‘Antisocial network’ Cloak helps users avoid their friends

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A pair of U.S. developers have created Cloak, an iPhone “antisocial network” to help users avoid running into their friends.
Cloak, created by programmer Brian Moore and former Buzzfeed creative director Chris Baker, is billed as the “antisocial network” and uses check-in data from Foursquare and Instagram to allow users to see the locations of their friends on a map, the Los Angeles Times reported Thursday.
“Avoid exes, co-workers, that guy who likes to stop and chat — anyone you’d rather not run into,” the app description in the iTunes store reads.
The app also allows users to “flag” certain friends and they will receive notifications when the flagged friends show up within a certain range.

Researchers develop formula that reveals home location based on tweets

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IBM researches announced Friday they successfully developed an algorithm to track down any Twitter user’s home city based on metadata contained in their last 200 tweets.

The formula, which researchers said could benefit targeted advertising for marketers or locating major news events for journalists, has an almost 70 percent rate of accuracy according to MIT Technology Review, and is the latest research finding to highlight the possible danger to privacy and security presented by metadata collection and analysis.

One of Twitter’s option features allows for the location tagging of every tweet a user posts. Research head Jalal Mahmud lead the IBM team’s effort, which began with a question: Is it possible to predict the location of a Twitter account holder’s location by analyzing tweets and matching the content against their geotagged metadata?

iPhone users are disappointed with the iOS 7.1 software update…

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that’s draining their batteries, erasing their contacts, and flipping their keyboards

  • The iOS 7.1 is already on 21 per cent of all iPhones and iPads making it one of the fastest changeovers to a new operating system in recent history

  • Customers say it’s killing their batteries among other glitches