I was recently asked to facilitate an IP videoconferencing deposition with an ophthalmologist. He was located close to our office, so the plan was for him to come to us. However, his schedule was so tight that the plan changed. Could we do the videoconference from his office? With Zoom and a laptop, yes, we could. I packed up a camera, microphone and computer and went to his office to perform a test.
We are aware that our smartphones act as personal locator devices. Google gathers location data from Android smartphones through many methods. Recently I was reminded of how disturbingly detailed — and fallible — this tracking information can be.
In theory, Periscope could be useful to broadcast important societal interactions such as civil unrest events, or disaster relief response efforts. In practice, there are probably better social media avenues for such things.
My impression is that Google has probably always been recording my voice text messages. They only recently added the notification about doing so because they probably got caught, so they included the notification to cover themselves.
Sometimes in my technical work I am asked to analyze a video to see if it has been edited or altered. The argument typically goes along the lines that something has been added to a recording to make things appear worse than they really were, that words were added and essentially put in a person’s mouth.
I recently ran across an advertisement for an app that allows you to add a separate phone line to your existing smartphone. This idea seemed practical, especially in this age where virtually everyone carries a personal smartphone at all times.