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Warning to iPhone & Ipad - Big Brother tracks you!

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

You may have read or heard in the Press in the last few days

“The iPhone and iPad collects data that shows when the user was at each location with a timestamp. The information is downloaded to the user’s computer each time the iPad or iPhone is synced. “

I’ve seen fictional programs like Crime Scene Investigation on Channel 5, magically recover location history from phones and GPS devices fitted in cars to provide evidence to convict criminals. - I’ve always thought this was rediculous until now, and just good TV Drama!

So it had me thinking, so I started poking around in the backup data that iTunes stores on your computer.

iTunes stores the backup in the following locations

on a Windows XP Computer

C:\Documents and Settings\<USERNAME>\Application Data\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup

on a Vista/Windows 7 computer it’s stored in

C:\Users\<USERNAME>\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\

where <USERNAME> is the user you use to login to your computer.

In the Backup folder is a folder which looks like a GUID (long hex number!) and in that is the files that itunes uses to backup your iphone or ipad and all the settings.

it looks something like this:-

d81725cff6c7b675940b71cbff4471b2f7d83a91

This folder contains many files, with similar filenames, it didn’t take me long to find the file I was looking for, if you search all files for the keywords TABLE Wifi or one of the following keywords Timestamp FLOAT, Latitude FLOAT, Longitude - once you found this file use this file to extract the data. (I’ve since discovered that this file is always appended to when you sync your Apple device, so once you found the file, just use this file to extract the data always).

This log file readily identifies itself as a SQLite format 3 database file, which is good news because using the Firefox 4.0 Add-On, we can examine the data in the database (SQLite Manager Add-on only works with Firefox 4.0, so you’ll need to upgrade!).

Install the SQLite Manager add-on, and use menu option Database/Select Database/Connect Database and open the database file you found above (just change to All files in the pick list).

You should end up with a display as follows

Using SQLite Manager to open Location file from iPhone/iPad

Using SQLite Manager to open Location file from iPhone/iPad

The table we are interested in is called CellLocation, so select Tables, CellLocation

WOW the data is there!

It would seem that the Iphone and iPad 3G version, logs the locations of mobile Cell Locations used by the device, MMC, MNC, Cell Id and LAC,  Latitude and Longitude are logged against a timestamp (number of seconds since January 1 2001).

I would suggest either deleting the file, or using the iTunes option to encrypt databackups on your computer, unless you want this file to be used in evidence against you! (remember if you ever lose you iPhone or iPad, it can be jailbroken and this information can be retreived or synced to another computer for the information to be extracted from your Apple device - so if you get caught, destroy your device!). (just hope your Wife or Girlfriend, doesn’t get hold of the file if you’ve been “playing away!” - enough said!).

My ipad locations since I've owned it!

My ipad locations since I've owned it!

I don’t often turn on 3G on the iPad, I use a E585 - MiFi, but I’m going to check if that makes a difference, because I think it’s the 3G data which is tracked!

iPad on vaction in Japan!

iPad on vaction in Japan!

Tracking is global! (as can be seen from the above when I took the iPad to Japan!)

So how do we get this information into a nice Google Maps display. Simple,

  1. Use SQLite Manager to export the data to a CSV, highlight the table CellLocation, right-click, Select Export Table, CSV (comma), select OK.
  2. Import the CSV into Excel, remove all columns except Latitude and Longitud.
  3. Save the file as a CSV.
  4. Using GPS Visualizer, import the data for a nice location map with your locations highlighted!

SCARY STUFF! BIG BROTHER!

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Mobile blogging

Friday, January 7th, 2011

Trying something different today, I’m having a day of remote working via an iPad and 3G. To check to see what average data usage allowance I use in a day. So far and it’s only been a few hours checking email and a few websites, I’ve Sent 5.8MB and Received 131MB.

I’m also using an iPad blog applet as well to post this, to reduce data usage.

The Suzuki needed a MOT today, yes it’s been almost three years we’ve had it, so I’m buying time in Morrisons’ cafe waiting for the car. My banger is off the road at present because the starter motor or solenoid is broke.

Mr Apple saving you money!

Mr Apple saving you money!

This is an odd message you cannot update large apps via 3G. I hardly think 20MB is a lot!

Mr Apple is obviously helping you save money!

UPDATE:- My Dad had a moan about the grammer, so I’ve corrected it”

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iPad iOS 4.2.1 Folders

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Now I’ve upgraded my iPad to iOS 4.2.1 I can take advantage of folders to organise/categorise Apps downloaded from the AppStore.

iPad iOS 3.2.1 No Folders

iPad iOS 3.2.1 No Folders

Now my iPad has only two pages with folders to organize the Apps, rather than nine pages of icons (apps) as before with iOS 3.2.1.

iPad iOS 4.2.1 Folders to organize apps

iPad iOS 4.2.1 Folders to organize apps

It does take some time to create the folders and organise the apps, and for some strange reason, it’s quicker to do it on the iPad, than with iTunes!

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Jailbroken iPad iOS 3.2.1 to iOS 4.2.1

Sunday, November 28th, 2010

JailbreakMe greeting

JailbreakMe greeting

Since Jailbreaking my iPad a few weeks ago, so I could run Adobe Flash in the Safari browser, I’ve noticed an element of instability with the device, these are the dangers of messing with the code!

