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How iOS 7 can save you battery life

Most smartphones today all have the necessary features. So battery life has become a big deciding factor for many people. After all what good are all these new features if the device is dead? Well now that iOS 7 has been out for almost 2 weeks. What does Apple’s new iOS have that might help save user’s valuable battery life.

Apple has made some enhancements to Siri in iOS 7. The digital assistant can now do a lot more than in previous iOS versions. Siri can now turn things on and off including Bluetooth, Wifi and Cellular Data. It might not seem like a big deal to have your Wifi, Cellular Data and Bluetooth on all the time but the radios do use battery power. So why have them on consuming power especially at times when they are not in use. Now it would be a pretty daunting task to turn them on and off manually whenever you leave the house, office, or wherever else you have or don’t have wifi, need or don’t need bluetooth. But now with Siri, iOS 7 makes it easy and this is one way iOS 7 can save you battery life.

The only thing to keep in mind is that Siri needs a connection to the internet in order to work. So before you turn off the Cellular Data or Wifi connection you must always turn on the corresponding one to keep you connected to the internet. Just remember on first before turning off. Let’s say you are leaving your house and with it your Wifi connection. The drill goes something like this, enable Siri and say “turn on cellular data”. This will turn on cellular data, your 3G or LTE internet connection. The next step is to say “turn off wifi”, yes it’s as easy as that. You will now save yourself some battery life by not having your wifi radio on even though it is not being used. The same goes for bluetooth so if you’re not using a headset or some other device that is connected by bluetooth turn it off for a little extra savings.

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iOS 7 also introduced Control Center. You can get to it by swiping up from the bottom of the screen. The control center is accessible from the lock screen and home screen. It also allows the user to manually toggle wifi and bluetooth among other things on and off. There is no cellular data so that one will still remain accessible only through the Settings menu or by using Siri like we did above. However now telling someone to turn off their wifi or bluetooth is not a long string of menu options. It ican be done by simply swiping up from the bottom of the screen and then turning them off from within Control Center (highlighted in a box in the image below).

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It might seem simple but give it a try and see if the battery life savings are worth it to you.

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iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c and iOS 7 what did we get

On Tuesday of this week, Sept. 10th, Apple held their event. We speculated on what we would get and talked about the other questions that still remained to be answered. Well now we have our answers. The iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c and iOS 7 were shown off so what did we get? Well we’re going to cover some of the details and also talk about some of the questions that are now created about where do they go form here. The video of the keynote is now available on the Apple site, go watch it.

So to go through what we got to see at the keynote, there was the

iPhone 5c (Android Free)

The iPhone everyone thought was going to be cheap turned out to be “less expensive” instead. No one should have been surprised since Apple doesn’t do cheap and yet they were. When netbooks proliferated the computer landscape Apple did the MacBook Air. It was far from cheap but “less expensive” than a MacBook Pro. The iPhone 5c is the same. It is far from cheap but at $99 for a 16GB model on a 2 Year contract(US) it’s cheap enough that it becomes a throwaway phone. It’s something parents can buy their teen as an emergency phone. It’s a phone people less interested with the latest and greatest technology as well as people coming from a feature phone can buy without sticker shock.

So the iPhone 5c comes in five colors, white, pink, yellow, blue and green. Yes pink, not red or fuchsia they proudly proclaimed it pink on stage.

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The phone internals are the same as what is in last years model, the iPhone 5, with the exception of a slightly bigger battery and a slightly better FaceTime camera. This is impressive because I own an iPhone 5 and it is one hell of a smartphone. The wallpaper that comes on the iPhone 5c will match the color of the phone plus with iOS 7′s transparencies the OS will play even more on the color aspect. The pricing on contract is 16GB at $99, 32GB at $199 and $549 off contract. The pre-orders for the iPhone 5c will be available tonight and the phones will go on sale next Friday Sept. 20th.

iPhone 5s (Forward Thinking)

The iPhone 5s is the flagship model and brought a lot of things that were already rumored but became reality. The iPhone 5s comes in three colors, Silver, Gold and Space Grey. The silver and gold models have a white face and white accents while the space grey is the only model with a black face and black accents.

