GPS ankle bracelets are a pretty ingenious idea; you strap a GPS tracker onto the leg of the person you want to track, and wherever they go, you stay informed in real-time. And to make sure that the bracelet remains on the leg, there are safety measures that alert the tracking party whenever the bracelet has been unlocked, broken, deactivated, or simply travels outside a designated area. However, as two employees of a British private security firm recently found out, there is a loophole that compromises the reliability of such a device: artificial limbs.

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Everything just keeps getting smaller. A New Zealand company called Rakon has developed what they say is the world’s smallest GPS chip. Tinier than your pinkie nail, I’m inclined to agree with them. At that size, it could be integrated into pretty much anything someone might want to track. Imagine all the pen thieves in the world finally being held accountable for their petty larceny.

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When you think of GPS tracking, what usually comes to mind is something along the lines of navigation, tracking a package or a person, or maybe using your smartphone to check in at a location so your friends know where to find you. However, there is a different side to GPS as well, a side that most people don’t know about, and especially a side that can be exciting and full of adventure. What we’re talking about here is the fun treasure hunting activity called “geocaching.”
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GPS tracking has been used to chart animal migratory patterns and other behaviors for years. This method of tracking, and the even more invasive method of implanting RFID chips, however, could be a thing of the past with increased technological breakthroughs in cameras and digital algorithms. Learning an animal’s location could now be as simple as snapping a photograph.

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Normally, police use GPS tracking bracelets to keep watch over sex offenders or to ensure that people under house arrest remain in their homes or the few other places they are legally allowed to be. However, Nashville’s Metro police have found a new class of people to keep an eye on thanks to the the trackers: gang members.

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Seeing just how much information and sensitive data we store on our smartphones, not to mention the phone numbers and photos we probably haven’t back up in months, losing it all can be a huge headache. We not only lose a phone, but we lose a piece of ourselves along with that phone. However, because cell phone application developers know how severe this lose can be, they have created many different apps that help people find their lost or stolen phone by using the phone’s built-in GPS.

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