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  1. VanGoghComplex

    Rift CV1 3rd Sensor Issues

    Hey guys. I was on the road pretty much all of 2019 for work and had little to no to time to play with my Rift CV1. In the flurry of software updates (and one hardware update) that I managed to do in my time home, something about my 3-sensor setup broke. Once every three to seven seconds, my...
  2. cageymaru

    How Facebook Tracks Your Ovulation and Heart Rate Through Apps

    The Wall Street Journal is reporting that apps are sending sensitive information to Facebook through the Facebook SDK. The Facebook SDK makes it easy for app writers to share information with Facebook through a built-in analytics service called "App Events." 17.6% of the apps on Apple's App...
  3. cageymaru

    China Uses Facial Recognition to Crackdown on Illegal Subletting in Public Housing

    China has devised a facial-recognition smart lock that allows the government to crackdown on illegal subletting in public housing. Like most countries, China has limited space and resources to dedicate to public housing for older and poor citizens. In many instances, these tenants are illegally...
  4. cageymaru

    How to Stop Apps from Tracking Everywhere You Go

    Todd Haselton of CNBC has written a guide on how to disable location services for apps to keep them from tracking your location. His guide covers the iPhone and Android ecosystems. For example, there are options in the menus to completely disable location services or to only enable it for...
  5. cageymaru

    Mobile Apps Track Your Movements and Its All for Sale

    The NY Times is reporting on mobile apps that track your movements after users agree to enable location services to get local news, weather, and other information. These apps collect data from a user every 2 seconds or up to 14,000 times a day for the purpose of selling the data to hedge funds...
  6. cageymaru

    Mastercard and Microsoft Team up to Give Citizens a Global Digital Identity

    Mastercard and Microsoft have joined forces to promote the concept of a global digital identity. This global digital identity would track you, your purchases and travel around the world as it would effectively replace other forms of ID. Mastercard makes the case that it is a hardship for people...
  7. cageymaru

    Google Patents Data Mining Cameras in Bedroom and Listening Devices in Homes

    Google has created new, exciting patents to eavesdrop on your home environment. One patent will scan your home and identify items in your home. So if you have a shirt from a favorite artist in your closet, it will recommend tickets to see them live. It can scan your closet to learn your taste in...
  8. cageymaru

    Facebook Has Patented Generating Friend Suggestions Based on Real Life Contact

    Facebook has been awarded a patent that would allow it to track real life encounters between its users. It will use the Bluetooth connectivity and other hardware on phones to track, log and find other users in the same vicinity. It will be able to read gyro data to determine that the users...
  9. cageymaru

    Tim Cook Slams Data Collection as 'Weaponized Against Us with Military Efficiency'

    Apple CEO Tim Cook's impassioned speech at a privacy conference in Brussels slammed data collection companies for committing surveillance on their users to fuel oppressive regimes and monetary gains from selling private user data. Tim Cook says, "We shouldn't sugarcoat the consequences. This is...
  10. cageymaru

    Apps Can Track Your Every Move Even After Uninstalling Them in iOS and Android

    The intentions of app developers are difficult to gauge sometimes. They can invent wonderful software that makes you wonder how you ever lived without it, or they can create privacy nightmares at the same time. Adjust, AppsFlyer, MoEngage, Localytics, and CleverTap are app developers that...
  11. cageymaru

    Walmart Patents Shopping Cart Biometrics Handle to Monitor Customer Health

    Walmart has patented a shopping cart with a biometrics sensor equipped in the handle. A server will be able to monitor a customer's baseline readings, from their current readings, in real-time to find out if a customer needs an associate to check on them. Biometric data that can be monitored...
  12. cageymaru

    Smart Clothing Is Becoming Better at Collecting Our Data

    Smart clothes are becoming ever more sophisticated annually. These "wearables" can track how many times we have worn them. Many have Bluetooth connections that allow them to connect to the internet to report where we are headed and have been. The next generation of smart shirts will contain...
  13. cageymaru

    Google Buys Mastercard Data to Link Targeted Ads to Online and Physical Sales

    Google allegedly purchases data from Mastercard pertaining to the purchase history of its 2 billion cardholders. They then cross-referenced it with Google's own online advertising tracking to learn how Mastercard cardholders viewed and reacted to, online advertising from Google in relation to...
  14. cageymaru

    Welfare Agents Tapped License Plate Database to Track and Prove Welfare Fraud

    Since 2016, welfare fraud investigators in Sacramento, California have been using the automated license plate recognition (ALPR) system to track welfare recipients to prove fraud. The Department of Human Assistance (DHA) didn't notify the public of this as required by Senate Bill 34, until the...
  15. cageymaru

    HoloLens Research Mode Spotlights New Azure Sensor Tech Coming to HoloLens 2.0

    MIcrosoft HoloLens hasn't gotten off to the fastest start as the device has been relegated to researchers, developers and limited industrial uses. At the Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, Microsoft gave a demo of the recently released Research Mode which allows developers...
  16. cageymaru

    Tommy Hilfiger XPLORE Clothes Will Track Your Location

    Tommy Hilfiger's new XPLORE lineup of clothing will be equipped with smart chip technology to track when and where you wear your clothing. It will seamlessly interface with an iOS app to allow Tommy Hilfiger to reward you for walking past their clothing locations and other places of interest on...
  17. cageymaru

    Facial Recognition Technology Needs Government Regulation According to Microsoft

    A Microsoft blog called out elected governmental officials to draft laws that would regulate the usage of facial recognition technology. They stressed the need for the development of norms based on acceptable uses. Microsoft gave examples such as government tracking of citizens over the course...
  18. The Internal

    Why am I having to fiddle with xHCI BIOS settings to run VR?

