• Pinpoint users' locations via JavaScript and the Web's Geolocation API

    Posted August 13, 2014 - 8:46 pm

    Want to offer extra functionality to your users based on where they are? Here's how.
  • I wish more phones had this Ford hybrid feature

    Posted November 26, 2013 - 11:52 pm

    Bear with me: my car gave me an app idea today. It is not the worst app idea you'll hear.
  • How mobile apps developers can best target geolocation

    Posted November 20, 2012 - 12:54 pm

    Geoloqi, a scrappy software development startup in Portland, Oregon, claims to be re-inventing the way companies build location-aware applications. Here's the story behind the company and geolocation technology.
  • Get out of my driveway, social-mobile-location apps

    Posted March 12, 2012 - 4:19 pm

    How many of your neighbors became friends by jumping into your driveway and yelling, “Kapow! Your neighbor, me, just had some explosively spicy Chinese food!”
  • Google wants you to stop getting lost indoors

    Posted December 2, 2011 - 2:42 pm

    Google Maps for Android includes a beta function that has been floating around for a while: Indoor Maps. They're just floor plans from companies that uploaded them voluntarily, and don't always work in real time. For airports and big malls, though, they could be sore-foot-savers.
  • Lawsuit charges Microsoft with location spying with Windows Phone 7

    Posted September 1, 2011 - 11:31 am

    Microsoft has sworn its phone OS doesn't collect location data, but the camera on at least one brand sends geo-updates to a Microsoft server whether the user wants it to or not, suit says.
  • Foursquare is growing: Use it for your business

    Posted July 11, 2011 - 8:58 pm

    Geolocation service Foursquare is on the rise. Founded in 2009, by this week it has registered over a half million merchants, after counting 10 million users in June. Foursquare is trying to define itself as a standalone social media platform. This seems to be working; even in the face of Facebook Places and Google Places, the company continues to grow.
  • What's the deal with Facebook Deals?

    Posted November 4, 2010 - 6:10 pm

    The location-based services gold rush is now officially underway. Ever since smart phones arrived on the scene, people have been predicting that the McDonalds and Starbucks and Wal-Marts of the world would beat a path to our pockets, beaming deals and discounts to our phones in an effort to lure us inside.
  • Social networkers to see home insurance prices rise

    Posted September 15, 2010 - 10:35 am

    Social networkers that use location-based services such as Facebook Places should expect to see their home insurance premiums rise, says
  • 3 easy ways to spoof your location using Facebook Places

    Posted September 1, 2010 - 7:30 am

    How to hack your location using Facebook Places through your mobile phone or a geo-aware web browser.
  • Location-Based Services: 5 Myths Debunked

    Posted August 25, 2010 - 9:07 am

    With location-based services such as Facebook's Places come many misconceptions about risks. Here's a look at what's true and false regarding location-based technology.
  • Whom do you fear: Apple, Google, Microsoft, or God?

    Posted August 3, 2010 - 4:29 pm

    Ok, pop quiz time. Which of the following things upsets you more? a. A new jailbreak app could give an attacker total control over your iPhone b. A new hacking tool exploits Google location data to pinpoint exactly where you live
  • Can you trust Google gadgets? Probably not

    Posted July 25, 2010 - 10:34 pm

    A couple of weeks ago I posted a blog entry about a troubling request I received for my location information from an obscure URL.
  • Don't look now, but Google is following you

    Posted July 9, 2010 - 7:43 pm

    This location tracking stuff has gotten seriously out of hand. You don't even have to leave your house; just sitting at your computer, somebody somewhere really wants to know exactly where you are.
  • You Are Here: Scary New Location Privacy Risks

    Posted June 28, 2010 - 3:26 pm

    Location-based services on a mobile phone are terrifically helpful when you need to find a nearby business or directions to the freeway. They're also terrifically helpful to advertisers, government agencies and even stalkers who can use them to track your every move.
  • Foursquare: Unlock 'Secret' Badges and Reduce Privacy Risks

    Posted May 12, 2010 - 2:17 pm

    You've probably heard of social-networking service Foursquare. If you haven't already jumped in headfirst yourself, you may be aware that Foursquare's a location-based social network that lets users "check-in" via mobile device at restaurants, bars, shopping malls, wherever, to obtain points and rewards in the form of "Mayorships" and "badges." And many are calling it "the next Twitter."
  • Facebook Location Feature: Pros and Cons

    Posted May 10, 2010 - 12:57 pm

    As if Facebook wasn't habit-inducing enough, the social network is reportedly planning a location-based feature that lets users "check-in" at real-world businesses and points of interest.
  • Google vs. Foursquare: Geolocation Battle Heats Up

    Posted May 10, 2010 - 11:31 am

    Apparently informing your friends that you're eating a turkey sandwich at the deli down the street is the most "interesting" fad of the moment, and Google wants the biggest slice of cake. At the Web 2.0 Expo, Google indicated it would be enhancing its Latitude service to give other location-based time-wasters -- like the achingly obnoxious Foursquare -- a run for their money. And now that Facebook has teamed up with McDonald's to launch a similar
  • Twitter Hits Its Stride, Plans New Features

    Posted April 15, 2010 - 3:55 pm

    Twitter has more than 105 million users and is adding more than 300,000 new ones every day, the micro-blogging network said this week at its developer conference, Chirp, in San Francisco. Twitter also used the event to announce several new features, such as geolocation services, more official mobile clients, and its own URL shortening service.
  • Geolocation 101: How It Works, the Apps, and Your Privacy

    Posted March 31, 2010 - 11:48 am

    Facebook wants to know "What's on your mind?" Twitter asks "What's happening?" But that's getting old already. The burning question for the next wave of social networking is "Where are you?"--and services like Foursquare, Gowalla, Brightkite, and Loopt want you to use your smartphone to answer it.
  • Your location privacy is up for grabs

    Posted March 22, 2010 - 12:23 pm

    Forget FourSquare. Twitter and Facebook location updates? Feh. Gowalla can go suck eggs. The real action in location will be in direct-to-mobile marketing, according to an interesting article by AdAge's Kunar Patel. He writes:
  • The Trouble With Twitter's @anywhere Service

    Posted March 16, 2010 - 11:20 am

    Twitter CEO Evan Williams announced Monday that the company plans to introduce a new platform called "@anywhere." The new service will allow Twitter users to connect to their Twitter accounts through third-party Websites such as The New York Times and eBay -- similar to the way Facebook Connect allows Facebook users to sign into other Websites using their Facebook accounts.
  • Twitter wants to know where you are

    Posted March 15, 2010 - 12:57 pm

    Twitter on has turned on its new geolocation feature that allows you to tell the Twitterverse where you are when you tweet.
  • SXSW Notebook: Geolocation, Geolocation, Geolocation

    Posted March 14, 2010 - 11:45 am

    Worn Chuck Taylors. Plaid thrift-store shirts. iPhones. Margaritas. Barbeque. Cowboy hats. You guessed it; I'm at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas.
  • Facebook, Twitter Ready Location-Based Features

    Posted March 10, 2010 - 12:27 pm

    Facebook and Twitter are preparing to flip the switch on features that will allow you to share your location with your friends at any time. Facebook is reportedly revving up to introduce the feature, while Twitter is ready to enable the changes on its site any moment now.
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