Location services are really an integral part of a ton of iOS apps, using the internal GPS system to add Instagram photos to a map, checkin with FourSquare or Facebook, or let your friends know where you are with one of many “on my way” apps, like Glympse or Twist.
If you’re battery is dying, however, the location services are the first thing you should turn off, as they suck up [Read More...]
These days, Text Edit, Apple’s basic text editing program, uses iCloud as the default location for saving files. Which is all very fine and dandy, but what if you don’t want to save all your random Text Edit stuff in iCloud? Are you out of luck?
Nope, of course not! We wouldn’t even be writing this tip if you were.
There’s a simple Terminal command which will set the default to your [Read More...]
Find My iPhone and Find My iPad are security features that make it simple to locate lost iOS devices by tracking them on maps through GPS. A potential problem is that after a device has been lost, or perhaps more accurately, after a device has been stolen, GPS or Find My iPhone can be turned off which thereby disables the Find My iPhone service’s ability to track the [Read More...]
If you’re gonna flirt with technology, make sure you’re safe doing so.
Location-based dating. Spooky, right? It’s a lot like leaving personal information on little sticky notes attached to your coat; any random scary internet guy or gal can pick one off you at any moment and get in your face. Yikes!
SinglesAroundMe aims to solve that problem with a new app, available for free on both the Google Play and the [Read More...]
There are quite a few apps out there that share your location data and allow you to check in at a place, like Foursquare, Facebook, etc. They’re pretty fantastic, and they let your friends see where you are at, and then come meet you.
But what if you want to share where you are going to be in a little while? What about letting your friends know that you’re on your way, [Read More...]
Free, and does the basics pretty well
MapMyWalk is one of a range of apps from the people at MapMyFitness. It’s not a pretty app, but mapping walks doesn’t have to be pretty to be functional. And it is functional. Mostly.
To get started, you’ll have to set up an account, because all the MapMyFitness services are designed to be social. The quickest way is with a Facebook account, but thankfully that’s [Read More...]
Modern cameras include GPS data in photos, and software like iPhoto and Aperture uses this data to provide location info for features like Places. Not only are many people unaware that GPS data is included in the pics they’re taking, but uploading these pics online means that the world knows exactly when and where they were taken.
Apple’s professional photo Mac software, Aperture, is supposed to let you strip location data from [Read More...]
Siri is getting more and more useful, and one of the better uses for Siri are location based reminders. With location reminders, you can have Siri remind you to do things like make copies when you get to work, feed the cat when you get home, and just about any other task that would be helpful to be reminded of upon arrival or departure. This tends to work [Read More...]
Want to be notified of a reminder when you arrive at a specific place? Or maybe reminded to do something when you leave a location? You can do both of these from OS X Mountain Lion onward with the Reminders app, much like you can in the iOS world. Because the reminders sync through iCloud, you’ll be alerted on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or [Read More...]
OS X Mountain Lion features deeper iCloud integration than previous versions fo OS X, a feature that is extremely convenient for syncing things likes desktop Notes, desktop Reminders lists, documents, emails, bookmarks, and whatever else with iOS devices, but it can also be frustrating when you’re just trying to save a file in an app like TextEdit, [Read More...]