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Apple granted patent that would enable disabling of cell phones by location

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Apple granted patent that would enable disabling of cell phones by location
Imagine walking into an area deemed too sensitive for mobile devices, and voila, your device is rendered useless. There are some practical applications where this technology would be welcomed, like school testing environments or business executives worried about someone catching a sneak-peek at an unreleased product…hey wait a minute!!

There are some equally reasonable concerns against implementing this technology as well. If such mechanisms were put in place in the public domain, it would clearly prevent people from being able to record open events, such as during the Arab Spring, or at other political protests which are common around the world and a guaranteed right in the US.

Apple does lay out an even keeled point in favor of such technology:
As wireless devices such as cellular telephones, pagers, personal media devices and smartphones become ubiquitous, more and more people are carrying these devices in various social and professional settings. The result is that these wireless devices can often annoy, frustrate, and even threaten people in sensitive venues. For example, cell phones with loud ringers frequently disrupt meetings, the presentation of movies, religious ceremonies, weddings, funerals, academic lectures, and test-taking environments.

That is hardly reassuring. Government installations already have the ability to shield RF signals in sensitive areas, so enhancing the ability to render devices completely unusable does have merit in that environment. 

But, justifying this technology based on the carelessness of someone who forgot to turn their ringer off at a wedding? That is about as weak an argument as you can get. And do not even get us started on the impact it would have on sneaking a look at the newest-yet-to-be-released gadgets out there!

source: Mashable


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posted on 09 Sep 2012, 16:54 40

1. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Maybe yet another reason not to buy iDevices?

posted on 09 Sep 2012, 17:05 8

5. darkkjedii (Posts: 22065; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Could come n handy though bro

posted on 09 Sep 2012, 20:20 27

28. MeoCao (unregistered)


It makes me uncomfortable every time I hear the words Apple and patent together.

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 20:25

48. cheetah2k (Posts: 1597; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)


Finally, I can sit in a cinema and not have to worry about hearing that effing anoying stock iPhone ring tone......

Joy to the world!

posted on 09 Sep 2012, 17:12 29

6. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Another reason? I think that there already is bunch of reasons why not to buy Apple products.

posted on 09 Sep 2012, 17:22 25

9. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


iCouldn't disagree more, iThink it's perfect for those who are used to and like being controlled. Apple is always looking to iNNovate.

posted on 09 Sep 2012, 18:29 2

18. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


funny you say that when you admitted to have an iphone… i guess you only mention that when you need to eh?

I personally have an android phone, but, while I do sometimes criticize the os, I dont make such hypocritical statements about general users...

posted on 09 Sep 2012, 19:12 10

24. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


so you rather have APPLE SPY or TURN YOUR PHONE off while YOU'RE NOT looking?

posted on 09 Sep 2012, 20:28 4

29. metalpoet (unregistered)


Amen brotha!

posted on 09 Sep 2012, 21:17 1

33. DWillyEfect (Posts: 52; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)


Why do you act like it's an either/or situation? They'll do both if that's what they want.

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 08:07

43. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


I only use my iPhone 4 (sold the 4S - BIG profit) as a music player with DJ Pro by Algoriddm. And, any data I exchange, I only use wi-fi (like the good Lord, Our sAviOr and DiEty, Steve wanted us to use).

So, there!

posted on 09 Sep 2012, 18:28 16

17. -POLICE- (Posts: 8; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)


True.... What is wrong with America, why are they letting, allowing Apple to patent what does not belong to them!

posted on 09 Sep 2012, 18:29 12

19. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Maybe because Apple is an American multinational corporation.

posted on 09 Sep 2012, 18:31 1

20. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


how do you know they did not create the technology?

Do you have any indication that they didnt? Obviously since they were granted the patent they did in fact develop something or were the first to patent it...

posted on 09 Sep 2012, 19:12 11

25. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


Apple PATENT the most riduculous stuff.

posted on 09 Sep 2012, 20:29 2

30. metalpoet (unregistered)


Apple thinks their special.....short bus special haha!

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 01:12 1

37. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


'they are' does not = 'their'

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 17:10 1

46. gallitoking (Posts: 4720; Member since: 17 May 2011)


yeah like slide to unlock right

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 06:27 2

41. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 1116; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


Oh no! She passed out! Quick, call 911!!!

Uhhh, i can't Apple turned off my iPhone and i cant turn it on!

posted on 09 Sep 2012, 16:55 12

2. techguy22 (Posts: 227; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


apple is patenting everything.
smh

posted on 09 Sep 2012, 17:01 8

3. cjo1992 (Posts: 25; Member since: 04 May 2012)


They can have this patent.

posted on 09 Sep 2012, 17:03 9

4. mihaidenis (Posts: 22; Member since: 09 Sep 2012)


And if u have an emergency call to made?
Run like crazy to get an coverage area.
Hmmm.
Sounds not good for me.
You buy a MOBILE phone for that=mobility.
I'm not gonna buy a phone that somebody
else can turn it off.
God sake this is nonsense.
Please Steve don't turn in your grave.

posted on 09 Sep 2012, 20:16 1

27. meowcenary (Posts: 187; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


I remember when this was brought up in 2000 and how countries like Japan has a system inplace where hospitals and certain public places would not have wireless signal. People in AMerica were saying the same thing if one needs to dial 911 how could we? Well I am sure in any faciliaties they have security and employees with phones. It is a real lame excuse to use 911 as and excuse.

Seriously how many times has a d**khead ruin a movie, a meal, and such because they were using their bloody wireless phone? Hell if apple does not use the tech, here's hoping raytheon's electronic warfare suites would come into play. Yeah, Yeah, Yeah Big Brother and all that crap...

posted on 09 Sep 2012, 17:15 2

7. tedkord (Posts: 12272; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


What I really need is foolproof way to keep my daughter from texting or calling while driving.

posted on 09 Sep 2012, 17:17 2

8. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


GSM Jammer ?

posted on 09 Sep 2012, 18:25 2

15. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Didn't RIM file a patent for that?

posted on 09 Sep 2012, 18:37

21. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


yes-- it prevents the phone from texting while the phone is moving at a certain speed… it doesnt prevent all problems such as red-light texting and such though

posted on 09 Sep 2012, 19:50 2

26. tedkord (Posts: 12272; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Plus, it doesn't distinguish between drivers and passengers. So, she wouldn't be able to text or call if I were driving.

posted on 09 Sep 2012, 17:28 5

10. EspHack (Posts: 70; Member since: 04 Sep 2012)


exclusive for iDevices! wow im jealous

posted on 09 Sep 2012, 17:30 2

11. RapidCat (Posts: 351; Member since: 12 Jun 2012)


so iDevice now easy to bricked?

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