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Location-Aware Wi-Fi Could Turn Your Phone Into a Beacon of Helpful Functions

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. Read More >>

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Google Adding Smartphone Location Data to its Advert-Selling Schemes

According to reports from companies selling adverts through Google, the search giant is beta-testing a system that combines location data pulled from smartphones with internet searches, in an attempt to prove that adverts really can drive people to visit shops and consume products. Read More >>

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PayPal Beacon is Your Always-On Money Handing Out Tool

PayPal's stuck another clever little location-aware payment option into its smartphone app, with the Beacon tool letting users pay for items without even having to sigh and pull a mobile out of a pocket. Read More >>

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PayPal's Face-Cheque Payment System Now Live in the UK

A small test of PayPal's facial recognition payment system is now live over here, with users able to pay for purchases via a phone app that matches their face with a photo beamed to the shop's cashier. Read More >>

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Shave Minutes Off Your Supermarket Checkout Times With PayPal Check-In

PayPal's location-based payment system is set to launch in the UK this summer, letting those not angrily boycotting the company pay for their stuff without need for cash, cards, chips, PINs, NFC or even a cheque. It'll just work. Read More >>

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Defence Specialist Builds Terrifying Automated Web Stalker and Data Harvester

You know full well that all the innocent crap you spam out to social networks can be used to pinpoint you, highlight your friends and track your favourite places, building up a perfect record of your little life. Defence specialist Raytheon is automating this data harvesting process with a view to patenting a comprehensive tracking tool. Read More >>

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Help Solve Low-Level Local Crime With Manchester Police's iOS App

Greater Manchester Police has launched an iOS app, which uses location-based services to fill users in on local events, missing people bulletins and even features the unsettling option of browsing any wanted appeals in your surrounding area. Read More >>

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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? Read More >>

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Some Guy Always Gets Blamed for Lost Phones That He Never Stole Because of a Horrible Location Glitch

Las Vegas, the amazing place that sucks souls, wallets and dignities, is also really good at swallowing mobile phones. Drunk, partying, WHOOPS. And whenever a phone is lost, people who use location services to find their lost phones always seem to track it back to the same place: Wayne Dobson's house. But the thing is, Wayne Dobson never stole a phone. Instead, a glitch with the US network Sprint is making it appear as if their phone is inside Dobson's house—even if it's not. Read More >>

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Facebook's Mobile App Just Got Better At Finding New Places

Facebook's rolling out a nice little update to their iOS and Android apps today that should make it easier to use the service to find new places of interest for you to waste time and/or money at. Read More >>

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iOS Google Maps May Break EU Data Protection Laws by Auto-Ticking a Little Box

The popular iOS version of Google Maps might be about to get Google in trouble with European privacy enforcers, thanks to the way it assumes you're OK with sharing your whereabouts by default. Read More >>

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Facebook Buys Location-Based Discovery/Stalking App Glancee

The idea behind Glancee is to use your mobile's location data and Facebook account, combining the two to suggest people you know who are nearby. Facebook liked the concept and, as it did with Instagram, has just bought it. Read More >>

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What The Simpsons' Springfield Looks Like in Real Life

At last, Matt Groening has revealed where The Simpsons is actually located: the actual Springfield is in Oregon, a suburb of Eugene near Portland, the city where Groening grew up. We went through the entire city on Google Street View to find out what the most important locations look like in real life. Read More >>

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Google's Latitude Leaderboards Is a Blatant Foursquare Rip-Off

If, for some reason, you still use Google Latitude, you'll find you can now gain points for your check-ins, meaning you can be ranked on a global leaderboard. Yes, Latitude Leaderboards rips off another idea from Foursquare. The question is, though: who'll bother to use it? Read More >>

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Why You'll Soon Be Using a Wonderful Little Service Called Pinwheel to Discover the World

"We're doing things a little bit differently," Heather Champ told me. Read More >>

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Sony Xperia, Now With More GLONASS

Good news existing and future Xperia owners – if your phone is packing a Snapdragon S2 or S3 chip (including the Xperia S and Ion) you’re going to get a location boost from GLONASS. All you have to do is be running the latest software on your phone. Read More >>

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