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.
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.
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.
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?
Facebook has just launched a new feature: Suggested Events. It scrabbles through your account history to find events you might like to attend in real life. But is that a great idea, or will it generate a bunch of irritating spam?
Here is a recipe: Take Foursquare, remove all potential usefulness. Take the entirety of dating, add all possible creepiness. Mix. Dump in five pounds of salt. Inject into jugular. Mm! You're now using Crowded Room, today's stupidest, disquieting iPhone app.
The big ugly Foursquare Radar update that accompanied iOS 5—bringing constant location tracking and social tension to the app—has been fixed. Mostly. Although the friend alienation problem persists, you'll no longer get buried beneath horribly annoying notifications.
This pendant from Fluid Forms will knock the socks off your location-crazed friends and bore the uninitiated who think GPS is an acronym for Great Public Schools.