Tool Reveals iPad and iPhone User Locations
mask.of.sanity writes "A researcher has found that Apple user locations can be potentially determined by tapping into Apple Maps and he has created a Python tool to make the process easier. iSniff GPS accesses Apple's database of wireless access points, which is collected by iPhones and iPads that have GPS and Wi-Fi location services enabled. Apple uses this crowd-sourced data to run its location services; however, the location database is not meant to be public. You can download the tool via Giuthub."
Apple Acquires Indoor GPS Startup WiFiSlam For $20M
The Wall Street Journal is reporting today that Apple has acquired WiFiSlam, an indoor GPS startup that enables smartphones to pinpoint its location -- along with that of your friends -- in realtime up to 2.5 meters in accuracy.
Nav App Waze Says 36M Users Shared 900M Reports, While 65K Users Made 500M Map Edits
At the beginning of this year, social GPS app Waze was the rumored target of an Apple acquisition. Had the linkup happened, it would have been a rare case of the Cupertino company acquiring a startup. But, as it turns out, there wasn't a deal, even though Waze is a data partner for Apple's mapping software. January might not have started out with as huge a bang for Waze as some people had hoped, but the company's 2012 roundup shows it still had a pretty good year.
Australian Police Warn That Apple Maps Could Get Someone Killed
First time accepted submitter jsherring writes "Police in Victoria, Australia warn that Apple's glitch-filled Maps app could get someone killed, after motorists looking for the Victorian city of Mildura were instead guided to a wilderness area. Relying on Apple Maps to navigate through rural Australia seems rather foolish but it has become common practice to rely on GPS navigation. Besides reverting to google maps, perhaps Apple should provide strong warnings to use other navigation sources if navigating to remote locations."
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Gillmor Gang: Shaken Not Stirred
The Gillmor Gang — Robert Scoble, John Taschek, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor — stumbled through and upon the possibilities of an orbiting metadata cloud. Mark our words, Instagram's success with the pre-teen set sets the table for powerful social graphs where photos share equal weight with GPS, swipe, and realtime contextual data. While we detoured slightly in anticipation of the social impact on the election, Obama and Chris Christie banishing the toxic politics of partisan nitpicking for some basic working together was a sight for sore eyes. Maybe Google and Apple can take a page from at book.