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December 13, 2010

Google Latitude on iPhone!


Today Google officially debuted its Latitude App on the App Store. Latitude lets you see where your friends and family are in real time. The native iOS app includes support for background location based monitoring, which means you can continuously share your location even after closing the App. Sounds a bit creepy? I think so.

Although Latitude is supposed to be a 100% opt-in feature and lets you control your privacy, it takes some effort to make sure that you are off the grid. I don’t know about GoogleChic, but I’m lazy about explicitly turning off features whenever I don’t need them 😛

Google claims that 9 million people actively use the service across a variety of platforms. I hope most of them have consciously opted in to the service and are aware that their location is being tracked.

Latitude is somewhat of a far cry from other location based services like FourSquare, GoWalla, Facebook Places which broadcast your location, recommend places, find discounts for businesses and offer tips on locations in your vicinity. But Latitude seems to be Google’s first step towards a location based social network.


Latitude is a 100% opt-in feature and not only does it let you control your privacy, it lets you fake manually set your location too 😉 Pretty neat, if you don’t want to be stalked. Of course, if you’re like me, I decline all Latitude invites. Somehow, I just never got into the share your location with the world concept (no offense to those who like this).

The one good thing about Latitude is that it’s real time, there’s no “check-in” required unlike FourSquare.

All you iPhone lovers, now you can stalk follow the Andorid lovers to your heart’s content.

P.S AppleGirl, I know you’re just dying to check this out. I’ll make an exception and accept your invite 🙂

November 21, 2010

Apps for the hungry!


With the growing popularity of location based services (Facebook, FourSquare, GoWalla), Yahoo doesn’t want to be left behind. It is launching Yahoo Local Offers which gets you the best local deals and savings in your area.

One of the new Yahoo features I like is the Sketch-A-Search iPhone App which brings a very unique approach to search nearby restaurants.  Pull up a map and sketch a circle (or any shape you want to indicate the area in which to search for restaurants) and the app shows you all the restaurants in that area and lets you filter with a specific cuisine. Not just that, Yahoo has partnered with Zagat and Open Table so you can get restaurant reviews and book a table all through the same free app. For those of you with an iPad, no need to fret! Yahoo has now released the App optimized to the large screen display.

But if you own an Android, you might have to look for other options! GoogleChic, anything interesting?
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Yahoo who?  They may not want to be left behind, but the Sketch-A-Search app maybe too little too late.

I think it’s a different concept. However, instead of drawing a circle around the area you’re in, why not just have your GPS detect that and pull up nearby restaurants?

Just to name a few, Yelp and Google Places are apps that can detect your location using GPS and provide you with nearby restaurants, it can also provide you with the reviews as well. It’s also able to provide you with places such as bars, hotels, gas stations etc.

So AppleGirl, you can use the Sketch-A-Search app to your heart’s content. I’m the lazy type, would rather have my GPS do the work for me 😉

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