(Relaxnews) – Hot topics in the tech blogs for the week ending February 10 include social network Path apologizing for uploading iPhone users’ address books to its servers, details about Windows 8, Google’s rumored Home Entertainment System and [x] Glasses, and the release of Chrome for Android.
Path apologizes for ‘stealing’ iPhone users’ address books, deletes data
Social networking company Path apologized to users after it was discovered the company was scraping users’ address books and storing their contact lists without requesting permission. In a blog post Path said “we’ve deleted the entire collection of user uploaded contact information from our servers.” Users were furious over the privacy breach while bloggers asked “why does Apple allow iOS apps to access a user’s entire address book, at any time, without permission?” and concluded that Apple was partly to blame for the privacy breach.
Windows 8 Consumer Preview apps, architecture and release date
Microsoft sent out press invitations to a “Windows Consumer Preview” launch event on February 29 at Mobile World Congress and provided a sneak peek at its new touch-friendly Metro-look Office 15 suite software in a Windows on ARM preview video. The Vergerevealed that Angry Birds, Hydro Thunder and Toy Soldiers will be some of the first games to feature in Microsoft’s Windows Store at launch while Pinball and Solitaire will come pre-installed on the Windows 8 Consumer Preview.
Google to release wireless Home Entertainment System
The Wall Street Journal said that Google is developing its own home entertainment system that “streams music wirelessly throughout the home and would be marketed under the company’s own brand.”Silicon Filter questioned if it was the same device Google showed off during a presentation about Android@home at its I/O event in 2011 and GigaOm said it looks like the same WiFi and Bluetooth-enabled device Google asked the Federal Communications Commission for permission to test back in December.
Reports of HUD Google [x] Glasses in the making
Google is rumored to be developing a set of high-tech, Terminator-like glasses that will provide users with real-time information about their surroundings and communicate with Android-based devices. Technology blog 9to5Google reported that the Google [x] Glasses “have a front-facing camera used to gather information and could aid in augmented reality apps.” 9to5Google said that the glasses will feature a non-transparent heads-up display (HUD) in one eye and can be controlled by head movements and voice commands.
Mobile web browsing gets faster with Chrome for Android
Google released the long-awaited mobile version of its Chrome web browser. Chrome for Android is built for Android owners running version 4.0, aka Ice Cream Sandwich, and features “seamless sign-in and sync” for personalized web browsing on the go. Like its desktop cousin, Chrome for Android Beta aims to make the browsing experience simple yet speedy.