Working on a different project Alasdair Allan and Pete Warden stumbled upon the unencrypted data buried inside their iPhones. They presented their findings today at a conference in Santa Clara, California.
“All iPhones appear to log your location to a file called ‘consolidated.db,” says Allan in a YouTube video he and Warden made. “This contains latitude and longitude coordinated along with a time-stamp. The coordinates aren’t always exact, but they are pretty detailed.”
The tracking software is embedded inside Apple Inc.’s newest iPhone software, iOS 4, and on iPads with a cellular plan. The data are stored in your devices and automatically backed up on your computer when you synchronize them with iTunes. This data is then relayed back to Apple via iTunes so Apple can track your movements...
“Apple have made it possible for anyone from a jealous spouse to a private investigator to get a detailed picture of your movement,” explain Allan and Warden. The data could be used by pretty much anyone.
The bad news is that it is ridiculously easy to crack the code and track you.
“But why this data is stored and how Apple intends to use it, or not, are important questions.”
The two scientists have asked Apple to explain and Apple hasn’t answered.
IN OTHER NEWS!
Intel's net income for the 1st quarter of 2011 are up 29% on the back of traditional PC sales. Intel earned $3.16 billion USD or 56 cents per share, in the first quarter. Traditional PCs will continue to dominate the market because they are still more versatile than tablets and laptops.
The RIM PlayBook sold out in 11% of stores on the first day. The launch day (Tuesday) sold over 50,000 PlayBooks in North America. While this doesn't come close to iPad's launch day figures of 300,000, it should be noted that is simply because iPad was released on the market a year earlier and without any competition at the time.
Today the tablet market is becoming flooded and the PlayBook (which is superior to the iPad in every way) will be around for the long haul while other tablet makers will be falling by the wayside and unable to compete.