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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People with Alzheimer’s disease suffer from a condition that endangers their daily lives regardless of how secure their environment is perceived to be. With this disease, the afflicted have a tendency to wander away from their homes or families, become disoriented, and can’t find their way back. In some of the most heartbreaking cases, the victims are never found until it’s too late.

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In search of perfect tracking solutions for the do-it-yourself private investigators and undercover spies, Wired magazine researched the best gadgets available to the public. And what they found was what we knew all along: BrickHouse Security’s tracking equipment came out on top as the leader of the GPS tracking community.

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GPS trackers and smartphone applications are ideal for finding where you’re going; but it turns out they can be equally useful proving where you’ve been, and how you got there. A California college student recently used a cell phone app to talk his way out of a speeding ticket.

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With people using smartphones and next generation cameras with built-in GPS units, photos might hold a lot more information than ever before. For example, most smartphones have the option to record the geographical location a photo was taken, which is known as geotagging. But sharing that location with world might not be the best idea, especially if the location is something private like a home or work address.

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