Location-Based Services

Facebook adds Find Friends Nearby to mobile apps

Facebook adds Find Friends Nearby to mobile apps

Facebook has a new feature that iOS and Android users can now start to take advantage of called Find Friends Nearby. Originally dubbed “Friendshake”, the feature allows you to see friends who are nearby, as well as potential friends, provided they’re also using Find Friends Nearby. The new feature is primarily aimed at those meeting people for the first time who want to quickly add details to Facebook.

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Intel grabs Telmap for cross-platform AppUp location services

Intel grabs Telmap for cross-platform AppUp location services

Intel has acquired navigation and location-based software specialist Telmap, and will use the company's technology for cross-platform local services in its AppUp system. Eventually, Intel is planning to offer developers coding for AppUp a set of standardized location-based services (LBS) APIs, with which they'll be able to integrate potentially complex mapping, local search and other content into their apps with the addition of "just a few lines of code."

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Google Shopper iPhone App Gets Map-Based Offers

Google Shopper iPhone App Gets Map-Based Offers

Google just released an update to version 1.5 for their Google Shopper iPhone app, which now integrates Google Offers. The app makes it easy to find more information on the products in front of you while you shop. It recognizes cover art, barcodes, and supports voice and text search to bring you relevant local versus online pricing, reviews, videos, and other specs. And now, it will also let you find deals nearby while you're on the go.

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Senate Bill Requires Consent For iPhone, Android Location Data

Senate Bill Requires Consent For iPhone, Android Location Data

The Apple and Google location tracking controversy may soon be fully addressed in legislation. Ever since news of Apple's unencrypted storage of location data on iPhones broke, Senators Al Franken and Richard Blumenthal have been hot on their tails, summoning both Apple and Google for congressional hearings on the matter. Now the duo are submitting a bill that would require explicit consent for location data.

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Foursquare Testing NFC, Adds Merchant Rewards

Foursquare Testing NFC, Adds Merchant Rewards

The Foursquare mobile check-in service has just launched v3.0 of its mobile app, the biggest update the company has ever launched. Foursquare employees have been working around the clock to finish the update in time for SXSW, in what co-founder Dennis Crowley calls Foursquare’s “shock and awe” campaign. The company is focusing on the potential of near field communication in this new update. Below, you can see the Foursquare team up past midnight, celebrating as the update launched. Read on past the cut for more details.

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Yobongo location-based chat now available in App Store

Yobongo location-based chat now available in App Store

Yobongo, a location-based chat app that allows you to chat with people that are nearby, is now available on the App Store. The application has been in beta testing for a month, and claims to make it "super fun and easy to chat with people nearby." Right now the app covers New York City, San Francisco and Austin. The company says that it will determine other cities to add based on "demand from passionate fans".

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ShopAlerts By AT&T Sends Location-Based Text Ads

ShopAlerts By AT&T Sends Location-Based Text Ads

AT&T is preparing to step beyond typical carrier duties, by launching a new location-based text ad service. The carrier will be sending out text ads such as coupons and other special offers to subscribed customers based on their locations as detected by their phones. The program will start only in certain metropolitan areas including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and San Francisco.

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