Location-apps-privacy. Location-based mobile app takes a fresh approach. New York Restaurants. Mapping, Geolocation and the Future of Scalable Disaster Response. On Jan. 12, 2010 an earthquake of catastrophic proportions struck Haiti's capital, Port-au-Prince.
Among the buildings that were leveled was a school. In spite of the roof caving into the classroom, some of the children survived and one of them managed to send an SMS message.
Study of locationa aware Apps. Which Service Will Get You on Your Customers' Map? I don't know how high school dances work these days, but it used to be that the boys slouched against one wall of the gymnasium and the girls huddled around at the other end. It was a selection process and if you were a guy, you had to make a decision, walk over and ask the girl to dance.
It's the same thing for selecting a location-based social media platform to generate leads for your business. Which one is right for helping your particular company, store or service find customers? Just like picking a dance partner, you're going to have to narrow the field, and even though new services, like those from Google Latitude and Yelp Mobile , may eventually gain traction, today I'm going to focus on those location-based services that have a million or more registered users: Your mobile app is spying on you. The odds are pretty good that if you’re a big consumer of mobile apps, the private information on your phone has been collected and sent somewhere without your knowledge.
That’s the finding of the App Genome Project mammoth study by Lookout, a mobile security company that has scrutinized more than 300,000 apps on both the iPhone and Android mobile phone platforms. San Francisco-based Lookout provides security such as anti-malware for mobile phones. Search results for geolocation.
Geolocation Based Social Media for Brands. The Top 10 Buzziest Blogs in Geolocation This Week. You probably hear about Foursquare all the time, we certainly write about it a lot here on ReadWriteWeb, but did you know that there are many other things going on in the world of location and mapping?
It's a red-hot sector, producing innovative new technologies and use-cases every day. Where can you learn about all this geo-creativity? Here at ReadWriteWeb, we've come up with a system for efficiently discovering a large number of the top blogs on any subject - and we track the top stories in Geolocation closely. We've decided to open up a little bit of our research and share with you our list of the Top Blogs in Geolocation This Week.
Read on to find out which top 10 blogs are writing the hottest stuff now and see all 300 of the blogs we're tracking. Geoloqi Aims to Unlock the Magic of Mobile Location. I want an app that automatically sends me a link to the Wikipedia entry for any historic building I travel nearby.
I want to leave a note for my wife on a map, so she'll get a text message when she bikes past the neighborhood where we first met. I want to see all the places I've gone in my home town and get restaurant recommendations from areas I haven't visited in a long time. 5 Important New Trends in Location. As Facebook enters into the location market with Facebook Places, the world's largest social network will help to make the edgy concept of checkins and location-sharing a mainstream practice.
Facebook is just one company attempting to add location for context; there are countless others going above and beyond checkins to push the space forward. There's also a noticeable uptick in consumer interest around applications and services that feature location for sharing or utility. The geolocation space is the one to watch right now — celebrities are flocking to Foursquare, location is finding a unique purpose in many mobile apps, background location is becoming a commonplace feature on smartphones, geofencing is evolving in purpose and function, and location-based social networks are proving to be the perfect platforms for cause marketing.
What Your Digital Photos Reveal About You. The moment is special: Your kid just learned how to ride a bike without training wheels.
So you fire up your iPhone's camera, snap a photograph, upload the image to TwitPic, and share the evidence of your child's triumph via Twitter. When you post the picture, a subset of the 75 million Twitter users will know the exact location of you and your child. Digital photos automatically store a wealth of information--known as EXIF data--produced by the camera. Making Geolocation Privacy a Priority With the Social Networking App face2face. Many big name social networking geolocation apps such as Foursquare, Gowalla, Loopt, Whrrl and the new Facebook Places feature have been scrutinized due to privacy concerns and all the fuss has been justified.
When broadcasting location via an application there will always be a high demand for privacy. A free app called face2face has a goal to keep its users location a big secret. When face2face tells a friend your location it only tells them that you're in the area. It doesn't tell anyone what coffee shop, restaurant, bar, or other location you may be at. It only notifies friends that your in the general vicinity. Banks Using Social Media Sites For Mining Personal Information. Banks and other financial organizations are collecting and archiving information such as status updates that users post on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, according to a recent ABC News article.
