Morning Xtra: 700K Ditch Landlines Monthly, iPhone Gets TomTom GPS
Highlights from this morning's other big tech headlines...
- Say goodbye to your landline; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 700,000 households are switching to cell-only service every month. At that rate, home phones will be eliminated by 2025. [From: UPI]
- TomTom, the expensive app that turns the iPhone into a legit GPS system, is now available to U.S. consumers for a hefty fee of $99.99. Though, given the average cost of navigational systems, that isn't too unreasonable. [From: TUAW]
- The CDC has also just released a study saying that gamers tend to be older than expected -- the average age being 35. Unsurprisingly, serious players tend to be overweight, unhealthy, and depressed. [From: BBC.co.uk]
- Liberal news site Huffington Post has launched a social networking component using Facebook Connect. It allows users to have a Facebook-style news feed displaying other friends currently browsing HuffPo. [From: AllThingsDigital]
- It seems that Phil Schiller, VP of Marketing for Apple, has made it his personal mission to correct the company's apparently arbitrary rejection of certain apps -- like the dictionary with bad words and Google Voice. [From: Engadget]
- Gmail has surpassed AOL to claim the number three spot for unique e-mail address-owners. (That's 37 million, if you're counting.) Number two is Hotmail, and in first place, with 106 million visitors a month, is Yahoo!. [From: TechCrunch]