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iPhone tracker was patented – Apple snooping plot thickens!


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Apple may have denied that it’s tracking iPhone customers, but a patent application filed in 2009 suggests the company was planning to base services on a history of where a handset had been.

The iPhone manufacturer has come under fire following the public disclosure that handsets were collecting data from GPS and Wi-Fi signals – a data set that formed a record of the user’s whereabouts on the handset and on synchronised computers.

Other handsets perform similar tasks, but Apple yesterday denied tracking users and claimed that only a bug in the system was causing the phone to store location data on handsets for up to a year. Even data detailing which cells and Wi-Fi hotspots were in range need only be kept for a week, the company said.

Yet this appears to contradict a patent application for “Location Histories for Location Aware Devices” that Apple filed with the US Patent and Trademark office in September 2009.

iPhone Tracker

“A location-aware mobile device can include a baseband processor for communicating with one or more communication networks, such as a cellular network or Wi-Fi network,” Apple said in its patent application. “In some implementations, the baseband processor can collect network information (e.g., transmitter IDs) over time.”

The plan sounds almost identical to the data-accumulating file that landed Apple in hot water with privacy campaigners, after researcher revealed that the company was collecting mappable data on handset locations.

“Upon request, the network information can be translated to estimated position coordinates of the location-aware device for display on a map view or for other purposes,” the patent claimed.

“A user or application can query the location history database with a timestamp or other query to retrieve all or part of the location history for display in a map view. The location history can be used to construct a travel timeline for the location-aware device.”

The Apple patent also made it clear that it planned to create a searchable history of users’ whereabouts. “The other information and location history can be part of a personal ‘journal’ for the user, which can be queried at a later time,” the patent states.

This despite the claim yesterday that: “Apple is not tracking the location of your iPhone. Apple has never done so and has no plans to ever do so.”

Third-party access

Apple also planned, according to the patent, to allow third parties to see this data trail in a bid to build services around the system.

“The travel timeline can be used by location-aware applications running on the location-aware device or on a network,” Apple said at the time. “In some implementations, an Application Programming Interface (API) can be used by an application to query the location history database.”

Apple’s intentions may have changed from the time the patent was filed in 2009 to when the tracking utility was implemented in iOS 4. The company has so far to declined to comment on the patent.

Note: Thanks to greatkingrat_666 & PcPro for the tip-off.

Info to Irish Web & onTraz

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Bobsled by T-Mobile: Providing Free, One-Touch Calling Within Facebook


Have you ever been chatting with a friend on Facebook only to realize it would be nice to actually hear the person’s voice? You’re not alone. A recent survey found that 88% of Facebook users want voice chat capabilities within the site.* Today, Bobsled by T-Mobile, is making that possible.

Make FREE Calls Via Facebook

Free Voice Calls Within Facebook
The new Bobsled application provides Facebook’s more than 500 million users worldwide with free, one-touch calling to their Facebook friends from a personal computer and through the social platform’s chat window. With Bobsled, T-Mobile is giving voice to social networking.

How it Works
Once downloaded, customers can use the Bobsledapplication for Facebook to place voice calls to their friends through Facebook Chat with just one click.  This makes it quick and simple to place an impromptu call to a Facebook friend.  The application eliminates the need for dialing – you simply click on a friend’s name to start the conversation. There’s also no need to remember screen names or to input numbers. This even works when connecting with your friends around the globe. Calls from a PC/Mac to a PC/Mac are free, regardless of where you are connecting.

Voice Messages
You can leave a voice message for your friends and family when they are not available. The messages can be public or private. It is up to you. So instead of just writing Happy Birthday on your friend’s Facebook wall, now you can use Bobsled to sing Happy Birthday and post the voice greeting on their wall for all to hear.

A New Brand for T-Mobile
Bobsled by T-Mobile is a new brand aimed at bridging the world of traditional telecommunications with Internet-based voice and data services. This application for Facebook is the first product available under the new Bobsled™ by T-Mobilebrand. As the way people communicate transcends networks and devices,Bobsled by T-Mobile positions T-Mobile as a provider of cloud-based communications services over the Internet.

In the near future, T-Mobile plans to evolve Bobsled by T-Mobile to include video chat, the ability to place VoIP calls to mobile and landline U.S. numbers, and will offer applications on smartphones and tablets across various mobile platforms, regardless of the carrier that powers such devices.

How Do I Get Bobsled?
To download the Bobsled application within Facebook, please visit: http://apps.facebook.com/bobsledbytmo. You can also visit www.letsbobsled.com for more information.

Source T-moblie’s blog

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Source Irish Web 

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Another Facebook Virus “Who Views Your Profile” PLEASE READ THIS!


This new virus/spam is spreading throughout Facebook today like wildfire. You may notice you are getting tagged by a friend in a photo like the one in this article and it is telling you to click a link and install the app that will tell who views your profile.

New Facebook Virus

New Facebook Virus - Please Share info about this!

What this app really does is take all your information post this picture onto your page and tag your friends so it can keep spreading.

Tip: do not install Facebook apps that come to your attention this way or apps that sound like this in any way a scam because they more than likely are.

In short DO NOT CLICK THE LINK!

Thanks to Irish Web

HOW TO: Add Facebook Questions To Your Brand Page.


Page owners can ask questions with a set of possible answers, and they have the option to allow users to add additional answers for which other users can vote. The best part is users can share the questions for their friends to answer, broadening the potential exposure.

But, if you want to get your hands on the feature for your Facebook Page today, you can add it by following the simple steps below. Note: The feature is not yet available in all countries.

 

 

1. Sign In To Your Facebook Page

Go to the “Account” tab at the upper-right side of your Facebook account and click “Use Facebook as Page.” Click “Switch” next to the page you’d like to be signed into (this should be the page you want to add Questions to).

2. Go To Facebook’s Questions Page

Go to Facebook’s Questions page, which not only outlines the product, but is also where you add Questions to your Page. Once you’re there, click on the bright green button that says, “Get Questions Now.”

The action will apply to the Page you’re logged in as, so if you’d like to add Questions to multiple Pages, repeat step one and two for the specific Page in question.

3. Ask Your First Question

After you’ve clicked “Get Questions Now,” a pop-up box will open confirming that Questions have been added to your Page. You’ll now see the Questions tab on your Facebook Page and you’re ready to ask your first question. You can add poll options and the ability for your fans and others to add other answers. The question will post to your wall as well as the News Feed of users who have “liked” your Page.

It’s as simple as that. Any questions?