April 21, 2011
From the unbelievable department today: researchers discovered that every iPhone with iOS4 and every iPad 3G is continuously recording the location of the device. The file with locations and timestamps is hidden among device backup files. That means that every time you backup your device via iTunes, the location file is copied into your Mac or PC. There is even software available that will decode the data and put the dots to the map. Right now, there is no evidence that Apple is accessing that information. However, even without Apple’s access it’s a huge security risk: anyone with temporary access to your computer can download your movement info across months and eventually years. Moreover, you cannot turn this “feature” off, and it doesn’t rely on GPS – the coordinates are calculated using cell tower triangulation method. While it’s unprecise, it’s better than GPS in some aspects: it consumes a lot less battery energy and it works inside buildings and cars. Just wow.
This is how a typical map looks like after routes are decoded and visualized:
January 16, 2010
Whoa, a month of no posts, what a shame. The most notable things that happened recently:
- We released a Wi-Fi version of MobileNoter. The Wi-Fi version doesn’t use a cloud server to sync notes between your computer and your iPhone. It looks like it is pretty popular among our users. We should probably have implemented the Wi-Fi version first.
- We are getting close to thousands of paying customers of MobileNoter. It’s nice considering that we started selling the application only 2 months ago.
- I went on vacations to Thailand for 2 weeks. Internet sucked big time in the location I was, thus no posts.
September 20, 2009
While being on a short vacation in Turkey, I noticed how the web becomes less usefull there. First, they block YouTube.com, WordPress.com, and Google knows what else. Everybody knows that Chinese government are the bad guys, but here we are, the country that wants to become a part of EU blocks stuff.
Second, Google Maps work very poorly there. When I type my hotel name and add other search terms to make it unmistakable for Google, I still get dozens of results, all scattered around the city. Only one of those results is right, and it is not easy to find out which one. Then, there is no information about surrounding locations. Google doesn’t know the places around – what shops, restaurants, other nice things are there. The user created maps are unverified and are quite unprecise to put it mildly. The user photos on the map are also scattered randomly, sometimes clearly off the place. The more incorrect and unverified data users put in, the more it becomes useless garbage and up to the point people won’t use Google Maps at all.