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Swarm will use iOS 8 widgets for easier check-ins

Swarm will use iOS 8 widgets for easier check-ins

When Swarm was created to take check-ins out of the hands of Foursquare, it created another footprint on your smartphone. Little more than a “here I am” app, Swarm did one thing, but did it exceedingly well. Still, you had to open the app to check in, and that seemed a bit cumbersome, no matter how easy the task was. Taking advantage of the new iOS 8 widget functionality, Swarm is making checking in a LOT easier. Now you don’t even have to leave your lock-screen to check in.

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Garmin nuvi advanced is your new best (GPS) friend

Garmin nuvi advanced is your new best (GPS) friend

Your GPS can get you where you need to go, but what about when you don’t know where that is? Garmin’s nuvi GPS devices are already wonderful, and their newly introduced advanced series take it a step further. By tapping into Foursquare, and a new Direct Access feature, your Garmin can tell you where you should be heading, no matter what it is you want to do.

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Foursquare break-off: Swarm to Big Brother your friends

Foursquare break-off: Swarm to Big Brother your friends

Users of the location-centric app Foursquare have been using it for several reasons predominantly over the past few years. One reason major enough to constitute its own app is finding friends. As such, the folks behind Foursquare have decided to do a split - sooner than later, users will be asked to use the app "Swarm" to keep an eye on their best buddies whenever they want to find them.

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Microsoft Foursquare investment puts data in Windows Phone and Bing

Microsoft Foursquare investment puts data in Windows Phone and Bing

If you're working with a device made by Microsoft (or running a Microsoft-made OS) right now, get ready to see a whole lot more of Foursquare. Microsoft has just invested a cool $15 million USD into the check-in app ecosystem, allowing them to agree to a "strategic partnership" which has Microsoft becoming Foursquare's number-one source of revenue. Part of this comes from the additional multi-year contract signed by both groups to license Foursquare data in Microsoft services.

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Twitter “Nearby” would show local tweets on a map

Twitter “Nearby” would show local tweets on a map

Twitter has been field-testing a new native app feature that shows a map of tweets occurring near the user in real time. The feature appears as a separate column in the app and shows tweets from other users regardless of the follow relationship between the users. It's called "Nearby", and it could be Twitter's next granular advertising targeting gambit.

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Sygic offline navigation app adds Groupon, Foursquare, ParkMe

Sygic offline navigation app adds Groupon, Foursquare, ParkMe

Sygic: GPS Navigation, the offline nav-and-map app for iOS and Android, has added some new third-party integrations for discovering nearby deals and parking options. Already glutted with online and offline additions over the course of the company's decade-long history, the freemium Sygic app competes with Nokia HERE Drive, the offline nav-and-map app for Lumia devices. A ParkMe addition brings the older Sygic app back into parity with the Nokia app.

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