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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Track Your Packages Via Apple Mail

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 01:00 AM

"Tracking shipped packages is fast and easy in Mac OS X Lion due to Apple Mails tight integration with WebKit. It is also one feature that Apple brought to Mac OS X from iOS that I actually like."

Handy tip if you get emails with tracking numbers. Just mouse over the number and if OS X Lion recognizes it as a tracking number, you will see a dotted line around the number. Just click on it and you will get the option to Track Shipment or Copy. If you track it, OS X will open up website with all of your tracking data. Pretty slick! They also discuss how to shut this off in Terminal, but why would you want to right?

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Track the Final Shuttle Mission via This Free iOS App

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 11:00 AM

"The final NASA space shuttle mission is STS-135. GoSoftWorks is providing a free app so space enthusiasts can view when the space shuttle Atlantis goes overhead in their local skies, and where it is located anytime in its orbit."

The free app is call GoAtlantis (they also have one called GoSatWatch [affiliate link] for $9.99 that allows you to track satellites in orbit), and you can use it to track the last shuttle mission, which is scheduled to begin on Friday, July 8th at 11:36 am EDT with the launch of the space shuttle Atlantis.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Steve Jobs: "We Haven't Been Tracking Anyone."

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Apple Talk" @ 10:30 PM

"Apple CEO Steve Jobs said Wednesday that the iPhone database that people have assumed was their personal information was, in fact, the relevant chunk of a global crowdsourced database that the company uses to deliver location-based information."

As I suspected, this mysterious database in iPhones is used for location-based services, and follows Apple's policies on how location information is used. Apple did admit that this whole controversy did turn up a bug on Apple's end, their response being that this will be fixed, and that a smaller amount of data will be stored on devices. Jobs also mentioned that location services is required to be enabled, and each app must be explicitly authorized. As is often the case with technology, and technology bugs, unintended consequences result, and will be fixed. And we move on ...

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Lawsuits Filed Over Location Tracking...You Saw This Coming Didn't You?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 04:00 AM

"That didn’t take long… Bloomberg reports that two Tampa, Florida-based iPhone customers have sued Apple over the controversial iPhone location tracking issue."That didn't take long... Bloomberg reports that two Tampa, Florida-based iPhone customers have sued Apple over the controversial iPhone location tracking issue."

This was bound to happen, I just didn't think it would happen this quick! This story says it is two Florida residents, but the story over at iLounge claims it is one person from Florida for the iPhone tracking and one person from New York for the iPad tracking that joined forces in filing this lawsuit.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Jobs Weighs in on the Data Tracking Issue Via Email

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 10:59 AM

"In a typically terse email to a concerned iPhone customer, Apple CEO Steve Jobs thundered down some authoritative wisdom about the so-called iPhone LocationGate scandal: Apple isn't tracking anyone, and if you think that Android isn't tracking you, think again."

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We reported about this last week, and now Jobs has weighed in with this comment when asked if an iPhone owner should switch to Droid since, according to the iPhone owner, "they don't track me." Jobs reply? "Oh yes they do. We don't track anyone. The info circulating around is false." Jobs is right about Google since, according to Google, they do track the "anonymized" data and use it to "improve search and Web services." But according to this story, what Google is gathering might involve more precise and not so anonymized data.

I think by now we know that, even if it is imprecise tracking, iOS is still tracking you. And this appears to have garnered interest from other countries as South Korea and countries in Europe are also investigating and want answers from Apple and Jobs. If you want to find out what is in your file, head on over to this site and you can get a nifty map of all of the locations you have visited. Since someone would actually have to have possession of your iPhone to get this data, it might be a good idea to make sure it is encrypted as well, and in case you weren't aware, it is done by connecting your iPhone/iPad to your computer, opening iTunes, scrolling down to "options" and making sure that "encrypt iPhone backup" is checked, If it isn't, check it and set password, then make sure to sync it up. Pretty simple for some extra protection.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Track Santa While He Makes Deliveries Tonight

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "The Competition" @ 09:00 AM

"Google and NORAD (North American Aerospace Defence Command) have teamed up once again to help you follow Santa as he travels around the world, jumping chimneys, delivering presents, and generally being very jolly."

Just in case you (or the kids) are curious and want to get an eta to your house, you can head over to the special NORAD site they have set up to track Santa tonight. In case you are doing some last minute shopping, they haven't forgotten about you as they also set up a mobile site. Having a problem? Try their handy help page here.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Pick the Right Travel App

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 07:00 AM

"Travel much? Then you are no doubt familiar with the many flight tracker Apps available on iOS devices. However, despite their relatively simple function, there's a bunch of questions that need to be asked in order to find the right one for you."

A pretty good selection of apps that they go over in this article and it's sure to help you make up your mind on exactly which app you need to fill your needs.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Can't Stand the Wait for Your iPhone 4 Delivery? Pass the Time by Tracking It!

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 06:00 AM

"If you pre-ordered the iPhone 4, it should already be on its way. Here's how to keep track of your iPhone 4 delivery (or any package) on your old iPhone. Ah, the joys of tracking packages."

Multiple ways to track your iPhone 4 package, or any other package for that matter. Track This for $0.99 USD [affiliate link] and Consume (free) are two others mentioned by people in the discussion thread, but several also swore by Delivery Status [affiliate link]. At $4.99 USD it isn't cheap, but it is universal so you can use it on your iPad and you can also get a desktop widget that syncs all of them together. Me? I'll be the one in line at 3am at Bridgeport Apple Store so I won't be using any tracking program.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Orbicule Releases Undercover Version 4

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 07:00 AM

"Orbicule has released an update to its theft-recovery software for Macs, Undercover. Version 4 now allows users to remotely monitor a stolen Mac using the company's web interface."

You can now follow your device in real time using their website in a variety of ways including iSight, screen shots or Google Earth. They even have remote lock feature. The mobile version uses the same web interface so you can track not only your laptop but iPhones, iPod Touches and iPads. It is universal binary also so PowerPC owners aren't out of luck. Single user licenses are $49.00 USD or 5 license family pack for $59.00 USD. You can read more about it at the Undercover website.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Keep Track of Your Bills the iPhone Way

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 09:00 AM

"Any reminder application for the iPhone or iPod touch has one simple hurdle to clear: Does it remind you to remind you? It doesn't matter whether the app is supposed to tell you that your wedding anniversary is next month or your mortgage was due yesterday."

Several choices, and a good run down on each one, as they each have good and bad. I prefer apps that use push so I don't have to worry about opening up the app to check on things, makes it easier for me. So that is one of my first criteria when I'm looking at apps. What do you look for?

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