Everything you need to know about the location services built into your Mac

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 30, 2016

Not long ago, we took you through an overview of the location services settings that come with your iOS device and told you all about how you can increase your privacy by configuring your location services wisely.

It’s worth noting, however, that even your Mac uses your location for certain things; and with that in mind, you may want to look at your location services settings on your Mac to make sure you’re limiting what you need to limit and are only allowing location services for the things you actually use.

In this walk-through, we’ll explain the location services settings that come with OS X and tell you all about what might be using your location in the background. Read More

 

Understanding iOS Location Services and what they do

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 21, 2016

Location services are among some of the most over-used features on any iOS device. Out of the box, iOS devices with location services enabled are configured to track your location in various reasons, including producing the best user experience possible.

In this guide, we’ll show you all about how to configure your location services so that you’re not being tracked when you don’t need to be, giving you the privacy you deserve. Read More

 

How to keep your iPhone from knowing where you are going next

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 20, 2016

Your iPhone is equipped with a feature called Frequent Locations, which slowly tracks your location in the background to keep you updated via Notification Center and the Lock screen on how long it would take you to get to your favorite places based on how often you visit them.

If you choose to enable Location Services during the initial iPhone setup, this feature will be enabled by default, so if you feel like it is a slight hindrance on your ability to remain private, you just might be right. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how you can disable the feature and keep your iPhone from knowing where you are going next. Read More

 

How to disable suggested places for Siri and Spotlight Search on iPhone and iPad

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 5, 2016

Siri and Spotlight Search are way more useful in iOS 9 with suggestions that update results as you type. In addition to relevant apps and people, proactive suggestions also include nearby places such as restaurants, gas stations, retail stores and other points of interest.

Should you find place suggestions unappealing and potentially impacting your privacy, you can turn them off with just a few taps.

In this post, you will learn how to disable suggested location in Siri and Spotlight Search on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad with iOS 9.0 or later. Read More

 

Google Maps begins rolling out offline navigation to iOS users

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 15, 2015

As part of yesterday’s update to Google’s Maps app for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, offline navigation is now rolling out to users. Though conspicuously absent from changelog that accompanies the download, the crucial new feature was later confirmed by Google to VentureBeat.

I couldn’t get it to work in my area so my guess is that offline navigation in Google Maps is a staggered rollout and probably supported in select markets only. Read More

 

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

 

Foursquare revamps iPad interface, adds Peek and Pop gestures on iPhone 6s

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 11, 2015

Foursquare’s main iOS app was refreshed earlier today with some new 3D Touch goodies and a redesigned interface on the iPad. Foursquare for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad was part of the initial wave of third-party applications that enabled support for handy Home screen shortcuts via 3D Touch on the new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.

Today’s update added 3D Touch-based Peek and Pop gestures, meaning you can now preview content within the app and pop right into it, without lifting a finger off the screen. 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

 

How to disable Location History on Facebook to extend iPhone battery life

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 23, 2015

Yesterday, Facebook issued an update to its main iOS client to help extend your iPhone’s battery life by preventing it from playing audio silently in the background.

File the move under the ‘too little, too late’ drawer: if history is anything to go by, waiting for Facebook engineers to deliver a fully battery-friendly iOS app might be a fool’s errand.

The biggest contributor to Facebook’s infamous battery drain has got to be the app’s continuous monitoring of your location, which continues after leaving the app. In this tutorial, we’ll teach you how to prevent this by disabling a feature called Location History, thereby helping reclaim some of the juice lost to the battery-hogging app. Read More

 

Boston transit data and Amtrak routes for Northeastern U.S. launch on Apple Maps

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 19, 2015

In addition to bringing Yellow Pages-powered business listings to Apple Maps customers in Canada, the Cupertino firm has apparently refreshed a Maps backend in the United States, adding transit directions for Boston and multiple Amtrak routes in the Northeastern United States.

The longest Amtrak route available runs from Chicago to New York. As first noted by MacRumors, other supported routes with transit directions include the Northeast Regional, Acela Express, Keystone, Lake Shore Limited, Pennsylvanian and Maple Leaf. Read More

 

Apple partners with Yellow Pages on local Maps business listings in Canada

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 19, 2015

Apple and Yellow Pages have partnered to bring Apple Maps customers in Canada rich business data like address, phone numbers, URLs, category, hours of operations, photos, ratings, reviews and more.

“We are pleased to bring our YP.ca local business listings data to Apple Maps,” said Matthieu Houle, Vice-President, Digital Media of Yellow Pages, in a media release Monday. Apple’s Maps acknowledgements page now lists Yellow Pages as a data provider in Canada. 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

 

Instagram bringing place, people and hashtag search to the web

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 20, 2015

Following an update last month that added expanded search options to its mobile app, Facebook-owned Instagram has now started rolling out place search and other search-related enhancements for its web version, the company announced Monday.

The new search features are currently rolling out to a subset of Instagram’s installed base before going live for everyone so they may not be available to you just yet. Read More

 

Skype for iPhone updated with location sharing

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 6, 2015

Skype for iPhone has picked up the ability to share a location with others in its latest update in the App Store.

The Microsoft-owned VoIP program was bumped to version 5.14 Monday to make it trivial to share your current geographical location, or your favorite place, with friends and family using the paperclip icon in the chat window. Moreover, this edition of Skype introduces unspecified improvements.

The new version of Skype arrived hot on the heels of a recent update which brought out handy web link previews in the chat window and replying with dictation on Apple Watch. 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

 

Apple acquires GPS firm Coherent Navigation

By Cody Lee on May 17, 2015

Apple appears to have quietly acquired San Francisco-based GPS firm Coherent Navigation, MacRumors reported on Sunday. Several of the company’s employees, including the CEO and co-founders, all started working for the iPhone-maker in recent months, and its domain servers were recently updated to point to Apple.

Among Coherent’s technology is something called High Integrity GPS, which offers greater accuracy and precision and higher signal integrity versus standard GPS. It accomplishes this by combining signals from both mid-earth orbiting GPS satellites low-earth satellites used by data provider Iridium for voice and data. 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

 
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