Tag Archive: realtime


Verizon and AT&T will stop selling real-time location data of its users

T-Mobile’s conducting an “internal review” into the matter.

Last May, U.S. carriers came under fire after it was discovered that they were tracking real-time location info of their subscribers and then selling that information to third parties. Following a heap of backlash over security and privacy concerns, both Verizon and AT&T have confirmed they’re ending this practice.

First reported by The Associated Press, Verizon sent a letter to Oregon Democratic Senator Ron Wyden (who’s been particularly critical  [Read More…]

Around 200 million people had their real-time location exposed by LocationSmart

A bug allowed you to track someone’s location without obtaining their consent.

Earlier this week, it was reported that a company called LocationSmart partners with U.S. carriers to sell people’s real-time location to all sorts of third parties. This news came as a rather unpleasant surprise on its own, but it’s now been discovered that a bug on LocationSmart’s website exposed the real-time location for around 200 million individuals.

According to ZDNet, LocationSmart used to feature a  [Read More…]

All major U.S. carriers give your real-time location info to third parties

The tech is provided by LocationSmart and seamlessly works in the background.

It’s hard to believe that much of anything is truly private these days. Between smartphones, the internet, and everything else, so much of our data and lives are on full display for various businesses to see. Recently, it was discovered that all four of the major United States carriers provide your real-time location info to third-parties thanks to a loophole in the Electronic Communications Privacy Act.

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Google’s $159 Pixel Buds offer real-time translation, other smarts

The Google Pixel 2 series announcement brought a number of significant hardware for both mobile and the smart home, but Google also unveiled more mobile hardware than we expected. We expected to see the Google Home Mini and the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, but Google took things one step further: the Bose […]

Google’s Pixel Buds are $159 wireless headphones with real-time translation

Google has announced its own pair of wireless earbuds, with Google Translate built-in.

At today’s Pixel hardware event, Google has combined its translation know-how with its love of good audio to create the Google Pixel Buds, it’s first retail pair of headphones.

The headphones themselves are like any standard wireless (though not truly wireless) pair of earbuds. Instead of having the controls somewhere on the wire, the right earbud has a gesture pad to control volume and  [Read More…]

Amazon Prime Day Live Blog: All of the best deals in real-time

Prime Day 2017 is finally here, and the Thrifter team will be covering all 30 hours of it with you right here!

That’s right. Team Thrifter will be bringing you complete coverage of all things Prime Day right here, and we hope you’ll join us. Our live coverage of the fun will begin on July 10 at 7 p.m. EST. Amazon will have a mix of all-day and Lightning deals going on, and we don’t want you  [Read More…]

Google Maps now lets users share real-time location

Google today made it possible for Google Maps mobile app users to share their exact location with other users. The updated version of the app allows for one to share real-time location with Google contacts or by sending a link through a messenger app. If you are sharing your location, you will see an icon above the compass […]

Google Maps update makes it easier to get real-time traffic info

Google Maps just became better at helping you reach your destination, on time! Through today’s update, the app will be able to deliver more valuable information at the bottom of your home screen – in real time. Swiping up now will reveal three tabs: one to help you find restaurants, one to beat traffic and […]

It is now mandatory for U.S. carriers to facilitate Real-Time Text for deaf people

It’s about time.

In one of his last moves as FCC Chairman, Tom Wheeler and his committee have approved a change mandating the use of Real-Time Text, or RTT, to facilitate communications for the deaf and hard of hearing.

RTT resembles regular two-way text-based communications but, for both expediency and safety, must be conveyed in fractions of a second, similar to expectations with voice-based communications. From Motherboard:

This innovation will facilitate more natural, conversation-friendly communication for  [Read More…]

Remaster sound in real-time with the all new Aftermaster Pro

Back in January we attended CES2016, and saw quite a few amazing products. We checked out some of the same tech that we see from year to year with new models and upgrades. There was also a host of new technology that aimed to improve our overall experience with multimedia, and one of those was the Aftermaster Pro.