"Color" photo sharing smartphone app is really a surveillance/stalking weapon

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http://oneminutenews.com/channel/technology/8981/color-app-creepy-or-cool

Not only does Color share images from events automatically with other nearby users of the app, but Color allows users of the Color app at events to see every single photo on other smartphones loaded with the Color app at these events if you are near these users often (who are called your “elastic network”). Creepy? Depends how comfortable you are with someone across the stadium browsing your drunken shenanigans from that birthday party you attended last weekend. Or seeing photos of your kids. Or perhaps any other questionable photos that should otherwise not ever be seen by anyone, let alone prying/stalking eyes. http://www.lockergnome.com/ios/2011/03/23/new-color-app-for-iphone-is-kind-of-creepy/

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Google Goggles is a downloadable image recognition application created by Google Inc. It is currently found in the Google Labs as a beta version. Currently, it is used for searches based on pictures taken by handheld devices. For example taking a picture of a famous landmark would search for information about it, or taking a picture of a product's barcode will search for information on the product


Handheld search
Google Goggles was developed for use on Google's Android operating systems for mobile devices. While currently only available in a beta version for Android phones, Google has announced it plans on making the software capable of running on other platforms, notably the iPhone and BlackBerry devices.[2] Google has not discussed a non-handheld format. On 5 October 2010, Google announced the availability of Google Goggles application for iPhone devices, that comes with iOS 4 [3].
[edit] Uses

The program proposed will be capable of identifying virtually anything. Currently the system is able to identify various labels or landmarks, allowing the user to learn about such items without needing a text-based search. The system can identify barcodes that allow users to search for similar products and prices, as well as save codes for future reference, similar to the failed CueCat of the late '90s, but with more functionality.[1] The system will also recognize printed text and using Optical character recognition (OCR) produce a text snippet, and in some cases even translate the snippet into another language.[1]
[edit] Future uses

Virtual worlds

Goggle applications are in the process of being used for metaverse virtual world image indexing and catalog applications. Regional coordinates are cammed by avatar-based movement in virtual camera scripted vehicles through 3D simulators in pseudo-Levy patterns and indexed with image captures for recognition correlation of objects, avatars, and scripts in a virtual-GIS. Reported forecast is for searchable database results of the Second Life and/or OpenSim Virtual worlds to be available as early as 3Q-2011 from imaging suppliers.