Apple patent could allow companies and the Gov't to shut down your smartphone in certain areas
posted by Victor H. / Oct 10, 2012, 7:59 AM
"Covert police or government operations may require complete "blackout" conditions," is one comment to the patent application.
And while it’s clear that the patent could actually help the military in foreign operations, doubts remain that this could be used by companies and police to shut down users for whatever they decide. Imagine going to a concert and having camera blocked on all iPhones in the area - no pictures, no video recordings. That seems like ignoring the first amendment, and we expect to see it challenged by rights advocates.
Tim Pool, one such activist, explains all the ramifications this could have, so don’t hesitate to check out the video below and hit the source link to see it all about the patent.
source: USPTO via Business Insider
So now I'll get to use my phone as per Apple's wishes? What is exactly wrong with USPTO and Apple?
posted on Oct 10, 2012, 8:03 AM 33
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OK I have been hated on by a lot of users for bashing Apple BUT... I was wrong... Apple is not rotten, its FU*KED to its core! Side with this iSh33p (you better not) or I will post the crap out of you! WTF??!!! why even do this? I cant go to a concert with my friends and record vidz of having a great time anymore? I am not bashing but sincerely asking what the hell is wrong with Apple? And I know no matter what the iSh33p are going to rush to Apple's defense! Man I am asking the fellow iphone users, in all honesty do you think that you want your device for which you paid top dollar to be controlled by Apple or anybody for that matter??? It doesn't matter what device you have, which platform you run and which company you support...this is unreasonable for all smart device users...PERIOD! I have been called an Apple hater but what do you expect me to do after this? Love Apple? Embrace it? Build a giant freakin Apple monument in Times Square??!!! Twiiter, Facebook and all of social media will suffer because of this and not only for consumers but business will lose a lot of money which depend on social media for outreach. If you call me a hater then watch me hate Apple as it is the only justified emotion one can feel especially after this patent! Apple concentrated on patents alone and it shows in the new iPad and iPhone 5...nothing revolutionary came out in these products...both were just the same thing repackaged...hey at least when Steve Jobs said the word revolutionary he would deliver on it! For once it would be nice to see a leading commpany like Apple change its game, focus on quality and dojustice to the legacy of Steve Jobs!
posted on Oct 10, 2012, 11:26 AM 17
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The answer according to Apple will be YES. Why Apple Why. You really don't like us your fans to enjoy any lil bit of freedom we have, now all of us are gonna start jail-breaking our phones. iOS don't give us freedom to download music unless if it's from iTunes, can't use any browser as a default, but Safari, now this, come on, you're chasing us away to Android, cos we loved you due to fluid iOS, now with Project Butter, Android is there, you really want us to stop buying Apple products cos this is the extreme, maximum security, what's next? Blocking my phone if I eat meat? Now I can see another Samsung ad mocking Apple At a concert, a guy is screaming and taking a video of himself and his friends, and next to them is guys with iPhones with no camera functionality at all and they all envy Galaxy boy.
posted on Oct 10, 2012, 12:37 PM 6
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hey slim you're an apple user right? I am glad you can see through Apple's gimmicks. I mean I get it androids dont like Apple users and vice versa BUT this isnt about that. This is about the ethical implications that come with the patent. I mean no matter which company you are you cant control customers...that;'s bloody tyrany!!! Its ironic really! Androids are supposed to be part human and part machine...intelligent but controllable. But its Apple who is trying to make real androids out of their customers by putting a leash on their use!
posted on Oct 10, 2012, 1:16 PM 4
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Let's see how this could be used (forget concerts, that's lightweight stuff): - Against any of the Occupy Movements; - Against protesters in the Middle East; - By oppressive regimes in China (or in the West when they pop up) Can you imagine what J. Edgar Hoover, Nixon, Judge Dredd -- oh, wait, never mind about him... My question is, can't the cell phone companies do this already? How is this patent different from killing a few towers or disconnecting a given line temporarily?
posted on Oct 10, 2012, 9:30 PM 1
Go read the patent. This is for people who bring their phones into areas where sensitive information or equipment may reside. iOS and Android handsets can be shut down remotely, but this is a selective outage to protect sensitive areas, such as ops staging areas, military facilities, etc.
posted on Oct 11, 2012, 5:27 AM 0
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Apple your becoming TOO controlling
posted on Oct 10, 2012, 8:09 AM 26
thats the reason i HATE APPLE with all my heart n soul because they want to turn everybody into an islave.
posted on Oct 10, 2012, 8:50 AM 14
i have to disagree bro. They want more than just money. They want to control people`s lives. They want to eliminate competition by hook or crook. But its never gonna happen. sooner or later Apple will come down one day.
posted on Oct 10, 2012, 11:21 AM 3
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Try using your cellphone when the motorcade for the POTUS is moving. The technology to disable cellphones was developed in response to IED attacks in Iraq. Unless Apple led this effort, I suspect they will have some problems with invalidity.
posted on Oct 10, 2012, 8:14 AM 5
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They can't get enough of control iPhones and other apple products on how people can use them, but now they feel its OK to control any cell phone Apple can't ban from the US. Using the government to help aid them in how we are told when and where we can use our cell phones and other high tech devices. This will not go well.
posted on Oct 10, 2012, 8:23 AM 8
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