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The Eye Tribe Tracker Pro Offers Affordable Eye Tracking For $199

The Eye Tribe first brought their clever eye-tracking hardware to our Hardware Battlefield where they showed us how easy – and potentially useful – it was to to track eye movements across a screen. Created by four former PhD students from the IT University of Copenhagen, the system was initially aimed at developers and sold about 10,000 units. Now the team is back with a… Read More

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John Biggs

January 14th

Gadgets

Wayfindr Is Building An Open Standard For Indoor Navigation By Beacon

Wayfindr A project to probe the viability of using low power Bluetooth Beacon technology as an aid for indoor navigation — with a special focus on helping blind and visually impaired people get around independently — has been awarded a $1 million grant from Google.org to broaden and accelerate its development. Read More

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Natasha Lomas

December 3rd

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Mobile

Be Afraid: Verizon’s Supercookies to Merge With AOL’s Ad-Tracking Network

Verizon is merging its cellphone tracking supercookie with AOL’s ad tracking network to match users’ online habits with their offline details.

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Julia Angwin and Jeff Larson - ProPublica

October 7th

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Woman Says She Got Fired for Deleting a 24/7 Tracking App Off Her Phone

And now in a delightful new installment of a series I just made up right now—Why Isn’t This Illegal?—we have an employer allegedly firing a woman for not wanting to be tracked after-hours on her work phone.

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Kate Knibbs

May 11th

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A Map of the World’s Largest Annual Human Migration

In the days and weeks before Chinese New Year, some 700 million people—twice the entire population of the U.S.—cram onto trains, buses, planes and boats to go home. This mass migration is the largest annual movement of humans in the world, and now it can be tracked by smartphone.

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Sarah Zhang

February 18th

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Visa hopes to track smartphone locations to prevent credit card fraud for travellers

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Currently most of us have to inform our bank by phone when we’re travelling to avoid purchases in other countries appearing as red flags for fraud and being declined. That could soon change as Visa looks to track smartphones with a service called Mobile Location Confirmation in order to help their security systems become smarter and reduce declined purchases by as much as 30%.

While infrequent, unnecessary transaction declines can mean lost sales for retailers, additional customer service costs for financial institutions and, ultimately, frustration for the cardholder if unable to make a purchase when traveling… The service uses mobile geo-location data in real time as an additional input into Visa’s predictive fraud analytics. Finsphere Corporation, a leader in the use of mobile data and geo-spatial analysis, provides Visa an analysis of the account holder’s device location data, which is then matched with the transaction location in less than a millisecond, right at the point of sale.

The service will be an optional one that your bank will have to implement and ask you to opt in to through their own mobile app.

So it doesn’t necessarily mean you can avoid making the call entirely just yet, but Visa said “when a cardholder’s mobile device is in the same location as the payment transaction, the issuing financial institution can more confidently approve the transaction.” That will certainly help cut down on the many legitimate purchase that get flagged for fraud each year and give consumers a bit more piece at mind if they are willing to opt-in to being tracked.

Visa also noted that it “estimates, issuing financial institutions spend hundreds of millions of dollars annually to manage customer service calls related to pre-travel requests and to research declined transactions.”

It’s unclear how the service might work alongside Apple Pay for cards that are loaded into Apple’s new iOS-based payments service.


Filed under: Apps, iOS Tagged: Apple pay, Credit card, fraud, Mobile Location Confirmation, Smartphone, tracking, travelers, Visa

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Jordan Kahn

February 12th

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Oh Good: AT&T Will Stop Putting Undeletable Tracking IDs on Your Phone

Oh Good: AT&T Will Stop Putting Undeletable Tracking IDs on Your Phone

AT&T has phased out a controversial tracking program it used that inserted identification tags without an opt-out into users' internet traffic.

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Kate Knibbs

November 14th

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When Big Data Is Watching You

exploration in BrainX3.image2 Is the answer to our feeble human minds needing to grapple with increasing quantities of big data to stand in a purpose built room immersed in complex data visualisations while wearing an array of sensors that track our physiological reactions? A group of European Commission-backed scientists believe so. Read More

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Natasha Lomas

August 11th

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The NFL Gets Quantified Intelligence, Courtesy Of Shoulder Pad-Mounted Motion Trackers

Seperation The NFL is making a move to integrate RFID-based activity-tracking tech to give fans, coaches and players more information about what exactly athletes go through during each game. The Zebra Technologies tracker systems will mount to player shoulder pads and communicate with receivers installed in 17 stadiums during the 2014 season. They will provide information about each player’s… Read More

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Darrell Etherington

July 31st

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Iota GPS Tag Tech Can Track For Months From Miles Away

Iota Iota is a wireless personal tracker device, plus corresponding app, whose makers are aiming to deploy in the U.S. market at the start of next year. They raised $350,000 last August from Zenshin Capital to develop the tech, and have now taken to Kickstarter to crowdfund the last mile. Read More

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Natasha Lomas

July 15th

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