Ed OswaldContributor, TechHive

Ed is a technology journalist, music nut, and gadget geek who hails from the somewhat small town of Reading, Pennsylvania.

Google obtains patent for Project Glass-like smart-watch

Google appears to be working on a smart watch that operates much like its highly anticipated Android-powered eyeglasses.

T-Mobile + MetroPCS merger: Great for them, bad for us

T-Mobile and MetroPCS may tie the knot; the combination of the two could be a bad deal for many consumers.

Paid social network App.net updates pricing structure, adds monthly plan

App.net cuts prices to make it easier to join its premium social network.

Foursquare adds 'Always On' option to track friends

A new feature added to Foursquare Tuesday sends you an alert each time your friend checks in on the service.

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Windows 8 System Builder will replace full version at retail

Non-upgrade versions of Windows are being replaced in Windows 8 by the System Builder version, which is more accommodating when it comes to transferring a license.

Android hits 500 million device activations as iPhone 5 debuts

Google is trying to out-news Apple.

Court orders music pirate Jammie Thomas-Rasset to pay original fine of $222,000

Jammie Thomas-Rasset has been ordered to pay for downloading pirated music. Could a possible Supreme Court fight settle the issue of how much a pirated song is worth?

Microsoft goes public with holiday store plans

Microsoft plans to open 32 new retail locations in time for the holiday season.

Intel Chips to Support Wireless Charging by 2014

The chipmaker may offer an alternative technology to the Qi standard supported by the Wireless Power Consortium.

Wolfram Alpha’s personal analytics service is cool—when it's not overloaded

Wolfram Alpha’s new personal analytics service

Mobile Payment System Isis Looks Set for September Debut

The Isis service for paying for goods and services via smartphone initially will be available in Salt Lake City, Utah, and Austin, Texas.

LG's Game World Will Bring Video Games to Cinema 3D Smart TVs

LG will be bringing a new gaming-specific app store to its Cinema 3D Smart TV line laterthi

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Wall Street Journal Provides Free Wi-Fi in NYC and SF

The Wall Street Journal will be providing free Wi-Fi hotspots scattered throughout New York City and San Francisco through the end of September.

The New Kindle Fire -- What It Needs to be a Hit

The first Kindle Fire redefined what an inexpensive tablet could be. But with the rumored iPad Mini on the way, is being inexpensive good enough?

Klout Now Wants To Measure Your Real-World Influence

Klout updates the way it computes your Klout score, which will bring your score more in line with real-world influence versus social networking prowess.