Posts Tagged ‘Cell Phones’

Telegraph:

As the communications device grows in popularity, technology experts and US law enforcement agencies are devoting increasing efforts to understanding their potential for forensics investigators.

While police have tracked criminals by locating their position via conventional mobile phone towers, iPhones offer far more information, say experts.

“There are a lot of security issues in the design of the iPhone that lend themselves to retaining more personal information than any other device,” said Jonathan Zdziarski, a former computer hacker who now teaches US law enforcers how to retrieve data from mobile phones.

“These devices organise people’s lives and, if you’re doing something criminal, something about it is going to go through that phone.” Apple has sold more than 50 million iPhones since the product was launched in 2007.

Mr Zdziarski told The Daily Telegraph he suspected that security had been neglected on the iPhone as it had been intended as a consumer product rather than a business one like rivals such as the Blackberry.

An example was the iPhone’s keyboard logging cache, which was designed to correct spelling but meant that an expert could retrieve anything typed on the keyboard over the past three to 12 months, he said.

In addition, every time an iPhone’s internal mapping system is closed down, the device snaps a screenshot of the phone’s last position and stores it.

Investigators could access “several hundred” such images from the iPhone and so establish its user’s whereabouts at certain times, he said.

In a further design feature that can also help detectives, iPhone photos include so-called “geotags” so that, if posted online, they indicate precisely where a picture was taken and the serial number of the phone that took it.

“Very, very few people have any idea how to actually remove data from their phone,” Sam Brothers, a mobile phone researcher for US Customs and Border Protection told the Detroit Free Press.

“It may look like everything’s gone but for anybody who’s got a clue, retrieving that information is easy.”

This monster sized parody video has a much larger story: a story so large what else could top it? When machine intelligence surpasses humans and embraces its own power as a ‘living’ god what event in history is a bigger story?

Google’s model from the ground up is in building what they call “the mind of god”, and in this pursuit they’re connected to the government and military to the core.

The Google Boys truly are brilliant, as they’ve designed their system and all of their products to make the system smarter every time all of their users use them. Meaning, every time you use their ‘free’ services, you help bring their “mind of god” scenario closer to reality.

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The Google Machine:

Google’s A.I. quest to become God-On-Earth.

Google Founders Artificial Intelligence Quotes Archive.

Under the terms of the 40-year agreement, Google will lease 42.2 acres of unimproved land in NASA Research Park at Ames to construct up to 1.2 million square feet of offices and research and development (R&D) facilities in a campus-style setting.

GOOGLE, the internet giant, is planning a massive online facility that could store copies of users’ hard drives – a move set to spark alarm among civil liberties campaigners.

Google’s top inventor says talking computers are the future.

Google Goggles, an experimental image recognition system for Android 1.6+ devices by which users can submit search queries using snapshots of certain…

Mobile Google Android to condition people to embrace constant GPS tracking

Google seeks to become the “Library of the Future”, by scanning literally every manuscript humans have ever written.

Google wants to be the best in search – no surprise here. To reach that goal, Google wants to have the world’s top AI research laboratory.

Google’s 23andMe DNA Databank is Targeting Children.

Google’s DNA ‘Bio-Piracy’ & Federal DNA Databanks.

We all taught Google’s new advanced speech recognition how to hear.

Google announced at midnight the world’s first Cognitive Autoheuristic Distributed-Intelligence Entity (CADIE), the first evolving intelligent system.

Al Gore is on the Board of Directors of Google.

Google Android wants to be on any device, not just your phone.

‘Don’t Be Evil,’ Meet ‘Spy on Everyone’: How the NSA Deal Could Kill Google

SFGate: Google has lots to do with intelligence agencies.

Google’s massive data centers with their computing power and more than a billion images allow its Goggles image-recognition smartphone app to recognize millions of images…

A new generation of smartphones like Google’s Android G1 now “augments” reality by painting a map over a phone-screen image of the user’s surroundings produced by the phone’s camera.

Google funding Artificial General Intelligence research via Novamente.

Google’s Android Allows Soldiers to Put Drones on Buddy List.

Google’s information appetite is never-ending , and now the search-and-advertising giant wants your help in building a profile page that will show up anytime anyone searches on your name.

Google Fearmongering: ‘More People Will Die From Swine Flu If We Cannot Retain Search Data’.

Kurzweil co-founded Google / NASA’s “Singularity University”.

heir Toolbar, Analytics, Adsense, Gmail, and, of course, Search are all happily gathering petabytes of data about our behavior. Now, Google is employing neuromarketing technology to peer inside our brains.

Obama’s NBIC (nano-bio-info-cogno convergence) Agenda.

Obama appoints Google CEO as economic adviser.

Former Intelligence Agent Says Google In Bed With CIA.

Is Google preparing to launch its own Navy? In its just-published application for a patent on the Water-Based Data Center, Google envisions a world where ‘computing centers are located on a ship or ships.

Google Sued Over Street-View-Mapping Private Homes.

Barcode, Iris Scanners for Google Android.

Google and Elitists.

Google’s quest for the intelligent cloud.

Google Co-Founder: “Perfect Search Requires Human-Level Artificial Intelligence”.

“We’re deploying a new technology that can better understand associations and concepts related to your search”.

Google Founders’ Fighter Jet Will Fly NASA Missions.

Google Co-Founder Wants To Modify Climate.

