OnStar is ready to roll out their Family Link Tracking system. The system will be available to the masses at the end of the year, after OnStar has been talking about the system for a year or so already. Surprisingly enough, the system doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, but only a measly $4 a month on top of an OnStar plan.
The system isn’t designed to give you minute-to-minute, real-time updates, but updates the family members in 20 second intervals or so. Instead, its purpose is to keep track of your vehicle and the location of it, and possibly keeping tabs on your kids as they’re behind the wheel. Check out the video above for a detailed look and see how it works!
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Did you know that Apple is tracking your every move with your iPhone and iPad? A blog post published today on O'Reilly Radar claims that devices running iOS 4 are gathering location and storing it in an unencrypted manner.
"What makes this issue worse is that the file is unencrypted and unprotected, and it's on any machine you've synched with your iOS device. It can also be easily accessed on the device itself if it falls into the wrong hands. Anybody with access to this file knows where you've been over the last year, since iOS 4 was released," wrote Pete Warden, founder of the Data Science Toolkit, and Alasdair Allan, a senior research fellow at the University of Exeter.
The data is being stored to a file known as "consolidated.db," which includes latitude-longitude coordinates and a timestamp.
Of course, this shouldn't surprise anyone who read the entire 45-page EULA, as it clearly states the following clause when going into detail on the type of “non-personal information” that Apple can “collect, use, transfer, and disclose … for any purpose.”
We may collect information such as occupation, language, zip code, area code, unique device identifier, location, and the time zone where an Apple product is used so that we can better understand customer behavior and improve our products, services, and advertising.
Scared that you will be the next swine flu (now known as H1N1) victim? You can track new outbreaks to keep up with the latest hot spots. The WHO (World Health Organization) has daily updates on their site while the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) keeps an exact count of the virus by location, suggests things you can do to stay healthy and lists travel warnings. Finally, you can track the spread on Google’s H1N1 mashup.
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Have you ever seen the commercial where a mom loses her kid until she finds him on his tracker, thanks to super batteries? Maybe she had a Spark Nano GPS Tracker. The small, lightweight device needs no antenna or external connection, so you can place it in your child’s lunch box or backpack without any stranger being the wiser. Lightning GPS will let you know when a preset area is left. The Nano also includes a panic button in case the child gets scared and wants mom/dad. A $49.95/month subscription fee is charged as well as a one time $69.95 activation fee, a bit high, but worth the expense of your child not becoming an Amber Alert victim.
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Google Latitude can help you keep track of friends and family on your cell phone. Find your buds and their status on a map, then contact them with a call, IM or SMS. You have to have a compatible phone with images enabled such as Android-powered cellies, BlackBerrys, Nokia smartphones and Java-enabled devices. If you have an iPhone or iPod, there are plans in the works for those, too. Google promises privacy but you might want to think about how much you want your friends to know about where you go and when. This is a free service but carrier charges may apply.
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Clothing is becoming smarter all the time. O’Neill’s NavJacket can upload and share your ski runs with others at over 180 United States and 420 European resorts. The jacket has an LCD display, e-textile keypad and GPS unit built into its sleeve. Those who lose their buds while skiing can use their friend-finder to get back together. The price of the NavJacket is $1,635.00. Check O’Neill’s community site to see how cool the features are as well as view some of their users touring videos.
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This should be a lesson to all those parents who complain when their kids ask for cell phones. Utilizing Google Street View and a mobile phone signal, a 9 year-old girl has been found after she was allegedly kidnapped by her grandmother. After Natalie Maltais went missing in Athol, Massachusettes in what was supposed to only be a weekend, police officer Todd Neale used the girl’s cell phone to track them. Fire chief Thomas Lozier used View to locate the hotel in Virginia where the child and grandmother were found.
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Garmin has redesigned a tracker for the pooch in your life. The main housing of the unit sits below the collar while a GPS antenna is located on the top of the strap. The weight of the DC30 is a mere 8.7 oz., which means that all but the minutest of pups can wear it. Checking out the Garmin site, we notice their main target is hunting dogs, but we are hoping that more of those who are concerned with their dog’s welfare will opt for the collar. The DC30 will set you back $199.99 when it arrives this fall, while their entire Astro 220 Tracking System goes for $649.95.
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This is almost too scary. iXs Research Corp. has created a talking Teddy Bear with GPS. At about a foot tall, it has 6 joints in its neck and arm to prove its spoken point. The teddy also has an alcohol detection sensor in its neck and will admonish you if it smells that last margarita with “You haven’t been drinking, have you?”
Stroke his head and he will tell you about nearby landmarks. And if you drive badly, he will tell you to “Watch out.” The company is planning a 2009 launch and has patented the idea so that they can implant their technology in other types of dolls. We just want to know, what will the guy in the car next to you think if your teddy is talking?
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Once you acquire your new Shadow Caddy, you will certainly have to purchase Geostate’s golf balls to go with your tech savvy status. The British company uses satellite technology and places chips inside that inform the golfer how fast and far the ball travels, similar to GPS in cars. While an actual product will not be available for a while, Geostate is hoping that eventually the tech can be incorporated into other items such as jogging shoes and pet collars.
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