Unless you’ve been living outside of a LAN connection, you know that the iPhone dropped yesterday. It’s slimmer than its predecessors and has the same processor as the iPad. It runs a 5MP camera that can take 720p video, and with the iMovie app ($5), you can edit footage and upload direct to YouTube. On WiFi you can make video calls on it (not the same as just video-calling anywhere, but supposedly, theoretically, AT&T’s working on that, according to the NY Times review) and double-tapping the Home button pulls up an app switcher because iOS4 allows for multi-tasking.
Big whoop. Google’s blowing up the spot, both good and bad, across teh ‘Nets. Let’s dig in deep, shall we, because there’s hella story to cover.
Voice Your Concerns, Though You’ll Probably Have None
Google Voice, formerly available by invite only and primarily on Android devices, is now available free to everyone in the United States. You can now tie your home, cell phone, and other numbers all to a one set of digits that you can acquire through Google (which you can choose for yourself, including plugging in numbers or phrases, your own phone number that you can actually change at any time). Not only that, you can cluster people’s numbers into groups, which can hear a specialized voicemail message from you to that group.
The messages people leave you are transcribed, so you can read them, and they can be stored and played in your Google Account. Fairly simple to set-up, though if you need a tutorial, you can find one here, thanks to the good people at PC World. Also, never worry about losing a number ever again, because Google’s really good at storing stuff, kind of like the next story indicates, except less evilly.
30 States Lean on Google Street View
The state of Connecticut, along with 29 other states (so far), are planning to conduct an investigation into Google Street View, whose equipment at the time of image capture also took tally of unsecured wi-fi connections in its range, reports BBC News. This was not done by the company, but was inserted as rogue code by a single engineer. This fact is not stopping Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal from positing that this unintentional collection of data is “deeply disturbing” and insisting that “consumers have a right and a need to know what personal information…Google may have collected and why.”
Uhm…the information was which wi-fi connections were unsecured in the area, and the why is because some guy decided to do it without telling anybody. The company had been logging wi-fi hotspots for location-based services but have since ceased collection of such data. In a company as large as Google, it’s impossible to monitor every single employee; nonetheless, they are working with investigators and have even offered to delete all the sensitive data they unintentionally accrued.
Unsatisfied with this, the Attorney General has asked for a pound of flesh, no more, no less, from Google CEO Eric Schmidt. Considering the honcho’s big mouth, just his tongue should suffice this request.
Your Mom Runs Flash…If She Has Android 2.2
As PC World reports, Flash Player for Android 10.1 has launched, allowing those with Android 2.2 (which, is to say, at the moment, only people with a Nexus One) to run Flash on a smartphone. Apple insists that Flash is dying and is heavily promoting HTML5 (which I can actually stand behind considering it’s an extension of HTML and hence is non-proprietary), though this is a nice kick in the pants to Steve Jobs. I think.
See, this release is a litmus test on how Flash works on a smartphone, and whether or not it will, as Jobs claims, wear on the device’s performance, its battery life, and if it does or does not present security problems.
This addition to the Android market is a native player on the Android OS though it should work just as functionally with other mobile operating systems, though Adobe has left it up to the other companies as to whether they want to port the software into their own system or merely offer it as an app to their users. One way or another, this is proof that for now Flash is alive and kicking.
Goo-sic Makes Me Lose Control
All you music aficionados that love Google, I have good news for you. Reuters reports that Google is in negotiations with record labels to continue their war with Apple and start offering a music download service. Months away from launch, if Google decides to go this route, the service would be available in browser through the search engine, and on Android phones. Now more than ever am I itching for Goog-tacular technology in my pocket, because I can only imagine that Google’s going to do this, like everything else they do, really well.