Oops .. not for the faint hearted this one!

Oops .. not for the faint hearted this one!

Jailbreaking... Sit tight

Jailbreaking... Sit tight

Personally, I don’t visit alot of flash based websites, and I’m not really interested in the flash based adverts, so now that iOS 4.2.1 has been launched for the iPad on the 23 November 2010, and folders is one thing I really need to reduce the Pages and organise my 134 Apps, time to upgrade (just remember to save your (shsh blobs first, if you want to rollback to a previous iPad firmware version, before Upgrading your iPAD - use Tiny Umbrella here).

Upgrading iOS 3.2.1 to iOS 4.2.1

Upgrading iOS 3.2.1 to iOS 4.2.1

During the Upgrade

During the Upgrade

Complete

Complete

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Flash in the pan! (iPad iOS 3.2.1)

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

Well it’s on my iPad actually!

A few days before iOS 4.x gets released for the iPad

There was nothing on the TV this evening, other than Black Hawk Down, and I’ve seen that so many times, so I got bored and enabled Flash on my iPad!

Flash on iPad

WOT No Flash Support says Adobe/Apple!

Flash test on iPad

Flash test on iPad

The flash elements appear as gray boxes and when you touch, them the flash starts to play.

Flash working on iPad iOS 3.2.1

Flash working on iPad iOS 3.2.1

So there you go, Flash on the iPad!

(oh, I did this for my Daddy, because he keeps asking me when Flash will be available for the iPad!). I think, he thinks I work for Apple (not!).

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Skyfire App for ipad

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

The Skyfire App for iPhone, iPad appeared today in the App Store, the app will turn Web-based Flash video into HTML5 and play it on your iPhone or iPad.

What a real disappoitment, it’s not a true iPad App, and the up-scaling is awful.

My advice, wait for an Ipad version! and save your money!

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Samsung Galaxy Tab[let] - How much?

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

Samsung launched it’s tablet today called the Samsung Galaxy Tab:-

  • 7″ touch-screen tablet PC
  • Android Operating System
  • Voice & video calling
  • Internet
  • Social Networking
  • e-Mails
  • Google Maps Navigation
  • Games, movies & music
  • Camera with LED Flash
  • Electronic reading

and it’s wait for it £529 GBP same price as the iPad with Wi-Fi + 3G

I know which I’d buy! (oh, I’ve already got one!) Long live Apple!

Okay so it’s got Flash 10.1, but will have iOS 4.2 Software Update. Coming soon to iPad. It was released today to developers (me and others!), and the new Skyfire mobile web browser will have Flash support!

Skyfire will issue its Flash Video-enabled browser for the iPhone on Nov. 4, allowing consumers to finally run Flash-based websites on the iPad!

So stick that Apple Haters, and go and by your Samsungs, and Google Android…..

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Flash comes to iPad and other iOS devices

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

so stick that in you pipe and smoke it Apple haters! So maybe you might be tempted to purchase an iPad now, it might do Flash in the future!

It would appear that Apple have made some changes to its iOS Developer Programs licence.

What the decision broadly means is that developers can use third-party development tools to create apps for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

What it really means is Flash apps are about to start flooding the App Store. A few are already awaiting approval, according to reports.

Let’s wait and see…..

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A reminder of visiting Chorley!

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

One of my favourite applications on the iPad is called Talking Tom, you speak and he repeats what you say.

 

Oh, did I not tell you I’ve got an iPad!

The hints were there if you hadn’t spotted them!

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3G Killer Accessory - Huawei E585

Sunday, August 8th, 2010

Huawei E585 MiFi Mobile WiFi Wireless 3G Modem

Huawei E585 MiFi Mobile WiFi Wireless 3G Modem

If you have an iPadtastic iPad without 3G or have many mobile WiFi devices that could benefit from 3G connectivity, then the Huawei E585 MiFi Mobile WiFi Wireless 3G Modem is for you.  The Huawei E585 has already won Best iPad Accessory, its sold exclusively by Three here :- http://www.three.co.uk/Mobile_Broadband/MiF.

It’s basically a WiFi router with in-built 3G mobile modem, rather than ADSL or Cable modem. At present, I’m finding I’ve got four devices that all require 3G mobile internet connectivity, Laptop, Netbook, iPad and PDA and trying to keep all contracts up to date is costing me, so this one device, I can use one mobile SIM contract, and up to five devices can connect to this mobile WiFi access point, and use 3G mobile connectivity.

It’s an excellent device, with clear excellent instructions if you need them, and good software and configuration available from a web gui.

Huawei E585 MiFi Mobile WiFi Wireless 3G Modem

Huawei E585 MiFi Mobile WiFi Wireless 3G Modem

Personally in the UK, I would continue using the network Three for data, using the loophole, I’ve blogged about before. This still makes Three the cheapest data mobile provider in the UK.

If Three’s not for you, and you want to try it on another network, the Three Huawei E585 is sim-locked to the Three network.

(I’ll post later how you remove the sim-lock).

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