” Apple has patented a piece of technology which would allow government and police to block transmission of information, including video and photographs, from any public gathering or venue they deem “sensitive”, and “protected from externalities.”
In other words, these powers will have control over what can and cannot be documented on wireless devices during any public event.
And while the company says the affected sites are to be mostly cinemas, theaters, concert grounds and similar locations, Apple Inc. also says “covert police or government operations may require complete ‘blackout’ conditions.” “
” Apple patented the means to transmit an encoded signal to all wireless devices, commanding them to disable recording functions.
Those policies would be activated by GPS, and WiFi or mobile base-stations, which would ring-fence (“geofence”) around a building or a “sensitive area” to prevent phone cameras from taking pictures or recording video.”
” Want to know who’s been snooping in or has stolen your phone? A new feature has been integrated into an app for Android that snaps the prying individual’s photo and sends it to you via email.A new feature in an app will alert the owner of a smartphone as to who stole, or is trying to snoop, in their device. According to Digital Trends, Lookout Security & Antivirus has made a recent update to its app.
Called the Lock Cam, it works in conjunction with Android devices and uses a device’s front-facing camera to snap a picture of anyone trying to break into a smartphone or tablet.
If the thief, or nosy person, tries to crack the device’s password, three strikes and they are out. After three unsuccessful tries to unlock the gadget, a photo is snapped and the image immediately emailed to the gadget’s owner. Other information sent in the message includes the GPS location of where the smartphone is currently located. “
” Data from smartphone traffic apps can help prevent traffic crashes by helping deploy police resources at the most accident-prone areas, Israeli researchers say.
Researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev say data from geosocial networks like the Global Positioning System traffic app Waze can identify locations where collisions occur most frequently.
Waze, with a reported 30 million worldwide users, records location data and enables users to upload and share comments on traffic alerts, collisions or police presence. ”