Google pays price for unintentional Wi-Fi snooping

Google will pay $7 million in penalties in the US for a pattern of drive-by data nabbing across 38 states. While the money isn’t much for the search giant, it has also agreed to long-term work to prevent it happening again. The settlement is part of a long-running international saga involving the Street View mapping […]

Original iPhone design was seven inches

Leaked prototype photos show that at one stage the iPhone was planned to be the size of the iPad mini and a much squarer shape. It would also have been a pocket-challenging almost two inches thick. The pictures were provided to ArsTechnica by a former Apple staffer and date back to 2005. That makes them […]

Urine-Testing Phone App is no Pisstake

A new iPhone app will help analyze your urine for 25 different health conditions. But thankfully you won’t have to worry about Apple’s warranty exemption for passing water damage. Instead the app works by examining photographs of a strip onto which a patient urinates. The strip changes color depending on the presence and levels of […]

Cellphone companies could ban you using booster

The Federal Communications Commission has warned that the two million wireless signal boosters in US homes might contravene new rules designed to prevent interference. But it has hastily rewritten an order that appeared to order existing users to turn the devices off immediately. The boosters are designed to improve cellphone reception by boosting the local […]

Online Dating Drops the Data in New Blind Dating App

Dating site OK Cupid is launching a dedicated mobile application for setting up blind dates. The way it works appears to be a gamble for both the people on the date and the company itself. We’ve mentioned OK Cupid several times on GaS before because they do a tremendous job of mining the huge database […]

5GHz Wi-Fi getting more capacity

A government agency has announced a significant increase in the amount of unlicensed spectrum available for high-speed WiFi. But it may be some time before the average user sees the benefits. The announcement came today at the Consumer Electronics Show from Julius Genachowski, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. He says the commission has taken […]

Nokia web browser raises privacy questions

Nokia has admitted it does decrypt some internet traffic sent over “secure” connections on some of its cellphones. However, it insists there is absolutely no question of it accessing the information while it is in unencrypted form. The issue was raised by an Indian security researcher and involves the Nokia Xpress Browser. That’s a tool […]