iPhone Tracking? It’s A Non-Issue.

Yesterday it was announced that your iPhone was tracking everywhere you’ve been and saving it to a file that’s copied to your computer when you synch your device.

Data Presented From Finders of iPhone Tracking

In case you haven’t seen the story someplace on the web, here’s an article about it on Mashable. It’s also now on the CNN home page – HERE

There are a lot of alarmists up in the air about this and Senator Al Franken has asked Apple to explain why it’s doing this.

I was going to write a wonderfully detailed blog post about it and why I thought it really wasn’t a big deal, but the incredibly smart and funny David Pogue beat me to it. Thanks for saving me some typing David!

In the end the only way someone can use this data and figure out where you’ve been is to download special software (which only shows some details) and pull this file off of your computer. As David Pogue put it “If your computer is that accessible, you’ve got much bigger problems.” He also makes a great point of saying only those that have something to hide, may have something to fear.

While you can’t change any setting to stop the tracking, you can (and I encourage you to) encrypt your iPhone back-ups. It’s incredibly easy to do and I’ve found some simple steps right HERE. Honestly everyone should be doing this from the get-go if they’re that worried about the security of their data.

If you’re really worried about the security of what’s on your iPhone you should have it lock and require a password to get into the device. Instructions on that are on the bottom of THIS PAGE.

I know some people feel like this is an invasion of privacy.
They have every right to feel that way.

To that I say in this day and age of Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube along with all the “check-ins” being done your information and location is out there already.

There’s  nothing to hide!

For those that are still incredibly fearful I’ll recommend as do with everyone else –
DON’T PUT YOUR INFORMATION ON OR GET CONNECTED TO THE INTERNET. Despite any password you have or protection you think you have on it, there’s no 100% security when it comes to computers. If someone really wants to get to your data, they’ll figure out a way and will be able to get around anything you put in the way.

That’s just my opinion, as has occasionally happened, I could be wrong. 🙂

Travelling With Technology

I really enjoy David Pogue’s articles and if you don’t subscribe to them I HIGHLY RECOMMEND that you do.

He presents tech in a way that’s easy to understand and often does so with a great sense of humor.

His latest…okay this was last Friday…I was busy finishing my classes so I didn’t have time to post this earlier…. Anyways….

His latest covers what he carries around with him in his travel bag, and this guy travels A LOT!

Some really basic stuff, but definitely worth a read and potential adds to your travel bag.

You can read his article by clicking right HERE.

The Blackberry Storm – A Review Worth Reading

David Pogue who writes for the New York Times does a really great job in his product reviews. Of all of the product reviewers out there he is one of the few I actually trust. He’s consistently had fair, non-biased reviews that address the good and the bad of all the products he’s looked at. He’s even gone so far as to point out the potential good for a moderately bad product.

Knowing that I’ve got many people out there that I talk to or read this blog that like to get the latest and greatest technology, I wanted to alert everyone to it.

This section alone would scare me away from the device…

“When I try to enter my Gmail address, the Storm?s camera starts up unexpectedly, turning the screen into a viewfinder ? even though the keyboard still fills half the screen. (R.I.M. executives steadfastly refused to acknowledge any bugs. I even sent them videos of the Storm?s goofball glitches, but they offered only stony phone silence.)
give a review like this…it’s gotta be a pretty bad product.”

Granted many 1st generation products have their share of bugs and issues…but this sounds a bit excessive. For the execs to not even offer so much as a “Thanks for bringing this to our attention…”. YIKES!

So for those of you thinking about getting the Blackberry Storm I would highly recommend that you read the review HERE, before you go out and spend your hard earned cash.

For those of you who might think that it was just the units David used…check out his follow up article HERE.

In his follow-up he gives quotes like this one…

“I want to thank you for validating the experiences I’ve had with my new BlackBerry Storm. It has been an absolute nightmare. As soon as I return to New York, I will take advantage of Verizon’s 30-day return policy and get rid of this monstrosity.”

Proof that he wasn’t alone in his frustration or points of view.

Although I don’t know what’s more shocking the bad performance of the Storm or some of the incredibly hateful replies he got from some people.

I’d be curious to hear about other people’s experiences with the Storm. Good? Bad? Not sure yet?

Chime in!

A Really Expensive (but cool) Stocking Stuffer!

I am continually impressed with how small they have gotten things.

I remember the days when cell phone batteries alone were bigger then my entire Blackberry.

I remember the days when my Gameboy had a monochrome screen and was as big as a video tape.

I remember the days when mobile computers were the size of briefcases.

Soon I’ll be saying I remember the days when a projector was a device almost the size of a car battery.

Just as I was getting over the incredibly small size of my iPod nano, Optoma releases their brand new “Pico” projector.

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The specs are unbelievable:
Projection Type – DLP (The same technology behind digital projection in movie theaters)

Light Source – LED

Light Source Life – Estimated at 20,000 Hours

Weight – 4 oz with Battery (with the battery it’s 4oz??????)

Dimensions (W x H x D) –
1.97″ x 0.59″ x 4.06″ (50 x 15 x 103 mm) (An inch taller than the current iPod nano)

Battery – Li-ion Rechargeable (3.7V, 1100 mAh)

Battery Life – Up to 1.5 Hours

Image Size – 6″ to 60″ (0.15 to 1.5m)

Audio – One 0.5-Watt Speaker

Standard Accessories:
Power Adaptor
USB Cable
Tripod Adaptor
(2) Batteries
Standard A/V Cable (RCA to Mini-Jack)
iPod Kit with Dock Connector (US only)
Bag

This thing is impressive and at only $430 it’s a steal. Full size projectors cost 2 to 3 times that.

So for those of you looking for a great gift for that traveling presenter look no further. Or maybe a gift for your favorite blogger????

You can check out the Pico at the Optoma website:
http://www.optomausa.com/pico.asp

and

David Pogue at the New York Times has a great review on it here:
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/05/technology/personaltech/05pogue.html?partner=permalink&exprod=permalink