Any kind of individual geotracking may sound unnerving at first, but if you can control who is able to see your location and when, it can be a convenient way of keeping an eye on the kids, making sure everyone meets at the same bar, or working out how long it’ll be before your better half gets home from work. Here are…
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.
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.
Even when you’re unable to maintain cellular and GPS connections underground, hackers may still be able to keep track of you. Researchers have discovered that they can trace the movements of subway rider with 92 percent accuracy, using just the motion sensing aboard smartphones.
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…
This article will save your life. A basic paper map is the simplest, most reliable and most effective way to find your location and navigate somewhere else. But, in the age of GPS and Google Maps, many people have forgotten how to use one. Here's how to never get lost again.
There are all kinds of reasons why you might want to filter tweets based on a location—from breaking news to travel tips—and new Android app Castround makes the process much simpler than it is on the Web. Here's how to use it and several alternative approaches you can try.
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.
While you're waiting for Android L to come down the pipe, here's a useful hack you can apply to your current Google-powered phone or tablet. You no doubt spend much of your day switching between locations, from home to work to the gym, and reconfiguring your device each time can be a chore.
Potential buzzkill alert: you're at a concert, and your section runs out of beer. But magically, your phone gets a message that says you should head one section over where there's plenty of Buds to be had. Thanks to a developing Wi-Fi tech that knows exactly where you're sitting, that might soon be a reality.
And yet another one bites the dust: Google has announced that its local recommendation service Alfred, purchased from Clever Sense back in 2011, is shuttering on July 19th.
Curious travellers rejoice: Wikipedia has launched an official Nearby page, which will provide you with articles based on location.
We all see the occasional check-in on our social networks of choice, but Foursquare took a whole year of them, and crammed them into one glorious minute of glowing information. The whole mess of data is condensed down into a color-coded 24-hour span so you can see how people—Foursquarers at least—dart around their…
If you plotted out all the check-ins made on Foursquare, you should be able to get a pretty good handle on the geographic layout of a city. It's like modern day map making or check-in cartography. So do you think you can recognize a city just by its Foursquare check-ins?
Las Vegas, the amazing place that sucks souls, wallets and dignities, is also really good at swallowing cell phones. Drunk, partying, WHOOPS. And whenever a phone is lost, people who use location services to find their lost phones always seem to track it back to the same place: Wayne Dobson's house. But the thing is,…
Facebook's rolling out a nice little update to their iOS and Android apps today that should make it easier to use the service to find new places of interest for you to waste time and/or money at.
Bloomberg is reporting that Facebook is planning to launch location-based mobile ads, that will use real-time geographical information to target marketing at specific users.
At last, Matt Groening has revealed where The Simpsons is actually located: the actual Springfield is next to Eugene, Oregon, the state where Groening grew up. We went through the entire city to find what the most important locations look in real life.
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?