privacy
How to Avoid Being Tracked on Your Laptop, Phone, or Fitness Tracker

Today we’re all being tracked by more gadgets than ever before, and in ways that might not be immediately obvious; but it is possible to put restrictions on the data that your laptop, your smartphone, and even your fitness tracker can collect about you—in particular, where you are and what you’re doing with your device. Read More >>

privacy
Study: Vast Majority of Google Play Apps Are Covertly Tracking Users

A new study by France’s Exodus Privacy and the Yale University Privacy lab has concluded that over three out of four of apps available on Google’s Play Store contain third-party tracking plugins, the Guardian reported on Tuesday. Apps sucking up personal information included some of the most popular ones on the platform, “including Tinder, Spotify, Uber and OKCupid,” as well as innumerable others. Read More >>

uber
Report: Uber Had Yet Another Secret Tracking Program Called ‘Hell’

Uber has made a lot of questionable decisions behind closed doors, and today, yet another one emerged. According to The Information, between 2014 and 2016, Uber used secret software called “Hell” in order to track drivers from its biggest rival, Lyft. Read More >>

privacy
EU Stands Down in Cookie Notification War

The modern day misery of having to sometimes click on an X to make a popup about cookies disappear could soon come to an end thanks to our former friends in the EU, as new guidelines on web cookie use could end the need for every site in the world to individually beg to be allowed permission to stalk us a bit. Read More >>

crime
Future Tech Crime Division Locks Thief Inside Car He Stole

A car thief, after having enjoyed a little sleep in the BMW he'd just stolen, woke up to find he was locked in the vehicle -- thanks to the modern wonders of GPS tracking and remote locking and everyone coming together to punish a bad man. Read More >>

facebook
All of the Creepy Things Facebook Knows About You

Facebook knows more about your personal life than you probably realise. As part of the company’s increasingly aggressive advertising operation, Facebook goes to great lengths to track you across the web. The company compiles a list of personal details about every user that includes major life events and general interests. For years, details have been murky about how exactly the social network targets ads—but the company has finally given us a glimpse into how the secret sauce is made. Read More >>

smartphones
Location Data is the Next Big Thing in Hacking, Says Doom and Gloom Report

People who want us to (a) care and (b) be worried about the implications of mobile location tracking say that we should be more protective when it comes to having our phones tell the networks where we are, as this data, if hacked and stolen, could lead to us being blackmailed, kidnapped, hit over the head with pipes and, in a worst case scenario only hinted at in the report, eaten by German sex cannibals. Read More >>

internet
This Simple Plugin Will Stop Websites from Tracking You

Everywhere you go on the web, publishers and marketing agencies are trying to keep tabs on what your activity — primarily to fire targeted advertising in your direction. The Privacy Badger extension is a simple, effective way of taking control over the data you give away in your daily journeys across the internet. Read More >>

science
Wi-Fi Networks Can Now Identify Who You are Through Walls

Who needs a peep hole when a Wi-Fi network will do? Researchers from MIT have developed technology that uses wireless signals to see your silhouette through a wall, and it can even tell you apart from other people, too. Read More >>

maps
In Case You Want To Prowl Around Japan From the Point of View of a Cat 

We have the technology, and the time is now: We can roam the myriad alleyways of Japan from a cat’s POV. Read More >>

research
This 1,000 FPS Projector Perfectly Matches the Movements of Any Surface

Researchers at Ishikawa Watanabe Laboratory, the University of Tokyo, and Tokyo Electron Device have developed a high-speed projector system that can track and flawlessly match the complex movements of whatever surface it’s projecting on. Read More >>

security
Your Phone’s Accelerometer Data Lets Bad People Secretly Track You

Researchers keeping themselves busy finding theoretical ways in which your security could be compromised have found a new method, one involving using a phone's accelerometer data to track movement. Read More >>

animals
Welsh Farmers Sticking Wi-Fi on Sheep for No Discernible Reason

Researchers want to build an Internet of Animals, by fitting trackers to the sheep of Welsh farmers to help locate their flocks and answer vague environmental questions about where they do most of their wees. Read More >>