Mobile phone monitoring software

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Smartphones have largely stolen their popularity on TVs, PCs, landline phones and other digital or analog devices. These modern mobile devices are more powerful than ever, to the point of becoming a great asset to your child, your partner and your employee. They are a means of communication that allows your child to connect to friends and loved ones, watch videos, listen to music, access the Internet … Unfortunately, the possession of a smartphone by a child multiply the risks of cybercrime, pornography viewing and many more dangers. Without a minimum of supervision, you rely on your child to decide for themselves what is right, reliable and secure. Being a parent implies the obligation to closely monitor the telephone activity of your child. That’s why cell phone surveillance software is a must in the digital era.

How to choose your mobile monitoring software?

Before choosing your mobile espionage application , find below the basic features and functionalities that it will have to offer:

  1. Compatibility. Is your monitoring software compatible with the target phone system? Despite the proliferation of operating systems for smartphones, the two main players in the market are Android and iOS, which are followed by BlackBerry OS, Symbian and Tizen.
  2. The localisation. The GPS tracking system allows you to track the location of the targeted phone in real time. Of course, this should be the crucial feature of your software because you will need to know the position of your child or employees from time to time.
  3. Call tracking and SMS. Like GPS tracking, this is the most basic functionality that spy applications will have to provide. Some giants in the digital industry, such as mSpy, can even intercept calls and secretly listen to surrounding noises.
  4. Stealth and running in the background. When it comes to spying and mobile surveillance, any application worthy of the name must be able to work in stealth mode. You must be able to install the application on the phone without increasing the risk of being detected by your target.
  5. Value for money. In general, a cheap application will provide you with basic features, while a high-end software will offer you all the advanced features of espionage.
  6. The publisher or developer of the application. There are a myriad of mobile apps for both child-minded parents and employers who want to protect their company’s confidential data. That is why it is essential to pay attention to details and to play the competition. The product itself may be of good quality, but if the technical support is not up to your needs, you will probably never be able to get the most out of the software. A reliable company should provide live chat support, a phone number, and an e-mail address. In addition to the details on the software, the publisher’s website must offer tutorials, FAQs, practical guides

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Monitor your loved ones with the mSpy monitoring software

In the jungle of cell phone spyware, mSpy stands out with its various strengths, including multiplatform compatibility: Android, iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Offering above all advanced features for the security of your child, it allows you to monitor access to the Internet, calls and SMS and many content downloaded from or sent to social networks. Available in basic package as per subscription, mSpy allows you does not require a jailbreak (for iOS devices) nor a root (for Android devices). Thus, without jailbreak, you only need to use the Apple ID and the password your child uses to access his Apple account.

  1. GPS tracking. mSpy can be configured to track the GPS position of the target smartphone.
  2. Consultation of the call log. mSpy allows you to view all incoming and outgoing calls, with their duration and date of issue. You can even block certain calls by specifying a blacklist.
  3. Control and monitoring of social networks. With mSpy, you can now monitor all content exchanged by your target, be it on WhatsApp, Snapchat or Skype.
  4. Transfer of multimedia content. Push back the limits of your application by consulting directly on your online dashboard, all photos and videos taken, stored or simply viewed on the target device.
  5. SMS and MMS monitoring. mSpy is also able to transfer all messages exchanged by your child or employee, which will be instantly available on your dashboard online.

Software devours the world and accelerates its transformation

In 2011, the famous investor Marc Andreessen had published an article that had made great noise: Why software is eating the world . If this article had generated many debates, 8 years later, it is clear that he was right, especially with the advent of artificial intelligences. Of course, the software will not replace the hardware components, but can optimize them dramatically , thus concentrating all the added value. While some have incorporated this fact (the valuation of Uber is 40 times higher than that of Hertz), the public remains very dubitative and suspicious vis-à-vis these software and algorithms become powerful. Like what, the emotional, irrational dimension of digital transformation is still largely undervalued.

Upgrades that improve performance and extend the life of hardware

Last week, Google updated the camera app on its smartphones. An update of the software that drives the photo sensor, but also manages the processing of the photos themselves. This new version of the application incorporates a feature called Night Sight that allows you to make beautiful night photos through the use of a machine learning algorithm that composes a perfectly illuminated photo from many shots: Night Sight: Seeing the Dark on Pixel Phones . Being the owner of a Pixel 2, and inveterate geek, I was frustrated last week to not own the latest Google smartphone that offers this feature Night Sight.

Obviously I’m not the only one to appreciate this new feature: Google deploys its “night vision” mode on smartphones Pixel: a real photographic miracle? Admittedly, making beautiful night photos is not the most noble achievement in the history of mankind, but this update is for me emblematic of an era: that of the optimization of the performances ( De the contribution of artificial intelligence for the fourth industrial revolution ).

