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Copenhagen Airport to Track Passengers Using Wi-Fi Data

If you ever find yourself with some time to kill at Copenhagen International Airport, there's a good chance that a company in Switzerland will know exactly how you chose to spend it. SITA, an aviation communications and technology company based in Geneva, recently created a new program capable of tracking passengers' movements, using the Wi-Fi signals emitted from their smartphones and lapto...

IE9's 'Tracking Protection' Lets Users Block Third-Party Sites From Tracking Them

Share The next version of Microsoft's Internet Explorer will come with a new feature that allows users to block third-party companies from tracking their online behavior. The new tool, called Tracking Protection, will be included in Internet Explorer 9, which will be released next year. Users will be able to create their own lists of targeted sites. The browser will then automatically block these...

'Do Not Track' List Would Protect Consumers From Online Marketers

The FTC's 'Do Not Call' registry already protects more than 190 million people from invasive telemarketers. Now, the federal commission is looking to expand that concept to the Internet, with a proposed 'Do Not Track' list, unveiled yesterday. According to the AP, the new list would allow Web surfers to evade the radar of marketers who are trying to collect data on their online habits, and oth...

School Buses Tracking Kids With Fingerprint and Card Scanners

To ensure that kids don't get off at the wrong stops, some school districts have started using fingerprint and card scanners to track students who ride school buses. The Desert Sands Unified School District, located just north of San Diego, began testing a Biometric Observation Security System (BOSS) on its buses earlier this month, according to USA Today. Students simply touch their fingers to a...

Caught Spying, FBI Asks Student to Return GPS Tracker

Twenty-year-old Yasir Afifi took his car to the mechanic last week for an oil change, and wound up a minor Internet celebrity. When the California resident's Lincoln was raised on the car lifts Afifi and his mechanic, Mazher Khan, noticed something strange, with an antenna, near the car's exhaust. Afifi and his friend posted images of the device on Reddit, wondering if it was an FBI tracking devi...

GPS Sex Offender Tracking System Shut Down Because of Data Overload

A major data system used to keep track of sex offenders shut down Tuesday morning, after unexpectedly reaching its storage limit. The blackout, which lasted about 12 hours, prevented law enforcement authorities in 49 states from keeping track of some 16,000 sex offenders, parolees and other marked citizens. Although tracking devices continued to record movements of known offenders, authorities at ...

New Canaan, Connecticut Schools Consider Tracking Students With RFID

One of the United States' most affluent cities is debating whether or not, and how, to track its students with RFID tags. School officials in New Canaan, Connecticut have engaged in talks with SecureRF Corporation, which has applied for a $100,000 federal research grant and is hoping to find test partners. Among the potential applications for the radio-frequency identification devices (like those ...

Guy Loses iPhone and iPad in the 'Trash,' Uses MobileMe to Recover Them

Share For iPhone users, the MobileMe 'Find My iPhone' service is kind of like a first-aid kit; we all like to have it around, but we'd never want to be in a situation where we'd actually have to use it. Yet, those are exactly the dire straits in which one Eric Boehs recently found himself after mysteriously misplacing both his iPhone and iPad. As Wired reports, the saga unfolded when Eric hur...

Drug Addicts Tracked Via GPS to Examine Environment and Addiction

We've always been told that addiction of any kind is a condition that stems from the brain. Drugs, alcohol or caffeine exert a specific effect on both the brain and the body, the latter of which dictates subsequent consumption. But how much of an addict's behavior can be explained simply in terms of where he or she hangs out? That's the question that National Institute on Drug Abuse researcher Dav...

Physicist Tracks Human Movements, Determines People Are Incredibly Lame

Since the dawn of self-awareness and the birth of philosophy, anthropologists have struggled to decipher the mysterious intricacies of human social behavior. Leave it to a nerdy physicist to render those millennia of study obsolete by deciding that people are not only amazingly predictable, but incredibly boring, as well. Albert-Laszlo Barabasi of Northeastern University pioneered a recent s...

Soon, AT&T Will Help You Track Your Kids and Packages

What's AT&T to do, now that it has a solid foothold in the cell phone service market? According to Reuters, the wireless provider will make deals to bring its service to 20 new devices this year -- expanding both its reach and our freedom to roam while staying connected. Speaking at CES 2010, Glenn Lurie, head of emerging devices, said these gadgets will include (but not be limited to) e-r...

'Next Big Sound' Tracks Music Fans' Online Activites

For any musician or band, the Internet has become the ultimate marketing tool. However, it's often been difficult to determine exactly how music fans were using the Web. Now, a new Web-based application hopes to change that. Next Big Sound tracks loads of data--page views, track plays, comments--from resources like iTunes, Facebook and Twitter. Then, it compiles these stats into helpful little ...

Stalk Your Family With AT&T's FamilyMaps

Attention worry-prone parents: AT&T is now offering location-tracking for their subscribers with FamilyMap. The service is similar to Sprint Nextel's Family Locator and Boost Mobile's Loopt. FamilyMap utilizes built-in GPS and cell-tower triangulation to locate users. AT&T's offering is limited to those within a family plan and allows members to track one another online or on their phones....

Geolocator-equipped Backpacks to Track Bird Migrations

We've seen birds tasked with carrying around sensors in order to provide data about external happenings, but up until now, tracking birds' migration patterns from start to finish has been a tedious, if not impossible task. Gurus from York University in Toronto have apparently figured out the solution, and it all sounds much simpler than you might imagine. By equipping birds with minuscule "backp...

How to Find Out Who's Watching Your Online Activity

Who is watching you? The answer is also a new term to include in your Web vocabulary: Web Bugs. No, these aren't viruses and they aren't even malicious. Companies do use them, though, to track your online activity so that they can serve up ads that more effectively target you as a user and as a consumer. Ghostery is a Web plug-in that alerts you whenever a Web Bug is monitoring your online act...