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27
Apr

Apple Publishes Q&A on Location Data

    Apple just published a Q&A on its website about the Location Data "problem":

    1. Why is Apple tracking the location of my iPhone?
    Apple is not tracking the location of your iPhone. Apple has never done so and has no plans to ever do so.

    2. Then why is everyone so concerned about this?
    Providing mobile users with fast and accurate location information while preserving their security and privacy has raised some very complex technical issues which are hard to communicate in a soundbite. Users are confused, partly because the creators of this new technology (including Apple) have not provided enough education about these issues to date.

    3. Why is my iPhone logging my location?
    The iPhone is not logging your location. Rather, it’s maintaining a database of Wi-Fi hotspots and cell towers around your current location, some of which may be located more than one hundred miles away from your iPhone, to help your iPhone rapidly and accurately calculate its location when requested. Calculating a phone’s location using just GPS satellite data can take up to several minutes. iPhone can reduce this time to just a few seconds by using Wi-Fi hotspot and cell tower data to quickly find GPS satellites, and even triangulate its location using just Wi-Fi hotspot and cell tower data when GPS is not available (such as indoors or in basements). These calculations are performed live on the iPhone using a crowd-sourced database of Wi-Fi hotspot and cell tower data that is generated by tens of millions of iPhones sending the geo-tagged locations of nearby Wi-Fi hotspots and cell towers in an anonymous and encrypted form to Apple.

    4. Is this crowd-sourced database stored on the iPhone?
    The entire crowd-sourced database is too big to store on an iPhone, so we download an appropriate subset (cache) onto each iPhone. This cache is protected but not encrypted, and is backed up in iTunes whenever you back up your iPhone. The backup is encrypted or not, depending on the user settings in iTunes. The location data that researchers are seeing on the iPhone is not the past or present location of the iPhone, but rather the locations of Wi-Fi hotspots and cell towers surrounding the iPhone’s location, which can be more than one hundred miles away from the iPhone. We plan to cease backing up this cache in a software update coming soon (see Software Update section below).

    5. Can Apple locate me based on my geo-tagged Wi-Fi hotspot and cell tower data?
    No. This data is Cialis sent to Apple in an anonymous and encrypted form. Apple cannot identify the source of this data.

    6. People have identified up to a year’s worth of location data being stored on the iPhone. Why does my iPhone need so much data in order to assist it in finding my location today?
    This data is not the iPhone’s location data—it is a subset (cache) of the crowd-sourced Wi-Fi hotspot and cell tower database which is downloaded from Apple into the iPhone to assist the iPhone in rapidly and accurately calculating location. The reason the iPhone stores so much data is a bug we uncovered and plan to fix shortly (see Software Update section below). We don’t think the iPhone needs to store more than seven days of this data.

    7. When I turn off Location Services, why does my iPhone sometimes continue updating its Wi-Fi and cell tower data from Apple’s crowd-sourced database?
    It shouldn’t. This is a bug, which we plan to fix shortly (see Software Update section below).

    8. What other location data is Apple collecting from the iPhone besides crowd-sourced Wi-Fi hotspot and cell tower data?
    Apple is now collecting anonymous traffic data to build a crowd-sourced traffic database with the goal of providing iPhone users an improved traffic service in the next couple of years.

    9. Does Apple currently provide any data collected from iPhones to third parties?
    We provide anonymous crash logs from users that have opted in to third-party developers to help them debug their apps. Our iAds advertising system can use location as a factor in targeting ads. Location is not shared with any third party or ad unless the user explicitly approves giving the current location to the current ad (for example, to request the ad locate the Target store nearest them).

    10. Does Apple believe that personal information security and privacy are important?
    Yes, we strongly do. For example, iPhone was the first to ask users to give their permission for each and every app that wanted to use location. Apple will continue to be one of the leaders in strengthening personal information security and privacy.

    Software Update
    Sometime in the next few weeks Apple will release a free iOS software update that:

    • reduces the size of the crowd-sourced Wi-Fi hotspot and cell tower database cached on the iPhone,
    • ceases backing up this cache, and
    • deletes this cache entirely when Location Services is turned off.

    In the next major iOS software release the cache will also be encrypted on the iPhone.

    25
    Apr

    GeigerMap 1.0 for iOS – Radiation Readings from 7,500 Cities Worldwide

      Power App today introduced GeigerMap 1.0 for iOS, their new Health & Fitness app that provides updated radiation readings from more than 7,500 official and private measuring stations worldwide. GeigerMap consists of a searchable, global Google Map that displays crowd-sourced Geiger counter readings. Each colored pushpin can be tapped to read the name of the town or city and its current radiation level. The map offers an instant visualization of radiation levels, with green pins symbolizing a reading of 180 CPM (Counts Per Minute) or less (normal), violet pins 180 - 600 CPM (high), and red pins 600 CPM or more (dangerous).

