location services

‘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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Glympse for Pebble hits wrists for swifter location sharing

Glympse for Pebble hits wrists for swifter location sharing

Glympse is bringing its location-sharing app to Pebble's smartwatches, allowing wearers to quickly allow their contacts to see where they are for a limited time, all from the wrist. The app, already available for iOS and Android among other platforms, lets the user's position be revealed to others for up to a four hour period.

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Google Now adds Field Trip for serendipitous local insights

Google Now adds Field Trip for serendipitous local insights

Google is baking its Field Trip app into Google Now, pushing serendipitous local information to Android users as they travel. First released back in 2012, Field Trip uses geo-location to surface art and architecture facts, local history, restaurant recommendations, and other tidbits.

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Foursquare now tracks your location, even when you aren’t using it

Foursquare now tracks your location, even when you aren’t using it

The new Foursquare app has drawn some mixed reviews. Some consider it a Yelp challenger, aiming to provide you with food reviews more than a social layer. Now that Swarm is handling check-ins, Foursquare is free t do other things… like monitor you constantly.

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Foursquare 8.0 promises smarter recommendations (but no check-ins)

Foursquare 8.0 promises smarter recommendations (but no check-ins)

Foursquare 8.0 has been released, and the geo-recommendations app now promises to learn from you and tailor its suggestions accordingly. The new app builds on Foursquare's decision several months back to break off its traditional check-ins to Swarm and converting the eponymous app into a recommendations engine, one that today promises to be a whole lot smarter.

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Qualcomm LTE Direct can serve you battery-friendly ads

Qualcomm LTE Direct can serve you battery-friendly ads

You've probably heard of WiFi Direct, which lets devices connect to each other via WiFi when and where they need to, without the need for a wireless access point like a router. Now Qualcomm is rooting for something similar yet something new. LTE Direct is basically the same except that, as the name would imply, it leverages an LTE network instead. And it's ultimate purpose: to make sure your mobile devices receive location-relevant promotions and information without draining your battery.

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Apple FCC filing hints at bigger iBeacon play

Apple FCC filing hints at bigger iBeacon play

An FCC filing was recently discovered, and it’s got Apple written all over it — literally. Their application for iBeacon hardware has many scratching their head, wondering why Apple would jump into a hardware sector meant for more back-end utility. The device being powered by a USB connection is even more confusing.

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Apple to China: We don’t store or spy on your location

Apple to China: We don’t store or spy on your location

China's state-run broadcaster has called the iPhone a "national security concern" because of its location tracking features, basically the same GPS-based features you can find on any modern smartphone and mobile platform. Apple has now released a statement via it's China office claiming that it does not participate nor does it condone any act of spying using its products. However, the Chinese government might have been looking not for an explanation but for a scapegoat instead.

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Appeals Court rules location tracking needs a warrant

Appeals Court rules location tracking needs a warrant

A court has ruled obtaining information on the location data in your device without a warrant violates the fourth amendment of the Constitution. In a robbery trial in Florida, part of the evidence against the convicted was his cell phone location data. Noting he made calls around the time and place the robberies occurred, the state could effectively place him at the scene.

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Google rumored to offer “Nearby” service in future update

Google rumored to offer “Nearby” service in future update

Social apps like Swarm want to be more contextual, attempting to know where you’re at and who you might know nearby. By tracking your location, the aim is to get you communicating with friends, even hanging out if you can. A new report suggests Google is doing the same, building it straight into Android in an upcoming Play Services release. Dubbed “Nearby”, the goal is to let devices communicate without you having to do a thing.

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Project Boundary uses Gimbal tech to encourage healthy choices

Project Boundary uses Gimbal tech to encourage healthy choices

When we think of beacon technology, the upside is huge. Placed strategically throughout a building or other facility, beacons can push important information to your phone at the right time. Project Boundary, a new endeavor spearheaded by The Department of Health and Human Services, aims to improve your wellness in the workplace.

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GE’s bright idea: Bytelight brings iBeacon tech to lighting

GE’s bright idea: Bytelight brings iBeacon tech to lighting

As the iBeacon platform starts to take shape, retailers will start to take notice of the promise it holds. Contextually aware beacons placed strategically throughout a store can push timely information to a smartphone, paving the way for increased sales and data gathering about how customers move through a store. Finding a place to put the beacons may be tough, but GE has a bright idea.

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