Posts Tagged ‘phone’


 A Minnesota  man was charged with installing a tracking device on his then-wife’s car, in violation of a Minnesota statute prohibiting the use of, among other things, tracking devices without a court order. (Minn. Stat. 626A.35.)

As recounted in the order, in March 2010, the victim had a mechanic inspect the car, and the mechanic found a tracking device magnetically attached to the underside of the car. And remember,  it gets 30 to 40 below here in winter.

In January of that year, the victim testified about an incident involving domestic violence. In response, the victim moved out, but the defendant sent her text messages “commenting on where she had been and otherwise indicating that he was monitoring her movements.”

She also testified that the defendant allegedly put spyware on her cell phone that “allowed him to intercept her text messages and that he also seemed to know everything she was doing on the family computer.” The defendant was also involved in an incident where the defendant allegedly located the victim in a lakeside cabin, “entered the cabin, and physically attacked an acquaintance of [the victim's].”

The statute excluded the use of a mobile tracking device when it was used to track an object with the “consent of the owner.” Hormann argued that because he had an ownership interest in the vehicle, the statute could not be used to convict him.

The court finds that the statute’s use of the word “owner” is ambiguous in this context, and the drafters did not anticipate the scenario where an object has more than one owner. The court looks to Minnesota’s vehicle-title rule for the definition of “owner.”

The vehicle-title statute defined owner to include a person who has “property in [sic] or title to a vehicle.” A person entitled to “use” the vehicle was encompassed within the definition of “owner.”

The court found that Hormann was entitled to use the vehicle. The vehicle was purchased with marital funds and thus presumptively marital property. There was also evidence in the record that Hormann used the vehicle on occasion. (At oral argument, the state conceded that it would not prosecute Hormann for auto theft if Hormann was found to be driving the vehicle, even without the victim’s consent.)

The evidence with respect to title to the vehicle was also favorable to Hormann. While the victim was shown to be the sole registered owner, Hormann produced evidence that the victim signed title over to Hormann (the testimony at trial showed that this transfer was done to facilitate the sale of the vehicle and the transfer was never recorded). According to the court, this transfer demonstrates how “incidents of formal ownership of marital property may not accurately reflect who is using a vehicle.”

The court applies the rule of lenity to construe the statutory ambiguity narrowly, and holds that the exception applies where the vehicle or object has multiple owners, and one of the owners consents to the tracking device.

Divorce and privacy

Divorces are fertile ground for privacy issues.

A New Jersey (civil) case involved GPS tracking, and although the court did not raise the issue and there was no statute expressly aimed at tracking,  the fact that “since the wife owned the car, she could have argued that she had the right to track its movements.”

(The New Jersey case was decided largely on the grounds that the vehicle in question was on publicly visible roadways, where the driver enjoyed a diminished expectation of privacy.) The issues can be less clear when it comes to emails, since spouses sometimes maintain joint email accounts, and there’s not always a clear “owner” of a particular account.

On the other hand, statutes which are aimed at communications provide for exceptions based on the consent of the parties to the communications, and ownership of a phone or an email account will not provide an easy out under those statutes. In this case, the victim alleged that the now-former husband infringed on her privacy in other ways (e.g., installing spyware on her computer and her cell phone), but the focus of the charge was the tracking.

It may be too early to have a meaningful tally, but it seems that courts are more tolerant of spouses who engage in tracking while in the midst of a divorce or separation.

SO .. I guess SOMEBODY has to REALLY CARE  care what you do .

Are you  flattered or terrified?


2D Scanner scans QR Code barcode from a Mobile Phone (YAWN)…


QR CODE – is this a fad ?

Who is turning big bucks on QR CODES ??

Does it REALLY improve your bottom line ?

Not sure – are you in business to make money or make friends?

I am not sure in these daunting times how much is a gimmick-

Are you trying to “network” or are you looking for a support group? 

Nothing wrong with it -





Dell and Apple are Dukeing it out..

Dell’s sales in China grew by 22 percent during the first quarter of this year, and China, the world’s largest mobile phone market, passed 916 million subscribers in July.

China LOVES mobile devices:

While Dell has not announced when the products are to hit the market,

technology giant Dell and Chinese Web services company Baidu are teaming up to develop mobile phones and tablet devices involving Baidu’s new mobile platform. Run Samsung- run…

Dell’s sales in China grew by 22 percent during the first quarter of this year, and China, the world’s largest mobile phone market, passed 916 million subscribers in July.

Baidu occupied 75.9 percent of Internet search revenue share in the second quarter of 2011, according to Analysis International. GoogleChina, which ranks second, continued to move downward, occupying 18.9 percent market revenue share.

