location tracking

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Apple just released an update to its iOS operating system for iPads and iPhones. After the “scandal” around the discover of a location database on the iPhone 4 and 3G-enabled iPads, Apple promised to quickly fix this bug.

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As more information about the “secret” location-data file on Apple’s iPhone 4s and iPad 3Gs becomes available, the story surrounding this discovery is becoming more about the people involved than the location data itself. As it turn out, Alex Levinson, a student at the Rochester Institute of Technology, had long discovered this file in his research and work with forensic firm Katana Forensics. Katana Forensics produces a tool called Lantern, which can extract this data and map it in Google Earth’s KMZ format.