Google officially launched its cloud storage and file sharing service, Google Drive, offering users 5GB of free storage space.

According to a report by the Associated Press, Google is hoping to build the world's largest digital filing cabinet in the latest attempt to deepen people's dependence on its services.

The Internet search leader began its pursuit of the audacious goal Tuesday with the much-anticipated debut of Google Drive, a product that stores personal documents, photos, videos and a wide range of other digital content on Google's computers.

By keeping files in massive data centers, users will be able to call up the information on their smartphones, tablet computer.

Cloud-based storage gives users a place to park their documents, photos, presentations and other files so they can easily and immediately access and share them with various digital devices wherever they have an Internet connection.

More importantly, Google Drive is tied into all of Google's other services. The new service, for instance, will allow users to collaborate on spreadsheets, presentations and video, as the company's existing Google Docs service is built into Google Drive.

Google Drive is offering the first five gigabytes of storage for free. Prices for additional storage will range from $2.49 per month for 25 gigabytes to $49.99 per month for one terabyte, equivalent to five laptops with 200-gigabyte drives.
 
 
Apple today said a software problem — and not a faulty antenna design — is responsible for reports of poor reception by some iPhone 4 owners.

Apple admitted its signal strength miscalculation dates back to its original 2007 iPhone. It promised to fix the glitch in a few weeks, but did not directly address concerns that its antenna design causes reception problems for iPhone 4, its newest phone.

Apple's apology -- a relative rarity from the company known for its marketing savvy -- marked the third time in less than three weeks it had to apologize to customers of iPhone 4.

"Upon investigation, we were stunned to find that the formula we use to calculate how many bars of signal strength to display is totally wrong," Apple said in an open letter to customers published on Friday.
 
 
 

 Washington  state's ban on using a cellphone or texting while driving has led to nearly 670 citations between June 10 and July 1.

State Patrol Chief John Batiste believes compliance has increased since the violation became a primary offense, and that's making things easier for troopers.

"Those who continue to flout the law are now much easier to spot," Batiste said in a news release.

On June 10, the state's old law on cellphones and texting moved from being a secondary offense to a primary one, which means that troopers no longer need some other reason to stop a driver they see texting or using a cellphone.

The State Patrol did not give a formal grace period, as it typically does with new laws. Drivers who don't use a handsfree device can get a $124 ticket.

Along with the nearly 670 citations, nearly 500 warnings were issued.
 
 
Samsung has launched its brand new cellphone operating system, named Bada, at the Mobile World Congress. The first handset is the Wave, a rather sleek-looking sliver of glass that is all screen.

The handset sports a 3.5in, 800 x 480 OLED touchscreen. While Bada runs behind the scenes, users interact with the third incarnation of Samsung's established TouchWiz UI.

With bada, Korea-based Samsung is taking the TouchWiz system used on its touch-screen non-smart phones and making it the basis of a smart phone platform to take on iPhone and  BlackBerry.

J.K. Shin, the president of Samsung's phone division, said the goal of bada was to expand the market for smart phones, making them available to people across the world who have made do with non-smart phones.

Samsung promised that TouchWiz will fly on the Wave's "high-speed processor", though it didn't say what chip in particular the phone incorporates

To support the Wave and existing phones using TouchWiz, Samsung is launching online applications stores in 50 countries this year, including the U.S. Most major phone makers now operate applications stores, or make phones that use stores administered by others, like Google.
 
 
 
According the a report by the Associated Press, the number of mobile phone subscriptions worldwide has reached 4.6 billion and is expected to increase to five billion this year, the U.N. telecommunications agency said Monday.

Mobile phone providers in rich countries offer advanced services and handsets, while people in developing countries increasingly use the mobile phone for health services and banking, said the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).


"Even during an economic crisis, we have seen no drop in the demand for communications services," ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun Toure said in a statement at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, the industry's biggest trade show.

ITU also said the number of mobile broadband subscriptions would exceed one billion this year after reaching 600 million in 2009.
 
 
 
According to the study by the Pew Research Center, half of U.S. teens with cell phones admit talking on them while driving and a third say they've written text messages while they were at the wheel.

The report released today, "Teens and Distracted Driving: Talking, texting and other uses of the cell phone behind the wheel," also says:

- 75 percent of teens have a cell phone, and more than half of them say they have talked on their cell phone while driving.

- 40 percent say they have been in a car when the driver used a cell phone "in a way that put themselves or others in danger."

- 48 percent of teens say they have been in a car when the driver was texting.

- More than one-third of teens ages 16 or 17 who text say that have texted while driving.
 
 
 
That the Google Android operating system has been successful in attracting significantly more applications for consumers in its first year.

According to a report by the New York Times, more cell phone makers are turning to the free Android operating system made by Microsoft’s latest nemesis, Google.

Cell phone makers that have used Windows Mobile to run their top-of-the-line smartphones — including Samsung, LG, Kyocera, Sony Ericsson — are now also making Android devices. Twelve Android handsets have been announced this year, with dozens more expected next year. Motorola has dropped Windows Mobile from its line entirely in a switch to Android. HTC, a major cellphone maker, expects half its phones sold this year to run Android. Dell is using Android for its entry into the cellphone market.