We earlier featured White Pages’ Current Caller ID Android app as a great way for smartphone users to see context before they answer a call. Current Caller ID shows you a caller’s latest social streams, so you know what they’ve been up to, which can make for an interesting conversation piece. The app also gives you statistics on your usage, including most frequent callers and SMS correspondents. WhitePages has released its app on Android, mainly as a locator app for finding friends and establishments using your smartphone’s location services. The app has two main features: Nearby People and Nearby Stores….


Qualcomm says that nine out of 10 smarpthones will be connected to the cloud by 2013. These figures constitute personal cloud services, meaning you are likely to have photos, files and other digital media stored in the cloud. You’re also likely to be running apps and processes through remote servers and devices, and not just locally.

Magnetic field for indoor positioning-w600

Researchers from Finland have developed a system that uses the Earth’s magnetic fields in positioning, borrowing from the adaptation that homing pigeons, spiny lobsters and dolphins have developed through thousands of years. GPS availability on mobile devices has opened up a whole world of opportunity for smartphone and tablet owners. Positioning systems give life to maps, navigation, location-aware apps and even promos for local businesses. However, the inherent disadvantage of GPS is that it requires line-of-sight to GPS satellites. GPS systems rarely give precise positioning data while indoors. Researchers from the University of Oulu in Finland are spinning off their…

android privacy

Google is no stranger to controversy related to what some consider blatant intrusion and complete disregard for consumer privacy. While many appreciate the personalized results, others are equally wary about the information tracking and storage, and even more so when it comes to permissions required by applications allowing access to personal information on your handheld device. In a move that is sure to stir up further controversy, Google was recently awarded a patent that will make your device, and indirectly Google, aware of your location. Engadget reports that the patent, filed back in September 2011, describes a software-based alert system and…


The incorporation of your location into applications has become extremely popular over the past year. Looking at the permissions you grant when you install an app, it seems as if every app in the market wants to know where you are. But don’t fret, these apps aren’t here to steal your identity or track you down and find you, they are built to help you. Google was the first to bring location apps to the mobile platform. Furthermore, the technology has come along with contributions from tons of developers and even Google. wired Layar Layar is by far one of…