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Your Devices Broadcast Unique Numbers, and They’re Being Used to Track You

Your Devices Broadcast Unique Numbers, and They’re Being Used to Track You | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it
Your smartphone — and other devices that use Wi-Fi — broadcast a unique number when they search for nearby Wi-Fi networks. A device’s unique MAC address is sent along with “probe requests” that search for nearby Wi-Fi networks.

This tracking problem isn’t just theoretical. Advertisers in London used Wi-Fi-enabled garbage cans to track people’s movements around the city. The Wi-Fi specification wasn’t designed for a world where people carried Wi-Fi-scanning devices in their pockets all day long.
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This is a really interesting development and one which no doubt other smartphone and tablet makers will emulate. Whilst it does offer something of a kickback against location tracking many of us are giving up similar information through the choices we make regarding location services and app selection.

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Location Apps: 4 Privacy Settings You Need to Know

Location Apps: 4 Privacy Settings You Need to Know | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it
There are four ways mobile users can control how much information they make available to the world via location-based settings.
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Silent History: A novel, an app and an interactive literary experience

Silent History: A novel, an app and an interactive literary experience | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it
IMAGINE a book that you could only read if you sat at the desk where the writer created it.
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Though I'm not at all inclined to purchase this app, the underlying concept of making accessible information specific to to geographic locations is really interesting and could have a number of applications.

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