      With accidents at nuclear power facilities in the news, citizens of many countries have been concerned for their safety. Owning an inexpensive Geiger counter is not a practical solution, since these devices are too inaccurate to be useful. The CPM readings from a reliable Geiger counter measure a broad range of radiation including alpha, beta, gamma, and mixed particles. When measured over time, CPM readings are quite useful in determining abnormally high levels of radioactive decay. At present, there are no new violet pins displayed anywhere, except in a small radius fast bad credit payday loans surrounding the damaged nuclear power facility in Japan. And no red pins are displayed anywhere.

      The primary value of GeigerMap is to assure ordinary people that worldwide radiation levels are not dangerously high, even following accidents at electrical power plants that rely on fissionable, nuclear material for boiling water that will power turbine generators. Although radiation levels may be lethal on-site, locations more than 25 miles away generally remain unaffected. Because the app employs such a large sampling, it is easily possible to dismiss anomalous readings that may be reported in isolated locales.

      Feature Highlights:
      * Monitor global radiation levels on your iOS device
      * Geiger counter readings are updated several times each day
      * Obtain the exact numerical reading for towns and cities worldwide
      * Error minimization by comparing monitoring stations in the near vicinity
      * At 200 CPM the risk of cancer starts to increase
      * Direct links to many more free and paid apps from Power APP GmbH

      Device Requirements:
      * iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
      * iOS 3.2 or later (iOS 4.3 tested)
      * 3.8 MB

      Pricing and Availability:
      GeigerMap 1.0 is available for $4.99 (USD) worldwide through the App Store in the Healthcare & Fitness Category.

      25
      Apr

      Typhuun Announces Ping Scope 2.0, a Network and Server Monitoring Tool for the iPhone

        Typhuun, LLC today announced the release of Ping Scope 2.0, an iPhone/iPod touch app which provides an easy to use interface to monitor any IP network device and shows the status using color coded LEDs allowing network and server administrators single touch device status updates. In addition, the app's troubleshooting panel provides extensive configurable parameters to do advanced network troubleshooting to isolate issues in today's complex networks. These features in version 2.0 bring the app closer to its big brother on iPad called System Scope.

        The app uses ICMP protocol to provide monitoring and troubleshooting features and boasts a clean and intuitive user interface. It is available in a free lite version and a full-featured version.

        Highlighted Features:
        * Separate monitoring and troubleshooting panels
        * Email and print capability to share results quickly
        * Multiple forex trading made easy configurable parameters for identifying hard to find network problems
        * User host lists are backed up and restored as part of iTunes backups.

        The app works on both 3G and WIFI interfaces and has the ability to switch interfaces on the fly as connectivity changes. If a valid WIFI connection is available, it is given preference for all out going packets. The LED colors in system monitoring panel represent the system status with green representing available with low latency, yellow representing available with high latency and red representing system being unavailable.

        Device Requirements:
        * iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
        * Requires iOS 4.2 or later
        * 0.9 MB

        Pricing and Availability:
        Ping Scope 2.0 is $0.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Utilities category.

        15
        Apr

        Apps Promo – Check all the Promotions in the App Store inside one App

          AppGeneration Software just introduced Apps Promo 1.0.6 for iOS devices. Apps Promo is giving you full access to all app promotions within Apple iTunes. Apps Promo gives you the tools to:

          * Check all Promotions and Sales in the App Store for all countries and categories.
          * View all Apps reaching success on a worldwide level. Have consistent, up-to-date information about popular apps
          * Gain news on all apps recently made free proextender reviews and download them
          * Monitor you favorite app categories
          * Easy to share your favorite app picks with friends by sending a recommendation using SMS, Email or Facebook.
          * Make your own list of desired or favored apps

          Device Requirements:
          * iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
          * Requires iOS 4.0 or later
          * 2.0 MB

          Pricing and Availability:
          Apps Promo 1.0.6 is free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Utilities category.

          14
          Apr

          Color Blaster 1.0 for iOS – Angry Birds Meets Cut The Rope

            Paper Corn Media Inc has released Color Blaster Game 1.0, a universal application for iOS devices. Color Blaster Game is a mix of simple everyday physics and fun. The game is easy to get started, not too difficult to master once you figure out the tricks. The instantly addictive Color Blaster Game starts with easy levels making sure you can practice before getting into more complex stages. The game is enabled for retina graphics with HD quality graphics and animation.

            Color Blaster Game har vokse is enabled for Apple's Game Center and OpenFeint for social gaming. It features 5 leaderboards and 16 achievements. You can share your scores with your Facebook friends or invite friends from Twitter and Facebook to compete with you.

            Device Requirements:
            * iPhone, iPod touch, iPad
            * Requires iOS 3.2.0 or later
            * Universal Application
            * 15.9 MB

            Pricing and Availability:
            Color Blaster Game 1.0 is only $0.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category.