By adding five new languages, location-based social network Foursquare has opened the door to 1.5 billion more users. The company launched translations of its app in Bahasa Indonesian, Korean, Portuguese, Russian and Thai, it said today on its blog,
Flickr is introducing a new security feature intended to keep creepers away from your most sensitive location information.
Starting today, Google is letting users search Google Maps and get directions with just their voices — no typing required.
While Facebook was rolling out some changes to its privacy policies today, the company also quietly announced it was killing off the Foursquare-like Places function inside of its mobile app.
There’s got to be a better way to use location data for mobile technologies, and Urban Airship and SimpleGeo say they’re rolling it out this fall.
Locationary, an online and mobile service that lets you search “place” data, such as local businesses, announced Wednesday that it has raised $2.5 million to hire new staff and launch a powerful new local data management system.
Usually Apple’s iOS platform gets the freshest apps and biggest app updates before Google’s Android OS does. But location-based service Foursquare bucked that trend Tuesday with the release of an update that adds a cool new notifications panel to its Android app before its iOS counterpart.
Two US senators on Wednesday introduced legislation aimed to make companies like Apple and Google obtain consent before collecting and sharing a customer’s location data. Senators Al Franken (D-Minn.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) co-sponsored the bill, which is titled the Location Privacy Protection Act of 2011.
Daily deals juggernaut Groupon has just launched Groupon Now, a spinoff service which looks to break its traditional deal-a-day model and offer real-time deals based simply on the user’s location.
If you’re the kind of person who’s constantly writing down recommendations for restaurants, bars, and so on, a just-launched iPhone application called Matchbook can help you keep track.
Apple finally has officially responded to reports that iPhones store user location data in the form of an unusually revealing Q&A.
Microsoft guarantees that smartphones with its Windows Phone 7 operating system doesn’t store location history like iOS and Android devices do, PCMag reports.
Why is Apple tracking the locations of iPhone and iPad users? The reason is probably less Big Brother and more Big Glitch, according to blogger John Gruber.
Earlier this week we reported on how Apple has been recording the locations of iPhone and iPad users and storing that data in unencrypted form on the device.
Apple’s iPhone and iPad devices have long been storing positions and timestamps in a hidden file on the user’s computer. That’s according to developers Alasdair Allan and Pete Warden, who plan to report their finding at the Where 2.0 conference today in Santa Clara, Calif.
Smartphone app startup Ripple Mobile today debuted its PhoneTag application, which uses GPS-based technology to help mobile device users share a user’s real-time location and coordinate connections privately with their friends and contacts.
Flirtomatic, the mobile flirting network with over 4 million members, launched a new iPhone app today that uses GPS and Google Maps to let members time-travel to flirt with others by location.
MeMap launched a mobile app today that aims to bring together all of your Facebook friends’ location data from various location-based networks and put it on a single map.
Facebook may be looking to add its check-in feature to more than just Places today as some events appear to now have a check-in button, according to AllFacebook.com.
As people share ever-increasing amounts of information online, are we heading to a future of data overload? Naveen Selvadurai, co-founder of popular location-sharing app Foursquare, said there’s no stopping the data flood — but that doesn’t mean users have to drown in it.
Popular location-based check-in application Foursqaure was slapped with a lawsuit today for supposedly infringing on a patent from little known company Mobile Commerce Framework, as first reported by TechCrunch.
The Go Game, creators of location-based scavenger hunts for companies, today announced the launch of a do-it-yourself iPhone application for creating and participating in local scavenger hunts, according to a company announcement.
Foursquare, the hot location-based check-in startup, today announced on its blog that it will be releasing Foursquare 3.0 later today for Android and iPhone. The new version comes with several feature updates, but probably the most notable is the much-rumored recommendation engine.
Scvngr, the maker of a check-in app that asks users to complete activity challenges, is defying the conventional wisdom that services which broadcast one’s location to friends aren’t ready for the mainstream. Just yesterday, the app has reached 1 million users, founder and chief executive Seth Priebatsch tells VentureBeat, and added nearly 10,000 new users since then.
NearVerse, which makes the LoKast app that lets you share content from one mobile device to another within a 300-foot radius has partnered with Qualcomm to improve its service.
Foursquare, the hot New York-based location-based check-in game, has partnered with Japanese telecommunications company KDDI to give users a short-cut for downloading the mobile application on several of its Android smartphones.
Tech companies have long glommed on to the Super Bowl to promote their services. Remember how TiVo touted the number of people who replayed Janet Jackson’s wardrobe malfunction in 2004? Now Foursquare, the hot New York-based location service, has revealed an alluring offer you’ll want to check out — or rather, check in.
Google may have just made its big move in the location-based services space. According to the company’s mobile blog, it has launched Google Maps 5.1 for Android and included the ability to check in to specific locations with Latitude, its feature for sharing your location with friends.
Guest Post 2011 will be a year of economic recovery and continued drama in Silicon Valley, marked by the hyped battles of Apple vs. Google, Google vs. Facebook, and Oracle vs. the rest of the enterprise world. Without further ado, here is the 4th annual edition of my technology predictions.
Popular check-in application Foursquare is facing a problem that has long bedeviled social networks — spurious friend requests. And it’s dealing with violators by putting a cap on them.
Scvngr, the maker of a check-in app that asks users to complete activity challenges, today announced it has secured a second round of funding for $15 million, according to the company blog. Investors included Balderton Capital, with participation from previous investors Google Ventures and Highland Capital Partners.
Wondering how to tell your friends where you are for New Year’s? There are a host of hot location-based startups which let you check in to a venue and broadcast your whereabouts to friends. Since I write about these services regularly, I decided to ask the founders of these companies where they’d be for New Year’s. The coolest choice of place meant that service got the honor my check-in.
Foursquare may have just released a new iPhone application on Monday, but the company isn’t done with the upgrades just yet. Cofounder and chief executive Dennis Crowley just tweeted that the Android version of the new app is now available, complete with the new comments and photos features.
After briefly appearing last week, Google’s official Latitude iPhone app is now live on the App Store, the company announced this morning.
Location-based check-in service Foursquare just announced on its blog that is has officially released the second version of its application programming interface, or API, in beta. The first version of its API, used by third-party developers to build software that connects to Foursquare’s services, will still be functional, but will probably phase out in a few months, according to the company.
TripTrace, an online travel planning service, went live today after a stint as a private, invitation-only test run. The service has had a rocky time of things until now, running into controversy even before it launched.
If you thought Google’s instant search was fast, but it’s about to get even faster. Soon, with the company’s push into “contextual discovery”, you won’t even have to type in a search query to get useful data.