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The iPhone Tracking Controversy & More on AOTS Tonight

Posted April 25, 2011 - By Moye Ishimoto

The iPhone Tracking Conversy & More Tonight on AOTS

Tonight on Attack of the Show, Kevin Pereira tackles the ongoing controversy over the iPhone and iPad location tracking and whether or not consumers should be concerned for their privacy with Apple. Blair Herter checks out the 2011 New York International Auto Show for the debut of the 2012Shelby GT500 Super Snake and more! Plus, we've got a brand new Epic Giveaway for one lucky viewer. Tune in tonight at 7PM to see what you could win!

Tags: The Loop

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  • g4fan247

    I agree with benmo316, there was nothing on AOTS about Apple today.

    Posted: April 25, 2011 6:26 PM
  • benmo316

    That's all fine and dandy, too bad The Loop was about the PSN being down and Nintendo's Project Cafe, not Apple tracking people.

    Posted: April 25, 2011 5:01 PM
  • QuickKick89

    Wow, I figured Nintendo's new console was a sure thing to be in the Loop today. Guess that Apple is just more important now.

    Posted: April 25, 2011 2:12 PM
  • JustTheBeginning

    Honestly I dont care, the whole world can know I go to Walmart to buy groceries for all I care. The only people who probably care are the people who are doing something stupid like cheating on their spouse or buying drugs and don't want that info to exist lol.

    Yes its a privacy issue but in this day and age it really does not bother me one bit as I am clean as a whistle :P

    Posted: April 25, 2011 2:10 PM
  • TheBRADLeyB

    Personally I don't see how location tracking is bad at all. I am in favour of most 'spying' tricks that Media Outlets try to 'alert' us to.

    I mean when I'm writing an e-mail on Gmail and I've been dealing with a mortgage and there's adds for mortgage companies and banks in the Ads by Google on my screen I don't freak out and cry that Google is spying on me. For one it's an automated system that scans the files, it's not some joe schmo working for Google reading through all my e-mails.

    Targeted Advertising works better for both consumers and companies advertising their products. IBM is always throwing commercials out there about how they have this technology to track food shipments and trends of it being purchased and random vending machine stats it tracks and how all this logistal information is making the world faster and more efficient and that's exactly what these tracking stats do. If AT&T's shotty network is shotty and they decide to add towers but want to put them in the places they can get the most use they can pull up the data and see where it is that there customers are and traveling to that makes the best sense to add towers at instead of randomly throwing towers up with darts on a map.

    Everybody gets all upset because their Smartphones can ease drop on conversations and ambient noise while not in use (and even powered off) but we've known this since before that Eagle Eye movie came out. Everybody wants to pretend they want their privacy but then they go off and do Facebook, Twitter, Check Ins, FourSquare, Gossip and even would love to be on reality shows and become stars.

    I mean how many times are criminals caught these days because of Surveillance videos in Stores, Rest Stops, ATMs, Bank Lobbies, Police Cameras and various other Random webcam/video camera set ups? Personally we live in a safer time now then people did back in the 1920's. I mean even with the Decay of Society in the post 1950's we are safer now because the ability of murders and pyscopaths to get away with crimes for long periods of time is greatly hampered.

    And I know some people are upset because Apple might be able to see that they are looking at Porn on their iPad and that makes them feel violated but if Apple picks you out of the millions of Porn Viewers and decides to do ANYTHING then you are the unluckiest person alive.

    There are two real problems people have with 'Big Brother' is that they want to feel they have the freedom to get away with stupid stuff. Like Speeding, murdering their family, punching some dude, stealing candy from babies. I mean everybody would like to get away with speeding when they do it but they don't think we should remove speed limits all together.

    The other problem is people do nasty dirty disgusting things that they don't want others (even people they'll never know and who will never remember them) to know what kind of nasty Porn they look at, or how they pick their butt or that they look up things about STDs.

    Also why the heck are there Auto Shows still? They never really show anything other then Concept cars (which I then have to be shown pictures of by the annoying girl at work who took shotty pictures of the Blackhawks Camero on her garbage cell phone) and I thought we all agreed the Auto Industry was dieing.

    Posted: April 25, 2011 12:54 PM
  • ChiefN602

    On droid x there is a madden game which cannot be deleted, why are these phantom programs unable to be deleted, unless you go to the extreme degree of hacking your own device, which can lead to a voided warenty

    Posted: April 25, 2011 12:43 PM
  • JamieCooper.net

    jailbreak that shixx! and check the box for "kill apple" in sbsettings.
    now "Blair Herter" in AOTS too? didn't He ruin Xplay enough? good god, G4! can't even watch xplay anymore, since I found "good game"

    Posted: April 25, 2011 12:38 PM
  • JimtheGinger

    Unless Apple is tracking things without people knowing it I don't see this as a problem. On all iOS devices that have the feature, you can turn location GPS tracking off or only allow it on certain apps.

    Again, if Apple is secretly monitoring us beyond that, well I guess it depends on how much illegal activity you are involved in. Relax people, the individual is not as important as you make it out to be. Companies like Apple want statistics for sales targeting.

    And if you're stupid enough to put sensitive information over the cellular network, it's your fault if it gets compromised.

    Posted: April 25, 2011 12:33 PM
  • AnansiĀ©

    Albeit, G4 isn't known for investigative reporting but, it would be interesting to hear to what degree these devices tracks and reports user activities, purchases and such...I've always known about this particular feature with mobile devices but Apple has taken tracking "consumer habits" to all new highs (or lows depending on how the information gathered is actually used).

    Posted: April 25, 2011 12:13 PM