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Tobii and NTT DOCOMO announce ibeam eye-tracking tablet

Tobii and NTT DOCOMO announce ibeam eye-tracking tablet

Tablets these days can do a lot of different things, but NTT DOCOMO has a new tablet in the pipeline with a feature that we don't see all that often: eye tracking. The eye tracking technology in NTT DOCOMO's new ibeam concept tablet will be supplied by Tobii, and if you're going to be at CEATEC in Tokyo at the beginning of October, you'll get the chance to see it in action. It's there, at booth #4B66, that NTT DOCOMO will be unveiling the prototype ibeam for the first time.

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Google Maps Coordinate lets you keep an eye on mobile workers

Google Maps Coordinate lets you keep an eye on mobile workers

Back when I had a real job, the company had a lot of people that worked in the field. You had to trust those people to be doing what they were supposed to be doing instead of slacking off, and typically, you couldn't trust them. They were constantly getting caught watching movies, shopping, or sitting around the park instead of doing what they were supposed to be doing. If you run a business that has a mobile workforce Google has a new service that will make it easier to keep an eye on your workers called Google Maps Coordinate.

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Twitter joins “Do Not Track”

Twitter joins “Do Not Track”

If you did not already know it, Twitter has been tracking your every move since the dawn of 140 characters, the FTC announcing just this week that they're now part of the "Do Not Track" initiative capturing the internet. This Do Not Track project has the Federal Trade Commission pushing for "opt-out" features on all web-based project that would otherwise track user data without question. Twitter is the latest group to join in on the Do Not Track fun with an option to turn off user tracking inside the Firefox web browser first and foremost.

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Kinect for Windows 1.5 teased with “seated” tracking

Kinect for Windows 1.5 teased with “seated” tracking

The folks at Microsoft are bringing the next generation of Kinect for Windows to the forefront this week with a version 1.5 of the software that works with it. This release comes amid a much wider availability for the platform as a whole with 19 new countries in the pipeline for this year. Kinect for Windows version 1.5 will be released at the end of May with such exciting features as "seated" or "10-joint" skeletal tracking, this expanding the abilities of the system further than ever before.

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FTC ‘Do Not Track’ system set for Winter 2012

FTC ‘Do Not Track’ system set for Winter 2012

The Federal Trade Commission this week has let known that they'll be showing the world a "Do Not Track" option for consumer data that companies will be encouraged to adopt across the board. This announcement comes amid a siren call from publishers and consumers alike that an "easy to use and effective" option for consumers is necessary in our very apt to track data use society of today. The White House as well earlier this year chimed in with a "privacy bill of rights" which may well have been the tipping point for the FTC in such matters.

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Parks Canada to track grizzly bears with GPS

Parks Canada to track grizzly bears with GPS

If Yogi and BooBoo were to relocate from Jellystone to Banff or Yoho National Park in Canada, the ranger would be able to see exactly where ther picnic-pilfering adventures took them. In the real world, the parks department in Canada has announced it plans to tag grizzly bears with GPS collars. The organization has cited safety concerns.

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Target has a Guest ID that tracks your purchases

Target has a Guest ID that tracks your purchases

The following may disturb some of you, but as a loyal Target shopper since before I was born (I'll address this in a moment), I find it sort of awesome: Target has a unique Guest ID for me with a record of everything I've ever purchased. Of course this record is based on the times Target was sure I was the person purchasing items, via credit card for example, and if a coupon was sent to my home and someone used it, they assume it was me and this is recorded as well. With this method, Target has become a superpower in the retail world and keeps us all in the fold with a perfect suggestion: "just buy everything here, why not?"

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OnStar and NORAD team up to make it easy to track Santa Christmas Eve

OnStar and NORAD team up to make it easy to track Santa Christmas Eve

If you have kids, they are undoubtedly very nearly insane with the anticipation of Christmas at this point. Last year I had to set my daughter up with an iPod touch and the NORAD Santa tracker app to keep her from going off the reservation completely. If you have, a GM car that rocks OnStar you can send your little ones outside to push the OnStar button and hear just where Santa is.

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