Do you have an iPhone or a 3G iPad? Well, if you do, that is the case.
It looks like ever since iOS4 was released, both devices have been keeping a record of your location within a hidden file on the device.
It’s not sure, however, what the point of this mass data collection is but it looks to be intentional as the location databases are backed up and are automatically transferred with phone migration.
The file where this information is stored is unencrypted and unprotected so it can easily be accessed if your phone falls into the wrong hands and they can get an approximation of your location for the past year, since the release of iOS4.
However, should people be as worried?
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Just to make things worse for us Lebanese who want to get our average speeds up from the ridiculous 256Kbps at which they are today, Google’s internet speed has been revealed.
To put things into perspective, these are 1000 times faster than the 512Kbps speed some of us in Lebanon brag about. And another thing hampering our Lebanese internet connection is an unbelievably slow ping time (depending on ISP, the fastest you can get is 100 ms). With Google, it’s 3 ms.
And since Lebanon is not the benchmark when it comes to internet speeds, the average internet speed in Europe is around 12 Mb/s and that in the US is around 10 Mb/s.
Finally, just to show you how strong a connection this is, look at a download of a 8GB game:
And I was happy about the 1 hour it takes for my 350MB episodes to finish. Let the mourning over our pathetic situation start.
I found this out today and thought it’s interesting enough to blog about it.
1) Go to Google Translate.
2) Choose your input language as English, output as Arabic. Type in: Israel Will Finish.
3) Take out the resultant translation and translate it back to English. Check out the result.
4) Try out any other country. I’ve tried Lebanon and the U.S.A.
You can’t blame the interlingual variations for the difference you see here. Thoughts?