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So they have added one more color, the gold but for me it sucks because I don’t like the white face. I wonder why they didn’t have the gold with both a white and black face? Perhpas this is just my personal color bias but I would have loved a black and gold model. It’s a trivial thing I will just get the Sky Grey model but I’m just a little sad at the lost oppurtunity :_(

Starting down bottom you will notice that the home button no longer has the little rounded rectangle on it. It also now has a stainless stell ring around it with the introduction of the Touch ID fingerprint scanner. The Touch ID will be used to unlock the device as well as authenticate a user for app store purchases. It can be trained to know up to 5 different finger prints and has 360 degree readability. The all new A7 chip inside is a 64 bit processor, the first in mobile and although it may not make sense on the iPhone it’s forward thinking for other iOS devices and future iPhone models. The new iOS 7 operating system (OS) is also 64 bit taking users along for the 64 bit transition of iOS devices. Now 64 bit typically means the ability to address more memory but it also means instead of doing things faster it does more things at the same speed. So you still end up accomplishing more but in a different way. Just imagine two people trying to eat as many hot dogs as they can. One guy takes normal sized bites but eats as fast as possible. While the other guy eats at the same speed but he takes bites twice as big. Even though he’s eating at the same speed as the first guy the bigger bites means he’ll finish faster. The ability to address more memory might not make sense now but in the iPads or in future generations of the iPhone and iPads that ability to address more than 3GB or RAM will make sense.

Continuing with the upgrades inside was the introduction of a new chip the M7. The new chip measures motion by taking readins from the accelorometer, gyroscope and compass. A task that would have be done by the A7, so that frees up some computing cycles on the A7 chip itself. The M7 chip allows for a new breed of apps while adding to the existing functions of the phone. The chip knows if you’re driving, running, walking, or sleeping. So for example if you switch from driving to walking the Maps app will switch from driving directions to walking directions automatically.

The cameras on the iPhone 5s got some upgrades too ofcourse. It now has a dual LED flash which is able to combine depending on the lighting of the scene being photographed to create better colors and skintones. The back camera now has a larger sensor, larger pixels and a larger aperture which all combine to let in more light for better pictures. This combines with the camera app in iOS 7 for new features like. Burst mode which snaps multiple shots at 10 images a second, great for action shots. Slow motion video, the camera shoots video at 120 frames per second allowing the user to play back the video at 1/4 of the speed for interesting effects. The front camera also has larger pixels along with better backside illumination. Better backside illumination allows more light to the sensor resulting in better pictures and video for great FaceTime calls and world renowned “selfies”.

The iPhone 5s will be sold at the same prices previous models of iPhones have sold at. On a 2 year contract (US) 16GB at $199, 32GB at $299 and 64GB at $399 while off contract the 16GB iPhone 5s starts at $649 (US). There will be no pre-order available for the iPhone 5s and they will go on sale next Friday Sept. 20th. You can get them at your local Apple store or by going to a carrier store. Although carrier stores usually don’t get as much stock on launch day as the Apple store.

iOS 7

The new OS has undergone some drastic changes to the look and feel while still doing most things the same way it always has. The new OS will be released to everyone next Wednesday Sept. 18th. It will support iPhone 4 and newer, iPad 2 and newer and iPad Mini. Beyond the new look and colors there are many refinements as well as new features that enable a user to get things done faster and easier. The notification center is now available from the lock screen to enable glancable information. There is a new Control Center that gives the user quick access to some of the typical phone controls like Wifi, Airplane mode, Bluetooth, etc. The Control Center is also available from the lock screen. Some users will not like the new colors and look of the interface and icons. Some will not like system changes like swiping down from anywhere on the home screen to open Finder instead of swiping the home screen right. You can’t please everyone but I have a feeling that this iOS will please almost everyone and that is Apple’s aim with it.

