Parents Just Don't Understand
Old Dogs Learn New Tricks
Parenting is hard, but thankfully, tech is around to #disrupt the less joyful aspects of mother- and fatherhood.
For example, keeping track of your kid–what a drag! Who’s got the time? Thankfully, now you can clip a new product called the Trax GPS tracker onto your child’s lapel, safe in the knowledge that you can knock back a few Amstel Lights while little Madison terrorizes party guests.
Crime and Punishment
Dogs are nice and cute, but they’re also labor-intensive. Thankfully, science has come up with a system for “autonomous guidance of [a] canine,” ScienceDaily.com reports, which is a fancier way of saying you might never have to leave the house mid-Real Housewives marathon to walk your dog ever again.
A New Jersey man has figured out the stupidest way to hide from his employer — and he’s being charged a lot money for it.
The FCC is imposing a civil penalty on Gary Bojczak, which includes a $32,000 fine, for illegally using a GPS jamming device to avoid being tracked by his employer after it interfered with Newark Liberty Airport’s satellite-based tracking system.
Investigators said Mr. Bojcazk rolled up to the airport last August in his Ford pickup and was “emanating signals within a restricted frequency band used by the augmentation system.”
Hack Hack Hack Hack It Apart
A new phone case promises to protect your mobile device better than a refrigerator does, according to VentureBeat.
The OFF Pocket is “Untrackable. Unhackable. Undistractable,” its website insists. It blocks 3G, 4G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS, keeping prying eyes away from your data and also pretttttty much turning your phone into a paper weight.
While other college students conquered the kegstand and crossed “motorboating” off their To Do lists last June, a handful of University of Texas students were acting out their inner pirate. The Houston Chronicle reports that students from the school of engineering worked with their professor to develop a device that approximates the spoofing fad of the early aughts, remotely taking control of a luxury yacht sailing the Mediterranean.
Sorry, career psychics: you may soon be out of work.
Researchers from Google and Microsoft have devised a computer program that can allegedly predict your movements years into the future—whether you know your future plans, or not.
Law and Order
A company that everyone trusts wholeheartedly with the troves of personal data you’ve turned over is reportedly developing an app that will further engender great faith and confidence from the public.
Just kidding, it’s Facebook. Facebook is doing another creepy thing because it is a day that ends in “y.”
Law and Order
Enterprising pillheads hoping to snag a supply of Percs from the local Duane Reade might have an extra layer of security to contend with soon. The NYPD is asking pharmacies in the New York area to outfit fake pill bottles with GPS technology to help the force catch pill-popping thieves. Well, can’t say they’re not creative.
As anyone who has used a map app recently will tell you, GPS location is still a pretty imperfect science. Sadly, we don’t think that will be any comfort to Wayne Dobson, a 59-year-old Las Vegas man who has fallen victim to a glitch with Sprint Wireless’s GPS technology. The problem has dispatched scores of people who lost their cell phones to his front door demanding he give them their phones back.
When Google launched its new worldwide alternative reality game earlier this month, the web lit up with widespread questions. The game, called Ingress, allows users to move through the physical world with their Android devices, collecting pockets of energy in various locations that they can then use to complete virtual quests. It was an interesting idea, but on the surface appeared to not make any significant contributions to the company’s bottom line. Why would Google, which has $217.59 billion market cap, allocate time and resources to a free Android game?
Technology Review called it “augmented reality’s first killer app.” AllThingsD reported that because the game incorporates real stores and businesses into its plotline, it’s a natural next-level venue for advertisers–Zipcar, Jamba Juice and Chrome apparel have already all signs on to host ads on Ingress.