WOW…..Baidu provides an index of more than 740 million Web pages, 80 million images and 10 million multimedia files, and offers multimedia content, including MP3 music and movies, and is the first inChina to offer Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) and personal digital assistant- (PDA-) based mobile search.

“I suspect this is just Dell, who has a lot of problems on the mobile and tabletfront, grasping at straws to get any kind of publicity that it can to make its product more attractive,” Michael Clendenin, managing director of technology consultancy RedTech Advisors, told the news service. “Ultimately, inChina, I still think it is Apple’s game, still for the iPad and iPhone.”

As demand in Chinafor mobile devices skyrockets, Apple certainly isn’t sitting on the sidelines:

The company is nearing completion of a 24,000-square-foot store in Hong Kong to complement its retail locations inBeijing andShanghai—each city is home to two Apple stores. Carolyn Wu, a Beijing-based Apple spokeswoman, told Bloomberg News the store would open inside the International Finance Center Mall inHong Kong’s main shopping and business district, but declined to specify an exact date.

“The iPhone is one of the leading smartphones in the Hong Kong market,” Sandy Shen, an analyst at IT research firm Gartner in Shanghai, toldBloomberg. “The sales momentum for the iPhone is still very strong, and we see the growth being maintained for the next few quarters.”

Microsoft isn’t holding back either. The company is also partnering with Baidu to provide users of Baidu with results from Bing, Microsoft’s search engine, after English-language search entries are entered inChina. The partnership, comes as Baidu looks to expand its user base after fending off market-share increases from Google, while Microsoft is trying to keep momentum going for Bing, which has seen its user base for the search service grow in theUnited States.




Driving While Texting (DWT): FOR THOSE YOU LOVE: DON’T

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Driving While Texting (DWT)

DWT is the new Drunk Driver of the  American  highways. 

 Researchers in one study demonstrated that driving while texting was twice as dangerous as driving while talking on the phone, a practice which has been shown to be as dangerous as driving with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08.

This is the general threshold for intoxicated driving.

 A separate report found that texting and driving is MORE dangerous than drunken driving. It has also been shown that texting is more dangerous than listening, dialing, talking or reaching for a device.

Why IS DWT Dangerous?

Using a communication device, for any purpose, can be distracting and dangerous.

According to scientists, the brain has a very difficult time processing different information streams. As a result, drivers who are concentrating on eating, dealing with children or changing the radio station — let alone typing a message or having a heated argument with their spouse — have difficulty focusing on the task at hand and reacting to road conditions.


Though driving while texting is a problem among most age groups, it is a bigger problem among teens. As a result, many states prohibit minors from using cell phones for any purpose while driving.

In the United States Congress, legislation has been proposed that would prohibit drivers nationwide, of all ages, from sending emails or text messages while driving.

Driver distraction is one of the leading causes of motor vehicle accidents. One of the fastest growing and most problematic of driver distractions is text messaging.

Numerous studies in recent years have linked auto accidents to text messaging and cell phone use. In response, in January of 2009 the National Safety Council urged state and federal lawmakers to ban the use of cell phones and other text-messaging devices while driving.

Since then, 14 states plus the District of Columbia have banned texting while driving, and several U.S. senators have united behind a bill that would ban driving while texting (DWT) nationwide.

Texting while driving is extremely dangerous, as well as negligent.



The Japanese call it osaifu keitai (cell-phone wallet).

Flash your SMARTPHONE phone almost anywhere you go for almost any purchase and it’s automatically logged into a digital expense report.

Eat frequently at McDonald’s?

Tap your phone to pay and your all-in-one debit card/receipt tracker/loyalty program may instantly offer you 10% off.  As in a branded MC SMARTPHONE ? Am I smart or what?

Today, if you want to enjoy these benefits, you have to go to Japan.

after years of talk, wireless carriers, banks, startups, and handset makers are now actively working to transform Americans’ cell phones into mobile wallets.

The goal: to snag a share of the processing fees associated with the $3.2 trillion in annual retail credit-card charges, and to turn the $1.2 trillion in cash and check spending into digital transactions.

For the past five-plus years, Visa and MasterCard have used near-field communications(NFC) chips in tap-to-pay credit cards and key fobs.

Now they’re embracing mobile phones as well. Later this month, Visa will release an iPhone case (developed with Dallas-based Device Fidelity) that makes the handset compatible with tap-to-pay consoles. This follows MasterCard’s similar entry this summer, when it started marketing tags (developed with Atlanta-based First Data) that stick to phones. “Consumers already use phones for online payments,” says Josh Peirez, MasterCard Worldwide’s chief innovation officer, referring to downloaded songs and software. “The goal is to get them comfortable doing the same thing in the physical world.”

