A few weeks ago data researchers discovered a file on the iPhone that stores timestamped coordinates of the phone's location, effectively tracking your every move. In addition, the file was downloaded to iTunes every time a sync was performed. Apple dismissed it at first, but after the issue grew in notoriety the company finally addressed it in iOS 4.3.3, which stops the phone from storing locations when the location services are turned off and stops it from downloading to iTunes. Now a project known as openpaths wants your data.
Initiated by the New York Times' R&D Lab, openpaths is a database of user-contributed location files. Researchers believe that they can use donated data to better understand a variety of problems including
Two weeks ago a location tracking issue with iOS 4 GPS enabled devices came to light when data researchers discovered a file within the operating system that contained data about the phone's whereabouts. Not only did the file contain the phone's physical coordinates along with timestamps, but it was discovered that this information was transferred to iTunes every time a synch was performed. At the time Apple made no comments as to the purpose of the file or how to disable it. Most speculation leaned toward the file having something to do with future projects involving location based advertising. Whatever the case, there was a lot of media coverage and such Big Brother-ish activity raised concerns for consumers, so Apple has decided to address the issue with the next iOS update, iOS 4.3.3.
According to BGR's source at Apple, with iOS 4.3.3 the data file will no longer be backed up on iTunes when a synch is performed. The size of the location database will be reduced and it will be entirely
According to a recent report released by Distimo, a Utrecht, Netherlands based app store analytics firm, the Android Market will overtake Apple's App Store in number of apps available by this July. Android Market's growth rate is clearly outpacing the App Store's and has been doing so since January. In fact, the Android Market surpassed the App Store in number of free apps in March (134,342 free apps vs. 121,845). According to the report, the "Google Android Market is predicted to have only 40,000 applications less than the Apple App Store for iPhone by the end of June 2011, and will close the remaining gap before the end of July 2011."
Not only will the Android Market surpass the App Store in terms of smartphone apps, but Distimo projects that "if all application stores maintain their current growth pace, approximately five months from now Google Android Market will be the largest store in terms of number of applications followed by the
Ever since the arrival of GPS enabled mobile devices people have come up with all sorts of Big Brother-esque conspiracy theories. Security researchers have now bolstered these theories with the discovery of a file within iOS4 that keeps timestamped records of the phone's location.
While looking for a source of mobile data on the iPhone, data scientists Pete Warden and Alasdair Allan discovered the file. At first they weren't sure how much data was in the file, but after extracting and visualizing it, " it became clear that there was a scary amount of detail on our movements," according to Warden. They found that not only does the file contain the latitude and longitude along with a timestamp, but that the file is copied from the phone to the owner's computer every time they are synched.
According to Warden, "Apple has made it possible for almost anybody – a jealous spouse, a private detective – with access to your phone or computer to get detailed information about where you've been." Simon Davies, director of Privacy International, (see iPhone tracking discussion after break)...
There are a plethora of cases for your iPhone that vary in style and functionality and allow you to personalize your phone, but aside from aesthetics very few come with the bells and whistles like the Moov. This new iPhone case from Israeli company Oleon will allow you to view your display on your TV. Oleon claims the Moov is the " world's first wireless mobile to TV solution" that will allow you to stream any video content from your iPhone to your TV with virtually zero latency. The Moov uses Wireless Home Digital Interface (WHDI) technology to transmit your video and audio. This means Angry Birds on the big screen, as well as your pics, vids and any other apps you feel the need to view on 60".
The Moov case itself looks like it might be a little thicker than you would normally want, but that can be overlooked considering the benefits. It has a battery slot in the back for a rechargeable external 1500 mAh battery that allows for streaming up to three hours of video and up to five hours of audio, and is good for up to 250 hours of standby. It also has... (Check out the video after the break).
So, by now you've dropped your iPhone 4 at least a few times. Hopefully, you've escaped dings and scratches, or worse. What's become entirely clear is: you need some sort of protection for this fragile, $500+ investment you carry around everywhere you go. Long gone are the days of wireless providers offering affordable insurance plans in the order of $3-5 a month, with cheap deductibles to keep bad nerves about your cell phone at bay.
Enter AT&T and their partner, Asurion, to squelch customer concerns about breaking their iPhones with the new Mobile Protect iPhone insurance plan. Really? No. As it turns out, AT&T and Asurion's Mobile Protect plan is a bad deal in every way (not just because of the whopping $11.99 a month price tag), but for many other reasons including what is actually covered, unreasonably high deductibles and more.
Apple's brand new iPad was finally unveiled earlier this week to mixed reviews. Many critics view it as just a huge iPhone (without the phone part) with no camera and no Flash (isn't one of the ideas of the bigger display for a better web experience? How many websites use Flash?). Despite those drawbacks the iPad does, as you would expect from an Apple device, have a very aesthetically pleasing design and UI, and the UI is now portable to your other Apple devices
If you want your iPhone or iPod Touch to mimic the iPad, it can now be done - you can have the iPad UI including the iBooks shelf, the springboard wallpaper, the same lockscreen, a carrier logo that says "iPad" , the Kindle book catalog and a NY Times reader plus a few more small touches.
The iPad is kind of like a jumbo-sized iPhone/iPod Touch with a few more apps, including the iWorks suite and the iBooks Store. It basically has the same feel since it also runs on the same iPhone OS 3.2, with just small differences here and there. Thus making the transition is not too difficult. You need your
As the rivalry heats up between Apple and Google, Apple has entered talks with Microsoft to replace Google with Bing as the iPhone's default search engine. With Google CEO Eric Schmidt on Apple's board the two companies have partnered in the past, but he is no longer on the board and there is now direct competition between the two giants.
Google's introduction of the Android OS was the first sign that a serious rivalry was in the making. Now Google has introduced the Nexus One, a mobile device that will directly compete with the iPhone in the smart phone market. Apple has pushed back by getting involved in ad placement on its mobile devices, which is Google ad-serving territory. Apple has also recently refused to approve two Google apps
Zagg is now offering a 30% discount on Palm Pre and all iPhone invisibleSHIELDs until the end of the month. Full body protection, which is normally $25, can now be had for about $17.50. Anyone with a brand new Pre or iPhone 3G S (or 1st generation or 3G) should definitely consider this protective skin, which is scratch-proof and basically bulk-less compared to the average case or cover.
The invisibleSHIELD material was originally designed by the military to protect helicopter blades from damage caused by high speed whirling dirt and debris. As such, the shield is virtually indestructible and will protect your phone from scratches, which is especially desirable considering the large
Some new rumors about Apple's newest incarnation of the iPhone have surfaced in the past 24 hours concerning a release date and details on some of the new features. According to a source closely connected to Apple's hardware team the iPhone 2009 is set to launch on July 17th.
Although some are describing the upgrade as "minor," judge for yourself... The new iPhone will supposedly be equipped with an OLED screen, which in my opinion is pretty major. OLEDs emit light,