Last year a student at New York University threw out an interesting challenge – via a Kickstarter campaign, he offered to divulge 60 days worth of private data gleaned from his digital devices.
He raised $2,733 from 213 backers.
And earlier this year, a research team at the University of Trento in Italy reeled in 60 people and their smart phones to participate in an experiment that recorded various personal details and created a marketplace to sell the data. These included phone calls, apps being used, time spent on them, photographs taken, and users’ locations 24/7.
Each week, as reported by MIT Technology Review, the participants took part in an auction to sell the data, e.g., they might want to sell a specific GPS location or total distance traveled, or locations visited on a given day.
While reporting all results could be the topic of another post, in brief, Jacopo Staiano, who headed up the research team, said there were a few key findings:
• Location is the most valued category of personally identifiable information;
• Participants valued their information more highly on days that were unusual compared to typical days;
• People who traveled more each day tended to value their personal information more highly.
Almost 600 ‘auctions’ were... Read more
One month after Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen took his global sensation off the app store over 1000 clones have copied him. The app store has been inundated with replicas and clones of the app which has changed the face of mobile gaming.
We haven’t seen anything like this for quite some time. Clones and exact replicas of Flappy Bird have now taken over the app store with apps like Flappy Wings, Flappy Rainbow, Flappy Star, Falling Bird –Son of Flappy and even Flappy Schapelle making the app stores top 100.
It would appear that Dong Nguyen – the creator of Flappy Bird wasn’t motivated to do a copyright claim as so many people have ripped him off. All the Flappy Bird clones out there are using Dongs exact design, mechanics and overall idea of Flappy Bird.
Important to note that although Dong didn’t register his copyright, he still has copyright protection in Australia and other countries. Many of these app companies are in breach. We will be following the story to see how it transpires and report as more news becomes available.
Dong is still earning over $50,000... Read more