source Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Some smartphone apps could be collecting data on your location more than 14,000 times a day, according to a new report in The New York Times. This location data is sometimes anonymized and sold to companies for purposes like targeted advertising, but it is often so exact that The Times was able to use it to track down someone. There’s an easy way to limit – or completely turn off – your apps’ access to your location data. Some smartphone apps can receive data on a user’s precise location more than 14,000 times a day, The New York Times found in a new investigation. Though each tracked phone is identified by a unique ID rather than a person’s name or phone number, the millions of location points collected by the apps are “accurate to within a few yards” and can reveal a person’s daily movements “in startling detail,” The Times said. Using a database that … [Read more...] about Some apps can track your phone’s location more than 14,000 times a day — here’s how to turn that off if you own an iPhone or Android
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Going off the grid with Google is harder than you might expect.Google services on Android devices and iPhones track and store your location data even if you turn location history off in your privacy settings, according to an Associated Press investigation.You can turn off location history any time, but some Google apps still store your time-stamped location data, the AP reported. Google also reportedly uses this location data to target ads based on users' specific locations.Turning off location history just appears to remove your location from the Google Maps Timeline feature, which shows you where you've been in Google's data. You can turn off web and app activity tracking, which is enabled by default, and delete your location data in your Google account at myactivity.google.com. However, as the AP notes, this may affect how some services work, such as ride-hailing apps.To find out if you're tracked by Google, you can go to your Google Maps Timeline, and from there you can check … [Read more...] about Google is probably tracking your location, even if you turn it off, says report
Aside from the rumored notch on the upcoming Pixel 3, it seems Google has taken another page from Apple’s book — injecting iPhone X-like gestures into the latest version of its operating system, Android 9.0 Pie. The new Android gesture navigation consists of swipes rather than tapping on the traditional navigation icons. While it may take some time getting used to it, we break down how to use the new gesture navigation system to help make the transition easier — and how to turn it on or off. How to turn gesture controls on or off For those upgrading from Android 8.0 Oreo to Android 9.0 Pie on an existing device, the new gesture navigation system isn’t necessarily turned on by default (it does automatically turn on for the Essential Phone). To turn the controls on, go to Settings > System > Gestures. Then, tap on Swipe on Home Button and toggle the feature on. The icons will then switch from three-button navigation to a pill-shaped icon. To turn … [Read more...] about How to use Android 9.0 Pie’s gesture navigation, and how to turn it off
But when you get past its garish colors and clunky user interface, Apple’s Health app turns out to be genuinely useful — if you customize the dashboard to match your personal fitness goals. Finding the fitness data that really counts for you Delving into the Health Data tab reveals the entire database of health and fitness stats, so you can add different charts to your dashboard. Customizing your dashboard Your dashboard should be personalized to focus on your individuals goals, so it provides a constant reminder of what you are aiming for and how well you are doing. So what stats should you choose? Let’s take a look at three different dashboards tailored to common fitness goals — losing weight, building muscle and marathon training — and what data should be on each of them. Weight-loss dashboard Weight: Obviously you want this. Body Fat Percentage: This is difficult to measure accurately, but devices … [Read more...] about Turn iPhone’s Health app into an essential fitness dashboard
POPULAR messaging app WhatsApp is used by millions of people across the UK and worldwide. But have you ever wondered what the ticks means on your sent messages? We've got the lowdown for you. What do the blue ticks mean on WhatsApp? With the new version of WhatsApp, ticks appear next to every message you send. One grey tick means the message has been delivered to the server and two grey ticks mean the message has been delivered to the recipient's phone. When the two ticks are highlighted in blue, this means that the recipient has read your message. If the message does not appear with any ticks and is instead a '"timer" image, this means the sender is in an area of low coverage. How do you turn the blue ticks off? If you do not want to send or receive read receipts, it's an easy process to turn them off. First, open the WhatsApp app and tap the three vertical dots in the top right corner. Select Settings, then Account and then tap Privacy. This window will then give you several privacy … [Read more...] about What do the blue ticks on WhatsApp mean, how do you turn them off and what happens if your ticks stay grey?