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Periscope shares your exact location in global map
More apps are incorporating maps.
I'm Bridget Carey.
This is your CNet Update.
The Facebook Messenger app is expanding into a mapping app of sorts.
With the latest update, you can send a map of your location to your friend.
You can also put a little pin anywhere on the map to set a meeting place.
You'll find this option under the More button.
That's the ellipses.
Facebook says it's not going to be gathering location data from your device in the background.
You have to have turned on location on your phone for it to work.
Facebook has been criticized for how the App previously tracked locations.
Because it wasn't always obvious that location was being shared in the background when you had the setting turned on.
The Pariscope video screen app is also adding a mapping feature.
You can see pin dots of where people are broadcasting live around the world in the global section.
You can scroll through maps to jump through a broadcast at any location.
But do be careful when sharing your location.
If you stream from home, anyone can get an exact pinpoint of where you live.
Periscope, which is owned by Twitter, also now makes it easy to share links to broadcast on Twitter.
As others add new map features, Yahoo is removing maps.
The site maps.yahoo.com is closing at the end of June.
The company reported this in a blog post.
Yahoo Maps has been around for eight years.
But the company says it wants to focus on other priorities.
And here's another company changing its focus.
Lycos is making a health tracking bracelet and a smart ring.
Yes, this is the same Lycos that was big in the nineties as a search engine.
It's still alive, although, it morphed a little bit when it was acquired by a global marketing company in 2010, and now it wants to get into the wearable tech business.
The Lycos band is $125, and the ring is $60.
Both can be used as tools to unlock your phone and using NFC It can transfer data to someone else with a tap.
So for example you just tap it to share your contact information with another nearby phone.
The wristband has added health tracking features with a promise that the battery that can last almost two Two weeks.
And you can expect Sony to announce another SmartBand soon.
An app for the new Sony SmartBand 2 appeared in the Google Play store, and it was soon pulled off.
The blog Android Police was quick to spot it before it was yanked.
The app description reveals that this new band has a heart rate monitor.
That's something last year's $100 model did not include.
It also lists a Smart wake up feature to start your day.
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