Swarm by Foursquare brings expanded 3D Touch gestures, plus new Always, Nearby or Mute settings

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 24, 2015

Foursquare’s dedicated location check-in app, Swarm for iPhone, was among the first third-party apps to implement support for 3D Touch, allowing you to quickly check-in to places simply by pressing the app’s Home screen icon firmly and choosing the Check In shortcut.

In its most recent update that launched in the App Store today, Swarm brought out expanded support for 3D Touch gestures with Peek and Pop on other people’s check-ins.

This edition of Swarm also includes expanded mute options and lets you earn even more virtual coins when you add certain stickers to your check-ins. Read More


Waze gains 3D Touch shortcuts on iPhone 6s

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 16, 2015

Google-owned social-mapping and traffic service Waze today pushed an update to its iPhone application in the App Store, adding handy shortcuts available upon pressing its Home screen icon on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.

Waze’s 3D Touch shortcuts provide access to popular features like address search, location sharing and turn-by-turn navigation based on your work and home address on file. Read More


Secret Apple app lets you map out building interiors using your iPhone

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 2, 2015

Apple has a secret app in the App Store which allows some iPhone users to map the interior of a building using their handset. First discovered yesterday by developer Steve Troughton-Smith, an app called Indoor Survey has been available on the App Store since last week.

The software is currently hidden in the App Store and is not operational, suggesting that the official launch is around the corner.

Basically a funnel for Apple’s MapsConnect website, the app appears to act as a crowdsourced Ground Truth service aimed at improving the accuracy of Apple Maps data when it comes to indoor maps. Read More


Waze 4.0 is out with fresh look, revamped map, reduced battery consumption and more

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 19, 2015

Waze, the popular social-mapping location data startup, today pushed a major update to its GPS, maps and social traffic application in the App Store.

Featuring a refreshed design and cleaner maps with emphasis on safer driving, the new Waze 4.0 for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad also brings reduced battery consumption allowing the app to run longer in the background, and much more. Read More


Leaderboards and more added to Foursquare’s location check-in app Swarm

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 21, 2015

Foursquare’s dedicated check-in app, Swarm, has been adding missing features ever since the startup split the main mobile app’s functionality into dedicated place discovery and check-in apps.

The new Swarm 3.0 for iOS, which released earlier this morning, brings back leaderboards after gaining mayorships early in the summer. In addition, messages and notifications have been unified under a single inbox view.

Your worldwide and nearby views are now folded into a single Friends tab and a revamped Here Now section is now located under the Nearby section. Read More


Swarm by Foursquare brings back mayorships

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 22, 2015

Foursquare unveiled Swarm in March of last year to give the location check-in ability of the main iOS app a brand new place of its own. Not all of the features of Foursquare for iOS have made it into the dedicated app, namely mayorships.

Arguably the most popular feature—especially if you’re into the check-in game—mayorships are now back in the latest Swarm 2.5 for iPhone update.

You can earn them by checking in more than anyone else, which will unlock a shiny new mayor crown. Read More


How to calibrate Apple Watch for accurate Workout and Activity tracking

By Christian Zibreg on May 12, 2015

I recently listed seven cool things your Apple Watch is able to do on its own, without its connected iPhone, among them tracking your activity and workouts.

In order for it to calculate a variety of metrics for your workouts and daily activity when its paired iPhone isn’t nearby and available, your Apple Watch must be first calibrated for improved Workout and Activity tracking.

The process is fairly simple and doesn’t require you to do anything specific to start the calibration process. In this post, I’m going to teach you how you can set up your Apple Watch for walking, running or cycling outdoors, using a treadmill or working out, when the GPS and your iPhone are unavailable. Read More


You can now check in to places from your wrist with Swarm for Apple Watch

By Christian Zibreg on May 5, 2015

Swarm, Foursquare’s dedicated location check-in application for the iPhone, received a nice little update Monday, adding the Apple Watch component which allows you to easily check in to places and see who’s nearby.

This is especially handy considering that Foursquare’s main iPhone and Apple Watch app lacks this functionality as it’s now focused on finding places to eat, drink and visit. Read More


Waze now tells you how long you’ll be stuck in a traffic jam

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 2, 2015

Waze, a crowdsourced GPS, maps and traffic service owned by Google, has refreshed its iPhone and iPad application with a few new features.

Now available at no cost in the App Store, the new Waze 3.9.4 is much faster than before. More importantly, it has added a cool new feature which tells you how long you’ll be stuck in a traffic jam.

Other features like navigation, route select and re-routing have been sped up significantly, an important feat given that you’ll be using the app while driving. Read More


Foursquare for iOS enables Handoff with Mac, brings Citymapper directions

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 1, 2015

Foursquare, the world’s top crowd-sourced local search and discovery service and mobile app, has pushed a refresh to its iPhone and iPad places-discovery application available at no cost in the App Store.

Among other new features, Foursquar 8.1 enables Handoff support between iOS and the Mac and lets you easily access Citymapper from the app. For those wondering, Citymapper is a fast-growing, real-time transit service available on the iPhone and coming to the Apple Watch next month. Read More


Waze is rolling out AMBER alerts in US

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 4, 2015

Waze, a popular crowdsourced GPS, maps and traffic service, announced on Wednesday that it’s rolling out AMBER alerts in the United States.

