Stories by Ed Oswald

  • Google's Wi-Fi data collection efforts were extensive

    Google's Wi-Fi data collection efforts are yet again making headlines. CNET reported Monday that it had received confirmation from a French data protection agency that Google had collected the physical location of millions of Wi-Fi enabled devices, and made the collected data publicly available online up until a few weeks ago.

  • Apple's iPad cannibalises Mac sales, too

    Apple's quarterly results, released on Tuesday, seem to lend credence to the company's idea of a "Post-PC Era". In the last quarter, Apple shipped 9.25 million iPads, 183 per cent more than they shipped in the same quarter of 2010. The company's Mac sales weren't too shabby either - they sold about 3.95 million, an increase of 14 per cent.

  • What 'awesome' thing will Facebook launch?

    Last week, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that his company will be "launching something awesome" on Wednesday. Little additional information is available about what it could be, although we can take some educated guesses based on Facebook's priorities and plans.

  • Behold: The $6800 Android smartphone

    If you're rich and consider your phone an important part of showing off that wealth, the latest luxury phone from high-end Swiss watchmaker Tag Heuer may be for you.

  • Connected Cars: Not Just Science Fiction Anymore

    With consumers these days living ever more mobile and connected lives, it seems only natural that we'd move toward a more connected automobile. After all, the average urban American spends the equivalent of 8.3 days a year commuting, according to The Rockefeller Foundation, so why not bring the comforts of home to the car?

  • Smartphones: taking over the US phones market

    If you're ready to buy a cell phone, chances are its going to be a "smart" one, according to Nielsen. According to its latest study of recent cell phone purchases, 55 per cent of those sold in the three months ending in May were smartphones. This is a marked increase from just 34 per cent in the same period a year ago.

  • Has LulzSec gone too far?

    They say they're doing it for the "lulz," but there comes a point when it's no longer funny. The latest LulzSec targets are the CIA as well as 62,000 e-mail account holders using web-based services, including Comcast, Yahoo Mail, Hotmail, and Gmail.

  • Comcast's Skype TV calling could be a hit

    Comcast subscribers will soon have the option to place video calls through their television, thanks to a partnership with VoIP provider Skype announced on Tuesday. Customers will need additional equipment to use the new feature.

  • Congress aims to curb mobile location tracking

    Minnesota Sen. Al Franken is one of most vocal politicians in Washington when it comes to the issue of mobile privacy. In April, he sent letters to both Apple and Google asking if and how they collect location data on their users.

  • Google sued for using Chromebook name

    Google is running into trouble over its new Chromebook laptops before they even launch -- one company is claiming trademark foul. ISYS Technologies claims the name 'Chromebook' infringes on its trademarks, and has asked a Utah district court for an injunction to stop Google and its partners from launching the laptops later this month.

  • Facebook calls Ceglia ownership claim 'a fraud'

    Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook are trying to bring another Facebook-ownership lawsuit to a close. The social networking site filed a motion Thursday asking a federal judge to order Paul Ceglia to turn over evidence which Facebook says will prove that his entire case is a fraud.

  • Microsoft set to show off Windows for tablets next week

    Microsoft may essentially have been first to the market with the modern tablet computer, but Redmond has seen any advantage there erased by a failure on the software side. Windows just isn't meant for the touchscreen world. No doubt the company is eager to change that, and is said to be set to debut its tablet operating system shortly, sources say.

  • Google intends to resist anti-piracy law efforts

    Google is standing its ground when it comes to enforcing -- or rather, not enforcing -- an anti-piracy law that would require ISPs to terminate the Internet connections of copyright infringers. The controversial law has been met with resistance from opponents claiming it limits free speech.