The interim offerings will have a decidedly short shelf life. Nokia has announced that it will include NFC chips in all its 2011 smartphones, effectively forcing Apple, Research in Motion, and other rivals to follow suit. “Stickers and stuff are welcome bridges,” says Gerhard Romen, Nokia’s director of mobile financial services, “but demand is growing, and full implementation is what makes a technology go forward.”

Analysts estimate NFC will become ubiquitous within the next three to five years, which will give wireless carriers newfound leverage in determining the future of the mobile wallet. Indeed, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon are reportedly working on a joint-payments initiative. (All either declined to comment or couldn’t be reached.) “Not only do they distribute the physical devices and ‘own’ millions of customers,” says Philip J. Philliou, of payments-consulting firm Philliou Selwanes Partners, “but they also understand how to do payments — billings, collections, maintaining accounts — on a massive scale.”

That said, carriers are unlikely to go it alone. In Japan, a primarily cash-based society, NTT DoCoMo took control of the mobile-wallet market by buying a bank. A likelier scenario in the United States — where consumers already love to buy now, pay later — would be for one or more carriers to partner with or even acquire a credit-card network, so as to take advantage of its brand equity, processing savvy, and retail relationships. “Together, they can offer unparalleled fraud protection,” Philliou adds. “And when risk decreases, so does cost.”

The excitement surrounding the mobile wallet’s potential is so fevered that in addition to carriers and credit-card networks, now banks, tech giants, and startups are all eager to lay claim to some part of this potentially huge new ecosystem. PayPal already lets users send money via text message, and Osama Bedier, its VP of mobile platforms and new ventures, envisions a service that stores gift cards and alerts customers when they’re near a merchant. This past summer, mobile startup Loopt launched its Loopt Star program, an über digital-rewards card for such brands as Starbucks and Gap. U.S. Bank is working with Infosys to move beyond a basic banking app: It’s developing a location-based “concierge” so smart (and potentially creepy) that it can offer a shampoo discount to shoppers browsing the hair-care aisle. As NFC tech proliferates, says Dominic Venturo, U.S. Bank’s chief innovation officer, “we’ll be able to make a business case for services that are even better.”

This year, eBay expects U.S. consumers to buy roughly $1.5 billion worth of goods using its smartphone apps.

It’s a short leap, then, to using that same handset to pay at the Target in your neighborhood shopping center. “From the customer’s point of view,” says Robert Hedges, a partner at the financial-services consultancy Mercatus, “the question is, When is the banking industry going to catch up with us?”


Just WHY did Governor Rick Scott veto

HB 0689 DISTRACTED  DRIVER legislation?

JUST WHY is Florida one of the few states with NO

distracted driver legislation?

Distracted driving report:

 In 2011, the Legislature rejected or ignored all bills that would limit drivers’ use of cell phones and text messaging devices. The Legislature adjourned May 6.

Republican Gov. Rick Scott  does not appear , at this juncture, to be  supportive of a handheld cell phone ban.

Florida is one of a few states that have no distracted driving laws, despite numerous and repeated attempts by legislators.

Current prohibitions:
None. Just go ahead- text- drive and be as distracted  as you please.

Your fellow driver- hey- just keep him guessing:

YOU OWN THE ROAD – right ?

He’s got a steering wheel -just let  him watch out for you.


I suddenly remembered that English is not the first language for alot of Appsnewbies – and I sometimes lapse into

colloquialism and “kidding on the square” …SORRY.

2011 cell phone, texting legislation (dead):
HB 689: Would require DMV to ensure that driver education programs cover the risks of using handheld electronic devices in a vehicle. Approved by the House in 94-16 vote on May 2. Approved by the Senate in a 28-9 vote on May 3. Governor did not sign the legislation. (Berman)


Hope Governor Scott will choose to revisit this decision.


Admire for the new Smartphone User

Students and parents who are
gearing up for back to school will have an affordable and stylish new
touchscreen smartphone choice with a new Android smartphone, the Samsung Admire,

In a recent  study among parents by the National Retail Federation it was found that for this
year’s Back to School season that half of respondents report that they will hunt
for sales and almost 44 percent admit they will be spending less money in

In the worst economy in decades-  Why am I so NOT suprised that people are spending less.
The Samsung Admire is a fine choice for the novice Smartphone user.
The  Admire is powered by Android 2.3 and comes
in a choice of two colors, red and gray.

Studentshave of course, thousands of apps on the Android
Market, allowing them to personalize their phones and to access homework help,
GPS or social networking.


On the other hand-when a parent is in foreclosure- how can they buy ANY Smartphone ?

Just wondering..


APPLE iphone and Music Downloads some Warnings

Ever since the iPhone hit the market, people have been just   crazy about it.

In fact, iPhone sales today are still going up and a lot of people are STILL  buying it.


