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Apple can now track you indoors

By Mark Spoonauer

Still recovering from the backlash to its flawed Maps app, Apple is looking to beef up the iPhone’s indoor location capabilities by acquiring WiFiSlam. According to The Wall Street Journal, which first reported the deal, Apple paid $20 million to scoop up the two-year-old startup based in Silicon Valley.

As per usual for Apple, which made a splash when it bought Siri back in 2010, the company didn’t provide any details as to why the company made this acquisition. A spokesperson told the Journal only that Apple “buys smaller technology companies from time to time.” But there are plenty of reasons why this small investment could prove to be a big deal in the stage of the location-based services war.

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Using Wi-Fi signals, WiFiSlam determines a user’s location within buildings, which has implications for shopping, advertising and social networking. According to WiFiSlam, its technology can pinpoint a smartphone with 2.5 accuracy.

“We are building the next generation of location-based mobile apps that, for the first time, engage with users at the scale that personal interaction actually takes place,” a description reads on AngelList’s investment page for WiFiSlam. “Applications range from step-by-step indoor navigation, to product-level retail customer engagement, to proximity-based social networking.”

Google’s sinister glasses will turn the whole world into search giant’s spies

By Tom Leonard

..They look like something you’d see at a Star Trek convention, perhaps worn with a pair of fake pointy ears.
And that’s entirely fitting, given that these high-tech specs are about to propel us into a sci-fi future few could have envisaged a decade ago.
Google Glass has had the tech world giddy with excitement since it was unveiled nearly a year ago.
Last week, at the South By Southwest technology convention in Austin, Texas, a Google designer gave the first demonstration to a rapt audience.
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Look into the future: But are Google’s glasses a sinister invsion of privacy?
This remarkable new innovation represents the advance guard of what Silicon Valley is banking on being the next great step in our addiction to the internet: ‘wearable computing’.
Apple and Samsung are working on smart watches, Google is developing talking shoes, but nothing compares to these head-mounted ‘glasses’ that can shoot video footage, search the internet or send an email, all at the command of their wearer’s voice.
To look at, they are nothing special, certainly rather nerdy, but put them on and you are immersed in what the experts like to call ‘augmented reality’.

Samsung unveils new motion tracking Galaxy S4

A Samsung employee displays the Samsung Galaxy S IV for a photo March 14, 2013 in New York City.Samsung unveiled its latest smartphone at the iconic Radio City Music Hall in New York City on Thursday, with software features that could be a game changer for the electronics giant.

The launch of the flagship Galaxy S4 is not significantly different design-wise from its predecessor, the Galaxy S3, but its new software sets the bar high for rival Apple to beat.

One new function is called ‘Air Gesture,’ which allows users to navigate their phone without actually touching the device.

The phone also features a function called Samsung ‘Smart Scroll’, which enables users to scroll without touching the screen. It tracks the users’ face to tell where they are looking.

FBI computer virus sweeping across nation

New nasty demands $200 payment to ‘unlock’ PC

How to Remove DNS Changer Virus. FBI DNS Changer Removal Instruction www.spywareremove.comThere’s a nasty computer virus going around that shocks users by putting on the screen a claim that the FBI and the federal government has taken control of the computer because it has been linked to illegal activity.

Further, it controls the computer’s Web camera and makes it look like an image of the user is being streamed to the government.

www.US-Mattress.com“It is scary. The first time we saw it we jumped back and said, ‘Hey, what is going on?’” Alex Diaz, with Top Tech Experts, told KTRK-TV in Houston.

‘Protocols of the Elders of Zion’ Found in iPhone, Android Stores

By Gil Lavie

Tazpit News Agency

MEMRI (The Middle East Media Research Institute) has found apps of the famous Anti-Semitic forgery “Protocols of the Elders of Zion” for both iPhone and Android based phones. The “Protocols of the Elders of Zion”, an early 20th century Russian forgery meant to encourage Anti Semitic violence, based the text on a Jewish plot for world domination. It was later discredited, and is today considered a forgery.

The iPhone application for the Protocols was released in Arabic by publisher Ahmad Alserety of Innovation Group. The app is available under the “education” section and costs 99 cents to download. 70% of the royalties go to the developer, presumably, Apple receives the other 30%.

In contrast, the Android version, released by the publisher “E3RaFLy”, which contains all 24 chapters of the protocols, is available for free. Close to 5000 copies have been downloaded. The American version is rated as five stars, the highest available for downloads, and is rated by one user Woodchuck: “The content and format of the text is very good! Worth the purchase.”

The Android App for the Protocols is identified by an image of a swastika in the centre of a blue Star of David. A description, found on the download overview section describes the application “uncovering of Jewish plots in the past, present, and future”.

The discovery of the app has created a firestorm in Jewish circles in Europe and the United States. The Conference of European Rabbis, an umbrella organization encompassing religious Jews throughout Europe, condemned its spread on the internet: “‘The Protocols of the Elders of Zion’ can and should be available for academics to study it in its proper context, to disseminate such hateful invective as a mobile app is dangerous and inexcusable,” President Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt issued in a statement. Bnai Brith International condemned Apple for allowing the forgery to slip through its strict acceptance criteria. “We are appalled ‘The Protocols of the Elders of Zion’ made it through the review process, as this text is often used by Neo-Nazis and anti-Semitic Arab groups to drum up hatred toward Jews. Apple is known for its stringent guidelines applications must meet before being approved for sale in the App Store. Apps deemed defamatory, offensive or likely to expose a targeted group to violence are normally rejected by Apple.” Bnai Brith International Wrote in a statement.

Israeli Minister of Public Affairs and the Diaspora, Yuli Edelstein, said Apple shouldn’t allow the material in its store. “They wouldn’t allow pedophilia and pornography on their networks,” he told The Associated Press. “They shouldn’t allow xenophobia, anti-Semitism or racism.”

After those street view snoopers, Google and Apple use planes that can film you sunbathing in your back garden

Software giants will use military-grade cameras to take powerful satellite images By Vanessa Allen

Spy planes able to photograph sunbathers in their back gardens are being deployed by Google and Apple.

The U.S. technology giants are racing to produce aerial maps so detailed they can show up objects just four inches wide.

But campaigners say the technology is a sinister development that brings the surveillance society a step closer. Hyper-real: 3D mapping services used by C3 Technologies (as purchased by Apple) will form the main part of the software giant’s new mapping service Google admits it has already sent planes over cities while Apple has acquired a firm using spy-in-the-sky technology that has been tested on at least 20 locations, including London.

Apple’s military-grade cameras are understood to be so powerful they could potentially see into homes through skylights and windows. The technology is similar to that used by intelligence agencies in identifying terrorist targets in Afghanistan.

Web freedom faces greatest threat ever, warns Google’s

Sergey Brin Threats range from governments trying to control citizens to the rise of Facebook and Apple-style ‘walled gardens’

Sergey Brin says he and Google co-founder Larry Page would not have been able to create their search giant if the internet was dominated by Facebook. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images The principles of openness and universal access that underpinned the creation of the internet three decades ago are under greater threat than ever, according to Google co-founder Sergey Brin.

In an interview with the Guardian, Brin warned there were “very powerful forces that have lined up against the open internet on all sides and around the world”. “I am more worried than I have been in the past,” he said. “It’s scary.”

The threat to the freedom of the internet comes, he claims, from a combination of governments increasingly trying to control access and communication by their citizens, the entertainment industry’s attempts to crack down on piracy, and the rise of “restrictive” walled gardens such as Facebook and Apple, which tightly control what software can be released on their platforms.