Parents Just Don't Understand

This Clip-on GPS Will Keep Track of Your Kid While She Runs Around Like a Maniac

Peace out, olds, I'm heading to Iceland. (Photo: Wonder Technology Solutions)

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. Read More

Crime and Punishment

Man Fined $32K for Jamming Newark Airport’s Signals Because He Wanted to Avoid Work

Jammed. (Photo: Flickr)

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.” Read More

Data Thieves

Signal-Blocking Phone Case Might Keep the Government From Finding You, You Special Snowflake

For sale. (Photo: offpocket.com)

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. Read More

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College Students Use Fake GPS Signals to Commandeer $80M Yacht

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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.

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Law and Order

Sprint Sends Swarm of Angry People with Lost Cellphones to Random Dude’s House

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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. Read More

Planet GOOG

Much Like GOOG-411, Google’s New Augmented Reality Game Ingress Is a Genius Ploy to Get You To Collect Data

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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. Read More