step further with the introduction of the MyFord Mobile app for the battery-powered plug-in Focus Electric. Ford didn't specify its...

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Skype just launched the next update of its client software for windows and while there is little new in this version, the company did move the group video calling feature it introduced just a few months ago behind the premium firewall. Users who want to host video conferences with multiple users will need to get a subscription to Skype Premium ($8.99/month) or get a day pass ($4.99/day).

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This morning, with the launch of the Mac App Store, Twitter also launched its new desktop app for the Mac. While the app is pretty, it's missing too many essential features that serious Twitter users have become accustomed to. It also doesn't keep up with the high standards that the official Twitter for iPhone and iPad apps have set...

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Earlier this morning - and somewhat earlier than expected - Apple launched its App Store for the Mac. After using it for a while now, it's clear that this will be a major shift in how Mac users buy and upgrade their apps. There are, however, also some issues with this new app-buying paradigm for the desktop. Most importantly, developers can't offer trials for paid apps, a problem that is highlighted by the absence of a return policy.

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Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer is giving the official opening keynote address of this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The event is scheduled to start at 6:30pm PT/9:30pm ET today. Microsoft already announced its plans to bring the next version of Windows to ARM and similar system on a chip (SoC) architectures earlier today, but we expect Ballmer to...

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Google mistakenly posted a promotional video for the tablet-optimized Android 3.0 Honeycomb interface on YouTube earlier today. While the company quickly caught its mistake, intrepid YouTube user DataBitsTV managed to download it and it's now once again freely available on YouTube. Here it is for your viewing pleasure: [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eiG7AgyCS6U&fs=1&hl=en_US]

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Spotify, the popular European music startup that gives you free access to millions of songs, may never launch in the U.S. after all, according to a report in the Daily Telegraph. Apparently, the record labels are asking for "very large minimum guarantees," which is something that, according to this report, is making Spotify rather nervous as its European operation...

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Online shoppers in the U.S. spent $32.6 billion during the 2010 holiday season - a 12% increase when compared to last year and, according to online analytics company comScore, an "all-time record for the season." Interestingly, while the power of Cyber Monday has often been downplayed recently as online shoppers don't have to go to work to get online...