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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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Malls tracking shoppers using mobile phones

Malls tracking shoppers using mobile phones

Big brother just got a bit larger in a couple malls in the US. Two malls operated by Forest City Commercial Management have installed systems from a company called Footpath Technology that will track where a shopper is and the path they take through the mall. The two malls are Promenade Temecula in Southern California and Short Pump Town Center in Richmond, Virginia.

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OnStar user tracking scheme raises the ire of three US Senators

OnStar user tracking scheme raises the ire of three US Senators

A few days back OnStar was in the news when it notified its customer base that it would be collecting data on their locations and other data and that it was reserving the right to share that data with anyone for any reason including marketing. The part that really angered people is that OnStar was saying that it would continue to track user movements even after they cancel the OnStar account. OnStar later said that it would warn the user when cancelling that they would be tracking their location.

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Apple iOS 4.3.3 will fix tracking “bug”

Apple iOS 4.3.3 will fix tracking “bug”

If you use an iPhone, you may have been following the saga of location tracking with the smartphone. As it turns out the iPhone keeps track of the location of the user even when location services are turned off. Despite the tracking of iPhone users, Apple maintains it was not spying on users and said that an update was coming to fix the bug. Word is now coming out that the update to fix the bug will be coming soon.

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iPhone storing tracking details on users even with location services off

iPhone storing tracking details on users even with location services off

There are a lot of times when you iPhone or other device needs to know your location to give you the service you are looking for. For instance if you are looking for a gas station near you or trying to find your way to a destination the app on your iPhone will need to know where you are right now. There are also times when your iPhone doesn't need to know where you are and has no need to be storing those details. That is exactly what the iPhone is allegedly doing though, storing location data even when the user has locations services turned off.

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Ghost Rider Personal GPS Tracker debuts

Ghost Rider Personal GPS Tracker debuts

I know someone that has a grandparent with Alzheimer's and they have to keep a constant eye on him everywhere because he wanders off and forgets where he is and who he is with. There are people all around the country live with this sort of thing every day. A new device has been unveiled from RM Tracking that is called the Ghost Rider that makes keeping up with the elderly, kids, or personal property like cars a snap.

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FollowUs unveils GPS Watch in UK

FollowUs unveils GPS Watch in UK

When I was a kid I had one of those huge Casio watches with the tiny calculator built-in. It was high-tech enough back in the day that I used it to pass more than one math test without my teacher's knowledge. A new GPS Watch has been unveiled by a UK firm called FollowUs that reminds me a lot of that boxy (and ugly) calculator watch from my youth.

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