12-16-2013 03:47 AM
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  1. Nogitsune Micah's Avatar
    I hope you find this story and my mom's reaction as amusing as I did when she discovered Google knows more about her than she realizes...

    First and Foremost, my little brother traded his phone in to get a Lumia 1520. He had an LG smartphone but he liked my phone a lot and decided to copy me(The Loser :P)
    So i am happy to see someone else with a Lumia, though he wanted Red...I forced him to get Yellow because I refuse to have the same color as he is :D

    But here is a Funny Story...Microsoft needs to use this in their scroogled campaign.

    My mom, Brother and I were driving home from the store and she was a little lost. Here is what Follows


    Mom: Micah, does my GPS work?

    Micah: How would I know? It is your phone after all.

    Mom: Well, I know that it is always asking me for my Location and stuff.

    Micah: Yes, Mom..that is how GPS works. It needs your location so it knows where you are so it can guide you.

    Mom: I don't like that.

    Riley: It's technology mom. Get with the times.

    *Few Minutes Later*

    Mom: Oh my God.

    Riley: What?

    Mom: I just got this phone 3 weeks ago. When Micah got his Lumia.

    Micah: Okay?

    Mom: So how is the address from your Aunt's house in my phone?

    Riley: Didn't you go see her like way last year sometime? Like after thanksgiving 2012.

    Mom: Exactly.

    Micah: You've been using Android for like 2 years now. It probably just saves all your address under your google account.

    Mom: I don't like that. This is a new phone.

    Micah: It's Google.

    Mom: So it saves all my information like that without me knowing?

    Micah: Yep.

    Mom: So how do I get away from that? I don't like it having all my data like that. I hate the permissions it also asks for when I download apps? Why does a Flashlight app need access to my contacts?

    Riley: You're being Paranoid mom. It's how Google Works.

    Mom: Well, I want to be away from them.

    Micah: Can I give you an honest answer?

    Mom: Of course.

    Micah: Should've brought a Lumia......
    12-13-2013 09:58 PM
  2. spaulagain's Avatar
    That isn't just a Google thing though. Technology in general is like that. People have to make the decision, convenience or privacy.
    12-13-2013 10:38 PM
  3. nocial's Avatar
    Somehow this sounds like fiction. No offence.
    12-13-2013 10:42 PM
  4. Reflexx's Avatar
    Somehow this sounds like fiction. No offence.
    So you're basically saying, "I think you're a liar. No offense."
    12-13-2013 10:54 PM
  5. Nogitsune Micah's Avatar
    That isn't just a Google thing though. Technology in general is like that. People have to make the decision, convenience or privacy.
    Oh no I am aware of that. But for people like you and I and a lot of WPcentral(and other OS fans), we more or less know about stuff like this.
    For someone like the average joe like my mom who has a smartphone just to be "relevant", it often surprises them when they discover stuff like this.

    Somehow this sounds like fiction. No offence.
    I am not sure how this sounds Fictional :P I have no reason to make up a story haha,
    It's common for people in my mom's age group(she was born in the 70s) who are not used to technology like I am at 18 to react in a way when she discovers that her phone knows more about her than she realized :P

    This is the same woman who
    1. Thought someone hacked her FB account because she was logged in on FB and she was on some site and saw a thumbnail of her picture and thought someone was pretending to be her lol

    2. Refers to Google Now as Siri

    haha. But i just wanted to share my mother's moment when she was flabbergasted about the fact that her phone had an address she visited a year ago still logged on :P
    12-13-2013 10:55 PM
  6. Reflexx's Avatar
    I am not sure how this sounds Fictional :P I have no reason to make up a story haha,
    It's common for people in my mom's age group(she was born in the 70s) who are not used to technology like I am at 18 to react in a way when she discovers that her phone knows more about her than she realized :P
    Oh man, you just made a bunch of us feel old.
    12-13-2013 10:59 PM
  7. Jas00555's Avatar
    I mean... To be fair, there are some WP apps that require unnecessary information. But I agree, Google goes too far with that stuff.
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    12-13-2013 11:07 PM
  8. Nogitsune Micah's Avatar
    Oh man, you just made a bunch of us feel old.
    haha my apologies :)
    Laura Knotek likes this.
    12-13-2013 11:17 PM
  9. snowmutt's Avatar
    Oh man, you just made a bunch of us feel old.

    *born in 1969, before we landed on the moon, snowmutt slinks off to a corner suddenly feeling a tad more creeky then before he read thread....*
    12-14-2013 10:02 AM
  10. snowmutt's Avatar
    Funny, funny story Micah. Love it.
    12-14-2013 10:03 AM
  11. sk1d_mark's Avatar
    Oh man, you just made a bunch of us feel old.
    Too right, I was born in the 60s. IMHO , its the teenagers that have no idea how to use tech these days. They just expect it to work and moan like hell when it doesn't.
    snowmutt likes this.
    12-14-2013 12:27 PM
  12. Nogitsune Micah's Avatar
    Too right, I was born in the 60s. IMHO , its the teenagers that have no idea how to use tech these days. They just expect it to work and moan like hell when it doesn't.
    My mom is ccodependent on my brother and me lol.

    I love her dearly. I told her that she needs to learn to do this stuff on her own because eventually we won't always be there haha.

    Her excuse is...why learn. I'm sure someone will be around to show me lol.
    snowmutt likes this.
    12-14-2013 01:07 PM
  13. naplesbill's Avatar
    I was born in 1968. My teenage nieces and nephews come to me for help.


    Sent from my Lumia 1520 using Tapatalk
    12-14-2013 01:13 PM
  14. DBZo07's Avatar
    Android saves everything in google without knowing?
    Untrue, i choose Microsoft account to handle my contact and calender..
    Why flash app needs contact permission is very smart check, i block all the intrusive permission via app setting..
    Location request is asked on every phones...
    You have smart mom..


