“An increasing number of Android applications are attempting to track users without their knowledge, according to a new report,” The Independent reports.
“Over recent years, companies have started hiding ‘beacons,’ ultrasonic audio signals inaudible to humans, in their adverts, in order to track devices and learn more about their owners,” The Independent reports. “Electronic devices equipped with microphones can register these sounds, allowing advertisers to uncover their location and work out what kind of ads their owners watch on TV and which other devices they own. The technique can even be used to de-anonymise Tor users.”
“‘Throughout our empirical study, we confirm that audio beacons can be embedded in sound, such that mobile devices spot them with high accuracy while humans do not perceive the ultrasonic signals consciously,’ reads the report from researchers at Technische Universität Braunschweig in Germany,” The Independent reports. “They found that, while six apps were known to be using ultrasound cross-device tracking technology in April 2015, this number grew to 39 by December 2015, and has now increased to 234.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Ah, the land of iPhone knockoffs. It never ends.
But, hey, you Fragtards think you saved a nickel or something along the way, so… further proof that you’re not a genius (as if that pretend iPhone in your hand isn’t a neon sign screaming “I’m with Stupid” every day of your life).
Hey, dummy, wise up:
If it’s not an iPhone, it’s not an iPhone.
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