Location Data Archive

  • Jumptap: iPad3 Sales Cranking but Traffic Smaller – for Now

    CAMBRIDGE, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–In its newly released March MobileSTAT, Jumptap, the leader in targeted mobile advertising, revealed that while iPad3 crushed sales expectations, traffic levels were small compared to prior ...

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  • HipGeo Launches Free iPhone App That Lets Users “Record Their World”

    LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–HipGeo (www.hipgeo.com), a Los Angeles-based developer of a location-aware platform that includes battery-efficient smartphone apps and comprehensive website that record and display...

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  • iOS 4 privacy policy updated: Apple can anonymously collect location data, you can take away iAds’ cookies

    iOS 4 privacy policy updated: Apple can anonymously collect location data, you can take away iAds’ cookies

    It may not be a big deal -- Android's done it for years -- but some will no doubt be interested to learn that Apple can monitor your GPS. In the latest revision of its privacy policy, presumably updated for iOS 4, it revealed the company can anonymously track the "real-time geographic location" of devices and is free to share that data with "partners and licensees" as well. In a nutshell, that means Cupertino could potentially sell location data, but don't get in a tiff just yet -- the company says it will do so anonymously and for location-based services only.

    Speaking of sales and personally identifiable data, another addition to iOS 4 is the ad network iAd, which monitors your browsing habits and interests and serves up targeted advertisements respectively. According to the updated privacy policy, however, you don't need to let the OS do that. Simply navigate to http://oo.apple.com to shut down automated cookie collection, and you'll see boring, generic ads instead.

    iOS 4 privacy policy updated: Apple can anonymously collect location data, you can take away iAds' cookies originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 21 Jun 2010 22:31:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • Sprint handed customer GPS data to law enforcement over 8 million times last year

    Sprint handed customer GPS data to law enforcement over 8 million times last year

    Privacy advocates and career criminals alike are in a lather over reports that between September 2008 and October 2009, Sprint Nextel ponied up customer location data to various law enforcement agencies more than 8 million times. Speaking at ISS World 2009 (a conference for law enforcement and telecom industry-types responsible for "lawful interception, electronic investigations and network Intelligence gathering"), Sprint Nextel's very own Paul Taylor, Manager of Electronic Surveillance, lamented on the sheer volume of requests the company's received in the past year for precise GPS data for Sprint customers. How did the company meet such high demand? Apparently, his team built a special "web interface" which "has just really caught on fire with law enforcement." We're glad that Sprint's plans to streamline the customer service experience don't stop short of those who serve and protect, but as the EFF points out, plenty of nagging questions remain, including: How many individual customers have been affected? Is Sprint demanding search warrants? How secure is this web interface? Check out an excerpt from Taylor's speech after the break.

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    Sprint handed customer GPS data to law enforcement over 8 million times last year originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 02 Dec 2009 15:51:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • CrashCorp Demos Augmented Reality iPhone Application

    CrashCorp Demos Augmented Reality iPhone Application

    CrashCorp, the joint venture between former Digg Lead Architect Joe Stump, and former co-founder of Socialthing, Matt Galligan, have released two videos of a proof-of-concept app developed for the iPhone. After speaking Matt Galligan, he mentioned that CrashCorp is changing the direction of their company. He also notes:
    Right now, there's a gap in the market, as it relates to making it easy to add persistent location to mobile apps. We're simply addressing that gap by providing an end-to-end location solution for app developers. Part of that solution will include developing SDK's for mobile devices, that will allow app developers to quickly add new ways to view location data.

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  • UAV Control: There’s an app for that

    UAV Control: There’s an app for that

    Why shouldn't the iPhone be able to control a unmaned military reconnaissance aircraft? If you think about it, the iPhone is little more (ok, a lot more) than a souped-up Wii controller and we already know those little devices can control robots and such. And so MIT professor and former F/A-18 Hornet pilot, Missy Cummings, set out to replace the suitcase-sized controller currently need to control arial drones. Spoiler: her team succeeded as the video after the jump proves.

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