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How The New Cold War Is Improving Your Navigation

Ever contemplated going to war with America but been thwarted when the Great Satan switched off your access to its navigation satellites? That’s potentially a real problem for China and Russia, but the real victor in this navigational arms race might be you; it’s improving the quality of location data on your phone and in your car.


How To Use A Map And Compass

This article will save your life. A basic paper map is the simplest, most reliable and most effective way to find your location and navigate somewhere else. But, in the age of GPS and Google Maps, many people have forgotten how to use one. Here’s how to never get lost again.


Search For Tweets By Location With Castround

There are all kinds of reasons why you might want to filter tweets based on a location — from breaking news to travel tips — and new Android app Castround makes the process much simpler than it is on the Web. Here’s how to use it and several alternative approaches you can try.


Your Android Device May Be Broadcasting Your Location (And How To Stop It)

Do you own an Android device? Is it less than three years old? If so, then when your phone’s screen is off and it’s not connected to a Wi-Fi network, there’s a high risk that it is broadcasting your location history to anyone within Wi-Fi range that wants to listen.


Location-Aware Wi-Fi Could Send You Free Beer At A Football Game

Potential buzzkill alert: you’re at a concert, and your section runs out of beer. But magically, your phone gets a message that says you should head one section over where there’s plenty of Buds to be had. Thanks to a developing Wi-Fi tech that knows exactly where you’re sitting, that might soon be a reality.


Foursquare Now Has Ads

Next time you check in at a cafe, you might see an ad. As expected, Foursquare has just rolled out ads to its mobile apps.


Your Year In Foursquare Checkins, Visualised

Foursquare just launched a neat new tool that allows you to view the last year of your life in Foursquare check-ins. Don’t worry! It’s more than a depressingly reductive view of your life as the summation of activities on a social network. It’s actually really cool.


Vizible Is The Location-Based, Picture-Only Twitter Client Of Your Dreams

When you search Twitter for specific hashtags, you’ll find yourself drowning under a sea of useless results. And there’s no way to narrow your search to images only, if that’s what you’re in the market for. Fortunately for you, Vizible takes on that role and gives you a clean view of nothing but images, all happening right around you.


Watch An Entire Year Of Foursquare Check-Ins Light Up NYC And Tokyo

We all see the occasional check-in on our social networks of choice, but Foursquare took a whole year of them and crammed them into one glorious minute of glowing information. The whole mess of data is condensed down into a colour-coded 24-hour span so you can see how people — Foursquarers at least — dart around almost ceaselessly, only stopping to rest in the most wee hours of the morning.


Can You Recognise A City By Its Foursquare Check-Ins?

If you plotted out all the check-ins made on Foursquare, you should be able to get a pretty good handle on the geographic layout of a city. It’s like modern day map making or check-in cartography. So do you think you can recognise a city just by its Foursquare check-ins?


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