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IN THE NEWS: GOOGLE ROLLING OUT NEW MOBILE PRODUCTS
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ Google is rolling out some of its new hardware _ hardware it hopes will help it play hardball with main rival Apple. It has announced the release of a more powerful version of its Nexus 7 tablet. The new models will have a higher-definition 7-inch screen display and a processor that is nearly twice as fast as the current model. Google is adding stereo speakers to boost the sound quality and it has a battery that can power the device for up to 10 hours of Web browsing. Besides making a play for fans of Apple's iPad, Google is going after those who want to use their TVs to link up to Internet content. Google's Chromecast is a small stick the size of a thumb drive. It plugs into the HDMI port of flat-screen TVs _ and can bring Netflix, Google'sYouTube site and other Internet content to a home set.
IN THE NEWS: HLN ANCHORS TARGETED BY ONLINE THREATS NAMED
PHOENIX (AP) _ They are two of the most outspoken talking heads on HLN. So it may not be a surprise to viewers of the channel that anchors Nancy Grace and Jane Velez-Mitchell were the people who were targets of online threats. Arizona authorities have named the anchors _ despite being asked earlier by HLN officials not to do so. Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio (ar-PYE'-oh) says through his office he released the names because they were being reported elsewhere. A man is in custody in connection with the threats. Authorities say David Lee Simpson of New York State had become infatuated with Jodi Arias _ and was set off by comments that Grace and Velez-Mitchell had made about the case.
ON THE WEB: WI-FI IN THE PARK
CYBERSPACE (AP) _ Several cities have taken steps to provide Wi-fi access in public places. And one of the biggest efforts is now taking place in San Francisco. Google is teaming up with city officials to bring free Wi-fi to 31 parks in the city. Google is providing a $600,000 grant to fund the effort. Google already provides free Wi-Fi in Mountain View, California _ the city where it's headquartered. It is also working on providing free Wi-fi to a New York City neighbourhood where it maintains an office.
Google site: http://www.google.com
IN STORES: NEW DROID SMARTPHONES AVAILABLE TO VERIZON CUSTOMERS
NEW YORK (AP) _ Into Droids? You will now have three new versions of the smartphone to choose from. Verizon Wireless is launching three new Droid models _ all made by Google'sMotorola unit. The Droid Mini will retail for $100, the Ultra for $200 and the Droid Maxx will set you back three C-notes. All three of the models have a 10 megapixel camera _ which should make for some pretty sharp images. The phones will be available at retail late next month.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
Oscar Gabriel can be reached at ogabriel(at)ap.org.
(The Associated Press)