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Posts Tagged ‘BigBrother’

postheadericon Galaxy Indulge microSDHC card regularly reports back to MetroPCS (but hey, you get Iron Man 2 for free!)

If you’re the kind of person who buys phones based on Hollywood tie-in deals (and for your sake, we hope you’re not) you’ll be pleased to know that the Samsung Galaxy Indulge comes pre-loaded with Iron Man 2. That’s right, a sequel to a movie you only ever saw half of, once, while it was on the TV over the bar at Armand’s on Liberty Ave. (assuming that you’re a certain Engadget editor, and for your sake we hope you’re not) is coming pre-loaded on the world’s first Android-packing, LTE smartphone. And if that wasn’t enough, the SanDisk microSDHC card that the movie is stored on regularly reports back to MetroPCS with usage statistics:
This intelligent SanDisk mobile memory card provides specific, real-time network data to MetroPCS to measure customer interest in digital content. Details of aggregated, anonymous consumer usage will allow MetroPCS to determine the impact of its movie offering, which in turn allows them to provide customers with more customized content and services in the future.
We’re sure everything is on the up-and-up here, but for some reason we don’t think most consumers will be comfortable with storage that reports regularly to a carrier — for any reason. Still, things could be much worse: you could be stuck with the pre-loaded Iron Man app on an LG Ally.

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Galaxy Indulge microSDHC card regularly reports back to MetroPCS (but hey, you get Iron Man 2 for free!) originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 03 Mar 2011 13:24:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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postheadericon SoCal mall installs ‘Find Your Car’ kiosks in parking garage to help you find your car — and others find you?

Big Brother’s watching us on public streets and in our homes, and now he’s fixed his gaze on shopping malls — under the guise of helping us find our cars in a mall parking garage. Santa Monica Place has installed Park Assist’s M3 Camera Vision system with “Find Your Car” kiosks that allow wayward shoppers to punch in their license plate number to receive a picture of their auto and its whereabouts. It utilizes a network of cameras to capture each car’s location and read the plate, and has a central control system that can dole out firmware upgrades as more (nefarious?) needs arise. A similar system is used at Heathrow Airport, though the British version snaps a photo of your plates upon entry and and tracks cars with infrared cameras — as opposed to Park Assist’s use of hi-res cameras to capture an image of your plate once you’ve parked. While helping people find their cars is an admirable goal, the system seems rife with opportunities for abuse because the footage is privately owned — meaning the car location information could be sold to anyone, including that crazy ex-girlfriend of yours. As for us, we’d rather not exchange a walk-on part in the war to maintain our privacy for a lead role in another video cage. We’re just fine remembering things the old-fashioned way, thanks.

SoCal mall installs ‘Find Your Car’ kiosks in parking garage to help you find your car — and others find you? originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 27 Jan 2011 11:28:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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postheadericon SoCal mall installs ‘Find Your Car’ kiosks in parking garage to help you find your car — and others find you?

Big Brother’s watching us on public streets and in our homes, and now he’s fixed his gaze on shopping malls — under the guise of helping us find our cars in a mall parking garage. Santa Monica Place has installed Park Assist’s M3 Camera Vision system with “Find Your Car” kiosks that allow wayward shoppers to punch in their license plate number to receive a picture of their auto and its whereabouts. It utilizes a network of cameras to capture each car’s location and read the plate, and has a central control system that can dole out firmware upgrades as more (nefarious?) needs arise. A similar system is used at Heathrow Airport, though the British version snaps a photo of your plates upon entry and and tracks cars with infrared cameras — as opposed to Park Assist’s use of hi-res cameras to capture an image of your plate once you’ve parked. While helping people find their cars is an admirable goal, the system seems rife with opportunities for abuse because the footage is privately owned — meaning the car location information could be sold to anyone, including that crazy ex-girlfriend of yours. As for us, we’d rather not exchange a walk-on part in the war to maintain our privacy for a lead role in another video cage. We’re just fine remembering things the old-fashioned way, thanks.

SoCal mall installs ‘Find Your Car’ kiosks in parking garage to help you find your car — and others find you? originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 27 Jan 2011 11:28:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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postheadericon The Blaze Blink Now saves you from Computer Vision Syndrome, is always watching

The Blaze Blink Now saves you from Computer Vision Syndrome, is always watching

Big Brother is watching you, and you’d better remember. Forget for just a moment and you could find yourself committing thoughtcrime doupleplusquick. Enter the £49.99 ($78) Blink Now. It’s ostensibly a device designed to save you from Computer Vision Syndrome, a modern affliction that causes headaches and blurry vision among those who spend a little too much time basking in the glow of a CRT or LCD. But, we’re thinking its purposes are rather more nefarious. It’s basically just a little LCD that you hang in your monitor and connect via USB. It presents an eye, always looking at you, lazily and nonchalantly blinking. In theory, if you see an eye blinking you’ll blink more often yourself and cut down on eye strain. In reality, the thinkpol is always watching and this is just another reminder.

The Blaze Blink Now saves you from Computer Vision Syndrome, is always watching originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 26 Oct 2010 08:27:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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postheadericon Webcam-spying school district settles out of court, FBI declines to press charges

Looks like the Lower Merion School District will be paying off kids who got zinged by its laptop tracking program — to the tune of some $610,000. As you might recall, there was quite a bit of hubbub earlier this year when students discovered that their school issued computers tended to activate their webcams and shoot the photos back to administrators. Apparently the FBI has decided not to bring any charges in the case after all, and the various families of the students settled with the school district out of court. And yes, the schools have discontinued the tracking program.

Webcam-spying school district settles out of court, FBI declines to press charges originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 13 Oct 2010 07:53:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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