All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘location’

Google Reminds You It’s Tracking Your Every Move with Creepy, Somewhat Useful New Maps Feature

Here’s the thing: We all know that Google knows everything about us – and of course that includes where you are and where you’ve been. But seeing all of that tracking in a neat little timeline is a tad disconcerting. A little bit neat and possibly useful, but pretty damn weird as well. Google has just launched a new feature …

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Facebook Messenger Adds New Way To Send Location

Facebook announced on Thursday that it has added a new way for Messenger users to send a location as part of a conversation. It’s rolling out now, taking the place of the old location feature. With the new version, you can choose to send a map of your location or another place as a separate message. To do so, tap …

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Twitter Reportedly Eyeing Foursquare Partnership

Twitter has a location-based element to it, but it’s not that sophisticated and it’s not really a huge part of the service. It appears the company may be looking to change that. Business Insider is quoting the ubiquitous “sources familiar with the matter”, who says that Twitter is eyeing a partnership with Foursquare, to utilize the latter’s massive databases of …

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Tic-Tac-Go Scales Up Classic Game by Turning It into a Check in-Driven Scavenger Hunt

It’s highly likely that you’ve spent countless school days, work meetings, and beach hangouts casually scribbling games of tic-tac-toe. It’s highly unlikely that you’ve ever played it like this. A new app called Tic-Tac-Go mixes tic-tac-toe with city hopping, check-ins, and photo sharing to provide a fun and unique take on the classic game. It’s a location-based scavenger hunt, where …

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Foursquare Finally Moves Beyond the Check-In by Ditching It

Foursquare has been incredibly quiet since late last year. In December, the company touted 45 million users and $35 million in new funding–but since then they’ve made little to no waves. No major updates, and no big changes. Well, now we know why. Today, Foursquare is announcing that they are splitting the core functions of the service into two separate …

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Foursquare Touts 45M Users, $35M in New Funding

It’s been a big, transformative year for location-focused app Foursquare. For the past year, Foursquare has been making both incremental and monumental shifts in the core functionality of the app, taking it from just another check-in game to a real local search and discovery platform – one that can truly compete with the likes of Yelp, Google Places, and more …

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Google’s Field Trip App Launches on iOS

Back in September of 2012, Google released an app called Field Trip for Android. The app, a creation of Google’s Niantic Labs, was billed as “your guide to the cool, hidden, and unique things in the world around you.” Today, Google has finally launched an iOS version. Field Trip runs in the background of your phone, and it only makes …

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Matt Cutts Talks Location And ccTLDs

In Google’s latest Webmaster Help video, Matt Cutts discusses location and ccTLDs. Specifically, he responds to the following user-submitted question: We have a vanity domain (http://ran.ge) that unfortunately isn’t one of the generic TLDs, which means we can’t set our geographic target in Webmaster Tools. Is there any way to still target our proper location? “We’ve seen this trend – …

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Facebook Building Passive Location-Tracking App for Friend Discovery [REPORT]

If reports are correct, Facebook is currently hard at work building its own standalone location tracking app that will be able to tell your friends when you’re nearby and vice versa. Bloomberg quotes multiple people “familiar with the matter,” who say that Facebook’s new application could launch some time in mid-March. They say that the app would be “designed to …

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Foursquare Sees 500M Check-ins in 3 Months, Makes Cool Map to Showcase Them

Foursquare has just put up a new blog post that, among other things, touts the service’s ability to create personalized recommendations, build a location layer for the world, and connect people with all of the places they visit. That’s why tons of appmakers rely on Foursquare to power the location elements of their apps. Cool, nothing wrong with a little …

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Foursquare Now Tells You When You’re About to Level Up an Expertise Badge

Last month, Foursquare made a pretty significant update to both the check-in screen and location pages on their iOS and Android apps. The update brought large, swipable photos front and center, added relevant info like hours, rating, and more to location pages. When users check-in, they’re now being presented with a new screen as well. Users may be given some …

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Apple Looking at Foursquare to Help with Apple Maps [REPORT]

Everyone is looking for a way to incorporate personalized, local results into their location services. The new Google Maps for iOS features ratings, price, location, hours, and photo information for hundreds of thousands of businesses. Facebook just launched a huge redesign of it “Nearby” feature that turns it into a true location recommendation tool. Facebook is a new but potentially …

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Foursquare Improves iOS App with Better Location Pages

Last week, Foursquare released an update for their Android app that modified location pages to include more relevant information – putting large photos and pertinent places facts front and center. Today, they’ve released an iOS update that pretty much does the same thing, but with a slight addition. With today’s app update, iOS users will now see redesigned location pages …

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Facebook Turns Nearby Feature into an Actual Location Recommendation Tool

Facebook has just announced a huge revamp of their Nearby feature inside the mobile app that turns it from a not-too-remarkable tracker of friends’ check-ins to an actual attempt at a personalized local recommendation engine. Now when you open up Nearby, you’ll see a search bar, a history list, and a bunch of new location categories – restaurants, nightlife, arts, …

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Find My Phone for iOS Adds Driving Directions, Makes It Easier to Retrieve Lost Devices or Get Capped in the Process

Apple’s Find My Phone app that shows users the location of their misplaced devices has always lent itself to use in vigilante justice. That of course happens when “misplaced” actually means “stolen.” When you can look at a map and see the exact location of your precious iPhone or iPad, it kind of promotes the “I will find you, and …

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Foursquare Gives Locations a New Kind of Rating

If you think that star ratings are oftentimes faulty or unspecific indicators of a location’s true worth, the people at Foursquare agree with you. In order to provide what they think are better ratings, the company is now attaching a number score to locations when you find them via the Explore tab. Now, when you are browsing through the Explore …

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Check-in on Facebook, Get Free Wi-Fi?

