Monday, December 20, 2010

Tracking App Secretly Records Owner's Whereabouts




SolarSpark Productions has introduced Pro Track 1.0 for iPhone, their new utility that allows users to secretly record all movements made, and locations visited by anyone carrying an iPhone. Employing a combination of GPS and Cell Tower tracking data, all entries are stored in a log with date and time, and may be examined by opening Pro Track. The multi-tasking app runs invisibly in the background, and the owner may use the device and all its functions normally. Setting the app for maximum accuracy warns, "Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life."

Pro Track can be used to shadow anyone who carries an iPhone. It could be the user's 12-year-old daughter or aged father. It could also be the user's spouse, business associate, or girlfriend. Or it could easily be a courier service or other business, keeping track of their employees. The technology itself is neutral; only in specific cases might ethical questions arise. Clearly, creative technocrats will find unthought-of uses for a veritably tamper-proof, minute-accurate log of where someone has been and how they got there.

Feature Highlights:
* Secretly track the movements of any iPhone owner
* Five accuracy levels
* Tracking is performed invisibly in the background
* Records a detailed log of date, time, and location
* Ideal for long-term tracking over months, or short-term over hours

The app manual refers to the person being tracked as "the target", and recommends that the user weigh battery life versus required tracking accuracy when doing the initial setup. Five buttons offer a selection of accuracy settings: 3 km (1.8 miles), 1 km (0.6 miles), 100 m (328 feet), 10 m (32 feet), and Best (10 feet). For tracking over weeks or longer the 3 km setting is recommended, since it does not use the built-in GPS function at all, and consumes little power. The user can expect log entries to be made approximately every 3 km. With iOS 4 Apple introduced a new, supplementary positioning system based on a complex algorithm performing continuous positional triangulations between cell phone towers. And because the iPhone is constantly in "Receive" mode, searching for cell towers, these location coordinates are purchased with practically no cost to the battery. This continuous, background, global positioning system Apple calls Region Monitoring.

Choosing one of the more accurate settings activates the GPS system. At the Best setting the GPS remains on in the background continuously, providing extremely accurate data. Other settings employ the GPS only intermittently, helping to preserve battery power. Opening the app after it has been running allows the user to view the tracking log and all locations on the full screen satellite and/or street map. If the app has been stopped and re-started, this fact will appear on the log. The log data is displayed using Apple's infinite, rotating odometer with a horizontal colored line highlighting the fifth of ten visible entries.

"Have you ever wondered where your spouse has been all day?" asked SolarSpark Productions CEO, Spark So. "Now, with Pro Track for iPhone, you can get the answer."

Pricing and Availability:
Pro Track 1.0 is only $1.99 (USD) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Utilities category. Review copies are available upon request.






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Fring Gets Ability to Call Landlines and Mobiles




Fring has announced FringOut a new service which lets you call landlines or mobiles from 1c/min.

FRING FEATURES
• Connect with users on other popular social networks: GTalk, MSN Messenger, Yahoo!, Facebook, Twitter & SIP!
• Call to other iPhones, iPod touches, Android, Nokia and more
• See your friends real-time status across networks
• ALSO get THE CHEAPEST calls to regular phone #s with fringOut (from 1c/min)
• Great for iPhone and iPod Touch
• Fun and easy to use

What's New In This Version:
● NEW: fringOut –the CHEAPEST way to call any landline or mobile # worldwide. Calls from 1c/min! (3G & WiFi)
Canada 0.6c/min
USA 0.7c/min
UK 0.8 c/min
India 0.8c/min
● Enhanced audio quality
● Improved connectivity - easier to stay connected without those pesky connection problems

You can download fring: Video Calls + IM from the App Store for free..














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BackWORDs Text-to-Speech




Davander Mobile Corporation has launched their latest app for the iPhone, iPod and iPad platform - BackWORDs Text-to-Speech. This new word game app allows kids of all ages to type in text and have the app speak the text backwards.

Hours of giggles, chuckles and occasional gales of laughter are the standard result of playing with this app. Users will have barrels of fun, playing back the results in one of four voices and customizing the pitch, speed, and warble. The app is targeted at the young at heart who enjoy the sound of words and hearing them in new and amusing ways, basically everyone who could use a smile.

Selecting friends names to hear backwards from the Apple's built-in Contacts app is quick and easy. To keep data entry to a minimum, the app keeps a history of up to 100 of the most recent phrases. Sharing the fun of the app with people who don't have an iPhone can be done quickly and easily by sending an email with the push of a button. A message is created with a WAV file of the backwards speech attached.

Beta testers commented on how much fun the app was. One user, Kathryn Alexander commented "I haven't had this much fun since I was a kid. We used to memorize our names backwards, but this brings a whole new dimension to the game. Hearing someone's name backward never ceases to bring a chuckle to even the most serious people."

Pricing and Availability:
BackWORDs Text to Speech 1.0 is only $0.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category.




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Facebook for iPhone Gets Updated With Improved Notifications UI




Facebook for iPhone has been updated with numerous bug fixes and improvements

Facebook for iPhone makes it easy to stay connected and share information with friends. Use your iPhone to start a conversation with Facebook Chat, check your friends' latest photos and status updates, look up a phone number, or upload your own mobile photos to Facebook while on the go.

What's New In This Version:
- Improved reliability in chat and messages
- Improved notifications UI
- Fixed memory usage
- Fixed some crashes
- Walls you cannot post on no longer show the text field at the top
- Restore ability to post as a page that you admin
- Fixed group photos
- Various Places improvements

You can download Facebook from the App Store for free.













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