Show of hands – how many of you own a smartphone (Apple’s iPhone, Google’s Android primarily)?
That’s right – we know that while the vast majority of you did raise your hand proudly waving your mini-computer around, there are still a fairly substanial number of you who still proudly sport a flip phone or other non-smartphone around in your pocket.
And that’s okay. For you, you can skip over this post knowing that you’ve made the right decision.
It’s because we’re about to tell you how smartphone users are really no different from flipphone users, when it comes right down to it.
If you’re like Web Watch, then you too have likely received the parental email thread – typically forwarded from friend after friend, Facebook after Facebook post – that encourages everyone to enter an I.C.E. entry on your cellphone.
You know, IN CASE OF EMERGENCY.
That ICE entry would contain the name, phone number, and other immediately important information about the person/people that emergency responders should contact for you when an emergency or crisis occurs. Web Watch even knows someone who has a complete ICE binder sitting smack on top of their refrigerator, with the names, addresses, and phone numbers of their entire family tree. This makes sense, of course – as everyone knows that the kitchen is the 2nd most dangerous place in the house… after the bathroom.
And who would want to keep an ICE binder in the bathroom?
By now, Web Watch is sure that you’ve heard of the term “showrooming“, where consumers go to Target, Best Buy, or other major retailers simply to browse the aisles – cell phone in hand – with the explicit purpose to NOT buy anything that day.
By now, you probably have heard about CARRIER IQ, that software that many cell phone manufacturers and service providers had installed on all sorts of cellphones in order to track how well their networks were performing.
The issue, if you didn’t know, is that CARRIER IQ wasn’t a very well-designed application and was recording a lot of each user’s phone actions without that person’s knowledge. Now, Congress has gotten involved and it’s turned into a big ugly mess. Continue reading HOW TO REMOVE CARRIER IQ FROM YOUR PHONE→