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Sun, July 6th, 2014 by Graves and Allen

Privacy Is Not Just An Illusion

For some time we have found ourselves in the Internet Age and, as a result have given up much of what we used to call “privacy”.  As a practical matter, privacy as we knew it in the last century has ceased to exist. The Internet has proven a mixed blessing for us.  Along with all the advantages and benefits that the Internet brought us, it also brought a far more public presence for all of us.  As perceptions of expected privacy levels decreased, so did the protections of the 4th Amendment regarding “unreasonable” searches.

Recently, however, the United States Supreme Court struck a blow for traditional privacy rights in the face of modern technology.  By so doing, the Supremes potentially restored a bit of the privacy that we have lost due to technology. On June 25, 2014 in Riley v. California, Justice Roberts, writing for a unanimous court explained that the protections of the 4th Amendment extended to cellular telephones.  The court held that as a general rule, the police may not search the content of a cell phone seized during an arrest without first obtaining a search warrant.  

As obtaining a warrant requires the police to go to a judge and convince the judge that they have good cause to obtain the warrant, the process offers the potential of providing some protection to the information we carry on our cell phones.  While the ultimate question will move to the discretion of jurists approached for warrants, the process does, at least, provide the opportunity for protection and preservation of the privacy of our information.

In writing for the court, Justice Roberts noted that most of us carry a considerable amount of personal and professional information on our cell phones.  Given the correctness of that observation,  any protection is better than none.

Presumably, the Riley decision will ultimately result in similar protection for all portable digital devices seized by the police incident to an arrest.  It would be difficult to differentiate between information stored on an iPad or similar device from that stored on a cellular phone.

Kudos to the Supremes for stepping up the Constitution’s recognition that some privacy rights should continue to exist in the Internet Age.

 

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Tue, March 16th, 2010 by Graves and Allen

THE MOTOROLA DROID

I have been playing with the Motorola Droid on the Verizon network for the last couple of months.  My first reaction to the Droid was that it did not stack up to my iPhone.  While nothing has changed that conclusion, I have developed some respect for the Droid as it has proven a very decent phone.  I have not had any trouble with it; it has performed well for me and it has the advantage of using the Verizon network, which provides better coverage than a number of its competitors. You can learn more about the Droid and its features on the Motorola website at www.motorola.com/Consumers/US-EN/Consumer-Product-and-Services/Mobile-Phones/ci.Motorola-DROID-US-EN.alt or on Verizon’s site at http://phones.verizonwireless.com/motorola/droid/#/home.

The Droid is a slider style phone and has a physical keyboard.  The physical keyboard is, perhaps, its weakest link.  The keyboard has small level keys.  They do not have raised ridges, such as RIM uses with some of the Blackberry models.  I prefer the raised ridges as they make it easier to use.  Raised ridges on a slider phone, however, could pose a problem as they would either require extra space making the phone cumbersome or interfere with the sliding process.  In truth, I prefer the virtual keyboard option and rarely use the physical keyboard.

The Droid has a 5mp camera, complete with a flash unit. It takes very decent pictures.  It also takes high quality movies.  As with most smart phones, you can play movies and music on it.  The Droid comes with 16GB of internal memory, but you can add more through the use of micro SD cards.  The phone came with a 16GB micro SD card installed and supports up to 32GB micro SD cards.

The Droid uses the current iteration of Google’s Android operating system.  I have worked with the Android system since shortly after it came out and I like it.  It works smoothly and easily, bringing substantial power to the smart phone without burning up the battery.  Like the iPhone’s OS, the Android system allows for the use of Apps or applications.  In fact a number of Apps available on the iPhone also have Android versions.  The variety of Apps for the Android system does not approach that available for the iPhone yet; but you can get a lot of usable Apps for the Android phones.

Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Allen.

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Mon, August 4th, 2008 by Graves and Allen

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I have my hot little hands (OK, big hands) on three new smart phones/PDAs/Cameras/whatevers that look very impressive so far.  I will report on each of them in more detail in the near future.  The three I am playing with:  Palm’s new  Treo Pro (sleek, slim, light and running on Windows Mobile 6.1, unlocked GSM);  the Blackberry Bold (for about a week the hottest Blackberry around, amazingly better visual presentation and a very nice physical thumb board, currently available from AT&T); and the very impressive (already my favorite Blackberry, the Storm (no physical keyboard, but multiple virtual keyboards, excellent graphics, and a touch screen you have to try to believe.  It actually gives you a physical click response to a key press).  Anyway, I will keep you posted on how they do as I test them in various situations and put them through their paces. tonalin cla gnc chitosan performance enhancer Dirty Sanchez: The Movie hd

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