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SCRUFF CEO Explains The Security 'Flaw' Built Into All Location-Aware Apps

Screen Shot 2014-09-15 at 3.42.45 PMSCRUFF CEO Eric Silverberg took to The Huffington Post to give the internet a brief, but insightful, lesson in “trilateration,” the process through which a person’s specific location can be pinpointed with a few bits of information and a little bit of know-how.

“The most important thing you should know about location-based apps is this: Any app that shows relative distance between members can be used to pinpoint your location.” He explains. “While there are measures we have taken to protect our community, it's critical that all users understand the benefits and limitations intrinsic to location-based apps.”

All mobile social networking apps with geo-location functionality can approximate a user’s general location, Silverberg explains, but a basic understanding of geometry can easily reveal a user’s position even after deciding to turn off detailed GPS tracking features:

“If I know you are 1 mile away from me, but I don't know which direction, then the circumference of a circle, centered at my location, defines the set of possible places you could be. If I simply move to two other places and record your relative distance, with those three readings I can calculate your location.”

According to Silverberg SCRUFF has attempted to circumvent some of the security “flaws” inherent in all location-aware services by randomizing users’ location data on SCRUFF’s backend. Every phone or tablet using the SCRUFF app sends its location information back to app’s servers so that other users can request it upon tapping a profile. For those users who select to have their locations hidden from the general public, SCRUFF will go so far as to spoof where a person actually is.

“This means that, if [a user] lives in the West Village in NYC, he could potentially appear in between two people in SoHo,” said Silverberg.”[We also] take density into account, so if you live in the city, your location will be randomized by a few blocks, but in the country it could be a few miles or more.”


The iPhone 5S Touch ID Fingerprint Sensor Can Identify Nipples: VIDEO

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In addition to cat paws, the iPhone 5S fingerprint sensor can also identify nipples, in case you feel compelled to use it that way for some reason.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Apple Removes 'Bisexual' as Flagged Term in App Descriptions Following Online Outrage

Screen Shot 2013-08-13 at 2.42.28 PMLast month, we reported on a great new educational app called Quist that teaches users a daily history lesson related to LGBT culture, politics, and movements. The app has had a very successful launch, having already been downloaded over 10,000 times in its first month alone.

Yesterday, however, the app hit a bit of a snag when the owner attempted to update the text of the iTunes App Store description and received the following message from Apple:

"The following is not recommended for use in this field: bisexual. Your app may be rejected if you use this term"

In response, Quist began an online change.org petition to get Apple to remove 'bisexual' as an unacceptable term for use in app descriptions. Within 24 hours, word of the petition spread across the web to GLADD, Queerty, and Buzzfeed and Apple quickly called Quist directly to inform them that the term 'bisexual' will no longer be a flagged or spam word in the App Store in the future.

A great example of the power of petition!


New App, 'Quist,' Delivers Gay History Lessons 365 Days A Year

A new app for iPhone and Android is invested in teaching the LGBT community about just how far it has come. Quist, released for download globally today, will teach its users a daily history lesson, ranging from the darkest corners to the brightest high points of LGBT culture, politics, and movements.  

Huffington Post reports:

QuistAccording to the app's website:

Historical events in the app paint a picture of how far the LGBTQ community has come over time — how we have been treated, how we have reacted, how our allies have supported us, and how others have worked vehemently to stop the progress. LGBTQ individuals’ contributions to society and events in HIV/AIDS history are also included.

In a time where gay teen suicide is still a devastating reality, Quist (which is available as a free download) cites generating an awareness of past shared struggles for LGBT youth as one of its goals. The app evidences a need for new ways of constructing, remembering and sharing queer history, as the LGBT community continues to make political and social gains and risks forgetting the trajectory that has brought us to this point.

By bringing Stonewall, the Mattachine Society, and other formative queer moments and movements into the new millenium, Quist could be an important new tool for LGBT community building.

Download it today on your mobile device or online through iTunes. 