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iWork (Free)

The next big announcement was that iWork for mobile which they listed as consisting of Keynote, Pages, Numbers, iMovie and iPhoto was going free. It will be going free for new iOS devices and as I have been told devices running iOS 7. This is awesome news for me since I already own two of the five software and would love to have the others. It will be a great bundle and should be yet another plus for users looking at upgrading their iOS device. It will also be a great addition to users upgrading to iOS 7. When users install iOS 7 there should be a prompt like there is now for downloading iBooks and the Podcasts app. It will now also include the five apps listed above.

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Questions

Naming
Now that this has all been revealed there are a few questions that come out of these new introductions. With the release of the iPhone 5c the iPhone 5 model is gone. So going forward what is Apple going to name their iPhones? Next year will be the iPhone 6 and most likely the iPhone 6c with the iPhone 5s internals. However if there is an iPhone 6s there would be an iPhone 7c. Apple can call these devices whatever they want and it will sell but having the c model with a higher number than the flagship iPhone just does not seem feasible to me. They could also just kep the iPhone 6c name for release with both the iPhone 6 and 6s by upgrading the internals inside based on the previous year’s model. However even though the device is different having the same name just doesn’t seem sexy enough in my opinion. What I think is that they will drop the “s” model and just stick with full number releases from now on with the “c” model alongside. So there will be an iPhone 6 and 6c, 7 and 7c, 8 and 8c, etc. There would also be the possibility of them dropping the number altogether and having just the iPhone and iPhone c like they did with the iPad. However that also has it’s own advertising downsides.

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Now that the iPhone 5s is out the rumors of the iPhone 6 are already starting to swirl. The biggest thing is that Apple will release an iPhone with a bigger screen. We are one year away so there is plenty of time for this rumor to pick up steam. I’m still not sure how I would feel about a bigger screen and it would depend how big of a screen. I love the screen size right now and the ease of using the phone with one hand. However if there was a 5″ iPhone I would definitely buy it. Any bigger than 5″ and for me personally that is too big. I would have to pass on that model and that will be the question Apple will contemplate if they are thinking of doing a bigger screen iPhone. Users all have different sized hands along with different opinions on what size is comfortable and what size is too big. As with Apple’s devices they make decisions based on what benefits the majority of their users. So if they do go to a bigger sized screen I’m sure it will be at a size that will please existing users and entice some users. But it wont please everyone so we’ll see if it happens at all.

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The A7 chip and iOS 7 are both now 64 bit. The upcoming iPads will have the new chip so does the 64bit come into play on those devices which would make much more use of more than 3GB of RAM? Or is this a future play for 7 or 8th generation iPhones/iPads that will eventually use RAM capacities north of 3GBs?

Well one thing is for sure it was an interesting event with some great devices launched. So are you getting a new iPhone 5s or 5c?

Pictures: The Verge, Apple

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War on Piracy: Soon to Be the Most Expensive War

According to an article from the New Zealand Herald, The Recording Industry Assocation of New Zealand has spent $250,000 trying to chase down music pirates, but has only been able to collect $616.57 in damages, and that was only from one person, might I add. If you do the math however, that’s a profit of -$249,383.43.The article goes on to state that there is a 3 strike policy for copyright notices, and after a third strike the association can order an offender to pay up to $15,000, which has yet to actually happen.

Why has the Assocation spent so much money on chasing down pirates which usually won’t be able to pay the outrageous fees anyhow? According to the Rianz, they must pay $25 for each copyright notice they have an ISP send out. Rianz lastly goes on to say that they have tried to convince the government to lower the fee down to $2 a piece and would be sending around 5000 notices a month if they fee was lowered.

Now here’s the deal. Why would any company or organization continue to spend that kind of money when they aren’t getting results. Do the math and so far the Recording Industry Assocation of New Zealand has only made 0.24% of their investment back, and you can bet that they are going to continue pursuing these copyright claims as all the recording industries have been lately.

The reason the recording industry can claim that they are loosing money is because they really are. No one in their right mind would continue to spend money when the return on investment has been so low. Yes, piracy is a problem and I 100% agree with and understand that. However, the approach to it might not be that great. How can it be properly approached in order to stop it? If I knew the answer to that, I’d be a billionaire right now.