    Hey all. Hoping someone with more computer science book learnin' can explain why my Rift keeps taking a dump on me. I'm doing room scale HMD + sensors, so 1 HDMI and 4 USB ports total (at least 3 USB 3.0 ports, ideally). Currently running into the issue on my Gigabyte Pheonix SLI x99 with my...
  19. DooKey

    China to go Full Dystopia With Mandatory Vehicle RFID Chips in 2019

    China insists on living up to 1984 and their latest regulation is for RFID chips to be in every new car (WARNING auto play video) starting in 2019. Of course these chips are just in the cars to help with their huge traffic problems and would never be used to monitor their citizens. However, with...
  20. FrgMstr

    Tracking Your Physical Location Through Your Smartphone

    There is about to be a little more light shined on just how accessible you are to physically tracking through your smartphone. If your location data can be shared through a paid for service to law enforcement through the Securus Technologies company without a warrant, that is a bit scary. But...
  21. R

    Apple Cracking Down on Location Sending Apps

    Apple has begun cracking down on apps that share location data with third-parties, by removing the application in question, and informing developers that their app violates two parts of their guidelines. 9to5Mac is reporting that they have seen several cases of Apple cracking down on...
  22. FrgMstr

    Facebook Facing Hard Questions

    "Hard Questions: What Data Does Facebook Collect When I’m Not Using Facebook, and Why?" Is this a hard question because Facebook does not know the answer, or it knows the answer and it does not want to tell you? When does Facebook get data about people from other websites and apps? Many...
  23. DooKey

    Web Trackers Exploit Browser Login Managers

    Everyone knows that the built-in login managers that some people use to speed up login on oft-visited sites is vulnerable to cross-site scripting attacks that can result in username and password being stolen. Now there's a new exploit that's going around and web trackers are using it to track...
  24. DooKey

    Astronomers Complete First International Asteroid Tracking Exercise

    An international team of astronomers led by NASA scientists successfully completed the first global exercise using a real asteroid to test global response capabilities. However, I'm not sure this is good news for the public as a whole. Do you really want to know the next large scale extinction...
  25. DooKey

    Samsung Jumps into the Tracker Business

    Samsung is launching a new device called the Samsung Connect Tag. There are others already out there, Tile and the Orbit Card, to name a couple, but the Samsung Connect Tag is different because it is the first to utilize a narrow band design that combines GPS, Cell ID and Wi-Fi-based...
  26. R

    Facebook is Spying On Your Phone Habits To Figure Out What Ideas To Steal Next

    Facebook has a clever way to figure out what apps to build next. The social network reportedly has an internal system that tracks up-and-coming apps to decide what ideas to copy from smaller startups and companies, according to a report in the WSJ. Using technology from Onavo, an Israeli startup...
  27. R

    Mo-Sys Unveil StarTrackerVR, Large Scale Tracking

    StarTrackerVR can track any object within a large designated environment, using small reflective stickers placed on the ceiling. UK-based Mo-Sys Engineering is targeting broadcasters with the new technology. The system can be adapted to any currently available headset, and scales to nearly any...
  28. R

    Oculus Shows Hand Tracking Gloves

    Oculus Chief Scientist Michael Abrash recently made a blog post highlighting some amazing technology being developed by the Oculus team, as well as his thoughts about VR moving into the future. Technologies shown here include adaptive optics, eye, facial, and skeletal tracking, and advanced hand...
  29. Seankay

    Maintaining online privacy seems impossible to me!

    It used to shock me how facebook suggested me the exact same people I met for the first time. It has happened to me for 4 times as much as I can remember. It was on the same day. Any way, I personally have some privacy concerns which is the reason why these things actually shocked me more than...
  30. RushFan

    Vive and AsMedia USB

    I have an Asus X99 Deluxe II motherboard running Win 10 Anv update. The M/B uses the AsMedia USB controller and I have had nothing but trouble tracking the Vive headset and controllers. They are constantly losing tracking. I found an few posts on reddit about tracking problems and bought the...
  31. MavericK

    Valve is opening up its Vive VR trackers to custom hardware

    Valve is opening up its Vive VR trackers to custom hardware Pretty cool...probably could see Touch-like controllers on the Vive. Definitely more reason to pick up a Vive.
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