Emerging Tech

Quantum-based accelerometer can locate objects without GPS

Researchers have created a quantum "compass" that allows navigation without satellites. The instrument, technically called a standalone quantum accelerometer, is small enough to be transportable and has a very high level of accuracy.

Uber will no longer store exact pickup and drop-off locations in drivers’ apps

Uber will begin hiding passengers' exact pickup and drop-off locations in the trip history available to drivers. Rather than pinpointing where you are and where you're going, the app will show drivers a more general location.

Google Maps could soon let you share battery status along with location

In the not-so-distant future, you may be able to assure your friends and family that no terrible fate has befallen you simply because a terrible fate has befallen your phone (which is to say, it ran out of battery).

With Pilgrim, Foursquare wants other mobile apps to be able to find you, too

Foursquare isn't just helping you find new hot spots -- the company is also helping other companies find you. The location app has new platform called pilgrim that's geared toward mobile app developers.

Google Maps gains a shortcut to the Traffic screen and readies a real-time ‘busyness’ view

The newest version of the Google Maps beta for Android has gained a shortcut to the app's traffic screen and a real-time busyness view. It'll roll out gradually in the coming weeks.

Google is crowdsourcing information to help make Maps more accurate

Google wants you! Why? To help edit all the information on Maps, of course. The company has announced a number of new features aimed at making maps more accurate. Features include a suggest an edit button and an add a missing place button.

Court: Law enforcement do not need a warrant to ask carriers for your location

A U.S. Circuit Court has just ruled that law enforcement do not need a warrant to ask carriers for your phone's location. The precedent comes after the House of Representatives just voted down a bill that aimed to regulate the same issue.

Where is sensitive cloud data physically stored? Many EU companies have no idea

A recent survey revealed that nearly half of the EU companies queried had no idea where their cloud data is physically stored on a geographical level. The news arrives in the wake of the EU's adoption of the General Data Protection…
Emerging Tech

GoTennas keep you connected where normal cell phones fear to tread

The GoTenna is a rugged digital radio that ensures you can always stay in touch with your hiking partner, whether or not you have cell service. It connects to your phone via Bluetooth, and it allows you to chat one-on-one and share your…
Social Media

Facebook is tracking you all the time, new study claims

According to research from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and the University of Leuven’s Centre of Interdisciplinary Law and ICT, Facebook’s Internet tracking activities extend even to those who have not signed up to their service.

Whisper app tracks users’ locations, shares data with Department of Defense and FBI

WhisperText (the company behind the Whisper app) tracks the location of users who have opted out of geolocation services and has shared user data with the FBI, MI5 and U.S. Department of Defense.

Facebook will soon let you share your exact location with Nearby Friends

Facebook just introduced Nearby Friends, a new feature that would let your friends know whenever you're in their immediate area. Before you protest, be informed that you would have to turn on the feature yourself.
Social Media

Twitter’s ‘Nearby’ feed will show who’s tweeting in your local area

Potentially a privacy concern for some Twitter users, the social network is currently testing a 'Nearby' feed that will categorize and display tweets based off the location of the user.

Meet LIFTTT, the app that lets you do almost anything, from anywhere

The popular, time-saving IFTTT service - that's If This, Then That - has been enhanced with a new app named LIFTTT, which adds a location-specific twist to the already clever formulas.
Social Media

Miss Netiquette’s guide to using location and check-in apps without harassing your friends

Social media can be a tricky thing to navigate and no one has written the rules on codes of conduct. We're here to help you with best practices for sites Web-wide, and this includes the dos and don'ts of check-ins and location apps.

Highlight 1.5 update adds location-based photos and event discovery

Just ahead of SXSW, SoLoMo app Highlight adds photo and event features. Will the new additions be enough to steal - and maybe even sustain some SXSW spotlight?
Social Media

Facebook’s location tracking feature will push the privacy envelope – again

Facebook is hell bent on monetizing for mobile, but this increasingly means its invading former privacy settings users have become accustomed to. Are our standards flexible, or will the typical outrage associated with new Facebook features…
Social Media

Foursquare update delivers all your friends’ check-ins — anywhere, all the time

Foursquare's latest update allows you to see all of your friend's check-ins regardless of their location, but offers a feature to filter out their updates should you choose to do so.