Realized through a partnership with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the move brings AMBER alerts to Waze users when a child in their area has been abducted or gone missing. Read More


ETA Watch app will put travel times and driving directions on your wrist

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 23, 2015

Coming as a free upgrade for all existing owners of the $0.99 ETA app for the iPhone and iPad, Melbourne based developer Eastwood shared last week a preview of what ETA’s Watch counterpart will look like.

For those unfamiliar with ETA, it’s a GPS-based personal driving assistant which calculates travel times and driving directions to all your favorite destinations.

The ETA app for the Apple Watch will provide the same basic functionality as the iOS edition, only optimized for the smaller screen, allowing Watch owners to get travel times and driving directions just by raising their wrist. Read More


Foursquare gains iOS 8 widget, can now serve recommendations without logging in

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 13, 2015

After adding a widget to its check-in app called Swarm back in December, Foursquare’s main iPhone application today finally received a brand new Today widget for iOS 8’s Notification Center of its own.

Moreover, the latest 8.7 update added personalized recommendations while logged out, so you don’t need to even have an account with Foursquare to receive tips and recommendations about nearby places.

Just open the app to get started. Read More


MapQuest gains enhanced navigation, picks up a host of other improvements

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 20, 2015

AOL today refreshed its MapQuest mapping and GPS navigation app for iOS with several new features that elevate the experience, including in-route navigation improvements, tighter integration with Yelp data, the ability to buy tickets and send feedback in the app and more.

A clearer on-map directive will give you a heads-up on your next turn while the improved list view for your route now automatically scrolls turn-by-turn statements with your progress “so the next maneuver is always easy to see.” Read More


Foursquare finally launches iPad app

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 15, 2014

The Foursquare app is at last available on the iPad! The freshly released update takes full advantage of the iPad’s bigger canvas and increased screen resolution, so you’ll now see more content and scroll less when browsing Foursquare content on your Apple tablet.

It’s focused on helping you plan smarter with a personalized list of all the great places for a chosen city. Plus, it’s a lot easier now to save anything to your itinerary with a tap.

The team’s added another new section dedicated to all the top picks in your area. Tapping Foursquare’s vast database of crowdsourced locations and check-ins, it suggests places that are newly popular, up-and-coming and local mainstays.

The app was updated back in September with full support for iOS 8 and Interactive Notifications with the ability to save, like and follow right from the notification.

And yes, it looks great on the bigger iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus screens. Read More


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


Video walkthroughs offer detailed look at CarPlay on Pioneer’s $700 AVH-4000NEX receiver

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 9, 2014

Though we’ve seen our fair share of CarPlay demos in months past, we still can’t get enough of learning about the intricacies of Apple’s in-car iPhone entertainment system. You may have head that Pioneer recently released a firmware update bringing CarPlay functionality to five of its 2014 NEX in-dash multimedia receivers, so people don’t have to buy a brand new car just to enjoy CarPlay.

As noted by TUAW, Josh Carr of technology repair firm Fix Denver put Pioneer’s new software through its paces and created several videos showing off different aspects of CarPlay, including Phone functionality, Apple Maps and various other built-in apps including Spotify, which recently updated its iPhone and iPad app with CarPlay support .

Interested? Jump past the break for more. Read More


Waze gains car-parking features and more

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 29, 2014

Waze, the popular GPS-based maps and traffic app that Google purchased for undisclosed sum in June of 2013, has received an update Monday bringing out half a dozen new features and improvements, including enhancements related to remembering where you parked your car.

A free update, Waze 3.9 lets you add driving related information if a place has a parking lot or drive-thru. The app also saves your parking location so it’s now a lot easier to find your vehicle in the parking lot. Read More


Claimed iPad Air 2 GPS antenna, mic and Wi-Fi module leak in photos

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 21, 2014

Joining today’s batch of leaks ahead of Apple’s big reveal in Fall are some components apparently belonging to a second-generation iPad Air model.

An alleged iPad Air 2 GPS module, a Wi-Fi component and a microphone were shown off on a series of claimed photographs highlighted by a French website Thursday.

We’ve already seen photos that purportedly picture a number of the various internal components of the iPad Air 2 and today’s leak reinforces the notion that Apple is getting ready to refresh the iPad lineup soon.

Among other hardware improvements, flagship iPad models could bring a thinner design, a faster A8 chip with 2GB of RAM, a Touch ID fingerprint sensor, anti-reflective screen coating and more… Read More


Apple hiring software engineers to help ‘overhaul’ Maps backend

By Cody Lee on Jul 2, 2014

According to a pair of new job listings, Apple is looking for folks to help with a major rewrite of its Maps app programming interface. The listings, which were posted yesterday, call for software engineers to aid the company in a major overhaul of its Maps API.

The job descriptions call for cross-functional leaders to join the Apple Maps API team, which is responsible for the “doorway” to all systems powering the Maps service. The company says it has “big plans” for the API, and is overhauling things front-to-back… Read More

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