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30 states may join probe of Google Wi-Fi snoop

New Google-Verizon DROID commercial depicts human morphing into a Terminator:

New York Times finally covers Google and the Singularity Movement.

Google Invests in Firm That Tries to Predict the Future.

Google Stealthily wipes apps off Android phones

Location-Tracking Services: Why You Should Think Twice

Find The Name Of Any Cell Phone Owner With Detailed Google Map Address Using Free Reverse Cell Phone Number Lookup Services

Frontier Communications: Google Voice infringing patents

New Zealand Refers Google’s Wireless Data-Gathering to Police

Google AdSense Mistakes that Can Kill Your Campaign

Google’s Wi-Fi snoop nabbed passwords and emails

Medvedev to meet Google’s  Schmidt on US trip

Ford steering Google  Maps into its cars

Google keeps mum on new regulations for online mapping in China

GM revving up Google  Maps for OnStar customers

Why Google News Items Are Disappearing From Its News Database?

Google CEO sees one small acquisition a month

Google Spent $1.3 Million on Lobbying, What Are They Buying?

Google’s Washington Influence Is Spreading, Some Say Too Much

Issa wants answers on White House’s Google ties

Google WiSpying Hit Congress; National Security Data Could Have Been Gathered

Google’s influence grows in the W.H.

Twitter hires Obama administration’s Katie Stanton

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Google Goggles

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Financial Times examines Google’s ’secret formula’

Expedia is worried about Google/ITA deal

Google gets a slap on the wrist for violating Australian privacy law

Double Trouble for Google

Google exec tries hard sell on cloud computing

Google finds itself on the defensive in China

Top trustbuster says DOJ watching search industry

Will Google’s Newspass save serious journalism?

House Oversight chair questions federal cloud strategy

Standing up to Google’s heavy-handed pressure

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Don’t Look Now, but Google’s Following You

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Google’s Eric Schmidt: You can trust us with your data

Facial Recognition Software, for Everyone

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Obama & Google (a love story)

Google to Pay Homosexual Staff More than Heterosexual Employees

Tech Titans’ Ties to Washington Grow Closer — and More Complicated

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Apple and Google backed Obama to the hilt

Google registered a political action committee.

An application that lets users point a smart phone at a stranger and immediately learn about them premiered last Tuesday at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. Developed by The Astonishing Tribe (TAT), a Swedish mobile software and design firm, the prototype software combines computer vision, cloud computing, facial recognition, social networking, and augmented reality.

“It’s taking social networking to the next level,” says Dan Gärdenfors, head of user experience research at TAT. “We thought the idea of bridging the way people used to meet, in the real world, and the new Internet-based ways of congregating would be really interesting.”

TAT built the augmented ID demo, called Recognizr, to work on a phone that has a five-megapixel camera and runs the Android operating system. A user opens the application and points the phone’s camera at someone nearby. Software created by Swedish computer-vision firm Polar Rose then detects the subject’s face and creates a unique signature by combining measurements of facial features and building a 3-D model. This signature is sent to a server where it’s compared to others stored in a database. Providing the subject has opted in to the service and uploaded a photo and profile of themselves, the server then sends back that person’s name along with links to her profile on several social networking sites, including Twitter or Facebook. The Polar Rose software also tracks the position of the subject’s head–TAT uses this information to display the subject’s name and icons for the Web links on the phone’s screen without obscuring her face.

“It’s a very robust approach” to facial recognition, says Andrew Till, vice president of marketing solutions at Teleca, a mobile software consulting company in the United Kingdom. “It’s much, much better than what I’ve previously seen.”

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The Homeland Security Department wants to equip your cell phone with a sensor that can detect the presence of deadly chemicals.

DHS’ Science and Technology Directorate is developing an application for cell phones called Cell-All. When it senses a chemical threat, the Cell-All cell phone app will send an alert in one of two ways. If the threat is something like a small chlorine gas leak,…

This is all still in the prototype phase. DHS is funding the next step in the R&D process, a proof of principle. The department is working with four cell phone manufacturers: Qualcomm, LG, Apple and Samsung. Cell-All program manager Stephen Dennis says he hopes to have 40 prototypes in a year or so. The first one will sniff out carbon monoxide and fire.

One of the elements of the prototype is an artificial nose, developed by a company called Rhevision. It’s a piece of porous silicon that changes color in the presence of certain molecules.

Change. Uh huh.

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Wired:

“So much of how we understand technology is visually driven,” says Rachel Hinman, a strategist with Adaptive Path, a user-experience and design-consulting firm. “Mobile interface design has to mimic the touch, sight, gesture and auditory feeds that we use to interact with our environment.”

That means speaking to your phone rather than typing, pointing with your finger instead of clicking on buttons, and gesturing instead of touching. You could listen to music, access the internet, use the camera and shop for gadgets by just telling your phone what you want to do, by waving your fingers at it, or by aiming its camera at an object you’re interested in buying.

Over the last few years, advances in display technology and processing power have turned smartphones into capable, if tiny, computers. As a result, phones have gone beyond traditional audio communication and texting to support a wide range of multimedia and office applications.

Here’s gesture technology today using a “3D camera”:

I don’t think I want there to be a 3D camera in my phone…

Also in phone news:

Mobile phones of the future will be equipped with a 12 MP to 20 MP cameras with full HD capability by 2012

This looks like something that would interest DARPA and their push for see-thru-wall technology. But I’m going to wait for more info before thinking to deeply into these claims.

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