Smartphones Don’t Keep Secrets

Smartphones Don’t Keep Secrets

Recently, I wrote a post on how smartphone apps send users’ private data off to various companies without users’ knowledge. As shocking as some of that information was, a more recent article in the Wall Street Journal shines even more light on the issue, noting that smartphones don’t keep secrets!

Previously, I mentioned some of the “leakiest” smartphone apps that gather and record users’ personal information, including Groupon, textPlus 4, and Paper Toss, but check out this infographic from the WSJ on the popular music app, Pandora:

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Confessions of an Angry Bird Addict; What Makes a Game Addicting?

Confessions of an Angry Bird Addict; What Makes a Game Addicting?

Hello, my name is Meredith and I am addicted to Angry Birds. A few weeks ago, my colleagues Nate and Sarah introduced me to a new game app for my Droid X, which I can’t decide whether or not to thank them for (at least it was free on the Droid, unlike the iPhone!). Since downloading Angry Birds, hours upon hours of my limited free time has been lost to this addicting game. But now that I’m just a few slingshots away from the last level, I can’t help but be proud! Read more

Designer Knock-Offs, There’s An App For That?

Designer Knock-Offs, There’s An App For That?

On a recent business trip to the Big Apple, I found myself with some spare time to kill before my train ride home. Not wanting to leave the city with empty shopping bags, I decided to head to where the streets are paved in Prada; Canal Street.

Knowing full well that the fashion industry loses about $9.2 billion a year from the sale of designer knock-offs, thanks to an episode on America’s Next Top Model, I still needed to see the famous street for myself… even if I wasn’t going to buy anything.

After seeing tons of photos and hearing the stories of how the sidewalks are filled with suitcases overflowing with Chanel, Louis Vuitton, and Fendi, I was surprised to see none of this. Instead, those selling the fake products would approach interested buyers with nothing more than an iPhone. Simply scrolling through images on the touch screen let the sellers showcase their entire collection without having the fake goods on them.

It always amuses me to see technology being used in new ways and places you’d never expect. I had no idea there was a designer knock-off app! 😉