Archive for April, 2011

BrandonTypesHere.Com Android Application Update

Wow, I never expected to have had 145 downloads of my app and counting! Unfortunately, due to still having no internet connection (expect through iPhone) I am unable to distribute any new versions. I am currently planning on updating the application to include some exciting new features. I will disclose them at a later date.

If you’d like to download my Android app then you can click here to get it.  I hope you enjoy the app!

Due to the crazy storms that hit this area yesterday I am unable to record and post a podcast. I am still without internet and am posting this from an iPhone. I don’t have a way of recording to Podomatic and sending it to iTunes. We will however have a podcast this coming Wednesday.

This is a video I took earlier today with the storm approaching.

Google Search Easter Eggs!

Type: “answer to life, the universe and everything” into the search box and “42″ is what the calculator says.

Type: “number of horns on a unicorn” and the calculator says “1″

Type: “once in a blue moon” and the calculator says “1.16699016 × 10-8 hertz”

Type: “tilt” in mobile safari in the iPhone and your search results tilt.

Know anymore google search easter eggs? Sound off in the comments below!


Apple’s Response to Tracking iPhone Data

Apple Q&A on Location Data

CUPERTINO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Apple would like to respond to the questions we have recently received about the gathering and use of location information by our devices.

1. Why is Apple tracking the location of my iPhone?
Apple is not tracking the location of your iPhone. Apple has never done so and has no plans to ever do so.

2. Then why is everyone so concerned about this?
Providing mobile users with fast and accurate location information while preserving their security and privacy has raised some very complex technical issues which are hard to communicate in a soundbite. Users are confused, partly because the creators of this new technology (including Apple) have not provided enough education about these issues to date.

3. Why is my iPhone logging my location?

The iPhone is not logging your location. Rather, it’s maintaining a database of Wi-Fi hotspots and cell towers around your current location, some of which may be located more than one hundred miles away from your iPhone, to help your iPhone rapidly and accurately calculate its location when requested. Calculating a phone’s location using just GPS satellite data can take up to several minutes. iPhone can reduce this time to just a few seconds by using Wi-Fi hotspot and cell tower data to quickly find GPS satellites, and even triangulate its location using just Wi-Fi hotspot and cell tower data when GPS is not available (such as indoors or in basements). These calculations are performed live on the iPhone using a crowd-sourced database of Wi-Fi hotspot and cell tower data that is generated by tens of millions of iPhones sending the geo-tagged locations of nearby Wi-Fi hotspots and cell towers in an anonymous and encrypted form to Apple.

4. Is this crowd-sourced database stored on the iPhone?
The entire crowd-sourced database is too big to store on an iPhone, so we download an appropriate subset (cache) onto each iPhone. This cache is protected but not encrypted, and is backed up in iTunes whenever you back up your iPhone. The backup is encrypted or not, depending on the user settings in iTunes. The location data that researchers are seeing on the iPhone is not the past or present location of the iPhone, but rather the locations of Wi-Fi hotspots and cell towers surrounding the iPhone’s location, which can be more than one hundred miles away from the iPhone. We plan to cease backing up this cache in a software update coming soon (see Software Update section below).

5. Can Apple locate me based on my geo-tagged Wi-Fi hotspot and cell tower data?
No. This data is sent to Apple in an anonymous and encrypted form. Apple cannot identify the source of this data.

6. People have identified up to a year’s worth of location data being stored on the iPhone. Why does my iPhone need so much data in order to assist it in finding my location today?

This data is not the iPhone’s location data-it is a subset (cache) of the crowd-sourced Wi-Fi hotspot and cell tower database which is downloaded from Apple into the iPhone to assist the iPhone in rapidly and accurately calculating location. The reason the iPhone stores so much data is a bug we uncovered and plan to fix shortly (see Software Update section below). We don’t think the iPhone needs to store more than seven days of this data.

7. When I turn off Location Services, why does my iPhone sometimes continue updating its Wi-Fi and cell tower data from Apple’s crowd-sourced database?

It shouldn’t. This is a bug, which we plan to fix shortly (see Software Update section below).

8. What other location data is Apple collecting from the iPhone besides crowd-sourced Wi-Fi hotspot and cell tower data?
Apple is now collecting anonymous traffic data to build a crowd-sourced traffic database with the goal of providing iPhone users an improved traffic service in the next couple of years.

9. Does Apple currently provide any data collected from iPhones to third parties?
We provide anonymous crash logs from users that have opted in to third-party developers to help them debug their apps. Our iAds advertising system can use location as a factor in targeting ads. Location is not shared with any third party or ad unless the user explicitly approves giving the current location to the current ad (for example, to request the ad locate the Target store nearest them).

10. Does Apple believe that personal information security and privacy are important?
Yes, we strongly do. For example, iPhone was the first to ask users to give their permission for each and every app that wanted to use location. Apple will continue to be one of the leaders in strengthening personal information security and privacy.

Software Update

Sometime in the next few weeks Apple will release a free iOS software update that:

reduces the size of the crowd-sourced Wi-Fi hotspot and cell tower database cached on the iPhone,
ceases backing up this cache, and
deletes this cache entirely when Location Services is turned off.

In the next major iOS software release the cache will also be encrypted on the iPhone.

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Below is a new video from my Youtube account about a DOUBLE WIN! from the Jewelry Box crane machine!

Playstation Network Down!


We’ve received news that the Playstation Network has been down since last night. Sony is reporting that it is an outside attack from hackers. Currently, the network is expected to be up in about a day or two. How about all those people that just bought Mortal Kombat or Portal 2? It looks like those users are playing on their own.Hopefully, this will be resolved soon so PSN’s seventy million subscribers can start online gaming again.

Mighty Grocery App for Android Video Review

Today’s free Amazon app was “Mighty Grocery”. I downloaded it and made a review below for you to watch! Enjoy!

Source: [Mighty Grocery]

Introducing the Virgin Mobile Peel with 3G access. You just dock your iPod Touch and you can access 3G all under one plan. The VM Peel will set you back $99.99 and will have a plan for $20 a month for 500MB of data. This turns out to be 25 hours of web browsing or 50,000 emails. Sounds like an alright deal right?

Source:[Virgin Mobile]

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