Is your smartphone spying on you?

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The Carrier IQ app not only tracks everywhere you go it also records all of your keystrokes.

A clandestine application called Carrier IQ, was recently discovered by an Android developer.  The application  is built into most smartphones and it doesn’t just track your location; it secretly records your keystrokes, and there’s nothing you can do about it. Is it time to put on a tinfoil hat? That depends on how you feel about privacy.

 

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NoteSee – New Conference Note Sharing Application

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NoteSee

A year ago, Joel Smith was struggling to decide which panel to attend at South By Southwest, an annual tech (and music) conference in Austin, Texas. “There were many moments where I wish I could be three people so I could sit in all the really interesting panels,” he recalled. Absent cloning, his workaround was to Google for any notes, slides and videos he could find. “Not much turned up.”

 

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In the App World, Smartphones Are Taking Over Computers

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It’s an app world

Meet Barbara Place. She’s an app-aholic. One look at her smartphone explains her condition.She has an app to wake her, a few to provide the day’s news, one to check her bank account, another to make a grocery list, two to track her diet and one to get the weather. She has an app for baseball scores and an app for movie data. One app lets her program her DVR from afar. Another helps her unwind with quizzes about famous artworks. And that’s just a portion of her daily intake.

 

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Looking to cash in? Invent a phone application

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The coming gold rush in apps

People looking to cash in on the next gold rush should consider developing applications — or apps — for the new generation of smart mobile phones, according to a forecast released Tuesday by the Yankee Group.
Consumers will spend more than $4.2 billion on apps in 2013, up from $343 million this year, the research firm says, as smartphones become ubiquitous and app prices rise.
The average smartphone owner “downloads about 20 apps per year,” says Carl Howe, director of consumer research. “It’s a bigger market than a lot of people have been thinking.”
Half of newspaper and magazine publishers say that smartphones will become a vital distribution channel in three years, the Audit Bureau of Circulations reports. Only 42% are as upbeat about e-book readers.
Gamemakers also like sales trends for iPhones, (AAPL) BlackBerrys (RIMM) and phones based on Google’s (GOOG) Android operating system.
Yankee’s forecast “may be conservative,” says Andrew Stein, director of mobile business development for PopCap, which makes casual games.
Entrepreneurs hoping to become the Bill Gates of smartphones should beware, though.
“It’s like going to the racetrack,” says Gartner Research’s Ken Dulaney. “You hear about one person who made $200,000 in two weeks. But for every one of those, there are 150 others who are struggling.”

People looking to cash in on the next gold rush should consider developing applications — or apps — for the new generation of smart mobile phones, according to a forecast released Tuesday by the Yankee Group.

Consumers will spend more than $4.2 billion on apps in 2013, up from $343 million this year, the research firm says, as smartphones become ubiquitous and app prices rise.

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Yoostar: Karaoke For The Movies

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A screen shot from the aptly named Yoostar, which lets you play opposite Marlon Brando in ‘The Godfather’ or Marilyn Monroe in ‘Some Like It Hot,’ among other scenes

You ought to be in pictures, eh? Yoostar might provide your first big break at stardom — at least in your living room or out in cyberspace. This portable movie studio is like karaoke for the movies, featuring real actors and clips from actual movies.In one scene, I took over Humphrey Bogart’s role opposite Audrey Hepburn in Sabrina. In another I assumed Kevin Costner’s part (opposite Burt Lancaster) in Field of Dreams. You can be Brando’s Don Corleone in The Godfather. Or substitute for Elmo or Grover in Sesame Street.

 

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Introducing the iPhone Spreadsheet App

Introducing the iPhone Spreadsheet App

Bring the exciting world of accounting to an iPhone near you

Softalk has announced a new application for the iPhone simply called Spreadsheet. The app is exactly what it sounds like – a spreadsheet. The program can be used to make all sorts of Excel-like spreadsheets that can then be emailed using the iPhone.

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