IT & Network Infrastructure : eWEEK Labs Picks the Stupid Tech Tricks of 2011

By eWEEK Labs  |  Posted 2011-12-19 Print this article Print
Carrier IQ

Carrier IQ

What should have been a simple diagnostic tool that would securely anonymize customer information is turning into the years last big cause c??«l???bre, as the FBI has all but admitted that its using the software in its investigations. Ive watched enough episodes of The Wire that Im not surprised by that news, but I am disappointed in the carriers and the handset makers for keeping the scope of Carrier IQs data capturing under wraps. I suspect theres a lot more to this than weve heard so far, given the widespread use of the software and its deep hooks into a range of mobile platforms.
At the end of each year, eWEEK Labs turns its gaze not only upon the products we tested that most impressed us by their quality, innovation or overall importance, but on the technology gaffes that left us scratching our heads. With that, we present our Stupid Tech Tricks of 2011.

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