Location-Based Services

Yahoo Mail app now tracks your flights, event info

Yahoo Mail app now tracks your flights, event info

Yahoo is announcing some changes to the Yahoo mail app today, bringing in some features that will remind you of Google’s Inbox. Yahoo’s latest update rolls in cards that will tell you about travel plans, and even lets you get real-time info about possible flight delays. If you are attending an event, you might even get event details held in place under the “Today” tab. Best of all, the Yahoo Mail app may also give you directions to the airport or your event’s venue.

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Apple Pay loyalty program coming this year, uses iAds

Apple Pay loyalty program coming this year, uses iAds

Making its home in Passbook, Apple Pay credit cards might sit next to your loyalty cards from some establishments. A new loyalty program specific to Apple Pay may arrive later this year, just in time for the holiday shopping rush. The new program won’t be the “scan your card to earn points” kind of thing (which clearly already exists via your iPhone), but a way for users to get little bonus items or discounts for using Apple Pay instead of plastic or cash.

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Bluesmart connected carry-on makes traveling smarter

Bluesmart connected carry-on makes traveling smarter

If you’re a frequent flyer, you understand how fun airline baggage restrictions are. Is that bag too big to carry on? Too heavy? Do you even know where it is?! All these things (and more) have travelers sweating under the collar daily, but fear not — Bluesmart is here. The connected luggage is more than a neat carry-on that connects to your smartphone via an app for location awareness, it’s the first all-in-one travelers companion we’ve seen that you might actually want.

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Blunt and Tile team up to make an umbrella you can’t lose

Blunt and Tile team up to make an umbrella you can’t lose

If you make a list of the things most commonly lost, or stolen, by people, umbrellas would pretty much be part of the top ten. That might not be much of a problem if you have some rundown, second-hand, no brand umbrella. But if you have a Blunt, which sells itself as the world's best umbrella, losing one would be like losing an arm or, worse, a smartphone. Luckily, Blunt has teamed up with tag marker makers Tile to gives their customers some peace of mind. At the price of buying a new umbrella, of course.

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Whisper found to be tracking users, sharing info

Whisper found to be tracking users, sharing info

You’d think an anonymous app would let you be, well, anonymous. Whisper, which promises users they’re safe from things like being known, have come under fire today. It seems their service is guilty of tracking the location of users, and sharing that info. While that might not sound over-the-top, Whisper is also tracking the location data of people who specifically ask not to be tracked. It seems Whisper is also sharing some info with Government agencies like the Department of Defense.

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‘Nearables’ want to bring iBeacon context to your daily life

‘Nearables’ want to bring iBeacon context to your daily life

The world of iBeacon technology is intriguing, but there are drawbacks. Do you really want to migrate through a vast area and have push notifications, or download a store’s app? Maybe not, but timely notifications about important topics is still something to be considered. Enter ‘Nearables’, a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) sticker that tells you what you need to know, when you need to see it.

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