20 August 2010

Slashdot Apple Story | Apple Patents Remotely Disabling Jailbroken Phones

Slashdot Apple Story | Apple Patents Remotely Disabling Jailbroken Phones:
'Apple yesterday applied for patent to allow remotely disabling electronic devices when 'unauthorized usage' is detected. The patent application covers using the camera to take pictures of the unauthorized user and using GPS to determine location, and it involves ascertaining whether the phone has been hacked or jailbroken, using that as criteria for detecting 'suspicious behavior.' The patent would allow the carrier or any other 'authorized' party to disable or restrict the functionality of the device. Is this Apple's latest tool to thwart jailbreaking?'

Series tie-in: This war between users of gadgets and their creators continues with fewer and fewer avenues of legal recourse. People can disable targeted ads from their gogs, but seldom do after targeting gets better.

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