What has Caused Piracy?

It’s simple really, people no longer believe in paying for digital content. Who is to blame for this? I think a lot of it probably has to do with Google. They have created a business model where you provide the content and service for free, and then support it and make a profit through ads. Here’s where the problem comes in. Some people get so greedy that they don’t even want to see those ads, even though they are getting a service (we’ll use Gmail as an example) for free that they could easily be paying $5 – $10 a month for. If you block ads (and we’re talking about sidebar ads, not popups) then you are in essence stealing, because every ad impression on a site drives up cpm, and if that website is using an ad publisher that operates off of cost-per-click system (such as AdSense) then that means more revenue for the website once someone clicks on it just because you saw that ad.

Another thing that could potentially have caused piracy is the big boom in free software. Originally when large companies started to adopt the free software model it was to offer you a lighter version of a full program for free, and if you liked it you could buy the full suite if you needed all of that. This model also came to smartphones, and eventually we began seeing single developers developing applications for free just for the heck of it. People are no longer used to paying for what something is worth. I can name about 5 applications on my phone that I would be willing to pay $5 for and have since donated to those developers, because it does cost money and time to develop an application.

You Can’t Ignore History

No matter which way you look at it and however many times you try to justify it, piracy is steeling. Whether it’s legal or ethical is for you to decide, but either way it’s a form of steeling. Steeling has been around even since the common dollar, because in all reality no matter how much money a person might have, they still don’t like spending money on someone until they truly see a reason for spending that much money on someone. A millionaire might spend $250,000 on a new Ferarri simply to impress his friends that all drive $100,000 Mercedes. However, that same millionaire might not see any value in paying to have their pool professionally treated when they can just as well buy a $50 kit from the store and do it themselves in minutes. Ever hear the assumption that if someone says they don’t have money, they might just mean they don’t see the value in spending their money on whatever it is that someone is recommending to them or trying to offer them? People aren’t going to spend money on something if they don’t see it worth the money or don’t truly want it.

And Lastly… Anti-Piracy Methods That Work

There have already been some great anti-piracy measures that have truly worked. One of them is Adobe Creative Cloud. As we all know, Adobe software is extremely expensive. The full Adobe software suite can run you over $1000. Adobe knows very well that a lot of individuals can’t afford that, so they introduced Adobe Creative Cloud, which is essentially a software leasing program. For $20 a month you get access to a single app as well as online storage. When Adobe updates their app to a new version, you will get to use that new version at no additional charge. For $50 a month you can get access to the entire Adobe Creative Suite, as well as online storage. That’s pretty good, because even though with the full suite option of $50 per month you’ll be spending a total of $600 over the course of a year, the full software suite costs nearly twice that, and you have to pay another couple hundred when a new version come out.

Another anti-piracy method that I believe has worked very well is Spotify. Spotify allows you to search for any song on your computer and listen to it for free. For free users there is a limit and ads are played occasionally, but these ads help pay for the rights to play the songs. For $9 a month you can get unlimited listening on your computer and phone. That’s a pretty good deal, and the free option is especially great for those who don’t want to pay anything for their music. Sure, you don’t get to own a copy of the song, but you get all the music you want for free, so who’s complaining?

Will piracy ever end? Probably not. However, these efforts made by Adobe and Spotify, and many others that weren’t mentioned should help to keep it down to a minimum. People are never going to stop shoplifting, which means people are never going to stop pirating. We live in a materialistic society driven by the need, want, and desire for material things that should make us happy as well as make us look good to the other people around us. However, we all die eventually. Most of us will waste away 30 to 40 to even 50 years in some cases earning money to buy the house we want and the car we want, and once we die what we have left will be given to our loved ones or charities, to continue the endless cycle of earning to achieve our wants and desires.

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Series 7 Chronos from Samsung: Fair to Middling

The Series 7 Chronos laptop form Samsung snuck into the U.S. market recently. After an impressive debut at CES in 2013, this powerful and sleek machine seemingly appeared on Best Buy shelves overnight without any fanfare or circumstance. Perhaps that should tell you a little something right there.

