Google paid a whopping $7 million as fine to settle a privacy investigation that lasted for three years. The internet giant paid a district of Columbia and another 38 states. The case involves the Google Street View cars.
In the case against Google, the Street View cars gathered private informations and passwords from the wireless networks that it passed by from 2008 until 2010.
Google defended its side saying that the incident was merely an error. They said that a computer code which is only an experiment accidentally gathered the private informations as well as passwords from the homes where wireless networks are available.
Included on the agreed settlement, the internet giant should educate and instruct its employees regarding the privacy of the users. They should also host a campaign and teach the people about their protection on wireless networks. Google is also ordered to delete all the data that the Google Street View cars gathered.
But as what others say, $7 million wouldn’t hurt Google at all. It’s just a pinch from what they earn.
Smartphones selling great for 2013’s first quarter.
According to market researcher IDC, there will come a day that the sales of smartphone s will be outpacing thoe feature phones. This is because of more 4G wireless networks and lower-cost gadgets.
Smartphones are finally on the peak of outpacing feature phones in sales globally.
For several years, there are analysts who have been setting predictions that these smartphones would overtake basic feature phones regarding worldwide profits. A report was presented that manufacturers are estimated to ship 918.6 million devices this year. This estimated figure is also expected to increase up to 1.5 billion in shipments by the end of 2017.
There are two key reasons why this can happen. One is it can surf the Web, access email, and act as GPS navigation devices and check you into your favorite places thru social media apps.
Today, RIM has opened its doors to the App World and unveiled its own app platform to all developers.
Previously, RIM has setup a demo on a variety of selected apps for its upcoming BlackBerry 10 operating system. Now, for its app platform, it has started offering the referred ‘$10K Developer Commitment,’ which runs pretty simple. The developer just needs to build an application for BB 10, earn $1,000 in net revenue and the company will pay you a tantalizing amount of $10,000.
According to the Vice President of developer relations Alec Saunders, the primary objective of the company is to get a massive amount of apps in the store ahead of their set date for launching BB 10.
The more pressing question now is when will the new BB 10 be launched. According to people familiar with the matter, RIM will officially launch it by the first quarter of 2013.
However, some critics say that if RIM does get the BB 10 devices to carriers for certifications within October of this year, then the nearest possible date to launch it will be on the 15th day of January. But then again, more are anticipating that it will be on the 15th day of February, saying that it will surely have the certifications to run on the wireless networks.
The FCC (Federal Communications Commission) is seeks to fine the search engine giant Google Inc. $25,000 because of not cooperating with the investigation into the company’s gathered personal data through wireless networks.
Google impeded and delayed the probe for a couple of months, which involved, SMS, e-mail, as well as other private information obtained in association with Google’s Street View location service, based on an FCC filing on April 13.
Having a market value reaching $203.5 billion, Google protected its intervention with the agency.
“We worked in good faith to answer the FCC’s questions throughout the inquiry, and we’re pleased that they have concluded that we complied with the law,’’ Google stated in an e-mail, they also said that they have not violated any laws in the investigation with the FCC.
Sunday, Google said in an email, “We disagree with the FCC’s characterization of our cooperation in their investigation and will be filing a response.’’
This past year, Google agreed upon 20 years of independent privacy audits to settle down statements with the FTC that it misled people and broken their own privacy policies with the social network Buzz. As the FCC penalty fine will have small monetary impression, it’s a larger strike in the court of public opinion, according to analyst Greg Sterling.
Several lawmakers have a bad view of search engine company, and this issue reinforces or contributes more to the image problem.
Federal Communications Commission stated it wasn’t punishing Google for breaking laws towards illegal interception of communications. “There is not clear precedent,’’ according to FCC in the filing.
Battery life is one of the troubles for the big mobile revolution and ever-present computing. A smartphone fights to make it through just one day and the introduction of even more great processors might make life bad.
Consequently, a bright discovery by a graduate student that might double the battery life of a smartphone sounds like a winner. Scientific American reports on the creation by Justin Manweiler, a Duke University researcher and a computer science graduate student at Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering.
“Mobile devices today waste a lot of energy searching for a WiFi signal and then staying connected while overtaxed wireless networks ferry data to and from them. SleepWell allows a mobile device to slip into power-saving mode while it is waiting its turn to connect. This is no small matter, particularly when scores of caffeine-craving technophiles gather at the local Starbucks to take advantage of the free wireless access. Manweiler likens the competition for WiFi to big-city traffic. When workers leave their offices en masse at the end of the day, they clog up the roads and rail lines. If these workers staggered the times they left, the transit systems would be less crowded, and it would take less time to get home. Similarly, if mobile devices took their turn accessing WiFi access points, data would move faster and these devices would use less energy.”
“SleepWell is installed on the devices that create a WiFi network infrastructure, including WiFi routers and access points. As such, it is designed so that any mobile device—whether it uses Apple OS X, Google Android, Windows or some other platform—can take advantage of it.”
The sleep periods are not like the sleep mode on several laptops that kick in after a few minutes. SleepWell is more like power-napping, short sleep periods several times a second.
In tests, says the magazine, battery life was in several cases doubled.
Apple has a snuck a feature into its forthcoming OS X Lion release that permits to reboot their system into Safari, using of small page from Chrome OS of Google.
When you choose to restart your system into Safari, you are efficiently putting the Web browser into a sandbox. When it boots, your system will provide some users with physical access to your machine the skill to surf the Web. Users would not be capable to access the files of the system or applications.
Users that hit their systems in Safari-only mode will be capable to reinstate back to their complete desktop precisely as they left it and thanks to new auto-save of Lion and application reinstatement capabilities. Because Safari mode runs off of a revival separation, you will still be able to access the Web and research latest methods for fixing your system must your primary partition undergo several disastrous upset.
The evaluation of Chrome OS stems from the reality that operating system of Google runs completely Web based: The browser is the primary means for interrelating with the system. There is no fundamental desktop layer to talk about.
It is not clear if the users will be provided the alternative to boot into Safari, merely mode from the partial powering-on of their systems. Apple would create a button on the system or the keyboard, or a setting throughout the booting of a desktop or laptop that permits a user to go straightly into the browser and bypass OS X completely.
On the other hand, the capability to lock off one’s primary separation and still surf the Web comes as a boon for those nervous regarding their systems to unsecured wireless networks. Also, for those who desire to limit access to their system, but would favor to not have to go through the problem of creating a secondary or guest account in the OS itself.