Google And Nest: Home Invasion Or Parlor Tricks?

Google And Nest: Home Invasion Or Parlor Tricks?

Much ado has been made over privacy concerns related to Google’s recent acquisition of Nest, a company that makes smart thermostats, carbon monoxide detectors and smoke alarms. However, it’s difficult to see how Google knowing your preferred thermostat setting amounts to a virtual home invasion. Google has said that Nest will stay a separate company and Nest has reportedly said it’s standing by its current privacy policy, which “clearly limits the use of customer information to...

Forgoing Permission, Google Asks for Forgiveness (Not Really)

Forgoing Permission, Google Asks for Forgiveness (Not Really)

On Monday, Google agreed to a settlement with 37 states and the District of Columbia over privacy violations worth $17 million. The dispute was regarding Google’s circumvention of a part of Apple’s Safari browser that allowed the search giant to track users’ Internet activity in an effort to show them targeted advertisements in 2011 and 2012. “Consumers should be able to know whether there are other eyes surfing the web with them,” New York Attorney...

Apple Nervous As Google Eyes Retail/World Domination

Apple Nervous As Google Eyes Retail/World Domination

Not content with having taken the Internet by the scruff of the neck, or with running the two biggest search engines on the web (YouTube being the other one), Google is now looking at expanding to be major a contender in the tech and retail markets, as it opens its ‘Winter Wonderlabs’ in certain US cities for Christmas. Kenneth Wisnefski of Internet marketing company WebiMax said: "The opening of shops across the country shows Google...

If You Believe Android Is Secure, I’ve Got A Bridge To Sell You

If You Believe Android Is Secure, I’ve Got A Bridge To Sell You

I don’t want to say Android is insecure, but whenever it walks by a group of giggling junior high girls, it impulsively checks its nose for spare boogers. I don’t want to say Android is insecure, but when it was rejected by a pretty girl, it stopped by her apartment that night to see if she really was just “washing her hair.” I’ll literally be here all week. Google’s point man, Eric Schmidt, has been known to...

Google Maps Wins Award for Being On iOS

Google Maps Wins Award For Being On iOS

I’ve spoken before about the disparities between Google Maps in real life and the perception of Google Maps following the iOS 6 Maps fiasco. Granted, it’s a difficult discussion to have. Discussing mapping applications (because apparently that’s something I do at bars) can be like discussing wireless carriers. (Another conversation I have at bars. I’m a blast to drink with. No, really.) Which is to say, what works for one person might not work for another....

Google Wants To See (And Maybe Sell) Your Soul

Google Wants To See (And Maybe Sell) Your Soul

In a previous blog I claimed Google is enormous and knows everything. Today, upon reading several news stories about a new patent they’ve been granted, I’d like to amend my previous claim: Google is enormous and knows everything, including what you see. It’s no surprise that Google has a habit of using their customers as fuel cells to power their money-making monstrosity. Everything we do on a Google-owned site is being monitored and collected. The information...

Google Is Enormous And Knows Everything

Google Is Enormous And Knows Everything

Wired published an article recently claiming 25 percent of North America’s Internet traffic is served up by Google. In other words, more than 62 percent of all those connected devices we have laying around -- smartphones, tablets, those incredibly hideous glasses -- visit a Google site at least once a day. The numbers might be a little tough to digest, however. According to Craig Labovitz, founder of Deepfield, the company which produced this data,...

Google To Email You Ads

Google To Email You Ads

It shouldn’t be all that surprising, but Google could begin emailing advertisements directly to your inbox. Sure, we’re used to seeing Google ads in search, YouTube and elsewhere, but receiving them directly to a special folder feels just a little bit more violating. Google is clearly no dummy. The company has turned something we would all inevitably use, web search, into a way to drum up data, serve this data to ad companies and earn...

Google Says No To Boobs And Glass

Google Says No To Boobs And Glass

Well, isn’t this interesting…Google, the company infatuated with “openness” and not limiting free speech, has just borrowed a move from Apple by banning any porn apps on their new, ultra-geeky Glass spectacles. It’s not that Google has a problem with porn, mind you. While it may be difficult to find “real porn” on the Play app store, a simple web search reveals plenty of apps that can be downloaded outside of the app store...

Cook Calls Google Glass “Difficult”

Cook Calls Google Glass “Difficult”

There are many reasons to wish Steve Jobs were still on this earth, but perhaps the most superficial reason is to hear his thoughts on Google Glass. Jobs had a great ability to say exactly what he meant so succinctly. There were times when this meant cutting down a competitor or existing technology. “Netbooks aren’t better than anything!” said Jobs during the first ever iPad launch. “They’re just cheap laptops.” He also let his opinion be...