The FBI Took Secret Intelligence from Creepy Cell-Phone Tappers

Ryan Tate · 12/12/11 05:11PM

The FBI has files from a phone-monitoring company whose notorious software was on iPhones, Android phones, Nokias and BlackBerries. But since the files are being used "for law enforcement purposes," the feds won't talk about their contents. So you can't know what secrets the feds have gleaned from your phone, because that's a secret.

Amazon Launches Christmas Attack on Local Shops

Ryan Tate · 12/06/11 02:50PM

Apparently concerned that it's not already doing enough to undermine local physical retailers across the country, announced it will pay customers up to $5 to go into a local store, scan an item, walk out, and buy the same item on Amazon. Please don't do this cheap, sad thing.

Google Pulls 'Is My Son Gay' App

Ryan Tate · 10/05/11 03:34PM

Surrendering to widespread outrage, Google has pulled the Android app "Is My Son Gay?" from its online store, single-handedly making the world safe for gay teens. Yay censorship!

This Is Not a Human Being

Matt Cherette · 10/27/10 04:53PM

Last year, news that Japanese company Koroko would start manufacturing ultra-realistic android fembots scintillated the world. This week, Koroko unveiled its first "Actroid-F" android, and let's just say that she—and her facial expressions—is insanely, creepily lifelike. Video inside.

Did Tech Geeks Rip Off Sci Fi Geeks?

Hamilton Nolan · 01/06/10 11:09AM

Ha, the family of sci-fi writer Philip "K" Dick is threatening to sue Google for stealing its "Nexus One" phone name from the Dick story that inspired Blade Runner (it also featured Androids, get it??). Google's response: "Nerds." [WSJ]

Google Hands Out 'Dogfood' as Christmas Bonus

Owen Thomas · 12/22/08 11:22AM

Groans are issuing from the Googleplex over this year's holiday bonus. In the past, the search engine paid cash — as much as $20,000 or $30,000 per Googler, we hear. This year? A cell phone.

Googlephone sales 50 percent better than expected

Paul Boutin · 11/24/08 02:06PM

T-Mobile's G1 phone, which runs Google's Android operating system, just doesn't have the cultural icon status of Apple's iPhone. But HTC, the Taiwanese company that makes the G1, revised its 2008 sales forecast up to one million, from an initial 600,000. (For context, Apple sold a million iPhones in the first 74 days.) Silicon Alley Insider asks the burning question: Who here bought one? Are G1 owners somehow different from iPhone evangelists who need to show their superphone to everyone on the bus?

Google's Android takes your conversation too seriously

Alaska Miller · 11/07/08 06:40PM

Purchasers of the first Googlephone, T-Mobile's G1, are already discovering that with great power — root access to your phone operating system! — comes great responsibility. There's an as-yet-unpatched bug: If you type the letters "r-e-b-o-o-t", the phone reboots. A-w-k-w-a-r-d. Oh, crud, I just wrote a shell script. [ZDNet]

Google Earth on the iPhone proves Googlers can do math

Owen Thomas · 10/28/08 03:20PM

Joel Johnson of Boing Boing Gadgets is shocked, shocked that the team working on Google Earth, Google's 3D interactive world map, launched a mobile app for the iPhone before writing one for Google's Android operating system, which now runs on all of one clunky phone sold by T-Mobile, the also-ran of the U.S. wireless market. He calls the decision "inexplicable." I don't think it's hard to understand at all: Google Earth programmers actually want people to use their app, rather than have gadget bloggers write posts celebrating their clever strategery.

Android apps just as unrevolutionary as iPhone apps

Alaska Miller · 10/24/08 03:00PM

Medialets, a company which tracks which iPhone apps users of Apple's smartphone download from the company's iTunes store, reports that Google's Android Market, a similar service, buy mostly the same kind of apps for their Googlephones. Games, shopping, music, and weather predominate. Google launched Android Market with 62 apps, which were downloaded an average of 7,800 times in the first 24 hours they were available. [Medialets]

All your data are belong to us

Owen Thomas · 10/22/08 06:00PM

At last, the Googlephone is in the wild. But what else lurks as Google lurches into the wireless world? A photo of this giant robot, based on the logo for Google's Android operating system, was fittingly captured by a T-Mobile G1 phone running Android. Can you think of a better caption? Leave your suggestions in the comments, and the best will become the new headline. Yesterday's winner: LychorindaAristaeus, for "The face of a $747 strike price." (Photo by ericajoy)

Six Apart exec on LiveJournal founder: "Waaaaay down the path to madness"

Owen Thomas · 10/21/08 12:00PM

Brad Fitzpatrick has a Googlephone, and you don't. And what's he doing with his amazing Android-powered toy? Using Google's mobile operating system, Fitzpatrick is coding an automatic garage-door opener, which senses the presence of his phone using Wi-Fi. He can do this because he's already hooked his garage door up to a Web server. Writes Six Apart executive Michael Sippey on this momentous occasion:

The Googlephone has a kill switch too

Alaska Miller · 10/16/08 02:20PM

Google's Android phone has something in common with Apple's iPhone: Both gadgets have a "kill switch" to uninstall unwanted applications. Buried in Google's Android legalese is a clause that says Google might "discover a product that violates the developer distribution agreement... in such an instance, Google retains the right to remotely remove those applications from your device at its sole discretion." The outrage would be pretty bad if anyone actually had a Googlephone. [CNET]