Small and medium-sized businesses have now had a few years to incentivize the “check-in.” Between Foursquare, Facebook, and other networks that offer location broadcasting, businesses have found that check-ins can lead to social buzz. And because check-ins get their business’ name floating around social networks, they will sometimes offer specials to customers for their check-ins. Now, a new program from …

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Foursquare Adds to Its Connected Apps Offerings

If you haven’t tried connecting third-party apps to your Foursquare account, you’re doing Foursquare wrong. Sure, Foursquare offers plenty of information on the locations at which you check-in, but having the right connected apps can help you make the best out of every venue you find. Foursquare’s connected apps allows users to attach third-party apps to their accounts. Depending on …

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Foursquare to Launch New Search-Oriented Homepage

We say it a lot whenever we’re talking about Foursquare – but the company that started as a simple gamified check-in app has been consistently “moving beyond the check-in” as of late. They recently launched a massive redesign of their mobile app on both Android and iOS that puts an emphasis on “exploring,” and finding locations based on friend activity …

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Friendly Reminder: Watch Out for Geotagged Tweets Mentioning “Home”

People give out a lot of personal information via social media, many would say too much information. Much of it is voluntary, and the user knows they’re putting themselves out there. Filling out your profile information, tagging yourself in a photo on Facebook, or checking-in to Foursquare are all example of how people knowingly divulge personal data on the web. …

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Foursquare’s New Promoted Updates Amount To The First-Ever Ads On The App

In the same way that a business can pay to promote one of their tweets to the top of a user’s stream on Twitter, they’ll soon be able to promote their location within Foursquare as well. Check-in king Foursquare has just unveiled “Promoted Updates,” which are basically the first-ever paid ads to appear on the service. Promoted Updates are pretty …

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One-Fifth Of Your Apps Are Snatching Your Contact Data

Right now, a decent majority of your iPhone apps have already accessed your personal data without ever asking for your consent. Antivirus company Bitdefender looked at over 65,000 apps that are currently available in the App Store. From that analysis, they found that an alarming 18.6% of them can access your address book without you ever knowing about it. Even …

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Twitter Now Allows Promoted Tweets To Be Targeted By Location

Twitter continues to expand the effectiveness of “promoted tweets” (also known as ads), and today they are announcing a pretty significant new feature for advertisers. As of today, brands can target Twitter users by location with their promoted tweets. For instance, if a brand wants to promote a tweet concerning a promotion that’s only taking place in Los Angeles – …

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Facebook Page Admins Must Now Consider Location When Posting

A Facebook page admin’s job is never done, as they say (I guess?), and admins will now have to consider another little tidbit of information when posting something to their Timeline. Now, along with what and when, admins will have the options to add “where” to the mix. Facebook has unveiled location tagging for page admins. As Inside Facebook points …

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Tailor Your Twitter Trends To Fit Your Location

Twitter trends are a big deal to many Twitter users, especially the tween users out there. #FollowMeJustinBieber hashtags aside, there is actually a lot more use to Twitter’s popular topics, especially when they apply to more pertinent events, be it on a national or international level. Now, Twitter has introduced a method to apply their methods of ranking popular topics …

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WolframAlpha Now Offering Time-Sensitive Business Search

If you’ve got time on your side, what search tool you use to find a particular business really comes down to user preference. Maybe you like the way Google organizes the results, maybe you prefer to use Yelp for searches in a specific category. You’ve got time, so use them all – it’s not a pressing matter. However, if you …

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Highlight CEO: We Have the Potential to Be the Next Twitter, Foursquare

Ambient social networking is taking the world by storm as startups such as Highlight are beginning to resonate with people. In case “ambient social networking” is new to you, it is a location phenomenon that runs silently in the background on mobile devices and notifies users if friends or acquaintances enter their vicinity. “It seems like a subtle thing, but …

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Facebook Adding Friends And Locations To Apps

Facebook is consistently updating their API to let app developers add all the great stuff about Facebook into their own apps. With this new update, I can not only tell people what I ate, but I can also tell them where I ate at and with whom I ate with. Yesterday on the Facebook developers blog, the company announced the …

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Interview: uberlife Launches to Turn Online Connections into Real World Friends

With SXSW starting tomorrow, many startups are launching in hopes of becoming the next Twitter or Foursquare. One of the startups that shares this dream is UK-based uberlife. The company launched in the UK in January and launched its U.S. version earlier this week.

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Spark Capital Makes a Substantial Investment in Foursquare, Purchases $50 Million in Stock

Spark Capital is providing its employees with more liquid assets by purchasing fifty million dollars worth of Foursquare’s company stock. Foursquare has 15 million registered users who have collectively checked in 1.5 billion times and has generated information about some 750,000 restaurants and other venues. Spark Capital had already been investing in Foursquare and based their decision to up the …

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