Swarm now lets you check in from your Lock screen with iOS 8 Notification Center widget

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 10, 2014

Swarm, a dedicated check-in app by Foursquare, has received a tremendously useful update Friday which makes it dead simple to check in to your favorite locations right from your Lock screen without even opening the app, thanks to a brand new Notification Center widget available on iOS 8 devices.

The Swarm widget in the 1.3 update also gives you an at-a-glance view of a few of your friends who are especially close, helping you get a sense of who’s around. Read More

 

Foursquare revamps mobile app around Yelp-like features and focus on location discovery

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 6, 2014

Foursquare, the popular location-based social networking service, recently announced plans to remove social features and check-ins from its original mobile client.

Thus, Swarm was born.

By striping the mobile client off unnecessary features, the logic went, Foursquare aimed to provide its users with a lightweight app that would have a strong focus on location discovery.

After announcing the redesigned new app and showing off a new logo two weeks ago, the new Forusquare 8.0 for iPhone is now available in the App Store. It “learns what you like and leads you to places you love,” as per the blurb, and is a lot like Yelp now.

Jump past the break for the full info… Read More

 

Foursquare announces new app, new logo and more

By Cody Lee on Jul 23, 2014

Foursquare, the popular location-based social network, made a string of significant announcements today. Apparently the company has decided it’s time to move all check-in activity—its trademark feature—over to its Swarm client, and create an all-new application.

The new app, Foursquare says, will be all about ‘personalized local search.’ No two people will have the same experience, as it will be based on a number of factors including user taste, people they follow, and places they visit. Oh yeah, and there’s a whole new logo too… Read More

 

Foursquare refreshes Swarm with better check-ins, easier sharing and other enhancements

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 8, 2014

Foursquare, the popular location-based social networking service, back in May took all the gamified features out of its main iOS client – the mayorships, check-ins, leaderboards, achievements and what not – and created a new app around them, Swarm. As a result, the main Foursquare app is now focused on place discovery , not the check-ins.

The lightweight Swarm app makes it easy to see who’s out nearby, who’s doing what, who wants to hang out later and more. Today, the app has received a refresh bringing out several new features.

Now available to download in the App Store, Swarm 1.0.6 features better check-ins, friend leaderboards, easier sharing, more detailed information about places and more… Read More

 

Foursquare’s new Swarm app now available

By Christian Zibreg on May 15, 2014

Earlier this morning, I diligently informed you that the crowd-sourced location platform Foursquare has updated its free iPhone check-in software ahead of the impending launch of a brand new Swarm app later today.

Now available free in the App Store, Swarm for iPhone integrates gamified features from the main Foursquare app to “help people keep up and meet up with their friends”.

It combines all-new mayorships, while introducing intriguing new stuff such as popular stickers. Basically, the app offers detailed insights about your life and lets you connect to friends in your neighborhood to explore their activities.

Swarm arrives ahead of Foursquare’s search-focused revamp due this summer. And when it drops, the Foursquare app will no longer let you check-in to places. If you have updated to the new Foursquare 7.0.8 and have Swarm installed, you should be able to peek at some of the upcoming changes inside the Foursquare app… Read More

 

Foursquare updated ahead of Swarm app launch

By Christian Zibreg on May 15, 2014

Foursquare, the popular location-based social platform, is set to release a brand new Swarm app today which will “help people keep up and meet up with their friends”.

As a result, the existing free iOS client has just been updated with some changes you should know about. Announced two weeks ago, Swarm combines new mayorships, introduces stickers, offers detailed insights about your life and much more.

If you have Swarm installed, the new Foursquare 7.0.8 update includes a peek at some of the upcoming changes to Foursquare ahead of a major search-focused revamp due this summer… Read More

 

Instagram reportedly testing location integration with Facebook Places

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 25, 2014

Facebook-owned Instagram has traditionally relied on Foursquare for its vast database of points of interest.

For example, upon uploading a photograph Instagram gives you an option of choosing a location where the image was taken using its Foursquare integration, simply by tapping a ‘Name This Location’ button.

Post acquisition, however, things have become a little weird.

Facebook has long been maintaining its own location database, Facebook Places. Two years into the acquisition, Instagram has now started using Facebook Places as its mapping service, at least for a subset of its users.

Despite this (expected) change, more than the 150 million Instagram fans can continue to share their check-ins to Foursquare from Instagram… Read More

 

Microsoft buys $15 million stake in Foursquare

By Cody Lee on Feb 4, 2014

It’s been a pretty big day for Microsoft. Following the news earlier today that Satya Nadella has been named the company’s new CEO, and Bill Gates would be stepping down as chairman, comes word that the Windows maker has made a sizable investment in Foursquare.

The deal, which has been confirmed by both parties, is said to be worth $15 million, and it will give Microsoft access to Forsquare’s mountain of mobile data. The company plans to utilize the data in its Bing mapping software and various other Windows Phone applications… Read More

 

Foursquare now lets you order in from local restaurants

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 30, 2014

A fresh update to Foursquare’s free iPhone and iPad application has enabled an interesting new feature: from now on, whenever you fancy a bite – be it breakfast, lunch or dinner – you can use either the mobile app or the web interface at foursquare.com to find nearby restaurants that accept orders from Grubhub Seamless, the popular U.S. based online food ordering company.