Samsung Series 7 Chronos Spec

Series 7 Chronos from SamsungThe Series 7 Chronos laptop is pretty impressive but not spectacular. It boasts a single 2.4GHz Intel Core i7 processor coupled with an AMD Radeon HD 8870M GPU Intel® Core™ i7-3615QM Processor coupled with a NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 630 M which offers plenty of punch for pretty much anything from gaming to power computing. While the 15.6 inch display isn’t all that impressive, it is crammed into a slight five pound package that measures just .82 inches thick.

You’ll also get 6GB -8GB of RAM (depending on your configuration) and an 11-hour battery life (pretty impressive for a full-sized laptop).

It runs on Windows 8 which means it has access to all sorts of goodies and the new streamlined user interface makes it more attractive than ever. Unfortunately, that attractiveness of design doesn’t extend to the hardware itself.

The machine looks like an outdated Toshiba Satellite from the mid-1990s. With the matte grey finish and off-center touchpad the keyboard half of the machine looks like a ton of wasted space when nestled up to the display.

Fortunately, there are enough ports on the side so you won’t have to worry about connecting all of your peripherals.  Unlike some netbooks and smaller notebooks Samsung refused to skimp on the USB ports!

Price Tag May Lead to Buyer’s Remorse

The Samsung Series 7 Chronos actually is a middle of the road sort of machine. However, iff you judged just from the price tag you’d be expecting a lot more under the hood. The base model starts at $1,200 and goes up from there if you want to customize.

And one thing you won’t have access to: an optical drive. Because the Series 7 Chronos is so small, there’s just no room for a DVD or Blu-Ray drive. Forcing consumers to buy a peripheral drive feels so 1990’s. When coupled with the lackluster exterior design you have to wonder if maybe Samsung intended the Series 7 Chronos to be ironically retro.

Source for Info:  Engadget | Image Source: Samsung

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IBM Unveils New Mobile Enterprise Future

In a press kit released online earlier today, the computer giant IBM announced they will be moving forward on the release of their new “MobileFirst” platform, which aims to bring mobile enterprise solutions to dozens of industries which are still struggling to adapt in the rapidly changing world of  application marketing and development.

Is this the Mobile Enterprise Future?

When asked in an interview about his predictions on the role their new tech will play in the coming decade, the CTO of IBM’s WebSphere products Jerry Quomo sounded enthusiastic about the possibilities. “We’re on the cusp of a massive acceleration here…[It’s the] most significant mobile strategy move since the introduction of the ThinkPad.”

While right now anyone can open an app and play a few rounds of multiplayer Scrabble in the same amount of time it takes to order a coffee, most of the interaction between the two devices is being filtered through a much larger server that is built to handle this sort of instantaneous traffic and disperse it accordingly. Where that technology still falls short however, is that if you also wanted to open up a secure channel to a database that hundreds, even thousands of smartphones and tablets would need access to at once, the best that anyone has managed to do so far is get 20 characters together on one screen and call it an ‘MMORPG’.

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IBM’s example of a hospital was an obvious choice to show off the laundry list of features that could one day become available on MobileFirst, with nurses checking digital charts at their bedside tablets and doctors reading real-time alerts about their patients that were sent straight to their smartphones. It’s the seemingly endless capacity for customization on each level of the network that would enable this sort of collaboration between so many departments and people at once, and the company looks to be nothing if not eager about what they’ll accomplish once the brand finally goes live.

Needless to say the tech demo was an impressive glimpse at what our future could look like if all goes according to their blueprints, but even the engineers closest to the project still don’t know for certain if it will hold up while running at the national scale.

More details are expected to emerge at the mobile conference being held in Barcelona later this week. Stay tuned to t3ked for all your updates on  this exciting development in mobile enterprise technology.

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Has money gone digital?

