Posts tagged ‘Privacy’

November 16, 2010

Nexus S


Just a couple of weeks back, AppleGirl was saying how NFC technology will lead us out of the technological stone-age and that Apple will lead the way.

Well eat your heart out AppleGirl, Eric Schmidt announced today at the Web 2.0 summit that the Nexus S (Google’s 2nd phone) will have NFC technology. Not only that, Schmidt announced that Gingerbread (Android 2.3) will be released in the next couple of weeks.

Check out the pics of the Nexus S. The phone looks super sleek and thin! I guess I know what my Christmas present will be 😉

P.S The Nexus S is produced by Samsung, of course not officially announced.

source: engadget


GoogleChic, I am certainly interested in the concept of NFC but not psyched about the fact that it is tied with Google. With all the user privacy debacles that Google has been having recently, I would be scared to use the phone as a credit card. You would not want a Google employee vacationing in the Bahamas using your credit card information, would you? 🙂

Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile have joined hands to form a national payment network, called Isis which is expected to roll out in the next 18 months. It’s essentially a mobile commerce network which will create a more convenient shopping experience for customers. Other phone manufacturers like Blackberry and Nokia are getting ready to jump with both feet into the NFC puddle as well.

GoogleChic, you might be able to get NFC on your phone this Christmas, but I doubt you would use it much until next year, when iPhone 5 is expected to be launched.  Doing things at the right time in the right way is important for a business and that’s what Apple does best 😀

October 25, 2010

Google goes evil!


It’s old news that Google street view cars were quietly mapping our streets and collecting Wi-Fi information and some payload data. At that time, Google was deeply apologetic for collecting a little bit more information than it intended to.

Google broke news last week that entire URLs, emails and passwords were collected by those street view cars. What’s worse is that Google hasn’t deleted the data! This was exposed by external regulators who were investigating Google for illicit data collection.

First employee abuse of sensitive data, now unauthorized data collection, did Google lose its credibility ever so slightly? GoogleChic, isn’t it funny that Google’s code of conduct is “Don’t be evil”. I’m thinking someone coined it for a reason 😉



Google is evil? NO! Google made a honest mistake? Yes! Hey at least they are taking responsibly for their action unlike the whole antennagate issue blaming the users 🙂

Now, on the other hand, I do want to bring up the fact that the users in this case that got their information collected is at fault. I’m not saying what Google did was right, but why would you leave your WiFi unsecured in this day and age?! Aren’t you glad Google isn’t evil? Think about all those hackers out there that could have collected your information and probably would have purchased anything  and everything all at your expense. I mean it’s like leaving your front door open and saying please don’t rob me!

Since AppleGirl is so worried about her privacy/security, she better take a look at the lock screen on her precious iPhone (devices running iOS 4.1). It looks like there’s a security flaw in which you can use the emergency call feature with the combination of the lock key to gain access to contacts.

September 23, 2010

Colbert report – featuring Google’s head honcho


AppleGirl would love this video! She’s always griping about Google’s highway robbery of your personal info so that it can use it to predict your likes and dislikes. Now you can hear it directly from Google’s CEO himself, Eric Schmidt. Last night on Colbert report, Eric stated that Google “collects” data from the web and uses “algorithms” to return your search results. Oh, and it also “forgets” the searches after awhile and no Google is not “evil” :)!

Check out the video, it’s just too funny and  Eric Schmidt was a good sport!

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That’s one funny video! You know I love jokes at Google’s expense! 🙂

When Eric Schmidt said  “Forgetting user searches is a law in many countries”, he might have been referring to European Union’s recommendation to delete data after six months after it was collected.  While Microsoft actually hits the delete button on the browser history after 6 months, Google keeps the data and makes only your IP address anonymous after 9 months (So when Schmidt said “forget” he did not mean “delete”)

Amongst all this data mining conundrum, I would sure as hell like to make sure that I have not opted in for Google Web History (which means Google keeps all your web history forever or atleast until you turn it off)!

As funny as the video is, Eric Schmidt has been a joke for making stupid comments! Check out Colbert himself taking some good shots at Schmidt and Google.

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