An Iranian family has been left "mortified" after a series of photos spying on them at home went viral online, following the attempts of a London man to retrieve his stolen MacBook Pro. In February, animator Dom Del Torto had his iPad and MacBook stolen from his flat in North London, but prior to the incident he had installed the app known as Hidden on his laptop. The application tracks the location of a stolen item and sends photographs via the front camera to the original owner, helping them identify the perpetrator and retrieve the device. A month after his Apple wares were stolen, Hidden kicked into life on the MacBook, notifying Del Torto by email that the device was now in Tehran while filtering through images of the new owners. The unassuming family were apparently oblivious their new laptop had been stolen a month earlier, but keen to track his pricey possession Del Torto had posted the photos on a Tumblr page, titled 'Dom’s laptop is in Iran.' This has led to an angry reaction from the family in question but the tale has a heart-warming twist at the end, so follow the link for the full story.
A group of Silicon Valley heavyweights have formed an investment group specifically designed to support startups inspired by Google Glass, opening the Google gadget up to a range of new possibilities. The group is called the Glass Collective and it is comprised of several leading technology venture capital firms. Although no figures have been released regarding the size of the Glass Collective fund, it's clear that the group is expecting the same level of mainstream adoption with Glass, despite the device's radically different approach to computing. Initially, the Glass Collective fund will be limited to investments in the US, with particular attention paid to startups focused on consumer and enterprise technologies in the areas of navigation, messaging, search, and overall data sharing. In other words, if you've got a Google Glass idea you'd like to put into action, it may be time to get the ball rolling.
Scottish semiconductor specialist Wolfson Microelectronics has inked a supply deal with mobile giant Samsung. The agreement will see the Edinburgh-based company supply Samsung with audio microchips for use in its smartphones and tablets, including the recently launched Galaxy S4 handset. The two put pen to paper on the "multi-year" agreement, which cements its status as a "primary audio partner" of the South Korean company and is understood to cover "intellectual property" as well as component supply. Follow the link for the full story, including a closer look at how the announcement affects Wolfson's financial outlook for the year and what it means for UK industry as a whole.
Google continues to find itself embroiled in a range of unsavoury legal dramas, with the latest development seeing the global search giant sued by UK-based cartography website Streetmap. Streetmap is one of 11 complainants in an EU probe investigating whether the Internet titan is abusing its dominant position in the European search field, where it enjoys a market share in excess of 90 per cent. The maps site is now also taking its grievance to Britain's High Court, describing the move as a further necessary defensive action "complementary" to the current stirrings over in Brussels. For its part, Streetmap claims its popularity has been adversely affected by Google's "anti-competitive conduct."