Seeing just how much information and sensitive data we store on our smartphones, not to mention the phone numbers and photos we probably haven’t back up in months, losing it all can be a huge headache. We not only lose a phone, but we lose a piece of ourselves along with that phone. However, because cell phone application developers know how severe this lose can be, they have created many different apps that help people find their lost or stolen phone by using the phone’s built-in GPS.

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The employment of smartphone malware has been on the rise as our internet use has become more and more mobile-based. The latest app that was found to be loaded with malware is called Steamy Window; but instead of slowing down your phone or trying to steal your passwords, as we’ve seen in the past, this one also runs up your texting bill, leaving you with hundreds if not thousands of dollars in fees.

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People with Alzheimer’s disease suffer from a condition that endangers their daily lives regardless of how secure their environment is perceived to be. With this disease, the afflicted have a tendency to wander away from their homes or families, become disoriented, and can’t find their way back. In some of the most heartbreaking cases, the victims are never found until it’s too late.

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GPS navigation is extremely useful, and in this day and age almost everyone relies on it in some form or another, sometimes on a daily basis. However, the old GPS navigation systems would simply give you direction like: “turn left in 50 feet,” or something to that effect; which makes it pretty easy to miss your turn or stop at the right house when you’re driving. The next generation of GPS navigation is much more sophisticated than that, and actually takes into consideration the real world that the driver sees.

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Most Android users know that there are other means of downloading apps besides going into the app store. Some users scour the Internet for bootleg apps just to avoid paying for them in the app store.  However, this can be risky business since many of the apps found online may be infected with viruses harmful to your phone.

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identEvery day thousands of people download new applications onto their smart phones without much care for  the terms of service they so easily agree to. What most of these people don’t know is they may be volunteering information and allowing for companies to gather data without their consent. Recently a company called Pinch Media was charged with being a little too invasive when it comes to gathering information through their iPhone apps.

According to one iPhone developer, applications using Pinch Media can retrieve information like your phone’s personal ID number and can work in conjunction with other applications like Facebook to determine your gender, birth year and even your exact longitude and latitude. Pinch Media has been accused of gathering information that has nothing to do with its applications. Instead, they have been using this data collection for advertisements and other marketing purposes. Worse, is that this information is often taken without the consent of the user and more often than not does not allow the user the option to stop the information gathering.

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