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Google Maps can now steer Android users around traffic

The end of the road for many GPS navigation units got a little closer yesterday when Google added automatic traffic re-routing to the Android version of its Google Maps smartphone program. You shouldn't need a new version of Google Maps for Android; the app should just take note of Google's...

By Rob Pegoraro  | March 8, 2011; 2:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Android, Location awareness, Mobile  
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Foursquare posts 2010 stats: Almost 382 million check-ins

The numbers are in, and by them Foursquare had an outstanding 2010.

By Rob Pegoraro  | January 24, 2011; 1:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Location awareness, Social media  
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Foursquare iPhone update adds comments, photos features

Foursquare looks a little bit more like Facebook with this morning's update to its iPhone application. The New York-based service now allows users of Apple's smartphone to post photos when they check into establishments and to comment on the check-ins of other Foursquare-using friends.

By Rob Pegoraro  | December 20, 2010; 11:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Location awareness, Mobile, Social media  
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Google updates Android Maps app, making iPhone maps look even older

The holiday season just got crummier for manufacturers of GPS receivers: Google shipped a major update to its Google Maps application for Android phones that adds limited offline support. For the first time, you don't always need an active network connection. As Google's blog post and press page explain, the...

By Rob Pegoraro  | December 16, 2010; 2:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Location awareness, Mobile, Shopping  
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Yelp introduces check-in offers, following Foursquare and Facebook's leads

It used to be that Yelp users had little motivation to use the rating site's smartphone applications to check into hotels, save for the opportunity to use fictitious titles of nobility when doing so. Now, however, they might get something for free in the bargain. Tuesday, the San Francisco-based company...

By Rob Pegoraro  | November 24, 2010; 7:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Location awareness, Social media  
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Thanksgiving travel tip: Use GPS apps to look for traffic (with video)

In this week's video episode, I turn to an unavoidable unpleasantness of this time of year: Thanksgiving traffic.

By Rob Pegoraro  | November 23, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  Location awareness, Mobile, Weekly video  
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Older Entries in This Category »

Checking into your own home? Count me out, Rob Pegoraro , August 23, 2010
Video: Facebook Places privacy settings, Rob Pegoraro , August 19, 2010
Facebook adds 'Places' check-in feature, Rob Pegoraro , August 18, 2010
Relaunched MapQuest still looks lost, Rob Pegoraro , August 4, 2010
A lunch date with Yelp, Rob Pegoraro , July 21, 2010
Yelp ups ante on Foursquare check-ins, Rob Pegoraro , June 14, 2010
Google adds bicycle directions to Google Maps, Rob Pegoraro , March 10, 2010
 
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