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Your GPS Probably Overestimates Distance

Ever thought your GPS system said you’d gone further than you expected? A new study dives into the statistics behind the satellite-based positioning service—and finds that overestimates in distance are inevitable based on the way measurements are currently made.

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Jamie Condliffe

November 16th

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Garmin Rino 650t Review: GPS Navigator And Radio In One

The ultimate way to stay in contact with your friends while in the wilderness? This Garmin Rino 650T allows you to track each other’s positions and communicate by voice or text, outside cell service.

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November 2nd

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Periscope for iPhone now lets you find streams by location

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Twitter’s live video streaming app Periscope is out with a big update today adding a key promised feature. Periscope for iPhone version 1.1 now lets you find live streams around the world based on location using a new map view from the global tab. This lets you jump into streams going on around you or watch something interesting happening on the other side of the world. In addition to adding the new maps view, Periscope has been localized in 29 more languages:

English, Japanese, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Korean, Russian, Turkish, Portuguese, Dutch, Indonesian, Simplified Chinese, Danish, Finnish, Polish, Norwegian, Swedish, Thai, Arabic, Czech, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Malay, Romanian, Traditional Chinese, Ukrainian, Vietnamese.

Periscope 1.1 also allows you to instantly replay streams after they end. Previously, broadcasters had to wait for videos to upload to allow replays, a process that could cause issues on spotty cellular connections.

Twitter has enabled the ability to tweet out broadcasts you’re watching to your followers in the latest version as well. Sharing was previously limited to your friends within Periscope so this should increase discoverability among your friends and followers.

Periscope 1.1 for iPhone available now on the App Store. The live streaming app recently debuted on Android officially as well.


Filed under: Apps Tagged: Languages, location, maps, Meerkat, Periscope, Twitter, video

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June 4th

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How The New Cold War Is Improving Your Navigation

Ever contemplated going to war with America, but been thwarted when the Great Satan switched off your access to its navigation satellites? That’s potentially a real problem for China and Russia, but the real victor in this navigational arms race might be you; it’s improving the quality of location data on your phone and in your car.

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April 29th

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Nokia’s Here Maps Its Future On Samsung With Its First Android And Tizen Apps

here-android Opera may have taken some of the wind out of the Nokia brand’s sails with the news that its browser will be replacing Nokia’s on the now-Microsoft-owned, winding down, feature handset business. But today the Finnish company that has remained after the Microsoft handset sale had some interesting news of its own: it’s tying up with Samsung for two new versions of its Here… Read More

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Ingrid Lunden

August 29th

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Apple Asserts Its Commitment To Privacy In Response To Report By China’s CCTV

apple-store-china Apple has published a statement via its Chinese website as a follow-up to a report on the state-run CCTV last week that claimed its devices could present a state security risk according to researchers. The statement, available in both Chinese and English, details Apple’s efforts to ensure customer privacy is protected, and reiterates that Apple does not store or track user locations… Read More

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Darrell Etherington

July 14th

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Apple Asserts Its Commitment To Privacy In Response To Report By China’s CCTV

apple-store-china Apple has published a statement via its Chinese website as a follow-up to a report on the state-run CCTV last week that claimed its devices could present a state security risk according to researchers. The statement, available in both Chinese and English, details Apple’s efforts to ensure customer privacy is protected, and reiterates that Apple does not store or track user locations… Read More

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Darrell Etherington

July 14th

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Your Android May Be Broadcasting Your Location (and How to Stop It)

Your Android May Be Broadcasting Your Location (and How to Stop It)

Do you own an Android device? Is it less than three years old? If so, then when your phone's screen is off and it's not connected to a Wi-Fi network, there's a high risk that it is broadcasting your location history to anyone within Wi-Fi range that wants to listen.

