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Foursquare’s iPad app is now available for download

Foursquare’s iPad app is now available for download

Not long ago (seriously, ten days), Foursquare said they had an iPad app in the works. We admittedly got excited, but quickly filed it deep in the recesses of our mind, knowing it would come someday. We didn’t expect that day to arrive so soon, but it has! Foursqaure’s iPad app is now out, and ready for your restaurant discovery couch surfing adventures. The app is appropriately laid out for iPad, too, offering much more than a blown-up iPhone version. It’s not necessarily new, but there is one new function to celebrate the iPad version.

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Foursquare says they have an iPad app coming soon

Foursquare says they have an iPad app coming soon

Of all the things Foursquare is good for, it’s not something you can take advantage of via iPad. There’s no actual iPad app from Foursquare! In splitting into Foursquare and Swarm, the need to have check-ins via the Foursquare app proper went away. Now that Foursquare is a lot more like Yelp, they’re ready to let you browse for something to eat or do on your tablet as well. The iPad-only app should be coming in the next few weeks.

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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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