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Apple Patents Ability to Block ALL Wireless Devices from Recording: Selling to Governments & Police

Apple patented the means to transmit an encoded signal to all wireless devices, commanding them to disable recording functions.

Those policies would be activated by GPS, and WiFi or mobile base-stations, which would ring-fence ("geofence") around a building or a “sensitive area” to prevent phone cameras from taking pictures or recording video.

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I don't see how this is in Apple's interest

It sounds plausible, but Android will side-step on many levels in a heartbeat, driving more people to use Android devices.

And by plausible, I'm not sure. Apple would have to have the ability to interact with the OS and if they do, the Android OS can be changed. Or, there would have to be an app installed that will intercept an intent to use the camera and do nothing with it or pretend to do something. That could get unwittingly installed, but we'd figure it out.

But in any case, if it can be done, it can be countered in multiple ways so they'd only get a short window, maybe one protest's worth, to pull it off.

Defend Liberty!

Stupid RT Libel

Look, can we get this nonsense OFF the front page? I follow Apple news/rumors/patents pretty closely and this story is just total bullshit. If such a patent existed, there is public citable record of it. Why didn't RT cite this public record? Because it doesn't exist. Without citing the patent number this is nothing more than libelous nonsense.

This would be big news if true an be plastered all over macrumors.com and other sites. Apple would find itself in a shitstorm of controversy.

this is some piss-poor reporting

How do you write an article about a patent and not cite the patent number?

“The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants.” — Albert Camus

Very very simple solution....

Very very simple solution.... USE A REAL CAMERA!

Which can be seized and/or destroyed on the spot?

Which is why real-time streaming of footage of crimes committed by thugs, uniformed or not, is so important.

Reformed neocon

i am guessing a jail break might do the trick?


Turn of gps, turn of wifi, turn off G4/G3/whatever...

then walk into the 'forbidden zone',
Take picture.

Location aware sensors require sensors...
No sensors = Your phone isn't clever enough to know where it is; hence it cannot be clever enough to restrict your activities based on the criteria derived from said sensors.

If they try and divine where you are directly from your phone signal... Airplane mode?

Worst case scenario, you buy android, root your phone, turn off all the 'goodness,' and you're set.

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It appears to be all smart phones. From the article.

I wonder if it could also be all recording devices and all internet upload devices as well?

"A vote for the lesser of two evils is a vote to keep things the same", Buckminster Fuller..
A choice for liberty is always a choice for liberty.

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Never bought into the Apple

Never bought into the Apple thing. Actually, I don't even use a "smart" phone but I wonder if this can be done with the Androids too?

It is easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled. – Mark Twain

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Android suffers from "market competition". Any Android crippled in this way would likely suffer dramatic sales drop off thereby scaring other manufacturers from implementation.

Further, both Androids and iPhones can be jail broken to have that "feature" killed. Although jailbroken phones have notorious problems, and so I am glad I made the switch to Android a long time ago which is unlikely to ever suffer from this "feature".

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Semi likely but irrelevant.

You're projecting your personal preference.

Most people don't really care if they can't take pics of the cops/a government building/Dick Cheney's house. Hence, market competition doesn't protect the android ecosystem. What protects it is the fact its open source so other folks can gut any crap they put into it, and you, the end user can root it and pull the clean code.

Hence, people who are minimally semi competent (technically) and care about cop watching can still get the job done.

Which is hopefully 'enough' to render said patent pointless.

Android is not exempt

Besides, I have read that Android has been compromised in many ways for the NSA. Really though, we are talking Google here, those guys totally caved to China and censored the searches there, and routinely fork over whatever the govt wants. Do you really think Android is safe?

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Google and OS community has

Google and OS community has added about 7000 lines to the linux kernel. It's all open source, so you can view it for yourself, and all of the additions have been a positive. As for other layers of software that might use a similar tactic, packaged on an android phone with closed source camera software: Simple, once a user discovers it and posts about it, it would be worked around quickly.

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Android phones are NOT produced by google.

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open source.

Come on guys

It's just to keep us safe.

I guess its time to dump my iPhone

I guess its time to dump my iPhone

That's it...too much to think about; all I think about is

hurrying up to call my reps about gun rights, call my reps about the IRS and continuing the investigation on the tea baggers, call my reps about this, call my reps about that. Then I worry about who's going to bust into my place to kill my dog.

I think I best go to anywheresville...like Putin here I come or Ecuador or Anywheresville. OUt!


But they can't turn off my "Snappy K" with real film in it.

HA! - Take that NSA.


I guess Nikon and canon are gonna have a splendid year...I'm sure protesters would only consider this a bump in the road. Been thinking about dumping my iPhone for a minute now anyway.

What say you my fellow countrymen?! Onward!!! TO LIBERTY!!!

You'll need an old 35mm then - because the newer cameras all

have GPS and my guess is, that isn't a one-way street.

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We have a Canon Rebel XT and

We have a Canon Rebel XT and a Canon 50D; both are great digital cameras with no "tracking" feature :)

It is easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled. – Mark Twain


No surprise, though. FlipVideo cams can come back "in", I guess.

What would the Founders do?

slip slidn away-yay...