We are talking here about “only” smartphones, but there are more striking examples, such as the update of the software that manages the ABS Tesla and allows electric cars to gain nearly 6 meters of braking distance to 100km / h: Tesla starts rolling out Model 3 update to reduce distance by up to 20 ft . I am not an automotive expert, but for me, 6 meters, that’s what differentiates between a living family and a shriveled family in a carcass. More recently, Tesla cars in a hurricane-prone area have been updated to increase battery life: Tesla remotely extends to Hurricane Michael .

At the launch of Tesla, the whole industry made fun of Elon Musk when he predicted that in the future we would not change cars anymore, we would simply update them. This prophecy seems now realized, because the regular updates of the different models of Tesla make it possible to improve their performances (autonomy, braking distance …). A principle that could be extrapolated to other equipment: lower gas consumption for Nest thermostats, shorter cooking times for Amazon’s microwave ovens, a more pronounced aroma for coffee machines. Espresso…

According to this approach, the value of a product no longer resides in its hardware components, but in the different software bricks that it integrates. This is more or less the case with smartphones from Apple and Google that are sold at a high price, not because they incorporate the best chips, but because they are equipped with the best software (iOS for one , Android “stock” for others). Software versions that do not have access to Chinese manufacturers who nevertheless offer cheaper and better equipped smartphones. Like what, the value of a product resides in the experience or the service that it renders, not in its material components .

Beyond the pure mercantile aspect (increasing the perceived value, therefore the selling price, therefore the margins), the improvement of the material performances is one of the main motivations of the use of the artificial intelligence. This improvement makes it possible in particular to optimize the consumption of resources: less electricity for cryptocurrency mining farms, less fuel for car journeys, less fuel for the heating of collective dwellings … Is this an utopia of to think that software updates can benefit the environment? Not at all, even on your small scale, for example using the Ecofont font that consumes 40% less ink than a traditional font. When you know that printers ink is more expensive than champagne, it’s quite useful, right?

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What about optimizing human resources?

So on paper, artificial intelligences help us optimize the consumption of energy resources or raw materials. Great, it relieves our ecological conscience to say that the software that recommends a trip by car or a trip saves the resource (ex: TheTreep ). The intention is laudable insofar as raw materials (and especially fossil fuels) begin to be scarce. But when is it another resource that is expensive and highly unstable (the human being)?

If we have already experienced several waves of optimization of the human resource with the automation of the production chain, ie the replacement of workers by machines during the first three industrial revolutions. With the fourth industrial revolution, we are just at the beginning of the optimization of the human resource that we do not know (yet) to replace. Yes it’s digital platforms I’m talking about, and Uber is probably the best example of this search optimization: the self-employed are replacing the employees (who tend to go on strike or get sick ) and the algorithm rewards drivers who are the most invested, ie those who work at peak hours and in areas where demand is strongest.

The platform principle is to rely on digital tools to facilitate linking and lowering transaction costs. Doctolib is another emblematic example: by automating the making of appointments via a mobile application, health professionals do not need a medical secretary, and therefore a salary to be paid every month. While they replace a salary by intermediation fees charged by the platform, but it remains a profitable operation. In this case, we do not really destroy jobs, but we limit hiring . Viewed from this angle, platforms like Doctolib are harmful economic agents because they penalize employment; but on the other hand, they reduce the running costs of a medical office, thus limiting health expenses. The question is not simple, because what should be facilitated: the hiring of medical secretaries or access to care? This dilemma is certainly much more complex than it seems, because it brings many questions: should we focus on employment or purchasing power? What status should be given to platform providers (who are not truly independent)? How to solve the problems of personnel management (hired or independent) from the moment it is an algorithm that divides the tasks ( If your boss is an app, what, exactly, are you? ).

There are other examples of the use of software that is chilling in the back, especially those that are exploited to optimize the human resource as citizens (the face / visual recognition systems used in China: China can actually now identify citizens based on the way they walk ) or as voters ( How ZTE helps Venezuela create China-style social control ). The Venezuelan case is particularly worrying, because while the initial intention is commendable (to identify the population and its needs to optimize the distribution of food aid), the implementation of this digital identity system has been transformed into a new one. nightmare that futurists did not dare to consider: those who vote for the party in power are the first to benefit from state aid. In absolute terms, ration tickets and tactics of intimidation to guide the votes are not new (we have known many in the twentieth century, even in France), but here it is done on an industrial scale and systematic way.