The ABC article maintains that due to the wealth of user data available on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, banks can now have a very detailed and elaborate view on the personal lives of its clients. Personal finance expert Erica Sandberg thinks that anyone can get information about her financial conditions from Facebook or LinkedIn and can then use this information to may even deny credit to her. Coupons, Discounts, and Deals on the Best in Boston. Meet Booyah’s InCrowd, A Location-Based Second Life.
Booyah’s InCrowd, famously announced by founder Keith Lee at the Facebook Places launch event earlier this month, just hit the App store.
InCrowd is the first of the inevitably many apps that will be built off the Facebook Places API and the only location-based app that has exclusive access to Facebook search. Touted as part game and part social utility, InCrowd is unique in the LBS space as it goes beyond collecting check-ins and allows users to experience a virtual world corresponding the real world visited in Places.
Enterprise-level IP Geolocation Made Available Via API. The ‘Big Data’ service Infochimps now offers IP geolocation from Digital Element.
Infochimps is best known for making huge datasets available as bulk downloads and through RESTful APIs. Digital Element has traditionally offered enterprise level services to large companies like AOL, CNN, and Ask.Com. Both companies hope that the Infochimps RESTful API interface and aggressive entry pricing will entice smaller companies to use the service. IP Geolocation takes an IP address from the computer visiting a web site and associates it with a location. This can be as specific as an address but is more likely to be a zip-code or neighborhood. Vail Resorts unveils ski slope geolocation system. A few months before its five ski resorts open for the season, the Colorado-based Vail Resorts has unveiled a preview of something called Epic Mix, a set of Web and mobile apps based on skiers' activity as logged by radio frequency (RF) readers around its resorts. It'll go live when the first of Vail's resorts, Keystone, opens for the season in early November.
Vail Resorts' season passes and lift tickets are already RF-enabled, but with Epic Mix, interested skiers can unlock "pins" in the manner of Foursquare badges , get ranked on a vertical-feet leaderboard, post all manner of ski-related updates to Facebook and Twitter, and--via a mobile app--see their friends' activity on the slopes in real time so that it gets way easier to meet up for beers at the lodge. There's also a kid-oriented site for children under 13, which limits sharing to the kids' parents and has its own set of kid-friendly pins. iTunes Features Location Apps with New "On the Grid" Section. When social networking behemoth Facebook launched its foray into the location game with Places, some declared that apps like Foursquare and Gowalla would be rendered obsolete.
The result, so far, has been quite the contrary, as the megaphone of Facebook has helped spread the word about location apps to the laypeople. Today, the mobile location app market got another big boost as iTunes launched "On the Grid," (iTunes Link) a special showcase featuring geosocial iOS apps on the front page of the App Store. You can find the new section both in the App Store tab within iTunes, or in the "What's Hot" section of the App Store on iOS devices. Disappointingly, however, iTunes is shining the spotlight on just 12 applications, some of which use location as merely an added feature to its main function. The usual suspects - Foursquare, Gowalla, Brightkite and Loopt - are all present and accounted for, and others like Foodspotting and Yelp are featured as well. EchoEcho. Real Time Location Recruiting: Using Emerging Technology to Meet Prospects.
Dr John Sullivan and Master Burnett The smart phone and the applications associated with it are radically changing the game for advanced, technically savvy recruiters (others need not read on unless you like shaking your head in disbelief). For those not afraid of evolution and innovation, an emerging class of “location aware” social networking applications can and are enabling recruiters to facilitate impromptu face-to-face meetings with top talent outside the structured assessment process. SpringerLink - Shopkick. SCVNGR. Booyah - Play MyTown! Epic Mix - Home. MTV Teams Up with Foursquare for VMAs. Hey Foursquare junkies, here's another merit badge to add to your digital belt: MTV has teamed up with Foursquare to award users who check in to a music venue with the 2010 MTV VMA Moonman Badge.
Yeah, a rad badge is all well and good, but what's in it for you? Well, the whole deal is also a contest, the grand prize being a trip for two to the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards on September 12. To get in the running for the prize, all you have to do is follow MTV on Foursquare, and then check in to any music venue between August 30 and September 5. The checkin will score you that nifty badge up there, and a chance to win a trip to Cali. Cars hacked through wireless tire sensors. Where Are All the Location Web Apps?
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