I had location history enabled for Google Maps and didn't know it. I found it interesting to see which spots Google logged for me over the past week or month, and I don't plan on disabling the service. It's nice to know, however, that I can delete portions of my location history or all of it, as well as disable the feature from tracking me in the future.
Call it Tweets on the Streets.
Twitter is apparently testing a feature for its mobile app that would show you who's tweeting nearby -- whether you follow them or not -- and what they're posting to the microblogging site.
The feature -- which, according to the Wall Street Journal's Digits blog, is actually called Nearby -- would work only for people who've opted to share their location info with Twitter. Digits describes it thusly:
The upper half of the "Nearby" screen is a map where a blue dot pulses over the user's current … Read more
Apple's iBeacon will find its way to Apple Store customers on Friday.
Apple will start using the iBeacon feature built into iOS 7 to be a personal shopper for customers on Friday at its 254 stores across the US. As long as you have Apple's official Store app installed and allow the program to track your location, iBeacon can tell you about the products you're near in the store, and provide order updates that can be shared with sales staff on the floor.
One of the more interesting tools Apple has built into iBeacon is the ability … Read more
Apple has a service called Find My Friends which allows an iOS user to share his or her location with other iOS users. It's a service reminiscent of Google Latitude, which was retired earlier this year.
After Latitude was retired, Google moved the service to Google+, but it has only been available to Android users up until recently.
With the latest update to the iOS Google+ app, users can now enable location sharing with friends and family members. First thing you'll need to do is download the latest update to the Google+ iOS app.
After the update is … Read more
If you haven't upgraded your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to iOS 7 yet, I have only one question: What are you waiting for?
That's not to say the new version of Apple's mobile OS is perfect. Here are four iOS 7 privacy settings you may want to review.
1. Clear and disable Frequent Locations Some people don't mind Apple tracking their location and retaining a history of the places where they use their iOS 7 devices. The rest of us have to disable the mobile OS's Frequent Locations feature, which is enabled by default.… Read more
The recent update of Google+ to version 4.2 came with a handful of new features. The primary focus of the update was on photos -- both editing and sharing them -- but the update also added a location widget.
This Google+ Location widget gives you quick access to the whereabouts of friends or family from your Android Home screen. It's also a lot faster than navigating through the Google+ app, which involves: opening the app, going to Locations, opening the list of friends sharing their locations, and then finding the person whose location you want to see.
Here'… Read more
An app that tracks the presence of superbugs and their sensitivities to drugs by ZIP code is making the rounds among doctors in the US. The app, which has been downloaded more than 100,000 times since it was released in early October, shot to the top of the Apple App Store's free medical app list in its first week alone and now boasts an average user rating of 4+ stars.
Epocrates Bugs + Drugs, a free app for iOS devices, uses aggregated electronic health record (EHR) data and geotagging to help users see both superbug prevalence and sensitivity to drugs by location. The developers, Athenahealth and Epocrates, add more than 6,000 lab isolate data points (from urine, blood, and skin samples) every day to keep the results fresh.… Read more
Imagine getting set up with a rent-to-own computer only to later find out that the retailer was surreptitiously snapping Webcam photos of you and recording your keystrokes via spyware. As bad as this sounds, it reportedly happened.
Atlanta-based Aaron's rent-to-own computer chain has been accused of knowingly installing software onto its computers that secretly monitored its customers. The Federal Trade Commission caught onto the Aaron's alleged tactics and filed a complaint against the company earlier this year. On Tuesday, the chain agreed to settle with the FTC.
It can happen to anyone -- just one glance in the other direction and you've lost your child. Well, there's a fix for that: wire them with a GPS locator.
A Swedish-based startup called Wonder Technology Solutions announced Tuesday the release of its "Trax GPS Tracker for Children and Pets," which the company touts as being able to let users "locate their children and pets at any time and from anywhere."
There several ways to find files in OS X, the most popular of which are GUI-based routines such as the Spotlight menu and the Finder search, both of which offer quick access to the system's metadata search index. However, there are other options for accessing this index and otherwise finding files you might be interested in locating.
Of course besides Apple's GUI options there are some third-party searching tools available; however, without these the other option in OS X is to use the Terminal, which can benefit both Terminal and GUI-based routines.
The first option in the Terminal … Read more