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How I Became A Cyber Stalker…On Foursquare…

August 28, 2010 Leave a comment

Louise has straight, auburn hair and, judging by the only photograph I have of her, she’s in her 30s.

She works in recruitment.

I also know which train station she uses regularly, what supermarket she shopped at last night and where she met her friends for a meal in her home town last week.

At this moment, she is somewhere inside the pub in front of me meeting with colleagues after work.

Louise is a complete stranger.

Until 10 minutes ago when I discovered she was located within a mile of me, I didn’t even know of her existence.

But equipped only with a smartphone and an increasingly popular social networking application called Foursquare, I have located her to within just a few square metres, accessed her Twitter account and conducted multiple cross-referenced Google searches using the personal details I have already managed to accrue about her from her online presence.

In the short time it has taken me to walk to this pub in central London, I probably know more about her than if I’d spent an hour talking to her face-to-face.

She doesn’t know it yet, but Louise is about to meet her new digital stalker.

– taken from last weeks “Guardian” written by Leo Hickman.

If you think facebook is riddled with the dangers of bullying and identity theft, take a look at Foursquare.

The fast-growing social network site, combines gameplay with information about where you are located at any one time.

As facebook celebrated its 500millionth user this week, Forsquare boasted 100million “check-ins”.

Foursquare is a web app in which members build a list of friends in the same way as facebook – but the difference is they can share their location as well.

In Foursquare, you get points and rewards for being the most “social.” You can become the “mayor” of an area by being the person who has checked in the most.

If you combine this information with the service Glympse, you can even see on a map, in real time, what time your friend will arrive based on their current location.

Real-time stalking without even being able to physically see the person.

You don’t even need to tail someone anymore in a car…

These kids have it so easy these days!

You can also post your locations on Twitter and Facebook. In some ways this type of information can be very useful.

Parents can see where their kids are, and mates can all meet up for some real-life face time with each other at a venue.

But it doesn’t take a genius to work out that, in the hands of bullies and stalkers; this information can be potentially dangerous to users.

A user could be tricked into being a friend and have their location exposed when they “check in” at a venue, club or even coffee shop.

Last month coding expert, Jesper Andersen, exploited a security glitch in San Francisco.

He was able to access over 875,000 check-ins over a 3 week period.

He had access to the locations and personal information of all those users. He verified the information with some friends who used Foursquare and immediately freaked them all out. Wonderful!

We all know that people put way to much information online. Foursquare’s default settings aren’t helping that either;

The default privacy options are that you have to opt out of things instead of approving them.

There is always a way to hack data even if you are careful about what you share.

But what about Louise?

Isn’t all of this her fault because she put all of this information online?

Well, she was just surprised as we were. She didn’t even want to use Foursquare but in her field she needs to use the latest technology and using Foursquare was encouraged by her company.

Here is what she had to say about the precautions she took.

“I thought I was being very careful with what I was posting. I never thought I was revealing personal information. I only use my maiden name when using social networking apps. And I never check in when at my kids’ school or at home. But, as you’ve shown, I can’t see who’s following me on Twitter. If I was going out for an evening with my girlfriends again, I don’t think I would now share it with the world via Foursquare.” (Louise’s setting on Foursquare automatically tweets her location whenever she checks into a location, which was how I could tell via her Twitter feed, without being her Foursquare “friend”, where she had been in recent days in such detail.).


So, if your considering joining Foursquare even after you read this post.

Think twice before you “check-in”  anywhere.

Only make friends with people you know.

Don’t you use identifiable pictures of yourself and never check in at personal places, instead use public areas.

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Revolva Head – The Truth

August 24, 2010 1 comment

Audio Tragedi Album Review

REVOLVA HEAD – THE TRUTH (2010)

Whether it’s the fact that I love underground bands, or the fact that “Revolva Head”  have something special here. With their no forgiveness punk tracks and their heavy grunge anthems, this is their debut 5 track promo “The Truth”;

“Live without fear” just brings the  whole album to it’s beginning, sounding very zico esque with the bends and relentless chugging throughout the verse. Maybe not quite as catchy of a chorus as their favourites, however lets not dismiss how catchy the tracks namesake is “I Can Do This, Live Without Fear”. The vocals seems slightly out, maybe this is me, maybe they’re on to something here, but it fits with the band perfectly.

“Don’t Ask How” brings us back to yesteryear where every punk band was trying to shine through, the ironic thing is if this was maybe released late nighties early naughties then “Revolva Head” could of had some major backing, unfortunately, this has been made now, which dampens it slightly.

“Bass is always an easy instrument to learn” everyone says. Of course it is, but it doesn’t work out to well if you can’t actually make a hook that people are going to keep going back to and listening to intently. Which is exactly what Jonny (Bassist / Vocals) has done here. “The Truth” has the most catchy and terrifying bass line that I have heard in a long time. Of course, this is their title track, and rightly so. Catchy chorus with an incredible guitar riff bridging the chorus to the verse. “Go away, Get Away, No one’s listening to you”. The drumming fits perfectly with this song to. Let’s not forget the solo which is incredibly hard to pull off in a grunge track, but was done with ease. This song is actually out of place with the rest of the album, and if they released this song successfully I can’t see why they wouldn’t be able to sell out arenas in the next few years.

