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Color location-based photo sharing app makes a big splash on iPhone and Android

Just when Instagram had reached the peak of trendiness, along comes the next big thing in mobile photo-sharing: Color. Color is an iPhone/Android app that lets you share location-tagged photos. What's new about Color is the way it builds your contacts: it shows you photos from people who are currently within 100 feet of you, whether you know them or not. If you're around someone all the...

Foursquare now available in French, Italian, Spanish, German and Japanese

The latest update to location-based social networking app Foursquare is a big one for international users. Foursquare now comes in five more languages: French, Italian, Spanish, German and Japanese. Even the badges have been translated! This is a big deal for Foursquare's business, because they're now getting checkins from users in nearly 200 different countries, and businesses in those countries...

Super Bowl becomes Foursquare's first 'promoted venue'

Foursquare is taking advantage of Super Bowl madness to launch a new feature: promoted events. When the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers face off this Sunday, anyone who checks in at the game will get a special Super Bowl badge. You don't have to be one of the people who spent hundreds of dollars on tickets to get in on the Foursquare action. Just shout "Go Steelers" or "Go Packers"...

Google Latitude check-ins added to Google Maps for Android 5.1

Google Latitude, Google's location-sharing service, just added the ability to check in at a location. You can now attach place names to your location, rather than just sharing your position on the map. Users of Google Maps for Android 5.1 can take advantage of these new check-ins, which bring Latitude a bit closer to location-based social networks like Foursquare, Gowalla and Facebook Places. ...

Foursquare finally adds photos, comments and check-in history

Proving that we are well and truly ensconced by the 21st century, Foursquare has finally added photos to the check-in experience. We can only begin to imagine the technological mountains Foursquare had to scale in order to implement this much-wanted, but dauntingly-hard-to-implement feature. There's also a brand-spanking-new first-party Foursquare iPhone app. You can now also comment on...

Loopt 4 introduces Facebook Places integration and automatic location sharing

Loopt, one of the earliest entries in the location-based social networking game, has recently been overshadowed by players like Gowalla and Foursquare. But Loopt is back with Loopt 4.0, which offers a complete redesign, integration with Facebook Places, and a real-time location tracker reminiscent of Google Latitude. Although it lacks the buzz of its location-based brethren, Loopt still has 4...

Google Latitude for Android now lets you track your friends' locations in real time

Google Maps for Android just got a big update, including the ability to read and add reviews of a place using Google's recently-launched Place pages, the ability to search for nearby and currently open businesses, and -- most interesting of all -- real-time tracking of your friends' locations in Google Latitude. Latitude is Google's location-tracking service, which up until now has let you...

Google now displays your location in the sidebar, lets you easily change it

Google has added a new item to the sidebar, which shows to the left of your search results: your location information. You will now be able to see where Google thinks you are -- and easily change your location if Google somehow got it wrong. Google has been using your location to customize local search results for quite a while now, but you haven't previously been able to find out where...

WhereTheLadies.at uses Foursquare to point you toward the ladies

If you need to find a group of social-networking-savvy females near you, point your mobile browser to wheretheladies.at. This amusing new site uses Foursquare to reveal the nearby locations with the highest numbers of female users checked in. There's apparently also an iPhone application coming, and the interface is (no joke) a big compass that points toward the ladies. This app may not work...

Foursquare 2.0 for iPhone now available, emphasizes To-Dos and Tips

Foursquare has announced a 2.0 update for the iPhone version of the app, with Blackberry and Android versions soon to follow (the company doesn't make a webOS version, but I'm sure those devs will update soon). The first thing you'll likely notice is that Tips and To-Dos are now separate menu items. According to their blog, "When we started foursquare, we dreamed it would be much more than...

Foursquare breaks 3 million users, now tells you when you'll be mayor

For folks who are sick of checking in at a favorite venue on Foursquare all the time, with no clue when they'll finally become mayor, relief is here! Now, when you check in on Foursquare, you'll see how many check-ins you have toward mayorship, along with your overall total. If you're within 10 days of becoming mayor, you'll also see how many days you have to go. If you need more detailed info...

Facebook Places icon looks like a "Foursquare" symbol -- what's the real story?

If you've been testing out Facebook Places, you may have noticed that the Places icon looks like the number four ... in a square. Is this a blatant glove-slap at Places rival/partner Foursquare? Is Foursquare so synonymous with location-based check-in services that Facebook decided it would best represent the Places services? It's a lot more innocent than that, according to the artist behind...

MessageParty is a location-based iPhone chat app

Could MessageParty be the newest chat trend? It's an iPhone-only, location-based chatroom. That means you can jump in and start talking to people near you, in your city, or even in the worldwide "everybody" room. It's easy to set up, using Facebook Connect to log in, and there aren't a lot of frilly features. There aren't even direct messages, which really keeps the "party" in MessageParty. Just...

Mayorama could be the ultimate Foursquare companion, but it's not quite there yet

If you're a mayorship-obsessed, Foursquare-loving, check-in fiend with an iPhone, Mayorama could be the best 99 cents you spend this week. It promises to show you the status of your mayorships -- how many check-ins you have at each venue, and how many to go until you become mayor -- and give you a list of targets (nearby vulnerable venues you can check into). Even if you're just wondering how many...

Facebook Places is Facebook's foray into the location arena

The launch of Facebook Places marks Facebook's long-awaited entry into the location-based social networking game. Far from destroying Foursquare and Gowalla, though, Facebook actually got those companies, along with Yelp and MyTown, on board with its Places API. Check-ins should eventually flow both ways, making it as easy as possible to tell Facebook -- I mean, uh, your friends -- where you are....