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July 3rd

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Hidden iOS 8 assets confirm Apple working on Maps feature to find your parked car

 

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Back in September we reported that Apple was developing a feature to help users find their parked cars for its in-house Maps app. While that feature wasn’t officially debuted during WWDC last week, new icons found inside the Maps application indicate that the feature was in development at some point and is likely still be worked on.

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Sources say that Apple is testing a tool for its Maps app that, with the M7 chip, could analyze when your car is parked. When you park your car, the iPhone will register the car’s location. Now when you return to the parking lot, your iPhone will be able to help you assist with finding your car since it knows the vehicle’s location.

As seen in the screenshot above, Apple’s latest mapping software contains six images dedicated to the parked car location feature, each a purple pin with a car-shaped glyph. It’s very likely that this is one of the many features cut from what is now the first public beta of iOS 8 late in development.

Whether the parked car locator will arrive in iOS 8.1 or some later update is still unknown, but Apple has definitely put some work into the feature already.


Filed under: iOS Tagged: iOS 8, location, maps, parked car

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Mike Beasley

June 10th

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Apple improves Location Services in iOS 8 with “When In Use” mode, Visit Monitoring

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Apple already forces developers to request authorization for all types of location services, and it also provides small indicator icons on iOS to let users know when apps are using location. In iOS 8, Apple is improving its location services for both developers and users by providing users with additional transparency with new location authorization requests. It’s also letting app developers tap into more location data from users with a new feature called “Visit Monitoring”.

When-In-Use-02First up. Apple is adding a new authorization request type in addition to the one it currently does for apps that ask for permission to access a user’s location. The new type of authorization is called “When In Use” and allows developers to ask for permission to only use location data when an app is in use. Previously Apple had a single authorization type referred to now as “Always”. What this means for users is a new blue status bar for apps that opt to request “When In Use” permission to let them know the app is currently getting continuous location data in the background.

The bar is much like a status bar for navigation in the background and allows users to jump into the app by tapping it. The blue bar won’t appear for apps that use the old “Always” authorization as in that case users have already granted permission to always tap into the location data. Some apps required to use Always are those that use Background App Refresh or Region Monitoring features.

The change allows users to have more control over what apps are getting data when and also allow some apps to automatically start getting location info only once opened by the user. Apple has always presented an authorization request for apps using location like the one pictured above, but it is now making it mandatory for devs to also include custom text on that message informing the user what exactly they are use location for. With the new When In Use authorization, Apple gives the following custom text example: “This app needs your location to automatically detect locations you visit during your day.”

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Since there are now two authorization types, there are also some changes coming to the Location Services Settings pane. You will be able to see at a glance what apps are using When In Use vs Always authorization for location, and you will also be able to switch between both the various authorization types for apps that support both.

Apple is also making location services accessible from an app’s settings pane in the Settings app in iOS 8, from which developers can also now provide a quick link to directly within their app.

There’s a reason Apple is beefing up the way it handles authorization requests for location in iOS 8: It’s providing developers with a new feature called “Visit Monitoring” that tracks users location to provide much more robust location data for specific use cases. iOS can already track things like continuous location updates, significant location changes, and region monitoring, but they have some downsides like power consumption, updates only every few hundred meters, or a limited number of interesting locations that have to be specified by the developer.

That brings us to the new Visit Monitoring feature that Apple has designed to track your movements and determine important destinations. Developers will be able to tap into the data in order to get location data about what places a user visits often, for example. Perhaps the most interesting thing here is how Visit Monitoring taps into the entire system. If a user charges their phone in the same location every time, for instance, iOS will learn that to better let apps know when you’re arriving home.

Apple will also let Visit Monitoring tap into the Maps app to improve the data and, in return, let developers improve their apps using it. Rather than monitoring landmarks or special locations like Region Monitoring, Visiting Monitoring instead tracks where users spend the most time and will also get hints from what they do with their device like the charging example mentioned above.


Filed under: iOS Tagged: authorization, iOS, iOS 8, location, Location Services, request, visit monitoring, When In Use

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Jordan Kahn

June 4th

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