Over the years many things have been used as currency, money. There have been stones, shells, precious metals and paper. For awhile now money has gone digital, all ones and zeros. The paper money and coins that we use are just representations of the digital equivalent. The bank system, credit cards and all the other places issuing and keeping money. Like other things have long gone from an analog system to digital. Television signals, Cassette Tapes to CDs and MP3s they all went from analog to digital.

Eventually money will also go completely digital while bills and coins disappear. When I say eventually it probably wont be anytime in our immediate future but it is coming. Online purchases become more popular every day and with technologies like NFC that allow us to pay with just a tap. The current versions of money become more and more outdated. There is still a ways to go until these technologies are proven, secure and universally accepted. Are there benefits to a completely digital monetary system? Will it ever be completely accepted? Will it ever be truly universal?

There are many things to consider about such a system. When it eventually does happen as with any other change there will be growing pains and huge blunders. Perhaps the gradual transition that we have been continuing to make will mitigate those problems. It’s an interesting concept and I remain highly skeptical while highly anticipating it. Only time will tell if it will become the thing of movies where there is only one account containing all credit and monetary information. Only one method of checking out that is simple and easy. Will all stores create their own cards that automatically draw the funds from the main repository? Who knows, but we are slowly moving towards those times.

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Bill Gates: Recent Microsoft Products “Aren’t Enough”

It’s always interesting to hear what Bill Gates has to say about Microsoft. Even though he is no longer CEO and for a while was simply a shareholder of the company, he is back to being chairman, so he still has somewhat of a say in the company other than just being a shareholder. In an interview with CBS This Morning, they got his opinions on the latest mobile products from Microsoft. Bill Gates’ first comment was actually that Microsoft didn’t get into mobile when they really had the chance, and I only somewhat agree with that. Windows Mobile was out before the iPhone (initial release Article 19, 2000 -Wikipediawhich means that from a smartphone standpoint, Microsoft got in on it plenty early enough, it just wasn’t really well adopted until Windows Phone was released on November 8, 2010, well after Android and iOS had already eaten up any available space in the smartphone market.

Now, from a tablet standpoint, I do agree that Microsoft was very late on that with even making an attempt at all. They should have released their surface tablet very soon after the original iPad and instead they waited for 3 more generations of it to come out (and hundreds of Android Tablets as well) before deciding that they need to try to compete with it.

Bill gates goes int to say that the recent products from Microsoft aren’t good enough and that he is not satisfied that “in terms of breakthrough things” Microsoft is doing everything possible. I wouldn’t consider this just a problem with Microsoft though, it seems as if the entire tech industry has really been lacking in innovation lately. Apple’s best improvement since Steve Jobs’ departure was taking the optical drive out of the iMac and making it super thin, in my opinion. Microsoft’s only real innovation was their pricing of Windows 8 and having an app store. As for other mobile device manufacturers, Samsung has been the only one to really keep innovation going, and even then a lot of it has to just deal with hardware upgrades.

Have we simply gotten to the point where no one can innovate any further as far as new ideas go? From a product and design standpoint I would have to say yes and no on that one, because someone can always come up with a new design that’s going to appeal more to a certain group of people. However, from a software standpoint there is still a lot that needs to be done. Good luck Microsoft, and Apple can use some luck as well. The design of the iPhone has hardly changed.

 

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Raytheon’s RIOT Tracks Your Every Move

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Raytheon’s Rapid Information Overlay Technology (RIOT) is intended to assist governments by providing a social network data analysis program enabling the development of a detailed picture of activity for targeted individuals.  RIOT isn’t new, but the following video obtained by the Guardian is.

Using the software it’s possible to construct a complete picture of someone’s life — their friends, places they’ve visited, where they might go, when they might go — in only a few minutes.

In this video obtained by the Guardian, Brian Urch, Raytheon’s principal investigator, explains that “exif header data” embedded on smartphones sometimes includes latitude and longitude data with photographs. Of course, the software doesn’t just retrieve that information. It scourers through everything that’s available.

The program takes this information and organizes it in a way so as to show not only the targets photographs, but also the locations they were taken.

Urch says in the video, “We’re going to track one of our own employees…Nick… We know where Nick’s going, we know what Nick looks like… now we want to try to predict where he may be in the future.”

