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Foursquare, the popular social networking check-in service, has updated their app for iPhone that brings you more control over your notification settings. The update, which is now available in the App Store, you can adjust when you see notifications from friends and family on the service. The settings are found under your Profile in the app and allow you to make the following changes.
- Choose “ALWAYS” for close friends and family you always want to keep up with. You’ll get notifications for all their check-ins, no matter where they are in the world
- Choose “NEARBY” for friends you’d like to hear about from time to time. We’ll only notify you when they’re close by.
- Choose “OFF” for those acquaintances you don’t really want updates from. And that bike messenger friend who checks in at every spot on his route.
There are no other changes or update to this release noted by Foursquare.
Foursquare is a free app and is a free service but to use the app you will need an account which is also free-of-charge.
On the second anniversary of Localscope, Cynapse makes Localscope a free download on the App Store. Localscope’s unmatched location discovery experience lets users browse local information from diverse services in an amazingly intuitive list view with realtime direction pointers and distance meters, lay them out on the map, or look through the state of the art augmented reality view to spot the results in the real world. The entire Localscope experience is now available to consume geo-tagged information from 5 key services: Google, Facebook Places, Panoramio, YouTube and the Reminders app for free.
The new Localscope Premium provides all additional services from the ever growing list of integrations with diverse geo-information and social media services including Foursquare, Instagram, Wikipedia and more. Localscope premium also provides integration with a large number of paid navigation apps such as Tom Tom, Navigon and others for turn by turn directions. Localscope Premium is available as an in-app purchase at an annual price of US$1.99 or equivalent in other currencies.
“Two years and 22 versions after its initial release, we and many of our users think that local discovery using Localscope has evolved to become one of the best things that one can do using the iPhone. We have decided to make Localscope free as we feel a strong urge to bring this value to every iPhone user in the world and not just the ones who pay us before they experience it.” said Apurva Roy Choudhury, CEO Cynapse. “While Localscope with 5 key integrated services can be now be used for free by anyone in the world with an iOS device, the Localscope Premium paid subscription provides a broader set of local information from a continuously increasing portfolio of integrations with diverse services.”
In appreciation of the support from Localscope users who have paid to download the app prior to v3.1, Cynapse is providing them with an exclusive lifetime Premium subscription. The upgrade will be automatic when users update to v3.1 and the full set of services will continue to be available to them forever.
With v3.1, Localscope also adds integrations with even more navigation apps including the brand new Google Maps app. A complete list of What’s New in v3.1 is available on the App Store.
In light of the recent uproar over the privacy and policy changes at Instagram, apps that provide services are, understandably, treading cautiously with any terms, conditions and privacy changes going forward. Instagram suffered an almost instant backlash publicly but it seems debatable how much real damage was done to the company with their recent snafu.
Yesterday Foursquare sent out an email to all of its members highlighting changes that are coming in 2013 to the social networking app and service. The email lays out in plain English the changes that are coming and where you can read all of the detailed legal bits should you want to do so.
The first change to come 28 January is that your full name will be displayed, not just your first name and last initial. The email explains that, “Currently, Foursquare sometimes shows your full name and sometimes shows your first name and last initial (“John Smith” vs. “John S.”). For instance, if you search for a friend in Foursquare, we show their full name in the results, but when you click through to their profile page you don’t see their last name.”
The second change is for businesses on Foursquare. This change means that businesses on Foursquare will be able to see who checked in to their location over the course of a day, not just the past 3 hours (the current limit). As an individual user you can of course opt out so a business won’t see your check-in.
The full policy can be found on the Foursquare website but it is clear that the afterglow of the Instagram debacle has made companies think carefully and clearly about policy changes. Having read over the policy I don’t see anything alarming but your mileage may vary.
The popular social networking-meets-geo tagging app Foursquare has received a major update today. The new version 5.0 is available in the App Store now and brings a completely rethought and reengineered User Interface. On the surface, it looks like the new UI is the only major change over the previous version but there is an underlying theme going on with the app now that, while there before, is a bit clearer.
Ultimately Foursquare is about going out in the world and exploring with you indicating your location with a “check-in”. This principle hasn’t changed with this update but exploring is really a key driver for the app. Within the app there is the Explore tab which shows you a map which has popular locations in your area based on other Foursquare check-ins or has specials from retailers in the area. This can be a particularly handy feature if you are somewhere that you do not know well and are looking for a coffee shop or a place to eat.
Make no mistake that Foursquare is still all about the check in. That is the user data pool that Foursquare uses so it is still the #1 point and purpose of the app. The revamped exploring however makes those check-ins a little more fun.
The new Foursquare app is a free download and is available now in the App Store. It is still an iPhone-only build which is a bit disappointing given the 3G/4G and WiFi capabilities of the iPad. It would be great to see an iPad specific version in the future. Still, this new 5.0 version renders much better on the iPad and is far easier to read & navigate.