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Microsoft’s Bing search engine has become the first in the world to introduce pop-up notifications for those who decide to seek out child abuse content including child pornography. The system will be launching in the United Kingdom first.

The new system will first notify users that they are searching for illegal content and offer details on available counseling services.

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Ah, the combination of GPS technology and distrust of your loved ones. Forget making phone calls! What better way to use your smartphone than to track those around you?

Well, if you fall into the camp of wanting to use your phone, most likely illegally, to spy on those you supposedly care about, you may want to try out the combo-software suite of PhoneStalker and RealTimeSpy. Together, the two apps will reportedly allow you to record where folks are going. Granted, you have to literally give up your phone to do so by placing in the person's vehicle, but someone's gotta sacrifice, amirite? Here are the features of PhoneStalker:

  • Total Trip Measurement - The trip recording function creates a 3D breadcrumb trail of any trip the phone is taken on. The Map screen shows the phone creating the breadcrumb trail real time as the phone moves. You can save the trip on the local phone and restore it back to the Phone's map at any time. Your total distance, average speed, and time taken are recorded. You can tell the app to send you an email with your trip file included where you can then view the trip 3D on Google Earth, Bing Maps, or Google Maps on your PC or Mac.
  • Distance Measurement - The Mark and Measure functions allow you to measure straight line distances.
  • Real time GPS Stats - The GPS screen shows you real-time your speed, direction,longitude, latitude, and altitude.

So the idea is you place your phone running PhoneStalker on someone's vehicle, then launch their website from your mom's basement (watch those Cheetos, you're running low), enter in the pre-set email address and bam, instant violation of Federal law. But what if you're a busy stalker and you need to get more Cheetos? You bust out your second Windows Phone and enable RealTimeSpy. That program will allow you track the object of your desire from the comfort of your unmarked white van:

RealTimeSpy is a free* viewer for owners of either myTripTracker or PhoneStalker Windows 7 Phone apps which allow you to view trips being taken in real time by going to the DeanBlakely website.  RealTimeSpy allows you to view such trips from another Windows Phone 7. RealTimeSpy increases the usefulness of the tracking apps by allowing you to track someone while you are moving about.

Creepy and convenient! If any of this sounds remotely interesting, you can head to the Marketplace now and grab PhoneStalker here and the companion app, RealTimeSpy here. There's also myTripTracker. which is less malevolent.

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An interesting thing happened yesterday that we chose to not cover in detail. In short, someone published an app to the Windows Phone Marketplace that was pirated. Specifically it was a favorite GPS navigation app that cost a good amount of money.  The person responsible presumably ripped the original XAP from the Marketplace and simply re-submitted it, pawning it off as their own.

Did they try to make money from it? Nope, they did something possibly worse--they offered it for free.

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A while back, we covered some illegal ROMs being approved (and updated) on the Marketplace. They included Zelda, Metroid, GOLF to name but a few. Brandon Watson explained that it Microsoft couldn't remove the apps due to legal issues, and required Nintendo to approach the team with a request for the removal of said apps.

We got in touch with Nintendo to bring the illegal ROMs being sold on the Windows Phone Marketplace to their attention. It appears that the two companies got in touch as Microsoft has since pulled the apps from the Marketplace. All we can hope now is that measures are put in place to prevent illegal ROMs being sold in future and that the author of these apps, Jesse Dudley, receives no revenue from downloads.

Via: Within Windows; Thanks, Nudua Nei, for the heads up

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