But In reality, just what makes the iPhone so popular ?


For openers, it has a lot of capabilities that no other phone has.



It has a touch screen LCD where you don’t have to fool with keypads anymore, and it has amazing graphics capabilities.

The LCD itself is considered to be the largest in mobile phones and you can even clearly see movies in it without going legally blind while you  squint to see the  movie or the video you are watching.


The Apple iPhone can also let you go online through WiFi internet access.

Just be inside a WiFi hotspot and you will be able to surf the internet with your iPhone.


Plus, your iPhone also has the capabilities of your iPod, which will let you listen to your favorite tunes while you are on the go.


BOTTOM LINE:  The iPhone is basically a hybrid between iPod and a mobile phone. PERIOD.


And, with music playing capabilities, you may want to know which website you should visit in order to download your favorite music.


To start downloading music  to your iPhone, it is always safe and legal to go for a paid website. Although you will  pay a subscription fee, to download your favorite tunes, you can be sure that your computer as well as your iPhone will be safe from malicious programs or computer viruses and spyware software.


Remember poor Appsnewbie and her 1200 Trojans that nearly killed my EMachine? WHIMPER..



Another REALLY important thing that you should look for is the EASE of download

Is it easy to understand and operate? USERFRIENDLY ?

Is it easy to navigate from file to file?

Always make sure that the interface should always be simple to use in order to make the most of your download time.

Also, make sure that the download speed is fast enough that it won’t take you an hour just to download a single song with a high speed internet connection. In fact, it should only take you 2 to 4 minutes or even less depending on your connection speed to download a song.


Lastly, you have to look for an after-sales customer support service in the download website you plan on getting your music for your iPhone.

Technical support is important as there will be times where you may need help to troubleshoot when you are facing difficulties with your downloads as well as your iPhone.


Remember – EVERY  download you make   means you are trusting the software you are gleefully putting in your device  is virus free


Hope this helps – remember –you get what you pay for….

JUST WHAT the HECK IS an iphone ?

We can thank,

 or we would not be asking.


Don’t worry Bunky- that’s why Appsnewbie is here.

I KNOW there is too much stuff to try to absorb.



The iPhone is a line of Internet- and multimedia(meaning they can use multiple sources for getting the thing to work- (hopefully. )

The smartphones are designed and marketed by Apple Inc.

 The first iPhone was unveiled by Apple CEO Steve Jobs on January 9, 2007, and released on June 29, 2007.

An iPhone can function as a video camera (video recording was not a standard feature until theiPhone 3GS was released),

 a camera phone, can send texts and receive visual voicemail, aportable media player,

and be your internet source net for email and web browsing , and both Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity.

 There are four generations of iPhone models, each accompanied by one of the four major releases of iOS (formerly iPhone OS).

 The original iPhone was a GSM phone that established design precedents like screen size and buttons  have persisted on all models.

 The iPhone 3G added 3Gcellular network capabilities and A-GPS location.

The iPhone 3GS added a compass, faster processor, and a clearer, better camera, including video recording at 480p.

The iPhone 4 has a rear facing camera (720p video) and a front facing camera (at a lower resolution) for FaceTime video calling and for use in other apps like Skype.  The phone also featured a higher-resolution display; it was released on June 24, 2010.

In the U.S., AT&T was the only authorized carrier until February 10, 2011, when a CDMA version of the iPhone 4 launched for Verizon.




dialR: Rotary Phone Dialer

In 5 years – or less- the clamshell cell phone will be where the rotary corded landline phone is today.
At the thrift shop and unusable.

The latest generations of Smartphone’s and tablets are revolutionizing the mobile device usage-driving fierce competition between platforms and making HUGE opportunities for marketers to connect with consumers. SELL BABY SELL the mantra.

Momentum in the mobile device market has swung in favor of Smartphones, led by the Apple’s iPhone and the host of competitors.
As per eMarketer, they project US Smartphone users will reach 73.3 million by the end of 2011, representing 31% of the total mobile user population.

Although they still constitute a minority of mobile users, Smartphone owners command the majority of marketers’ attention. The explanation boils down to how Smartphone owners use their devices. Simply put, they do more of everything than their counterparts with feature phones: messaging, gaming, listening to music, watching videos, social networking, shopping, using apps and browsing the web.

The next generation of Smartphones promises to take this disparity to even greater heights, in the process spurring increased competition between Apple’s proprietary iOS platform and the open Android operating system championed by Google. The addition of tablets into the smart-device mix constitutes a vital second front in the larger Apple-Google battle for mobile supremacy.

Ultimately, the winner, if there is one, matters less than marketers’ ability to make the most of the growing number of smart devices to deliver rich, engaging experiences for consumers

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