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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Confused.com.
  • 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."
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Tracking your geolocation: Big Brother is Everywhere

    Posted September 8, 2009 - 5:30 am

    Twitter adding geolocation data to its Tweets may be new to the popular microblogging service, but there are plenty of other instances of incorporating geolocation into many other activities, including talking on your cell phone.eo
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