Lyrically, “RH” are lacking, never say never, this is their first release. Which is, by the way, a 5 track promo and it can be understandable that they’re lyrically blunt. However you could totally disregard my last statement, as a lot of bands have shown the same lyrical downfall and yet these days are making everything for themselves (I’ve always found that 30STM have a lot lacking in their lyrics) so lets not get disheartened by this just yet. Criticism is constructive.

“The fake ones” can be branded as a typical fill for a CD, nothing really caught my attention on this song. But then my ears picked up when we got to the ambiance of the guitar in the slow down, which sounded almost perfect. So I stop the track, and rewind to the beginning, and actually listen to it. The bass is still on a high from The Truth with a downright dirty riff, with the chorus the drums just do it for me completely, with prolonged use of the toms and the bass pedal. So I contract that this is just filler, as the song is easily ignored, but if you listen to it, you will be blown away.

Perfect ending for this promo, a brilliant fusion of rock with a downright dirty grunge riff. “Fall, Break, Crawl” is a fast paced, no holds barred grunge anthem “Crawl, and I need to see you crawl”. The solo does it for me, making this song. And making the album.

This Promo, has all the makings of getting them signed, it’s just a matter of will it? I think so, there may be some slight flaws in “The Truth” but with every truth comes a lie. More bands these days need to be raw but powerful, and that’s exactly what Revolva Head has done.

7/10

Tracks To Download: The Truth, The Fake Ones

For Fans Of: Zico Chain, Reuben, Nirvana, Velvet Revolver

http://revolvahead.bandcamp.com/

http://www.myspace.com/revolvahead

Audio Tragedi 10 Tracks To Hear This Month (August)

August 23, 2010 Leave a comment

So… Since I take a month to complete one of these 10 tracks I’ve decided to change it songs you need to hear this month! hope you like this installment!

1. The Hoosiers – Choices

With the seemingly undeniable new wave of indie pop nu wave etc. You can’t ignore this gem, with a very quiet and low introduction. Bring the chorus in and this is one huge track with no end to the brilliant keyboard work that’s set. Brilliant.

2. The Gaslight Anthem – The Spirit Of Jazz

With Gaslight returning this year with their third album, you would be tricked into thinking that they were the souls of blues. They’re not, but they’re damn close. This song is a perfect example, with a feet stomping chorus to Brain’s expertly roughed vocals.

3. Dead By April – Trapped

Brilliantly Produced, Dead by April have shown to people that they can bring pop melodies into the new wave of alternative metal, with heavy as hell guitar riffs to follow.

4. Jack’s Mannequin – Swim

This is a great song, for rock lovers and power ballad lovers alike. From their 2008 release “The Glass Passenger”, Jack’s Mannequin have something special with this song, definitely something to have on your ipod.

5. Vampire Weekend – Holiday

This song is brilliant to listen to, just the little quips of the guitar can only make you smile with good things to come.

6. We Have Band – Honeytrap

This song don’t break don’t make me. A talented trio who although predominately labelled in the brimful electro-pop genre – Honeytrap clambers into Hot Chip’s colourful Nike High Tops kicking in a repetitive and extremely memorable chorus, biting at the bit with indie disco potential.

7. Flyleaf – Beautiful Bride

This song does not relent from start to finish, with lacey’s lullaby voice settling your ears only slightly, then back to the relentlessness of the song.

8. Zico Chain – Bile ‘N’ Blood

Since this month we have a special on zico chain (FOUND HERE). We thought one song should at least be on our 10 tracks to hear. With no give, this song is an incredible chunk of zico chains power. A short but powerful blast of an incredible start to 2010.

9. YouMeAtSix – Underdog

Having given them a pretty poor review in may (FOUND HERE). I have to applaud this song for being a fiery pop punk anthem.

10. Adept – Shark! Shark! Shark!

With an incredible start to an even more spectacular finish, Adept have hit a string or two with this song. Actually, make that six of them and you have a pretty awesome thrash screamo song.

Audio Tragedi – Introducing; Zico Chain

August 20, 2010 Leave a comment

ZICO CHAIN

So many fresh faces start to appear on the British rock music scene. None have appeared so aggressive and iron-willed as much as Zico Chain… (excluding Biffy of course… no contest.)

Zico Chain are a rock band from London,  formed in 2002.

To date, they have released one full album entitled FooD and one self titled EP. The band opened the main stage at The Download Festival on 8 June 2007 and they supported Velvet Revolver on their 2007 summer tour.

The band’s second full length album is expected some time in 2010.

Demos of songs for the second album have started to appear on the bands myspace.

So here’s “Audio Tragedi – Introducing: Zico Chain

August Update

August 11, 2010 1 comment

A HUGE thanks to everyone that helped me get over 2,000 views last month!

It’s nice to know that my posts are actually interesting.

So this month I have a lot to say; First post will be tomorrow, so lets keep this short and sweet;

  • Audio Tragedi 10 Tracks To Hear This Month
  • Audio Tragedi Introducing:…
  • The Gaslight Anthem – American Slang Album Review
  • How I Became A Cyber Stalker…
  • How To Be A Bastard In Games part 4
  • Projected Twin – Earth To World Album Review
  • Foals – Total Life Forever Album Review
  • How To Become Anonymous part 2
  • From The Mind Of Live Longer
  • Red Dead Redemption Review

And lots more!

I’m sure you’ve noticed the sticky at the top of the site for our new facebook.

If you haven’t…CHECK IT OUT!

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Audio Tragedi@WordPress Now Has Facebook!

August 10, 2010 Leave a comment
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