Mobile apps I’d like someone to build


Part one of my new series “mobile apps I’d like someone to build“, where I’m going to collect all those mobile apps I’d love to use, but can’t build myself. On my Blackberry I’m kind of restricted in terms of mobile apps, so I might have to switch to an iPhone or some flavor of Nokia device when these apps are built. For the time being, I’m happy just throwing these ideas out there. Without further ado:

The iRun app

iRun makes use of your mobile device’s GPS ability. You walk along your favorite jogging track to collect the exact route. iRun then mashes the data with Google Maps and you end up with a detailed map & route info about your running routes. (It’s very much like the Gmap Pedometer, just more accurate, or Ryan Byrd’s GPS+Google Maps Mashup, but with the comfort of an iPhone.) Of course, the routes can be shared with other users and apps, be it via Facebook or elsewhere.

U.S. University Tracked 100.000 Cell Phone Users’ Movements


EyesAnother day, another very creepy instance of user tracking: As CNN reports, scientists at Northeastern University used cell phone data to track the whereabouts of 100.000 cell phone users:

Researchers used cell phone towers to track individuals’ locations whenever they made or received phone calls and text messages over six months. In a second set of records, researchers took another 206 cell phones that had tracking devices in them and got records for their locations every two hours over a week’s time period. The study was based on cell phone records from a private company, whose name also was not disclosed.

Not only is this creepy, it’s also most probably illegal (just like the Deutsche Telekom incident): The data came from outside the U.S. because privacy legislation wouldn’t allow it there. (So where the heck did they track, then?)

You can’t just go track citizens’ movements. WTF?

(via ReadWriteWeb)