My Phone Knows Too Much

Post by Mark

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Have you guys noticed how much information your phone knows about you? Back in January while using google maps on my phone to get to my hotel I noticed something weird. Under the hotel name on google maps was my check in and check out date. I was like WTF? How did it know? I then realized that google must have read my booking information when I got it in my gmail inbox and then shared that information with google maps. Impressive.

But now things are starting to get creepy. I’m currently vacation in the States and earlier today I was in Versailles, Kentucky when I got a notification on my phone telling me I should leave and head to my next city if I wanted to check into my hotel on time. I didn’t add anything to my calendar nor did I add a reminder so I figured my iPhone is now also reading my emails and setting up my calendar for me. Not only that but it also reminded me 3 hours before check in and my trip to my next destination was going to take 3 hours by car exactly. Crazy shit.

Later in the day I was telling my friend about it and she asked me what time my flight was tomorrow. I told her 5:30 but I’m not sure and as a joke I was like let me ask Siri. So I ask Siri what time my flight was the next day and she replies telling me 7:27. I was like whaaaaatt… So I open my airline app and check and she was right, my flight was at 7:27.

It’s all pretty creepy the way my phone and google read my emails now but I also kinda like it. It’s the good kind of creepy I guess.


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  1. Kuwait says:

    We know you’re there just to stand in line for the iPhone 6s :P

  2. q8expat says:

    Skynet……. know everything…. :)

  3. slaymaan says:

    Google now is smart :)
    One time, my wife had an interview at 1:30pm, email was sent to confirm the meeting. Then, at 12:45, she got a notice from google now telling her that she needs to leave now in order to make the meeting (at alrayya).

  4. lolguy says:

    Google knows where I parked my car. It shows up in my Google now every time. It would be really impressive had it not been for the fact that I don’t own a car.
    In other cases Google has updated me about my flight being delayed *before it was updated on the screens of the Airport I was waiting in*. Let that sink in for a moment.

  5. meh says:

    Yes it’s a very nice thing that has been around for the last couple of years.

  6. ahmed says:

    Siri works for Homeland Security. HAHA

  7. Tarek says:

    First you will feel this is Wow, when you think of it you will notice that google is trying to control the way we think, in the future they will tell us what to do next, and they will use that as a part of their advertising campaign.

    For example if you are used to go for shopping at week end, it will tell you where to go based on ad campaign.

    • slaymaan says:

      Well, yes and also it detects your habits. For example, I had classes on mondays and wednesdays. So, After a couple of weeks,It would only remind me to go to school on Mondays and Wednesdays, and just in time to make it before class.

      On Fridays, I usually go to my moms Around noon. So, every Friday, around 1130, It reminds me to go to my moms, and tells me which route to take Based on congestion.

  8. sami says:

    google is life.

  9. Hussain says:

    Google knows whom I’m with right now. who are my friends. where I’m visiting. Everything…

    • Tarek says:

      Your ISP also knows that and have your full browsing history stored on their data center.

      To protect our selves we shall use VPN services with safe browsing habits and with cookies off, then we have a chance not being TARGETED!

      Currently we are targets for the big companies, Take google and Facebook’s Internet.org for example.

  10. AmericanGirl says:

    T has a Nexus (Google phone) and has always had the ‘OK Google’ option available. He recently explained to me that having that app on your phone allows for the mix to stay open at all times (a little scary) and for pertinent information in your conversations generate random searches for advertising purposes. So, we tested it while having brunch and discussing some recent movies showing at our local theater. A few moments later we each opened an app on our phones (Facebook and Twitter) and both had ads for new release films and their show times in our area.

    • AmericanGirl says:

      Mic not mix

    • Dun says:

      Yeah that’s just a coincidence, and a totally expected and normal thing to have recent movie ads in all ur feeds. The always on mic is strictly just to keep listening for “OK Google”.

      There is nothing at all scary about any of this because you can switch the whole thing off and erase all your histories (search location voice etc…) in under a minute.

      So tell T to stop spreading rumors, and also tell T to get a proper name, there is only one Mr. T.

      • meh says:

        I was with T the other day, we spoke about how many times we shit everyday.. and then he opened youtube, and 2 girls 1 cup came up in the suggestions.

  11. Lucky says:

    snowden warned us all like 2 years back that big government is monitoring everybody thru Facebook, google and others. snowden knows what he is talking about.

  12. Nicolas says:

    Do you know that part when you click “I agree” without actually reading privacy policy and terms and conditions? This is when the magic happens and accessing your emails is only little fraction of their dark privacy policies.

    Basically we have two options… Live like a cave man without any fancy gadgets or trade our secrets to companies like Google and Apple in exchange of comfortable browsing and cool apps… I guess all of us already make our choices, we are even paying ridiculous amount of money for newly released gadgets and accepting their privacy policies with happy smiley faces :)

  13. Matt says:

    But you still managed to miss your flight? Bad Siri!

  14. Mudita says:

    Well that’s true @Americangirl. I did a module on e-business management where it shows that all online browsing or discussions are held in a cache followed by adds on what you search. However sometimes Mac can be identified as MAC cosmetics or MAC book but mostly its a portal to encourage your cyber activity.

  15. Stu says:

    Still managed to miss your flight though.


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