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So can it ever get worse? Yes!
Now someone has developed a network to help you track the location of friends with cell phones. GPS technology. That means you can no longer hide out on the cereal aisle, or in the coffee shop, or even your back porch. They can find you, even if you don't answer your phone.
Mobile virtual-network operators Helio and Boost have developed services to automatically track and alert people about their friends' location. Other services, such as Groundspeak's Geocaching, let cell phone users participate in a mobile scavenger hunt. And Verizon Wireless, Sprint Nextel and Disney Mobile have offerings that help parents track their children's cell phones.
Here's the story. [news.com.com]
Is there really any good that can come from all of this intrusion? It's still fairly safe, I suppose. You have to become someone's buddy to track them. It won't be long before some bill collector finds a way around that and bushwhacks you on a dinner date.
It is a simple triangulation of mobile phone towers. The main uses that can be seen is for making sure your kids are where they say they are, and for tracking the movements people under investigation by the police.
or foward your calls to another number, and the location of that fowarded phone will tracked.
Would be cool to have a setting on your call forwarding to automatically forward calls to incoming phone number. That whay when someone tries to track you, it will ring their phone and shows their location :)
It is a simple triangulation of mobile phone towers.
Using Global Positioning System (GPS) technology, the application automatically updates the location of a user's "buddies" and displays the information directly on a map on the phone. Alerts can also be sent to notify subscribers when a friend is near.
Well now, so what good can come of this? Here's a scenario. Perhaps we will come to the stage where someone 'beeps' when they approach you, signaling a friend. If someone approaches and they don't beep, beware, it could be someone after your money.
the application automatically updates the location of a user's "buddies"
I don't want to restate the obvious, but it does nothing of the sort. It updates the location of the user's "buddies"' cellphones.
I imagine people will just get multiple mobile phones to deal with this, if it ever becomes a problem.
so folks, i know for a fact Big Brother is watching us.
in this particular case i am extremely grateful...but this is a slipperly slope.