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ePayments Week: Android's predicted ascendance

ePayments Week: Android's predicted ascendance

Android could soon own half the market, NFC Simm cards in China, and Quova challenges developers

Gartner says Android can take half the smartphone market by the end of 2012. Also, China's mobile customers can slip NFC SIMM cards into their handsets, and geolocation company Quova challenges developers.

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The convergence of biometrics, location and surveillance

The convergence of biometrics, location and surveillance

Mary Haskett and Alex Kilpatrick examine biometrics in a surveillance society.

Future applications of biometrics promise increased security and convenience, but they could also dilute our expectations of privacy. In this interview, Where 2.0 speakers Mary Haskett and Alex Kilpatrick discuss what lies ahead in the biometrics world.

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4 SXSWi themes reveal the story within the story

4 SXSWi themes reveal the story within the story

Constant connectivity, mobile's next act, the rise of data science, and privacy's implications were dominant trends at SXSWi 2011.

The 2011 South by Southwest Interactive festival offered a reflection of what's to come, with hyperkinetic socializing, pervasive connectivity and an interest in communicating at the right time, not just in real time.

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Are we too reliant on GPS?

Are we too reliant on GPS?

Ubiquity, fragility and limited alternatives raise concerns about GPS.

A number of mistaken and intentional misuses of GPS technology have raised concerns among researches and government agencies.

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Location data could let retailers entice customers in new ways

Location data could let retailers entice customers in new ways

If apps can detect customers inside a store, a world of promotional possibilities opens.

As more retailers dive into the app market, maximizing the use of location-based data could maximize sales potential as well. Here's a look at some of the current and theoretical applications.

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Privacy law needs a reboot

Privacy law needs a reboot

The ACLU's Nicole Ozer on location-based services and outdated privacy protections.

Electronic privacy protections worked great when mobile was a novelty and location services were confined to paper maps. But now, the ACLU's Nicole Ozer says companies and consumers need to pay heed to privacy concerns while we wait for the law to catch up.

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Healthier living through mobile location data

Healthier living through mobile location data

RunKeeper CEO Jason Jacobs on the implications of mobile location technology.

RunKeeper CEO Jason Jacobs discusses the state of mobile location technology and how he sees it evolving in the near future (hint: we may be on the verge of "thoughtful" services).

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Open question: How much location information are you willing to share?

Open question: How much location information are you willing to share?

Location adds a new twist to privacy debates.

A recent back-channel conversation here at O'Reilly focused on the overlap between location, data, and privacy. It was an interesting and bewildering discussion that's worth opening up publicly. So that's what we're going to do.

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Welcome Laurel Ruma to Where 2.0

Welcome Laurel Ruma to Where 2.0

Where 2.0 2011 welcomes a new co-chair.

Laurel Ruma and Brady Forest will co-chair Where 2.0 2011, running April 19-21, 2011 in Santa Clara, Calif.

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Four short links: 23 September 2010

Four short links: 23 September 2010

Location Services, Clever Cursors, Intuitive Trouble, and Maturity Wins

  1. Universal Location Service — API access to location information from mobiles on Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, and AT&T. “Universe” here is defined, naturally, to be “United States of America”.
  2. The Bubble Cursor in Javascript — Javascript implementation of a circular cursor that grows and shrinks in size depending on proximity to something interesting.
  3. The Revenge of the Intuitive (Brian Eno, Wired) — now I’m struck by the insidious, computer-driven tendency to take things out of the domain of muscular activity and put them into the domain of mental activity [...] This appetite for emotional resonance explains why users – when given a choice – prefer deep rapport over endless options. You can’t have a relationship with a device whose limits are unknown to you, because without limits it keeps becoming something else.
  4. “Wait, What?” (Alex Russell) — I didn’t try to organize people who didn’t see the value in organization: instead, I tried to organize folks whose experience was valuable in terms of personal maturity and not just facility with code. We picked a hard technical problem and an easier social problem knowing that the social aspects were more critical.
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