By Christian Zibreg on Jan 19, 2015
New documents by NSA leaker Edward Snowden were published this weekend by German newspaper Der Spiegel, giving us new insight into how the GCHQ tracked iPhone users without their consent.
Rather than tap specific exploits that GCHQ’s U.S. counterpart, NSA, relied on in order to compromise the iPhone’s software, GCHQ surveilled targets by following a device’s UDID across different services.
They were even able to pull data from the device itself when syncing with a compromised computer took place. Read More
By Cody Lee on Nov 15, 2014
AT&T told the Associated Press on Friday that it is no longer using permanent cookies to track its subscribers. In late October, security researchers discovered that the carrier, along with its competitor Verizon, were using unique identifying numbers or “perma-cookies” to track their customers online habits.
A spokesperson for AT&T said that the tracking practice was part of a pilot program to improve targeted marketing called “Relevant Advertising.” But it says that the experiment is over, and it has pulled the identifying numbers from their customers’ accounts, although it may still sell the data it’s collected. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jul 16, 2014
Jawbone, the maker of the Up fitness band, wireless Bluetooth headsets and a host of other mobile accessories, today pushed a major update to its iPhone and iPad app.
The refreshed software brings new calorie and nutrition tracking tools, food and restaurant logging, as well as comprehensive weight management features to the popular fitness tracker.
Other enhancements include a new food score and a redesigned food experience with brand new tools such as a dedicated water logger, restaurant menus, common pairings and frequent meals… Read More
By Cody Lee on Jan 14, 2014
A new game is out this week that’s causing quite a bit of commotion in the tech world. It’s called ‘Umoove Experience,’ and it follows a main character as he flies around various villages collecting bottles of purple magic potion to score points.
But the real reason everyone is talking about this game is because of its control scheme. You see, it utilizes Umoove’s eye-tracking technology, meaning instead of using touch or motion to control you character, you simply tilt/move your head… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jan 8, 2014
We’ve seen all sorts of crazy stuff coming out of CES 2014 (the hype machine is strong) and I’m guessing half of the announced, shown off and written about whiz-bang gadgets will get forgotten as soon as the last drunken journalist checks out of an overpriced Las Vegas hotel.
The Voyce isn’t one of such easily forgettable products. If you love dogs and own one, I’m guessing your four-legged pet friend would love to wear this app-enabled collar that can track his activity, measure heart and respiratory rates and record other data pertaining to his wellbeing.. Read More
By Cody Lee on Jan 6, 2014
Continuing on with our day one coverage of CES, we have Withings. The France-based consumer electronics company, which made a name for itself with its Wi-Fi body scale, announced a new connected device today called the Aura.
Withings calls the Aura a ‘smart sleep system,’ and says it’s designed to both monitor and positively impact your sleep experience. It does this by leveraging a combination of sensors, ambient lighting, a little science and a mobile app… Read More
By Cody Lee on Nov 28, 2013
Reuters is reporting that US District Judge Lucy Koh has dismissed a privacy lawsuit against Apple this week. The suit alleged that the company was collecting location data through iOS devices, even when the geo-location feature was turned off.
Four plaintiffs joint-filed the suit—which is just one of several that followed Apple’s ‘Locationgate’ scandal—in 2011, complaining that not only was Apple tracking users’ location without consent, but they charged them too much for their iPhones… Read More
By Cody Lee on Nov 14, 2013
Although it’s getting a little bit easier to find the new iPad mini with Retina display in Apple Stores, supplies are still very constrained. Shoppers, for example, are still advised to check availability before venturing out to their local stores.
Luckily, a new web-based tracking tool has popped up that makes this process a little less tedious. Built by the team behind Seaturtle.org, the tool offers a snapshot of Retina iPad mini availability for a number of Apple Stores across the US… Read More
By Cody Lee on Oct 15, 2013
Nike held a big, athlete-filled media event in New York City this morning to announce its long-awaited second generation FuelBand fitness device: the Nike+ FuelBand SE.
The new Band looks virtually identical to its predecessor, except for the addition of some new color accents, but on the inside there has been a number of improvements… Read More
By Sébastien Page on Oct 3, 2013
Imagine the scene. Your iPhone 5s has finally shipped from China and Apple has generated a UPS or FedEx tracking code for you. Of course, you eagerly refresh the courier’s website to find out where exactly your precious currently is. If your like me, and I’ll assume you are, you’ll probably track the package a dozen times a day until it’s there.
