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AT&T & T-Mobile now using Apple’s Hybridized Emergency Location tech for 911 calls

While major mobile platforms such as Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android come with rich location services helping apps like Uber and Facebook pinpoint a user’s location, emergency services were unable to use this data. Thankfully, that’s beginning to change now.... Read the rest of this post here


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3 ways to find the GPS coordinates of a location on iPhone

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Many apps you use on your iPhone are tapping your location to provide services or data based on where you are. While everything happens in the background, all these apps are actually using your GPS coordinates to pinpoint your location in the most precise way.... Read the rest of this post here


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Disable Waze’s menu-based swipe gesture with FarewellGestureWaze

Waze is one of the most popular third-party navigation apps for the iOS platform, but some users find that the interface isn’t without its quirks. For example, the swipe gesture you might use to access the app’s built-in menu could potentially clash with other gestures.

If you experience this problem yourself, then a new free jailbreak tweak called FarewellGestureWaze by iOS developer CydiaGeek should remedy the problem. After installation, it prevents this gesture from launching the Waze app’s built-in menu.... Read the rest of this post here


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Brilliant moron uses empty snack bags to block his employer’s GPS tracking, gets fired anyway

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It doesn't matter how hard of a worker you are or how much you adore your job, sometimes we all just need a day off. A 60-year-old electrician in Australia doesn't seem to have liked his job all that much, and time off seemed like a great idea. But he still needed those pesky paychecks, so he came up with a brilliant plan to prevent his employer-issued PDA (with GPS tracking) from keeping tabs on his whereabouts.

How would a seasoned electrician go about hampering the abilities of an electronic device? By sticking it inside an empty snag bag, of course! As crazy as it sounds, his little trick actually worked perfectly, and he was able to skirt his job for some time before it all came crashing down.

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Australian man uses snack bags as Faraday cage to block tracking by employer

Dump out your snacks, block your boss' tracker. (credit: Doctorhawkes - camera, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=53235787)

A 60-year-old electrician in Perth, Western Australia had his termination upheld by a labor grievance commission when it was determined he had been abusing his position and technical knowledge to squeeze in some recreation during working hours. Tom Colella used mylar snack bags to block GPS tracking via his employer-assigned personal digital assistant to go out to play a round of golf—more than 140 times—while he reported he was offsite performing repairs.

In his finding against Colella, Australia Fair Work Commissioner Bernie Riordan wrote:

I have taken into account that Mr Colella openly stored his PDA device in an empty foil “Twisties” bag. As an experienced electrician, Mr Colella knew that this bag would work as a farady cage, thereby preventing the PDA from working properly—especially the provision of regular GPS co-ordinate updates… Mr. Colella went out of his way to hide his whereabouts. He was concerned about Aroona tracking him when the Company introduced the PDA into the workplace. He protested about Aroona having this information at that time. Mr Colella then went out of his way to inhibit the functionality of the PDA by placing it in a foil bag to create a faraday cage.

Colella, an employee of the Western Australia water management joint venture Aroona Alliance, fashioned empty foil packets of Smith's Twisties into crude Faraday cages, blocking the signals from GPS satellites as he ducked out to the links. Snack packets are made with a foil that combines aluminum and mylar plastic, making them electrically conductive and ideal as a temporary electromagnetic shield for mobile devices—as long as the packet is closed and grounded—and you don't mind a few crumbs on your device.

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