    Sent via tapatalk
    12-14-2013 01:18 PM
  15. lsmachado's Avatar
    OMG!!! Someone bring me my cane and orthopedic shoes!!! I was born in the '50's! Great story, btw, Micah.
    12-14-2013 01:19 PM
  16. neo158's Avatar
    Too right, I was born in the 60s. IMHO , its the teenagers that have no idea how to use tech these days. They just expect it to work and moan like hell when it doesn't.
    I think that depends on the person, my dad was born in the late 40s and he has trouble with technology, he finds Windows Phone surprisingly easy to use and Android incredibly hard to use, my mum was born in the early 50s yet she's tech savvy compared to my dad and uses Android instead although I'm trying to change that ;)

    I do agree that teenagers are the ones that tend to have no idea how to use technology these days and expect it to just work, I think that's a side effect of Apple though.
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    12-14-2013 01:50 PM
  17. Old_Cus's Avatar
    It takes all kinds and I'm certainly feeling my age this morning (born in 1956). I remember the large main frame computers of the past. My first cell phone was a bag phone (remember them?). I've always loved technology and will try to stay as current as I can. Micah your mother sounds just like my wife except she rocks a lumia 920. Great story.
    12-14-2013 02:48 PM
  18. Guytronic's Avatar
    I'm pretty sure "I" or "me" if you will...have most of you beat talking about age here.
    Always needing to remind myself of who I'm most likely hanging out with on these here techster forums.


    @OP
    Funny entertaining dialog there kiddo!
    12-14-2013 03:29 PM
  19. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    *born in 1969, before we landed on the moon, snowmutt slinks off to a corner suddenly feeling a tad more creeky then before he read thread....*



    Same here!





    Sent from my Lumia 900 using Tapatalk
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    12-14-2013 03:40 PM
  20. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    Funny, funny story Micah. Love it.



    Me too!





    Sent from my Lumia 900 using Tapatalk
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    12-14-2013 03:41 PM
  21. kevm14's Avatar
    Too right, I was born in the 60s. IMHO , its the teenagers that have no idea how to use tech these days. They just expect it to work and moan like hell when it doesn't.
    I'm 32 and I agree. If you weren't around for personal computing's and the internet's coming of age in the 90s, you really didn't get to learn the skills (and patience) needed to fix something. By the way, there was no youtube and search was in its infancy (you couldn't be lazy with your queries), so you really had to piece together a solution. In doing so, you learned a LOT more, which would be useful at a later time. Today, it seems like the task is to type a few words into Google and be done with it. So yeah, this thread makes me feel old, too.
    12-14-2013 06:12 PM
  22. Guytronic's Avatar
    I'm 32 and I agree. If you weren't around for personal computing's and the internet's coming of age in the 90s, you really didn't get to learn the skills (and patience) needed to fix something. By the way, there was no YouTube and search was in its infancy (you couldn't be lazy with your queries), so you really had to piece together a solution. In doing so, you learned a LOT more, which would be useful at a later time. Today, it seems like the task is to type a few words into Google and be done with it. So yeah, this thread makes me feel old, too.
    Hmmmm....
    Engaging thoughts there kevm14.

    Makes me wonder how many youngsters here are PC\Mac fluent.
    Are most who are riding the mobile wave not able to fix, repair or dig thru a PC's file system to wipe a system malware bug or find problems.
    Is everyone now days just smart because of smart mobile devices?
    Himanshu Chowdhary likes this.
    12-14-2013 08:06 PM
  23. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    Hmmmm....
    Engaging thoughts there kevm14.

    Makes me wonder how many youngsters here are PC\Mac fluent.
    Are most who are riding the mobile wave not able to fix, repair or dig thru a PC's file system to wipe a system malware bug or find problems.
    Is everyone now days just smart because of smart mobile devices?
    I think it all depends on persons' interests more than their ages.

    I belong to 2 local Linux User Groups. Members' ages range from teens to 60s. All of the group members are adept at using the CLI.

    Tech enthusiasts will always be that way. However, the "average Joe/average Jane" who just uses computers/tablets/smartphones but doesn't have any special interest in those devices won't be as adept at troubleshooting, no matter their age.
    snowmutt and Guytronic like this.
    12-14-2013 08:25 PM
  24. Old_Cus's Avatar
    Lets get back to feeling old. I remember when I had to type out keypunch cards to program a computer (anyone remember Fortran and Cobol?) My first home computer was a commodore 128.
    12-14-2013 08:41 PM
  25. Greywolf1967's Avatar
    Well I shall join in as being a product of the 60's who remembers watching Armstrong walk on the moon. On an old RCA black and white floor model ( had it's own legs, and made weird sounds when warming up. Yep like a car in winter you used to warm up a TV to watch a show).

    The weird thing I find is older people like my parents, who in their 70's started to learn email and internet, dive into new tech and always blown away by what it all can do. Yet my sister who is around my age, has an Android phone, a lap top but has no idea what they can do. Now once inside she can use excel, and word better then I could ever dream of. She does not want to use data on her phone, as she said....I do not want the phone company knowing what I look at.

    My Father ( who passed last year at 85 ), always said he loved to see me come home at Christmas as he would get his update on the newest of tech. It really would blow him away to see, in my hand was a phone, a telegraph ( sms ), a TV, a Radio, maps of the world with a voice that says turn here, games of all kinds.

    He was never worried that his data was tracked, he was just trying his best to understand all the great information and uses of a tiny thing he could hold in his hand and touch for answers.

    I think it's the era your from that will mainly inform your feeling on tech. I think it is also you are drawn to it and understand it, or you accept it and try not to use it much....techy's vs non techy's
    12-14-2013 09:08 PM
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