What if I told you there is a completely free and elegant way to do just that directly from your iPhone? Even better, what if it came with push notifications to let you know about every step of the delivery? That’s exactly what Delivered! does… Read More
By Cody Lee on Jul 23, 2013
Nike has posted a significant update to its popular Running app today, bringing it to version 4.3. While the update only includes a handful of improvements, and one new feature, that new feature is a pretty big deal.
It’s called Nike+ Challenges, and just as you’d expect, it allows you to challenge your friends to a race. You simply set the distance, send an invite to another Nike+ user, and the app will track each of your progresses… Read More
By Ed Sutherland on Jul 11, 2013
How do you get the speed of a computer mouse and the fine control of a trackpad? Apple’s answer is to combine the two motion sensors into one device and wrap it all into a patent filed and published Thursday.
The patent application, published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, is entitled ‘Hybrid Inertial and Touch Sensing Input Device’. The 2012 filing outlines a type of motion-sensing traffic cop which determines whether inertia (mouse) or touch (trackpad) should control your iDevice’s cursor… Read More
By Cody Lee on Jan 18, 2013
Back in 2011 a group of 29 people took action against Apple, claiming that the iPhone-maker was illegally enabling location-based features without their consent (you remember locationgate, don’t you?). Today, however, they’ve backed down after failing to provide sufficient evidence.
The group had been seeking 800,000 won (or $757 USD) per person, but will now turn their attention to a separate class-action privacy suit filed with a regional court, which involves claims from roughly 27,000 iPhone owners in the country and could be worth up to $25 million… Read More
By Cody Lee on Nov 19, 2012
It looks like Google may have to start writing out that $22.5 million check soon, to cover the fine it agreed to pay in order to settle the FTC claim that it illegally bypassed user privacy settings in Safari.
US District Judge Susan Illston approved the fine in a San Francisco federal court late Friday, which will go down as the largest penalty ever levied against a company by the Federal Trade Commission… Read More
By Cody Lee on Oct 11, 2012
There’s been a lot of talk recently regarding advertisers tracking iOS users, more or less, without their knowledge. Earlier this week we showed you how to opt out of Verizon’s (and AT&T’s) info-sharing program.
But even if you’ve withdrawn your device from carrier data tracking systems, there’s a good chance that advertisers are still watching you through Apple’s iAd network. So if that concerns you, here’s what to do… Read More
By Cody Lee on Oct 9, 2012
New iPhone owners on the nation’s largest LTE network might be interested to know that the carrier gives its customers 30 days to opt-out of participating in a user data sharing program with advertisers.
The program tracks smartphone users, recording things like location data (though it’s anonymized), age, dining habits and other demographics, and shares them with advertisers for targeted marketing… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Aug 9, 2012
As hinted last month, Google has reached a deal with The United States Government and has agreed to pay a $22.5 million fine for overriding iOS Safari users’ privacy settings in order to better track their web browsing activity.
The unusually high fine is meant to set an example for other companies who may be thinking about violating users’ privacy in sneaky ways… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jul 10, 2012
Remember when Google was caught with its hands in the jar, overriding privacy settings of both desktop and iOS Safari users’ privacy settings in order to better track their web browsing activity? The issue snowballed into a privacy scandal as the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) said in April it would investigate the practice. The Wall Street Journal reports this morning that the FTC and the search Goliath are now close to finalizing a settlement that will see Google pony up a whopping $22.5 million to settle the privacy issue, FTC’s largest ever fine… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Apr 17, 2012
Following a report that claimed Google had been overriding Safari users’ privacy settings to set tracking code in order to collect web browsing habits, a newspaper story this morning asserts that the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is taking a long, hard look at the search giant’s practice.
The FTC is said to be “deep into an investigation” of Google’s tactics of bypassing Apple’s security settings on both the desktop and iOS versions of Safari.
Apparently, they are looking to fine Google and the financial sanctions could be “sizable”, according to the obligatory people familiar with the matter. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 8, 2012
It’s that time of the year again. We’re all waiting on pins and needles until March 16th when the new iPad is officially available to the public.
As Cult of Mac’s Killian Bell points out, Apple’s own Apple Store app is a great way keep tabs on your new iPad and/or new Apple TV shipment.
It’s not going to make your new iPad hit your doorstep any faster, but it’s a nifty way to ease some of the anxiety of waiting… Read More