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Missing out on phone applications such as Discover My iPhone frequently have a glaring weak point: as they rely on pings at regular periods, they’re nothing use at locating a lost gadget if the battery perishes initially. Enter a significant revamp of Lookout’s Protection & Antivirus app for Android. The updated title’s new Signal Flare component uses a phone’s propensity to go out in a blaze of wireless magnificence that marks its last area. By remembering where a phone was unintentionally laid to rest, Signal Flare assists find a phone that could have passed away in the parking lot– or simply below the couch. Must your phone continue to be securely in your pocket, you’ll likely still appreciate the remodelled interface that blends in with Android 4.0 and past, the security against click-to-call exploits and a task feed that shows just exactly what Lookout has actually been doing behind the scenes. Android users could get that additional reassurance today, and iOS users have actually been guaranteed a parallel app in the future.
Filed under: Cell phones, MobileLookout Safety & Antivirus for Android gets a makeover, lets missing phones have one last gasp originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 09 Oct 2012 12:08:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of supplies. Permalink VentureBeat|Google Play|E-mail this|Comments
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If thereâ€™s any justice in this world then â€œtraitorwareâ€ will become the phrase of 2011. It describes any technology, be it hardware or software, that betrays its users. Remember the Sony rootkit fiasco from a few years back? You pop a CD into your computer expecting to listen to some rubbish band, and then youâ€™ve got a nice rootkit on your system, sorta like a bonus feature of the album. â€œINCLUDES THE HIT SINGLE â€˜BABY YOU FINEâ€™ ALONG WITH MALICIOUS SOFTWARE THAT YOU COULDNâ€™T UNINSTALL IF YOUR LIFE DEPENDED ON IT!â€ Youâ€™d need a pretty big sticker to fit that, though.
What are other forms of traitorware, theoretically at least?
The Electronic Frontier Foundation, your friend and mine, warns of an Apple patent whereâ€œyour iPhone may record your voice, take a picture of your location, record your heartbeat, and send that information back to the mothership.â€ That sounds like fun.
Or perhaps thereâ€™s the printer that embeds some sort of unique identifier into every sheet of paper, so if you print something along the lines of â€œairport security is an oxymoron,â€ then hand it out in Union Square Big Sis could have no problem tracking you down. Yay!
What about something less â€œbig brother/Drudge headlineâ€-y? How about a camera that embeds GPS coordinates with every photo? Say you bought a new car, and take a photo to show it off on Facebook? Upload that photo and now everyone knows exactly where you live. All you need to do is then tweet â€œgoing on vacation, will be in key west for 2 weeks!â€ for an evildoer to know that A) youâ€™re out of town and B) you live at X-degrees north latitude and Y-degrees west longitude.
Traitorware, youâ€™ve done it again.
I guess the point of this, besides helping you kill two minutes of your day (my primary goal, of course) is to keep you vigilant. Maybe you want to disable the GPS embed when taking photos of your â€œcool new apartment,â€ or maybe you donâ€™t want to advertise for the whole world to see that youâ€™re going to be out of town, leaving your property completely unguarded.
Oregon fire lookout enjoys solitary job
Clayton Weir has a job that would make many people jealous. He works from home. He makes his own hours. He has a beautiful view and, most of the time, it is pretty low stress.
Congratulations to commenter BananaForce — his crappy gaming system is the winner in our contest. He’s soon to be the proud owner of the beautiful custom PS3 Slim from Rockstar Games that you see above. We had over 600 valid entries in the contest, and it was our pleasure to root through all of the photos you sent into us. We’ve chosen some of the more hilarious and enticing ones and thrown them into a gallery for your perusal below. Thanks again to Rockstar Games for providing the gear — and be sure to be on the lookout for the next contest.
Engadget’s crappy gaming system contest: we have a winner! originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 11 May 2010 16:46:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.