For those of us with no real navigation experience, encountering longitude and latitude coordinates is usually the result of some hiccup using Google Maps. 40.722272, -73.994194? What? Where the heck is that? Why are there so many digits after the decimal?
If, for some reason, you still use Google Latitude, you'll find you can now gain points for your check-ins, meaning you can be ranked on a global leaderboard. Yes, Latitude Leaderboards rips off another idea from Foursquare. The question is, though: who'll bother to use it?
"Hey, let's all meet at Bill's party around 8pm." And that conversation was the last time you saw half of your friends. Tonight is going to be insanity. You'll be lucky you even make it to midnight, let alone keep your group together. But you know what, let's try it anyways.
"Foursquare who?" asks Google, as they roll out 60 check-in offers in Austin, Texas, to coincide with the SXSW nerdfest. All users have to do is check into the business, say a cafe, and see if they're offering any special deals. Over time, you will be awarded special status, as either a "Regular," "VIP" or "Guru,"…
It was already a joy to use, but Google's update of Google Maps for Android (version 4.3) squeezes in transit info, restaurant/services reviews and a nice tie-in with Latitude, where Google contacts can be contacted easily.
Despite the fact that it's opt-in and has decent privacy settings, I find Google Latitude's location history dashboard a bit creepy. It now gives step-by-step views of where I've been and even knows how many total miles I've traveled.
In today's Remainders: comings and goings. Google Latitude refuses to Buzz off; Dell's super skinny Adamo XPS vanishes into thin air; cable subscribers say Hello to channels they never knew existed; and some users just can't part with their iPhones.
Check out three new Windows laptops to suit every style. The ultraportable ThinkPad X201, the Asus N71, and the new Dell Latitude.
Google Buzz is slightly more insane on Android phones and iPhone than the desktop: There's a revamped, Buzzier Google homepage; you can post entirely using your voice; and a new version of Google Maps eats Yelp's lunch. Update: Hands on!
While it was initially suggested that Google Latitude was rejected from the app store to keep iPhone users from confusing it with Maps, this new patent shows that Apple might be working on their own friend- and ex-girlfriend-tracking app.
Google already knows too much about me, yet Google Latitude's Location History and Location Alerts features are still creepy. But they're useful, because together they learn your usual hangouts and know when you don't need notifications of who's nearby.
The Latitude XT2 XFR is a ruggedized version of Dell's XT2 tablet built to MIL-810G standards for taking an ass-beating: It's got an impact resistant, sunlight-viewable 12-inch multitouch LED-backlit display, compression sealed orifices, and works in temperatures from 10-140 degrees.
Someone at Dell must have tripped over some wires and after cleaning up the bloody gash came up with the $2,000 anti-cord Latitude Z: It has wireless charging and wirelessly connects to displays too.
Twitter's API just got a new piece of awesome: native location data. Before, apps had to jury-rig location schemes, but now location data can be natively baked into every tweet.
Apple thwarted Google's effort to release Latitude—which allows your control-freak friends to know where you are at all times—as an iPhone application. You can only update it manually using a web page, which makes it not-so-useful. Until now.
The App Store approval process has always been mysterious, slightly ridiculous and mildly infuriating. But with the summary execution of Google Latitude as well as every Google Voice app, it's finally gone too far.