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Mobile Device Privacy Debate Heats Up: Apple, Google Summoned to Senate Hearing

By now you have probably seen on the news or a media website reporting that the Apple iPhone can track your location potentially evading your privacy. Lately there has been a big uproar about privacy and the US Department of Justice, Federal Trade Commission and others are now having a conversation about all of the hoopla involving iPhones and other mobile devices and their ability to track locations without the user knowing about it.

Senator Al Franken has summoned Apple and Google to participate in an upcoming hearing with the Judiciary Subcommittee to talk about privacy, mainly Mobile device privacy.

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“Recent advances in mobile technology have allowed Americans to stay connected like never before and put an astonishing number of resources at our fingertips,” Franken said in a statement. “But the same technology that has given us smartphones, tablets, and cell phones has also allowed these devices to gather extremely sensitive information about users, including detailed records of their daily movements and location. This hearing is the first step in making certain that federal laws protecting consumers’ privacy-particularly when it comes to mobile devices-keep pace with advances in technology.”

Sure the media has attempted to make a mountain out of a mole hill in talking about how the iPhone purportedly records your location and it can be retrieved in some form or fashion. What Apple may be claiming is that data is only accessible by the iPhone user but we all know if there is a way hackers will find it.

So far, Google nor Apple have admitted to being summoned by Franken to go over these ‘Privacy issues’.

What do you think about iPhone and other mobile device privacy? Is it a major issue? Should they address it NOW instead of later when several lawsuits are smacking Apple in the face?

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T-mobile’s Royal Wedding Dance Video goes Viral

The Royal Wedding is drawing a lot of attention as we get close to the day that Prince William and Kat Middleton join in what is thought to be the most popular union since Prince William’s mother, Princes Dianna, unfortunate death.

I am always a sucker for viral videos even if it turns out to be some type of product placement. There is no denying that this ‘Royal Wedding’ dance video captivates its audience especially since the real Royal Wedding will do the same for those who are fortunate enough to attend. After-all, it has received about 6 million views since its release on April 15, 2011.

This spoof video is rather clever on the part of the T-mobile folks, who are now mostly owned by AT&T. A T-Mobile spokesman told London’s Daily Mail that the video is “a congratulatory message to William and Kate, as well as a way of capturing the nation’s celebratory mood.”

Check it out below and post your comments below!

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Verizon Lands on iPhone 4 – Will AT&T Customers Jump Ship?

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One of the big questions surrounding the release of the iPhone 4 on the Verizon network is will AT&T customers start jumping ship? When I say jump ship I mean current AT&T customers will be moving their cellular service to Verizon.

Some experts speculate that as much as 20% of AT&T customers will either contemplate moving to Verizon or will actually make the move. That figure seems a bit high and really makes AT&T look like a bad company at least for those who have an iPhone (any version) on their network.

The chart below clears up any features or price difference questions that some people may have had. After looking at the chart it does not really make for a big deal breaker in terms of initial service the quality of service may be the big deciding factor here. Maybe the Wi-Fi Hotspot feature that Verizon is offering will bring some value to the Verizon iPhone 4.

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Image credit: Cnet

In large metro areas such as San Francisco and New York many iPhone 4 customers have complained about dropped calls. And let’s not forget the big Antenagate ordeal where the iPhone 4 reportedly had issues with reception when the external antenna is touched in a certain spot. I got my free iPhone 4 case when it was offered, did you?

What do you think the decision to stay with AT&T with your current iPhone or make the move to Verizon will be? What about those customers who are happy with Verizon… will they replace their Android powered phone with a new Verizon iPhone 4?

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Windows Phone 7 Makes Its Debut in the US: Review Videos

The latest smart phone operating system, Windows Phone 7 from Microsoft, has come to America injecting a new set of phones to run with the older big-dogs of the cell phone market.

The last smart-phone operating system to come out of Microsoft was the revolutionary Windows Mobile/Windows CE platform. Although I proved to really shake up the smart phone market, it was nothing fancy to really steal the market. Now Microsoft has learned from others what it takes to have a good looking OS on today’s smart phones and make it work well.

Windows Phone 7 is not an actual smart phone but the software that runs on many new phones such as the new HTC HD7. It would be fair to say that any new smart phone OS has a chance to run on some of the most sophisticated and technologically advanced devices we have ever seen.

New Windows Phone 7 offerings from Dell, LG Samsung and HTC are already in the works aside from the introductory smart phones that will introduce it to the Americas. There has already been a full review of the new HTC HD7 running Windows Phone 7 software as show in the videos below.

Have you had a chance to play around with Windows Phone 7 yet? Is it anything like an iPhone or Android phone? Is it any better? Worse? Is your thought on Windows Phone 7 anything like the video reviews above?

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Future of the Cell Phone: What’s Next?

So you have looked at your iPhone 4 or Samsung Galaxy S running Android or Blackberry Torch and you wonder, what the cell phone makers could conjure up next. What will the future hold for new phones?

No one really knows what will be next for cell phones. Interestingly enough, there have been several futuristic concept phone designs floating around the internet for some time even before the days of the current iPhone. New innovation would seem almost impossible for cell phone makers to some people and to others new innovation has a long ways to go. Below are videos of futuristic phone design concepts that we can all daydream over as to what will take fruition to being the newest and hottest cell phone on the market. Will Apple create a new iPhone 5 that displays holograms? Will blackberry revolutionize how we read email on the go? Will Nokia have the sleekest looking phone ever? Check out the design videos below and come to your own conclusion.

REVIVE smartphone diagnostics from Kinneir Dufort on Vimeo.

iphone 5 concept – futuristic hologram projector from WaterWorks / Christopher East on Vimeo.

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