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Tile and Intel team to make your laptop trackable

Tile and Intel team to make your laptop trackable

Tile is partnering up with Intel to put its tracking tech into laptops, with the potential for notebook-makers to quickly enable location services for lost or stolen PCs. Expected to launch later in the year, the chip-level integration would do away with the need to duct-tape a Tile tracker to your laptop lid.

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Comcast’s set-top boxes and xFi router can now track your Tile

Comcast’s set-top boxes and xFi router can now track your Tile

Tile's location trackers are gaining new functionality for Comcast set-top box and Xfinity internet subscribers, with the company's boxes now acting as Tile network extensions for broader coverage. Tile's trackers - which slot into wallets, can be stuck to things like bikes and remotes, or dangle from keychains - use Bluetooth to regularly report their location, making it easier to find them should they go missing later on.

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Polar Grit X smartwatch released for high-end rugged fitness

Polar Grit X smartwatch released for high-end rugged fitness

The Polar Grit X was revealed today in a world where any that's not bad news is good news, and here the good news is a smartwatch. The Polar Grit X works with a circular full color display, and several hardware buttons (so you'll not be worrying about difficult-to-control touchscreen business when you're wearing gloves, and such.) Unlike some competitors, this watch is focused largely on Smart Coaching, wellness, and exercise.

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CovidCard phone-free contact tracing proposed in New Zealand

CovidCard phone-free contact tracing proposed in New Zealand

Contact tracing is one of the key elements that could help reduce the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, both during lockdown but especially after it. Most contact tracing, however, is being done manually, relying on people's memories, travel records, and other pieces of data that slow down the process significantly. Governments are now looking towards technological alternatives and one of the newest and most promising solutions proposed in New Zealand is nothing more than a Bluetooth-enabled credit card-sized tracker.

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Apple COVID-19 mobility trend data released for the public good

Apple COVID-19 mobility trend data released for the public good

Today the folks at Apple released a mobility data trends tool to the public for free to aid in citizen care for COVID-19. Our current global pandemic requires that companies like Apple step forward and offer their tech power to assist the world in avoiding sickness and death. Mobility data revealed by Apple today is not attached to any specific user account, and is based instead on user requests for Apple Maps data for directions.

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Estimote wearables track workers to curb COVID-19 outbreak

Estimote wearables track workers to curb COVID-19 outbreak

The folks at Estimote created a set of devices and software that'll allow a business owner to keep track of their workers remotely. With a "contact tracing dashboard" and Bluetooth devices (worn by each employee), a business owner can keep track of the location and relative health of their workforce. Each wearable device scans for other wearable devices in the area and "registers close interactions."

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Apple AirTags tracking tags leaked in Apple’s own video

Apple AirTags tracking tags leaked in Apple’s own video

Apple may not have officially announced the AirTags trackers, but that didn't stop the well-discussed "secret" tags from being inadvertently mentioned in an Apple Support video. The Tile-rivaling tracking tags are expected to launch this year, and bring Find My iPhone-style location services to other items frequently lost, such as keys, bikes, and bags.

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Sensor Tower allegedly harvested user data via mobile VPNs, ad blockers

Sensor Tower allegedly harvested user data via mobile VPNs, ad blockers

What do you do when the very things that are supposed to protect you turn out to be the very things that harm you? What can you do when those things come from a company that, until today, may have been cited multiple times for its rich and deep data? Those are the questions that may be facing users, developers, and platform makers in light of news that Sensor Tower, one of the more popular analytics platform especially for mobile ecosystems, has been using rather shady methods to get that data it is so proud of.

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DuckDuckGo Tracker Radar adds some automation to protect your privacy

DuckDuckGo Tracker Radar adds some automation to protect your privacy

The Web is home to a never-ending game of cat and mouse between privacy advocates and a large number of advertisers. Web browsers have finally become more attentive and more forceful in protecting users by marking and even blocking trackers that are often used to identify and keep tabs on them. Some of these trackers, however, may not be enough, efficient, or even unbiased, which is why DuckDuckGo developed its own tracker data set and is now releasing it and its software for everyone and anyone to use to protect themselves online.

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Tidal by Google X: Watch hundreds of fish faces tracked at once

Tidal by Google X: Watch hundreds of fish faces tracked at once

The folks at X, a moonshot company builder, from the folks at Alphabet (who also run Google), made a group called Tidal. This group is different from that of the Tidal you might know from music streaming services - this one's all about fish. It's about tracking fish, working with machine perception to identify how fish are feeding!

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Google claims less Android location tracking in near future

Google claims less Android location tracking in near future

This week Google is "previewing" policy changes to Android and Google Play that'll impact the ways in which developers of apps are able to access location data on smartphones and tablets. This affects background data collection with respect to systems like GPS location tracking, and it all starts in Android 11 / Android R. This is a major move - or it would appear to be a major move - in the smartphone user control realm in reaction to concern about how and when location data is used by apps - both known and unknown and/or malicious.

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Wacom caught tracking user on drawing tablet [UPDATE]

Wacom caught tracking user on drawing tablet [UPDATE]

In early 2020, an intrepid Wacom drawing tablet user by the name of Robert decided to do some investigative work on his beloved drawing tool. To do this, he employed the help of in-between software - that which allows a user to see what data's being sent from a device to a 3rd-party server via the internet (and vice versa). His findings did not please him.

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