You’ll notice a new GrubHub or Seamless icon when browsing a place in Foursquare. Just tap it to place your order through GrubHub Seamless. To retrieve a list of nearby restaurants that will bring food to you and your hungry friends, simply search for ‘delivery’ (example: ‘taco delivery’)… Read More

 

Foursquare releases its major iOS 7 overhaul

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 5, 2013

Foursquare, the location-based social networking website, has seen the September 18 release of iOS 7 come and go without a matching update to its iOS app on its part.

The company last month issued a fairly significant update that brought out a new recommendations feature which sends you useful location-based information, in real-time, like current specials at a restaurant.

Today’s update finally brings Foursquare for iPhone and iPod touch on par with iOS 7 aesthetics. Foursquare is one of those apps that already had light design of sorts, but now it’s much prettier and easier on the eyes… Read More

 

Foursquare app updated with new design and real-time recommendations

By Cody Lee on Oct 9, 2013

Foursquare has issued a fairly significant update to its iOS client today, bringing the app to version 6.4. The update includes a number of improvements, including new UI and an all-new ‘Nearby’ button.

But easily the biggest addition to Foursquare 6.4 is the new Real-time recommendations feature. With it enabled, the app will send you useful location-based information, like current specials at a restaurant… Read More

 

Foursquare app updated with the ability to check friends in and more

By Cody Lee on Jun 25, 2013

Good news this afternoon for all of you Foursquare users out there. The iOS app was updated today with a handful of new features and improvements. Users can now check in their friends (only with their permission of course) and there have been some handy adjustments made to the Explore tab, making it easier to discover new places… Read More

 

Trust Twitter and Google, not Apple, to protect you from government data demands

By Christian Zibreg on May 1, 2013

Well, this is certainly noteworthy. According to the third annual report by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) titled “Who Has Your Back?”, gadget giant Apple along with carriers AT&T and Verizon, Google’s rival Yahoo and the forgotten social network MySpace all are very likely to give in to Uncle Sam’s data demands.

Specifically, Apple and Yahoo scored one out of six possible stars, with Verizon and Yahoo rather ingloriously earning zero stars each. These companies’ weak safeguard implementation does little to circumvent data demands and protect your private information from the government’s prying eyes.

Whereas Apple and Yahoo only fight for users’ privacy rights in Congress, companies like Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft and Dropbox go to great lengths to ensure privacy of your data, earning four out of six stars each… Read More

 

Major Foursquare update focuses on search and Explore recommendations

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 10, 2013

Celebrating its fourth anniversary, the location-based social networking service Foursquare today pushed a major new version of its mobile app, bringing out new features that tap over 3.5 billion check-ins users have made on the service thus far. “With the new Foursquare 6.0, we’re crunching all our data to show the best of what’s nearby, anywhere in the world, the second you open up the app,” the team wrote in a blog post Wednesday. Here’s what’s new… Read More

 

Foursquare for Business goes live on the App Store

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 29, 2013

If you own a business and spend time and money promoting it on the web, you should definitelly check out Foursquare’s brand new iOS app. Released Tuesday morning, Foursquare for Business is a handy sidekick that promises to help you get more customers walking through the door. The app can be used to post photo updates as your business, activate and deactivate specials, view customer tips, access analytics and more… Read More

 

Apple reportedly in talks with Foursquare over data-sharing deal

By Cody Lee on Dec 17, 2012

Google and its recently-released Maps application might have the spotlight for now, but Apple is hatching out a plan to win it back. A new report is out this afternoon claiming that the Cupertino company is in preliminary talks with Foursquare, the popular location-based social network, to integrate its local data into iOS Maps… Read More

 

Facebook rolling out Nearby update to its mobile apps

By Cody Lee on Dec 17, 2012

Facebook has announced this morning that it will be rolling out an update to its iOS and Android apps later today that will substantially beef up the Nearby feature. The refreshed feature will allow users to discover new places around them and view Yelp-like ratings and reviews from their friends…  Read More

 

Foursquare gives its iOS app a major facelift

By Cody Lee on Jun 7, 2012

Foursquare users will notice that the social network has recently pushed out a significant update to its iOS app. Foursquare 5.0, as it’s called, features a complete redesign, with a much cleaner-looking UI, and several navigation-related changes.

In an intelligent move, the location-based service has brought all of its most-used features to the forefront of its mobile app. I especially like how the Explore tab has been redesigned to make it easier to find nearby deals and areas of interests… Read More

 

Fusion: integrate Facebook sharing into iOS 5 and more

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 8, 2012

Wouldn’t it be great if you could have Facebook integration that acted similar to iOS’ built in Twitter integration? Well, now you can.

Introducing Fusion — a jailbreak tweak that integrates Facebook, Foursquare, and even MySpace (obligatory lol) into your default Twitter composition pane. But the tweak doesn’t stop there, it also allows you to composes messages for all of the aforementioned networks using Siri.

Check out our full video walkthrough on this awesome jailbreak tweak inside… Read More

 

Apple Patent Indicates Plans For A Social Network iPhone App, With A Focus On Shopping

By Alex Heath on Jan 3, 2011

More and more shopping is happening online these days, but plenty of people still prefer brick and mortar stores to buy their jeggings in. On December 30th, 2010, Apple’s latest patent was published. This patent hints at a native social networking app that Apple may implement in a future version of iOS. Such an app would merge social networking into a shopping experience.

This Ping-like, social-shopping network would allow users to have an enhanced shopping experience with participating merchants. Apple’s patent is titled “Social Networking in Shopping Environments.” Read More

 
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