The Apple location tracking controversy continues with denials from Apple and a class-action lawsuit pending. It sure didn't take long for South Park to take a fun jab at the situation in their Season 15 episode titled HUMANCENTiPAD. Enjoy a short segment of the video after the cut.
Good Technology, an enterprise mobility device management vendor, put out a quarterly data report today showing what devices have been most popular at the enterprise level over the past four months. The survey results were gathered from thousands of customers including 40 of the Fortune 100.
The privacy concerns fueled by the rediscovery of an Apple location tracking database for iOS devices continue to swell, with Google the latest to be caught up in the morass. According to research quoted by the WSJ, both the iPhone and Android-based smartphones are regularly sending back location data to Apple and Google.
Rumors that Apple is planning a wholesale assault on the NFC ecosystem, with NFC-enabled iPhone 5 and iPad 2 devices together with freely-distributed payment terminals to vendors have been debunked, by the very source that prompted them initially. According to analyst Richard Doherty, speaking to the NFC Times, he was significantly misquoted in the original Bloomberg report, claiming he had sources among Apple engineers whereas in fact he was the third layer in a string of speculation originating from iOS app developer guesswork.
Popular and ever-expanding GPS location and mapping service TeleNav is newly available today on Verizon's iPhone 4. TeleNav is now a free app in the Apple App Store - this app will only be activated for download following the expected launch of Verizon's iPhone 4 on February 10. Users who download this app will receive free maps and local search in addition to free access to advanced navigation features like spoken turn-by-turn directions and fabulous 3D moving maps.
Garmin looks to be hedging its bets when it comes to the hardware/software PND debate, launching not only the nüvi 2400 range of dedicated 5-inch GPS units, but its first iPhone app as well. Garmin StreetPilot for iPhone offers turn-by-turn directions with spoken street names, free traffic alerts, lane-assist with a junction view for complex highway navigation, and integration with iTunes for music playback while you're driving.
Back on December 20, I mentioned a study that the Wall Street Journal had published that showed a lot of the popular apps on the Apple App Store were grabbing personal identifiers for people along with demographic information and passing those details on to third party advertisers without the user knowing or agreeing to share the data. The apps sharing this data were from companies both large and small.
Back in October, we told you about Atomic Tom. This is a band that, while on the New York subway, decided that they'd pull out their iPhones and start jamming away. Why? Because all of their instruments had been reportedly stolen. This time around, there's nothing so nefarious causing this group of individuals to start playing away on their iDevices. No, this is the North Point Community Church band, iBand. Thanks to some apps they downloaded, they were able to play a trio of songs for those in attendance, and the results are actually worth watching.
Google has prematurely released and then quickly yanked its first proper Google Latitude app for iPhone, with the software appearing briefly in the Japanese App Store. Like the Android version, the iPhone Latitude app supports tracking nearby friends in real-time on a map, sharing your own location, and various privacy settings so that not everybody knows where you are.
Speculation over Apple's reported back-tracking on plans to use embedded SIM technology in future iPhone handsets has gathered another layer of rumor, with the FT suggesting that not all carriers are so opposed to the company's plans. Sources over the weekend had claimed Apple axed plans to bypass carrier involvement in iPhone 5 sales by using an iTunes-activated software SIM, after mass operator revolt and threats to withdraw subsidies. However, now the FT says that Deutsche Telekom - parent brand of T-Mobile - has expressed interest in hearing more about Apple's plans.