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30 MAY 2010

Google Street View Cars Peep Your Wi-Fi

"Nine days ago the data protection authority (DPA) in Hamburg, Germany asked to audit the WiFi data that our Street View cars collect for use in location–based products like Google Maps for mobile, which enables people to find local restaurants or get directions. His request prompted us to re–examine everything we have been collecting, and during our review we discovered that a statement made in a blog post on April 27 was incorrect.

In that blog post, and in a technical note sent to data protection authorities the same day, we said that while Google did collect publicly broadcast SSID information (the WiFi network name) and MAC addresses (the unique number given to a device like a WiFi router) using Street View cars, we did not collect payload data (information sent over the network). But it's now clear that we have been mistakenly collecting samples of payload data from open (i.e. non–password–protected) WiFi networks, even though we never used that data in any Google products.

However, we will typically have collected only fragments of payload data because: our cars are on the move; someone would need to be using the network as a car passed by; and our in–car WiFi equipment automatically changes channels roughly five times a second. In addition, we did not collect information traveling over secure, password–protected WiFi networks."

(Google, 14/05/2010 01:44:00 PM)

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Simon Perkins
06 JANUARY 2010

Light Blue Optics unveils Light Touch: a 10-inch touchscreen pico projector based on lasers

"They promised us a device in 2010 and sure enough, Light Blue Optics just announced Light Touch. As the name implies, LBO's product is a laser projector that turns any flat surface into an auto–focused and image–adjusted 10–inch touchscreen with WVGA resolution thanks to its laser– (not LED) based pico projection engine dubbed HLP (holographic laser projection) and infrared touch–sensing system. Light Touch runs Adobe Flash Lite 3.1 and includes WiFi and Bluetooth radios, 2GB of on–board storage (with microSD slot for up to 32GB more), and a battery capable of about 2–hours worth of runtime."

(Thomas Ricker, 5 January 2010, Engadget)

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10-inch • 2010 • Adobe Flash Lite • bluetoothdevicehaptic interface • HLP • hologram • holographic laser projection • industrial designinnovationinput deviceinteractioninteraction designlaserLED • Light Blue Optics • Light Touch • microSD • pico projector • product designsolutionsurfacetabletoptechnologytouchscreenUKusabilitywi-fiWiFi • WVGA

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Simon Perkins
17 MAY 2009

Wardriving, Warchalking & Wireless Hacking in Lithuania

"The term 'Wardriving' is used in order to describe that practice at which an individual, an Internet user, wanders in the streets of districts equipped with electronic devices capable for wireless access to the Internet with the aim to locate wireless networks for access to the Internet, either house–based or corporate–based wireless networks, map their existence for statistical or any other reason, and hack them."
(Marinos Papadopoulos, [Presented at the Cyber Crime Unit of the Lithuanian Criminal Police Bureau], 15 May 2007)

[The article claims that Peter M. Shipley originated the term 'Wardriving' around 2000 when he presented his research findings to the annual DefCon Congress.]

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20002007 • DefCon • hacking • hotspot • InternetLithuaniamobile media • NetStumbling • telecommunications • warchalking • wardriving • warXing • wi-fi • WILDing • wireless • wireless access • wireless hacking

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Simon Perkins
17 MAY 2009

Loki: Precise Location for Websites

"Loki is a new and unique way of interacting with the Internet. For the first time, your computer can automatically incorporate its exact physical location into your Internet experience. It can also let you quickly, efficiently and automatically share your location with others."
(Skyhook Wireless Inc.)

TAGS

convergencedeviceenvironmentinnovationlocationlocation-aware applicationslocation-specific • Loki • mobile • Skyhook Wi-Fi Positioning System • Skyhook wireless • solutionspacetechnologytelecommunicationswi-fi • WPS

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Simon Perkins
29 DECEMBER 2008

Portland's Personal Telco Project

"We are a volunteer group of Portlanders who believe that 802.11 (wireless networking, or Wi–Fi) technology is both cool and empowering. We started, in 2000, by turning our own houses and apartments into wireless hotspots (also referred to as "nodes"), and then set about building these nodes in public locations such as parks and coffee shops. Currently we have over 100 active nodes, and we eventually would like to cover the entire city of Portland, Oregon with even more.

We are here to promote and build public wireless networks through community support and education.

This site aims to help you find what you need in order to get connected to the community wireless network, or to participate in it. We thrive on feedback; if you have a question, comment, suggestion, or just can't find what you need, don't hesitate to let us know."
(Jason McArthur, Personal Telco Project)

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802.11communitydeviceempowermentengagementICTparticipation • Personal Telco Project • PersonalTelco • Portland (Oregon)technologytelecommunicationsUSAvolunteerwi-fi

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Simon Perkins
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