Google had its hand seriously slapped by a federal appeals court over the Wi-Fi sniffing activities of its Google's Street View photo-taking cars in 2010. The court ruled that Google could be held liable for civil damages sought by a class-action lawsuit brought against it for secretly intercepting data on open Wi-Fi routers.
Wearables, like Google Glass and Samsung's Galaxy Gear, should have their own cellular connectivity and not just be tethered to a smart phone, said one top AT&T executive. Speaking at the Mobile Future Forward conference Tuesday, Glenn Lurie, president of emerging devices at AT&T Mobility said that he believes without cellular connectivity these devices won't be as useful.
Peer-to-peer networking company Open Garden introduced WiFi Opener, an application that enables a user to share a Wi-Fi network's password and enable automatic connectivity for other app users within range.
The National Security Agency has the ability to hack into and access user data on smartphones running software from Apple, Google and BlackBerry, according to a report from German newspaper Der Spiegel.
Rumors of a planned smartphone from Amazon have run rampant for a couple of years and even picked up in recent months, but the online retailer says it is not introducing a smartphone this year.
Can Microsoft save Nokia's smartphone business by buying it? I'm not sure it can. If history is any indicator, it's clear that even when the strongest companies acquire weaker ones, it doesn't spell instantaneous success. Microsoft's purchase of Nokia's handset business is not the first of this type of deal. Over the past few years there have been similar tie-ups between software and hardware companies. With that in mind, I've compiled a rundown of some of these past deals and looked at whether they have paid off for the purchaser and the acquired company.
Google is employing data simulations to help it create evenly distributed flocks of balloons that will enable its Project Loon to deliver reliable Internet service to unserved and underserved areas.
Ahead of the expected Sept. 4 unveiling of Samsung Electronics' "Galaxy Gear" smart watch, more details of the gadget are leaking online. According to screenshots posted by widely followed mobile leaker Evleaks, the watch will be managed by an Android app that allows users to change clock faces and load new apps via the Samsung Apps store.
Japan's National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) announced a portable tablet designed for use over 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi spectrum and TV white space (TVWS) bands in the 470-710 MHz range.
Apple's five-year App Store anniversary gift to consumers didn't necessarily pay off in terms of downloads, according to a recent report from Distimo. The analytics firm introduced a new monthly report which looks at the top apps across all major platforms and breaks down adoption by geography and top titles.