"cell map exposes the data that Apple has been collecting from virtually all iPhone mobile devices, using them essentially as global wardriving and positioning machines.
Current research suggests that Apple's iPhone devices only store coordinates locally, however this cell data is actually transmitted back up to Apple multiple times a day, allowing them to locate the cell phone as well as correlate the positions with Wi-Fi network information.
If you extract the information sent from the iPhone to Apple, you can enter it here and locate the physical location of the mobile phone, or try the demonstration phone by hitting "Locate" below. "
My own tests are at http://www.flickr.com/photos/pascal/5661657772/in/photostream and http://www.flickr.com/photos/pascal/5661663632/in/photostream
Apple finally responds.
Cache of wifi + cell reference map indeed, update will cease backup to desktop and let you delete it.
Manifesto against Reading news.
"We are not rational enough to be exposed to the news-mongering press. It is a very dangerous thing, because the probabilistic mapping we get from consuming news is entirely different from the actual risks that we face. Watching an airplane crash on television is going to change your attitude toward that risk regardless of its real probability, no matter your intellectual sophistication. If you think you can compensate for this bias with the strength of your own inner contemplation, you are wrong. Bankers and economists – who have powerful incentives to compensate for news- borne hazards – have shown that they cannot. The only solution: cut yourself off from news consumption entirely."
Did help for the author: produced 6 books in 4y http://j.mp/gVppEp
Wonder what he thinks about social media 🙂
The Atlantic on Lantern, the forensic tool Alex Levinson works on (known from these posts on the iphone tracking issue http://alexlevinson.wordpress.com/2011/04/21/3-major-issues-with-the-latest-iphone-tracking-discovery/ http://alexlevinson.wordpress.com/2011/04/23/3-new-thoughts-on-mobile-location/ ).
Lantern integrates the disparate trails of information your iPhone usage leaves on the phone, into a coherent story.