NEWS: More Weiner Trouble, ARTPOP Art Work, Chinese Debt, New iPhones

Road More bad news for Anthony Weiner's mayoral campaign, as his campaign manager, Danny Kedem, announced his resignation on Sunday. So far, Kedem hasn't issued a statement explaining why he chose to leave. 

Road The iPhone 5S may be headed to stores as early as September 6th, according to a new report circulated by Cult of Mac. Should the rumor prove true, it would certainly follow in the same pattern as previous releases that have taken place around the same time of year. The report also teased the possibility of bigger screens, as well as more cost-effective casings. 

Road Lady Gaga has released the artwork to her new single from ARTPOP, which will be released during this year's VMAs in August. Gaga released  
ARYPOP single artthe bare, technological photo via her official Twitter account. 

Road Recent documents surrounding a pending lawsuit against Utah's West Ridge Academy confirm suspicions that it is, in fact, being run by the Mormon church.

Road More couples are obtaining marriage licenses in Montgomery County, as county officials continue to defy the state's ban on same-sex marriage. 

Road Shortly before her most recent attempt at rehab, and shortly after she announced her Oprah-produced, post-rehab docu-series, Lindsay Lohan has announced that some of her toxic "so-called friends" will be "cut from her life". 

Road China has ordered an audit of all government debt. The order comes amidst fears of a possible economic slump as growth has slowed down in recent months. Chinese banks rapidly expanded their credit in the market while the rest of the world underwent a financial crisis. Now, government officials are worried that local governments might have borrowed too much, making the debts impossible to pay off with the recent slow-down. 

Road Britney Spears and her two sons attended a premiere for Smurfs 2 over the weekend. In one photo, Britney and co. look less than thrilled to be there. 

Road The Russian LGBT film festival Side-by-Side lost an appeal last week, after being found guilty by a Russian court of violating a "foreign agent" law. 

Road Hugh Jackman's The Wolverine won the top spot in the U.S. box office over the weekend, although numbers still aren't what producers had hoped for in The States. Luckily, the film was able to draw substantial crowds overseas. 

Road Downton Abbey has released some promo materials for its upcoming fourth season. 

Road Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z gave a "Legends of Summer" concert in Pasadena. Based on photos, at least two celebrity Chinese-currency-renminbi-RMB-manufacturing
couples were in attendance, Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied as well as Robert Pattinson and Sia.

Road Taylor Swift went paddleboarding over the weekend with Ed Sheeran in Rhode Island. She wore a retro bikini that's receiving mixed reviews...

Road Members of the radical feminist movement are undergoing controversy as trans advocate Dallas Denny published an incredibly transhobia letter sent by an anonymous group. 

Road Australian pop artist Nathan Leigh Jones has released his new song "Crying For Love", which calls for marriage equality in the Land Down Under. 

Road Keanu Reeves' samurai epic 47 Ronin has finally released a trailer, which is receiving some pretty bad reviews


Anderson Cooper Comic Book Details The Rise Of The 'Silver Fox'

ANDERSONCOVERBAnderson Cooper has a long line of titles to his name.  CNN news anchor, talk show host, and most recently, Vito Russo Award honoree at the GLAAD Media Awards. He is also a bonafide gay icon and quite possibly journalism's hunkiest, and smartest specimen.  

Now, Mr. Cooper can add comic book hero to his credits.  

Released on June 6th, Political Power: Anderson Cooper finds the reporter starring in his own comic book. The 24-page chronicle, published by Bluewater Productions and written by Michael Troy, tracks the life of the Vanderbilt-bred Cooper. The iTunes description reads:

Born with a silver spoon in his mouth, the silver fox chose to follow his passion [for] journalism with a vengeance. Join writer Michael Troy...for an account of his life from decorated journalist to out and proud gay man. 

This book is one in an acclaimed series of Bluewater Productions' political comics, which include the stories of Joe Biden, George W. Bush, and Ron Paul.  

The comic book is available on iTunes for $1.99 and at Comic Flea Market for $3.99.  


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