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Google Latitude check-in deals now available across the US

Recently, Google has been busy beefing up Latitude to make it more competitive with other location apps -- and more fun to use. Location history was added recently, iOS users can post check-ins via Latitude, and now Google has begun rolling out location-based deals which are tied to the service. If you're in the U.S., you can now score local savings at participating merchants by checking in...

Color vulnerable to simple GPS hack, lets you spy on anyone, anywhere

Color, the $41-million-in-funding location-oriented photo sharing startup, is susceptible to simple GPS spoofing. With nothing more than a jailbroken iPad or iPhone, you can use FakeLocation to trick Color into thinking you're somewhere else. Within seconds you can be browsing photos that were snapped thousands of miles away. With a little digging, you can pore through photos not intended for your...

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...

Creepy app uses Twitter and Flickr data to track anyone on a map

When you post a photo online -- especially from a phone with a built-in camera -- you're likely sharing more than the picture itself. The same is true for updates you post on Twitter. Location data is commonly included, and crafty types can do all kinds of creepy things with that information. A good example of what's possible is Creepy, a desktop app which lets you track a Flickr or Twitter...

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...

Google Latitude for iPhone finally lands in the App Store

Well that didn't take long -- Google's Latitude iPhone app has finally landed on the iOS platform after being stuck in App Store approval limbo for about a year and a half. It made a false start last week, but now at version 2.0.0.346 (yep, it's been in development for that long) seems like it's here to stay. The app itself requires iOS 4 or later, and looks like it's limited to the iPhone 3Gs or...

Google launches iPhone Latitude app, then takes it down

Google apparently launched and then retracted a Google Latitude iPhone app earlier this week. According to TechCrunch, an iOS client for the location-tracking service popped up in the Japanese App Store for less than a day before Google pulled it back down, and it apparently didn't appear in any other country's app store. Latitude has been available as a web app on the iPhone for some time, but...

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...

Is it raining in ... helps you answer one simple question

For a Web 2.0 application, Is it raining in ... follows the book pretty closely. It is: Minimalistic: This thing couldn't possibly be more bare-bones. There isn't a single image on the page. Simple: Just go to http://isitraining.in/ and type a city's name. It will try to figure out the country on its own. Nerd-friendly: The app URL format is very friendly, obviously meant to be used right...

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...

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...

TrackinU lets you stalk Twitter users via geotagging

You know that geotagging your posts on Twitter lets people know where you are at the time of posting, but Twitter doesn't offer a way to turn those geotags into anything coherent, like a list or a map. That's where an iPhone app called TrackinU comes in. It converts geotagged tweets into map routes, showing where you've tweeted from. The app is designed to keep track of your friends, but some...

Facebook's location features will include Foursquare-style checkins

Although they've been overshadowed by nightmarish privacy concerns lately, Facebook's upcoming location features are starting to get some buzz again. This time, it's been more-or-less confirmed that Facebook will be introducing Foursquare-style checkins, at least on mobile versions of the site. Some code for a "location" tab in the touch.facebook.com version of the site seems to indicate...

Happening iPhone app breathes new life into Yahoo!'s Upcoming

Upcoming, the venerable social events calendar that was founded in 2003 and acquired by Yahoo! in 2005, has undoubtedly seen better days. There are other places to post events and invite friends now -- notably, Facebook -- and Upcoming has dwindled in popularity. There's still a goldmine of great events on the site, though, especially if you live in a big city. Happening, a new Upcoming client for...