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Strava Relive breakup official: he said, she said

Strava Relive breakup official: he said, she said

Both Strava and Relive have made statements on their recent breakup, suggesting that the other was the one that was at fault. According to Relive, they worked with Strava and followed Strava's recent takedown request - but were blocked from the API nonetheless. Strava said Relive was simply abusing its API.

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Verizon Smart Locator tracks with mobile data, max 5-day battery

Verizon Smart Locator tracks with mobile data, max 5-day battery

The Verizon Smart Locator was revealed today as a tiny piece of hardware that contains its own very simple processor. And that's it. This device has a pre-installed SIM card to connect to mobile data with Verizon, a Li-Ion battery that's 400mAh large, and can be recharged using a USB cord. It's a tracker - one that, unlike most trackers, is not limited to Bluetooth range.

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Facebook lists and tracks users it considers security threats

Facebook lists and tracks users it considers security threats

Fame has its price, as many high-profile personalities can attest to. In addition to dealing with both love and hatred, there's also the matter of potential threats to their safety. That's true for both a single person and a large company, especially one that's both famous and infamous like Facebook. But while most other companies have to take a reactive stance, Facebook tries to be one step ahead of danger by putting its own users in a "Be On Lookout" or BOLO list of people whom it perceives as a potential threat to the safety of its employees and offices.

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iOS 12.2 to remove Safari’s ineffective Do Not Track feature

iOS 12.2 to remove Safari’s ineffective Do Not Track feature

One of the side effects of promoting yourself as a staunch privacy advocate is that all your actions in that regard will be heavily scrutinized. Apple is indeed facing such attention in light of a major Group FaceTime bug and Facebook's misuse of its enterprise creds, but even the little things are getting some time in the spotlight. Apple is making some changes to the iOS version of Safari and while this removal of the "Do Not Track" setting may sound antithetical at first, it ironically protects users even more.

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Wiliot Bluetooth sticker sensor tag requires no batteries

Wiliot Bluetooth sticker sensor tag requires no batteries

Bluetooth-enabled tags and trackers aren’t exactly new but they all have one limitation in common. Aside from the range limit of Bluetooth itself, of course. Because of the electronics required to make them work, they require energy sources, often the thinnest and smallest of batteries. But if semiconductor startup Wiliot successfully proves its new tech, they won’t have to. Bluetooth trackers can be as small and as thin as a postage stamp and get what little power they need almost from the air.

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Facebook has a plan to track you offline

Facebook has a plan to track you offline

This week a plan for a future Facebook app feature was revealed in a patent for "Office Trajectories" by the USPTO. In this patent, Facebook detailed a method for determining the current location of an individual - even when their phone is turned off and/or their GPS is deactivated. How might Facebook achieve this, you might scream? They'll just use all the information you've already given them, jam it all in a computer with Machine Learning, and spit out the most likely location - it's easy, really!

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Why your phone tracking your GPS location is a problem

Why your phone tracking your GPS location is a problem

Today we're going to touch on the latest news in how your phone is selling your location to 3rd party companies - and we're going to discuss why this is important. The most common thing I hear when I tell people they're being tracked and/or surveilled is something along the lines of this: "I don't care, why would they want to listen to me or follow me anyway?" There are several reasons every single person should be aware of how they're being tracked - and news this week shows that there's real reason to be alarmed.

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Intel RealSense D435i Stereo Depth Camera revealed: 6DoF now a reality

Intel RealSense D435i Stereo Depth Camera revealed: 6DoF now a reality

This week the folks at Intel revealed their latest RealSense camera tech, a model by the name of RealSense Depth Camera D435i. This is the sort of camera you use to add depth sensing and tracking capabilities to all manner of devices. This latest version of the camera from Intel adds the all-important inertial measurement unit (IMU) that brings a whole new dimension to the data provided to the end user.

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Huawei Locator squeezes GPS into tiny tracker

Huawei Locator squeezes GPS into tiny tracker

The AI Cube isn't Huawei's only unusual connected gadget revealed at IFA 2018, with the Huawei Locator also making its debut. Joining the competitive beacon segment, the compact dongle promises better positioning courtesy of using actual satellite location data, rather than triangulating its position through Bluetooth as some rivals do.

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Nomad Slim Wallet has a stealth pocket with Tile tracking

Nomad Slim Wallet has a stealth pocket with Tile tracking

Nomad has launched a new leather wallet with a special pocket for Tile tracking devices. When used with the Tile Bluetooth app, users are able to locate their wallet using a smartphone if they misplace it or it falls out of their pocket nearby. Didn't realize the wallet was missing until it was too late? Tile's system also lets other Tile users look for the lost item.

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Polar fitness tracker might be a bigger national security risk

Polar fitness tracker might be a bigger national security risk

Fitness trackers have become so common that people strap them on with no worry or concern. After all, they’re not like smartphones or even smartwatches with tons of features and apps that could be harvesting your data. Unfortunately, fitness trackers themselves and their official apps can actually be gold mines of information. Worse, they can actually pose security risks not just for individuals but for countries as well as services like Polar expose secret places and the people that go to and fro those bases.

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Strava fitness tracking app reveals location of military bases

Strava fitness tracking app reveals location of military bases

When Strava released its activity heatmap last year, it was quite proud of how many people have used the app to record their jogs and runs. It boasted of having 6 times more data, over a billion activities, and having the largest, richest, and most beautiful data set of its kind. Unfortunately, that is now landing it in a bit of a security controversy involving the world's most secretive organizations: military forces. Because in tracking users' routes and locations, Strava may have inadvertently also revealed the location of some of the army bases around the world, especially some secret ones from the US.

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