A change of civilization that implies an update of mentalities

I admit that the link between the beautiful night photos of Google smartphones and the unfortunate fate of Venezuelans is thin, but there is one thing in common: the software used to optimize resources (material or human). The debate is not so much technical (smartphones vs. traditional cameras) or political (the must of interference in a food dictatorship), as cultural. This is not the first time that I evoke a change of civilization: the passage of the twentieth century analog digital twenty-first century.

From a computer point of view, everything works pretty well. But from a societal point of view, it gets stuck, especially when it comes to the propagation of alternative truths that influence the elections, or the anxiety generated by the rise of artificial intelligence and technologies. automating.

The harsh reality faced by citizens is that we are in a human race where technological innovation is forced, but public opinion has remained stuck in the twentieth century . Hence tensions (revolt of taxis) and a digital divide that grows, not at the level of equipment, but the acceptance of digital in everyday life. For simplicity: the people are happy to benefit from low prices on Amazon, original series on Netflix or friendly games on their smartphone, but when asked to change their habits or question their skills So, their jobs, they take offense, yell at the plot and point to the wicked GAFA ( Advocacy against digital populism ).

In general, we can note a strong mistrust of algorithms and digital: Public Attitudes Toward Computer Algorithms . A widespread mistrust resulting from a lack of knowledge of technological innovations, their origin, what they are capable of doing or not doing . For example, one wonders about the place of the autonomous vehicles, whereas these will not be visibly not ready for many years ( It’s 2018, where are the self-driving cars?) And Autonomous Vehicles Have Some Regulatory Roadblocks to Navigate ). Similarly, we fantasize about the advent of a generalist artificial intelligence that will enslave humanity while specialists do not even know if it will be possible, even in 50 years ( How far are we from artificial “general” intelligence, really? , Google ponders Shortcomings of the machine learning and Facebook’s head of AI wants us to stop using the Terminator to talk about AI ).

These fears are very clearly irrational. I am always surprised by the ability of citizens to fear the rise of automation or machine learning when they consume products that have been manufactured by robots for decades or that they benefit from services, equipment or offers that are based on artificial intelligences also used since the last century (ex: voice discs, automatic boxes, DAB …).

There is therefore a genuine psychological and emotional challenge to be met to ensure that the population accepts the idea of ‚Äč‚Äčcohabiting with machines and algorithms . Again, this mental process is rather surprising, as I doubt that they agree to give up their car for the benefit of a horse, or even give up features like ABS or traction control.

All this inevitably leads us to the digital culture deficit. A problem that gets worse every year as the digital debt grows and the digital giants nibble the traditional economy ( Digital acceleration is a reality, and it benefits especially GAFA ). Maybe one day, public authorities and companies will recognize the benefits of digital awareness and the interest of changing mentalities (update our cultural reference) to better live in a digital daily and be in phase with this new civilization.

Red Hat Linux Enterprise Linux 6.1 focuses on hardware support, and the others?

Hardware support and GNU / Linux distributions for businesses

The Red Hat Enterprise Linux distribution is intended primarily for IT professionals and therefore businesses. This minor update brings some evolutions, of which in the first line an improvement of the support of the material.

It’s obvious that for a company like Red Hat that targets the business segment, the process of certifying its distribution on the server builders’ ranges was a priority . Difficult otherwise without reassuring a customer when choosing an operating system whose stability and compatibility with the chosen hardware is a priority.

But there is not only stability, there is also performance. Why buy a server of last generation if the operating system does not know how to exploit all the capacities of the server. Last but not least, hardware innovations often go very fast, faster than software. It then becomes essential to have a proactive approach through partnerships with equipment manufacturers.

An initiative that Cannonical recently initiated by putting online a site referencing the laptops and components supported by Ubuntu.

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And community distributions?

An approach for which GNU / Linux community distributions are currently not very popular. Of course you will find on sites of large distributions lists of compatible hardware. However, their completeness sometimes leaves something to be desired when they are not, so to speak, obsolete. It is a bit of everyone to manage with the help of the forums to operate his machine.

The FSF (Free Software Foundation) has also put online site dedicated to this issue: H-Node for completely free operating systems . Other similar census initiatives exist like Linux-Laptop or Linux-Driver but it is a post-census.

One would be tempted to excuse this by the low weight of the GNU / Linux distributions on the computer market. Yet vendors of hardware (I forget it) as

  • LDLC

  • Materiel.net

  • PC Linux France

  • PCubuntoo

now sell desktops or laptops without an operating system. Be careful, they do not all offer “certified” machines for GNU / Linux. One might think that some are surfing on the opportunity thus offered to some not to buy a Microsoft Windows license and to use a “pirated” version of it.

A godsend, however, for the world of GNU / Linux distributions that could rush in bulk order to set up a real partnership and perform a certification and technology watch with these assemblers. When will a “Drivers for Linux Foundation”