RIOT can also display a spider diagram which shows associations and relationships between individuals online by determining who they’ve communicated with and how often they communicate. It mines data from Facebook and GPS data from Foursquare. RIOT compiles a list of the top ten places a person of interest visits, when they visit, and when they might visit them again.

Urch goes on to say, “So if you ever did want to try to get hold of Nick, or maybe get hold of his laptop, you might want to visit the gym at 6am on a Monday.”

RIOT’s associated patent states that Raytheon believes its software can determine of subjects constitute a security risk.

Ginger McCall of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) told the Guardian that, “Social networking sites are often not transparent about what information is shared and how it is shared… Users may be posting information that they believe will be viewed only by their friends, but instead, it is being viewed by government officials or pulled in by data collection services like the [RIOT] search.”

A spokesperson for Raytheon’s intelligence and information systems department said this about RIOT, “Its innovative privacy features are the most robust that we’re aware of, enabling the sharing and analysis of data without personally identifiable information [such as social security numbers, bank or other financial account information] being disclosed.”

However, a bit of conflicting information from 2010 claims that RIOT, according to vice president of Raytheon’s Information Security Solutions business, “readily scales to trillions of entities.” Yeah that’s right, trillions.

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5 Best Google Reader Apps for Android

Best Google Reader Apps for AndroidRSS has fallen by the wayside, and most new Internet users probably don’t even know when they are using it. This is because of things like FlipBoard where social curation has become so fashionable. That being said, there are still those who enjoy using RSS feeds. The best way to keep track of your feeds is through Google Reader.  My favorite way of getting to Google Reader is through apps. Here are the 5 best Google Reader apps for Android.

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iPhone 5 Jailbreak

iPhone 5 Jailbreak

I have had my iPhone 5 for about 4 months now and there is just one thing I wonder. When will we see the iPhone 5 Jailbreak? When the third generation iPad was released it took a year before the jailbreak for that device arrived. So while I’m here using pure iOS for longest time I ever have in the 5 years I have owned an iPhone I’m dying for an iPhone 5 Jailbreak.

A little background on my Jailbreak experience. I live in Canada where we didn’t get the iPhone until the 3G model. So like a tech fanatic I got a friend going over the border to buy the first generation iPhone for me. Once I got it I set about getting it Jailbroken and unlocked so it could be used on my carrier’s network. So starting from day one I was using a Jailbroken iPhone and since then I have never looked back. I owned an iPhone 3G and an iPhone 4 both of which I Jailbroke the minute it was in my hands. It wasn’t until iOS 5 that I ever ran an OEM iOS. I made the huge mistake of trying it out and within hours I was dying to Jailbreak my iPhone. So when the Jailbreak finally landed I never looked back.

As a Jailbreaker I don’t load up a ton of apps and tweaks. I just use the ones that increase the functionality of the iPhone and that allow me to customize it. I love making the iPhone my very own and doing things like not having the album art display on the lock screen when I’m playing music. I design my own theme that allows me to have an iPhone that looks and sounds like no one else’s. As for the functionality the three things I need are BiteSMS to allow me to answer iMessages from the lock screen. Bytafont to allow me to change the system font and Homepage in Safari to let me set a homepage. It’s not a huge list of apps and tweaks but these are things that will keep me a Jailbreaker for as long as there are iPhones or until Apple gives me those functionalities.

So now 4 months since I’ve owned my iPhone 5 I have had to use the OEM iOS. There is not yet an iPhone 5 Jailbreak or one for iOS 6. But it is on the horizon as members of the hacker collective that bring us these great tools have said they are just waiting on the release of iOS 6.1 before releasing it. You can read all the things these guys have to say about the current state of Jailbreak, a little history of Jailbreak and why it takes a little longer now. It is here in this TechCrunch post and it really is a great read. I’ll end this post with two things if these guys are looking for testers I would be happy to test any future Jailbreaks and finally a few words from @Planetbeing

The fact is, I have an untethered iOS 6.0.2 JB running on my iPhone 5 right now.

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