An article running in nearly all the British media outlets today reveals that Apple has been storing location data of iPhones and iPads customers.
How it took two British security ‘experts’ is totally beyond me, one of the iPhones key features in the ability to attach your location to many of the phones services, twitter, email and the facebook are a few. Photos can be ranked by location and the handy thing about google maps is it ability to guide you to your location based on where you are right now.
Of course, the ability to track a devise this is nothing new, Apple have just created some magical way if tracking people’s location, they just made the technology similar for the average person to use. Mobile Phone networks have been able to track user locations since the dawn of the mobile phone through the slightly complex yet simple method of triangulation, a measurement of the distance the devise sits between 3 masts giving a nearly pin-point accuracy.
The benefits for missing persons and for fighting terrorism far out way the nay sayers and privacy campaigners weak arguments.
It’s quite simple, if your a drug dealer, terrorist or having an affair and you don’t want to be found out – bin your phone (sorry if this inconveniences your life). If your a normal person with nothing to hide then stop crying, no one is that interested in your life location anyway.
After breaking nearly every phone I have ever owned when I bought an iPhone I decided that maybe it wasent the best phone to take off roading, to scout camps or the numerous other outdoorman type things I get up which usually end up in a £400 paper weight.
I set about looking for a phone, just for calls, one I could drop, use in the rain and generally abuse. When I worked for Phones4u we sold the Sonim x1, supposedly the worlds toughest phone, the only problem with this was we sold it (by the truck load to farmers) for the hefty price tag of £450.
Anyway I did some more research and then found a pay and go (unlocked) JCB phone on play.com for £99.99. The JCB phone is just a Sonim x1 rebranded.
Their advertising goes like this.
Sonim XP1, Military grade phone, unbreakable, this is the worlds toughest phone. Complete with 3 year unconditional warranty. Read the rest of this entry »