According to a report recently published by the New York Times, it appears that hundreds of mobile games come with a functionality that taps into a mobile device’s microphone in order to capture audio signals from television programs, films, and even commercials. This particular software feature is said to be developed by a startup firm called Alphonso who is reportedly even taking full advantage of Shazam in identifying the audio being monitored. The compiled information is then sold to advertisers who are looking to target a specific demographic based on TV watching habits.
In the 1990s, Tamagotchi was a craze back then. It basically involved taking care of a virtual pet (from egg-hood to adulthood -- don’t ask why, it was the 90s), and if users failed to do that, their Tamagotchi pet would “die.” Now, a new mobile app is trying to bring this same concept to the 2010s. The funny thing is, this particular app is for fitness tracking.
Apple already has a feature in its devices that lets users find the locations of their family, friends, and other contacts. But a new patent from the tech giant could allow users not only to determine the locations of their contacts, but also be able to track them in real time.
Apple's patent is called "Sharing location information among devices" has just been granted by the US Patent and Trademark Office this week. The patent details the process in which an owner of an Apple device can see a visual representation of the movement done by another person.
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