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

 

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

 

Twitter prepping Foursquare tagging in tweets

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 23, 2015

You will be soon able to tag specific locations in tweets thanks to an expanded Foursquare integration, the micro-blogging platform announced in a tweet Monday.

“We’re working with Foursquare so you can tag specific locations in tweets,” reads the message. The new features is “coming soon,” added the firm.

Currently, users can add additional location context to their tweeting by adding a general location label, such as “SoMa, San Francisco,” to their tweets using Twitter for Android, Twitter for iOS, twitter.com or other mobile apps. 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

 

How to see places where your iPhone photos were taken

By Sébastien Page on Feb 11, 2015

Before iOS 7, there was an easy way to have a visual overview of where your photos were taken on a map. This feature called Places was actually part of the Photos app. While it arguably had limited purposes, the Places tab was sometimes a nice way to browse your photos based on the location where they were taken.

But with the release of iOS 7, that feature went bye bye and was replaced by a more subtle way of looking at the different locations where your photos were shot, assuming of course you have Location Services turned on for the Camera app. If the feature is similar, the way to access it is definitely more tricky.

In this post, we’ll show you how you can visualize the location where your photos were taken directly from the Photos app. Read More

 

Facebook launches new Place Tips feature in your News Feed, rolls out Facebook Bluetooth Beacons

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 30, 2015

Yesterday, Facebook announced a new feature in the hope of fending off threat posed by Foursquare and Yelp, both of which rule the crowd-sourced location discovery market.

Place Tips, as it’s called, injects useful information about the place you’re right at, including your friends’ recommendations and “fun, useful and relevant info,” right inside your News Feed.

But don’t your worry, you can turn it off at anytime! 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

 

Snowden docs give new insight into how GCHQ tracked iPhone users

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 19, 2015

New documents by NSA leaker Edward Snowden were published this weekend by German newspaper Der Spiegel, giving us new insight into how the GCHQ tracked iPhone users without their consent.

Rather than tap specific exploits that GCHQ’s U.S. counterpart, NSA, relied on in order to compromise the iPhone’s software, GCHQ surveilled targets by following a device’s UDID across different services.

They were even able to pull data from the device itself when syncing with a compromised computer took place. Read More

 

Locus: whitelist location services on an app-by-app basis

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 5, 2015

Locus is a brand new jailbreak tweak that allows you to selectively whitelist location services access on an app-by-app basis. The tweak, which features a simple preference panel in the stock Settings app, contains switches for each app that you have installed on your iOS device. If you’re looking to have more granular control over the apps that have access to your location, then look no further than Locus. 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

 

Foursquare now lets you save, like and follow from iOS 8’s Interactive Notifications

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 5, 2014

Taking advantage of iOS 8’s new Interactive Notifications, Foursquare, the popular local search and discovery service, on Wednesday refreshed its main iPhone client with the ability to ‘save,’ ‘like,’ and ‘follow’ from the notifications you get from the service.

As before, the new Foursquare 8.2 has native display support for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus resolutions and now comes with 1Password integration.

1Password integration allows fans of the popular password-management app to use their saved credentials when logging in to Foursquare, without having to paste the password manually.

A month ago, Foursquare’s check-in app called Swarm received a similar update permitting users to check in to locations from the Lock screen or within iOS 8’s Notification Center via a new Today widget.

Download Foursquare free in the App Store. 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

 
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