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Field Trip

Discussion in 'The Watering Hole' started by Lightmancer, Jul 28, 2013.

  1. Lightmancer

    Lightmancer Super Moderator

    Aug 13, 2011
    Sunny Frimley
    Bill Palmer
    A plug for this app: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nianticproject.scout&hl=en (I believe it is available for other devices). I have had this installed on my 'phone for the last couple of weeks. Once you have tailored your personal preferences it is a really interesting "companion" to your daily meanderings. It offers a mine of information about places and buildings I have walked past for years without a second glance - it draws your attention to the "hidden corners" of the world around - hidden, that is, in plain view. Well worth the price (free).

    Enjoy.
     
  2. pdh

    pdh SC Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    I expect it's logging all your activities and sending them back to GCHQ, Bill ... :eek:
     
  3. Lightmancer

    Lightmancer Super Moderator

    Aug 13, 2011
    Sunny Frimley
    Bill Palmer
    I genuinely don't care. My 'phone - like everyone elses' - does that anyway. I may as well make use of the technology along the way ;)

    Sent from another Galaxy
     
  4. Prototype

    Prototype SC Veteran

    207
    Jul 9, 2010
    Illinois
    Brian
    Very cool app. Google has been releasing several apps that don't require much input from the user. Field Trip, Google Now, and others have info "pushed" to the user, which makes sense since they are experimenting with hands-free devices like Google Glass. The downside, as pdh mentioned, is that they need to obtain and store as much information as possible in order to provide the best experience.
     
  5. pdh

    pdh SC Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    I had my tinfoil hat on while I was typing
     
  6. Lightmancer

    Lightmancer Super Moderator

    Aug 13, 2011
    Sunny Frimley
    Bill Palmer
    The point is...

    ...they do anyway. Don't be under any illusions to the contrary. The only way not to be tracked is to not carry or use a portable telephone. Once you accept that as a given, it's a short step to making the most of it ;)



    Sent from another Galaxy
     
  7. Prototype

    Prototype SC Veteran

    207
    Jul 9, 2010
    Illinois
    Brian
    Ah yes. Fortunately for us, Google actually shares the information it gathers. I received a card on Google Now after the end of the month giving me stats on
    how far I had traveled on foot with comparison to previous months. I go on long runs and carry my phone with me, so I was quite happy to have the data.
     
  8. Isoterica

    Isoterica SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 6, 2011
    Just think of all the dull, uneventful moments they are collecting and saving, backing up and archiving. Oh look.. Kristen went to the grocery store, again! That is twice this week, and two different stores.. and.. [because your grocery card logs you as well] she got white nectarines [a temporary weakness] each time! What... does... it... mean??!!
     
  9. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    the problem for me is that my telephone is plugged into the wall and the only apps I'm interested in come from the appetizer menu.
    *checks to make certain that the tinfoil helmet is still secure*
     
  10. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    BB
    You guys are too much with your tinfoil hats/helmets!
     

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  11. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    Nic
    If anyone is tracking me they'd realise how completely boring my everyday routine is.
     
  12. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    BB
    :blush:Hmm, let's see...I wonder who is the most boring to track?