• Location Data Being Shared to Make Money

    The GuardianApp team has discovered that a growing number of iOS apps have been used to covertly collect precise location histories from tens of millions of mobile devices, using packaged code provided by data monetization firms. In many cases, the packaged tracking code may run at all times, constantly sending user GPS coordinates and other […]

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  • Put your phone in Do Not Disturb mode forever

    It takes a good bit to get me to link to a site like The Outline, but this post from Paris Martineau is interesting. Martineau states: Yes, Do Not Disturb mode, that underused feature on your Android or Apple device that silences all notifications and vibrations and was ostensibly designed to help you sleep better. […]

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  • Great Deals on GR1s

    On September 1st, GORUCK is increasing prices by a lot. The GR1 specifically will be $395, which is a $100 increase. (Here’s a table of the increases.) GORUCK bags are buy it for life, and if you are on the fence, now the time to pull the trigger. These are the best backpacks out there. […]

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  • AP Exclusive: Google tracks your movements, like it or not

    Ryan Nakashima reporting: To demonstrate how powerful these other markers can be, the AP created a visual map of the movements of Princeton postdoctoral researcher Gunes Acar, who carried an Android phone with Location history off, and shared a record of his Google account. And guess what? The map includes Acar’s train commute on two […]

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  • 15L Bullet Ruck is Back

    Just released today in black only is the long awaited return of the 15L Bullet Ruck. It looks to be the same setup as the 10L, but with more width throughout and just a touch deeper. That’s about how I would want it too, I picked one up right away. I can’t wait to test […]

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  • Everything bad about Facebook is bad for the same reason

    Nikhil Sonnad: There are certain things you do not in good conscience do to humans. To data, you can do whatever you like. Fantastic article.

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  • GORUCK KID RUCK

    They’re back!

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  • My M5 For Sale

    I don’t think cars get any better than this, unless you need to fit two car seats in it and be OK driving kids around in the car. Which is why I am selling what is perhaps the best car you can drive.

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  • Noteshelf 2 Adds Handwriting Recognition

    Noteshelf is getting really good these days, so be sure to check it out if you haven’t yet. When I opened it this morning I had a notice that there’s now support for handwriting recognition. I had a hell of a time figuring out how to work it, but it’ for searching only. And it […]

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  • Meditation under the microscope

    Speaking of mindfulness, it turns out most of the studies about it were far from scientific. So Ute Kreplin did his own very scientific study of it: There must be a more balanced view of meditation, one that understands the limitations of meditation and its adverse effects. One day there will be a more complete […]

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  • Mastering the Art of Caring Less

    Jamie Friedlander: Although there is no direct English translation, wu wei (pronounced oo-way) could perhaps be described as “effortless action,” explains Edward Slingerland, a professor of Asian studies at the University of British Columbia and author of Trying Not to Try: The Art and Science of Spontaneity. The concept, which has its roots in ancient […]

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  • These Academics Spent The Last Year Testing Whether Your Phone Is Secretly Listening To You

    Kashmir Hill reporting: “We didn’t see any evidence that people’s conversations are being recorded secretly,” said David Choffnes, one of the authors of the paper. “What people don’t seem to understand is that there’s a lot of other tracking in daily life that doesn’t involve your phone’s camera or microphone that give a third party […]

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  • Huge GORUCK Sale

    Amazing deals on the GR1 and GR2, only in select colors and sizes. Typically these are the prices you pay for these bags used.

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  • Thermostats, Locks and Lights: Digital Tools of Domestic Abuse

    Nellie Bowles: In more than 30 interviews with The New York Times, domestic abuse victims, their lawyers, shelter workers and emergency responders described how the technology was becoming an alarming new tool. Abusers — using apps on their smartphones, which are connected to the internet-enabled devices — would remotely control everyday objects in the home, […]

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  • New GORUCK Bullet Ruck Out

    Looks like GORUCK has a new variant of that awesome 10L Bullet Ruck out. The major change seems to be the handle at the top of the bag. It is now the proper GR1 style handle instead of the nylon webbing loop. Very tempted to ditch my bullet to get one of these (if you […]

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  • No one is opening those emails about privacy updates, and marketers are getting nervous

    Michelle Castillo reporting on this catastrophic trend of people not opting into SPAM: “People are not opting back in,” says Michael Horn, the director of data science for digital marketing agency Huge. “It’s one thing for your customers who don’t have a relationship with the brand to decline and not respond, but you’re also losing […]

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  • Your Phone Is Listening and it’s Not Paranoia

    Sam Nichols: With this in mind, I decided to try an experiment. Twice a day for five days, I tried saying a bunch of phrases that could theoretically be used as triggers. Phrases like I’m thinking about going back to uni and I need some cheap shirts for work. Then I carefully monitored the sponsored […]

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  • Facebook Gave Device Makers Deep Access to Data on Users and Friends

    By GABRIEL J.X. DANCE, NICHOLAS CONFESSORE and MICHAEL LaFORGIAL: “It’s like having door locks installed, only to find out that the locksmith also gave keys to all of his friends so they can come in and rifle through your stuff without having to ask you for permission,” said Ashkan Soltani, a research and privacy consultant […]

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  • Mobile Safari is holding the iPad back

    Bradley Chambers: Here’s what the iPads needs: a desktop version of Safari with external trackpad support. Yes, Mobile Safari has a “Request Desktop” mode. There are plenty of websites that completely ignore that request, though. Even for the ones that don’t, many of the designs and navigations are built for a mouse pointer. The iPad […]

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  • Ulysses 13

    Some fantastic new features. Both fenced code blocks and a new deadline feature for sheets are tops. I’ve been testing this for a while and the deadline feature has a lot of potential. Since I track all my writing in in Ulysses I’ve been setting deadlines as “at most 1,500 words, deadline DATE” this not […]

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