There's something magical about the "Dreaming Princess Cake" Dennis Crowley shared in a photo on Instagram earlier this week. For reasons unknown, Crowley is not ready to share what makes this cake so special. Instead, the Foursquare co-founder and CEO is prepared to put a version of his application into people's hands that he believes will give life to moments just as enchanting.
Thursday, the social network that pivots around places will make available a passive location feature to roughly 2,000 of its 35 million users and experiment with proactive recommendations. It amounts to a … Read more
Today's cars are filled with loads of dashboard tech: GPS navigation to guide you, data connections that increase the safety and convenience, Bluetooth hands-free calling systems to keep you in contact with the important people in your life. But no one wants to manually input his or her home address at the end of every day or memorize every number in an address book, so in order to work seamlessly, this tech stores quite a bit of your personal data.
Much in the same way that you think about protecting the personal data in your smartphone, PC, and social … Read more
Google Keep, the company's answer to Evernote, has added reminders that work with both time and location.
The update on Wednesday lets you set a location, such as a grocery store, as well as the traditional time-based reminder. The settings, which also tie in with Google Now, can set reminders for lists and notes.
You can create a reminder by tapping the Remind Me button at the bottom of any note, and then set a specific time or a general one, such as "afternoon." Location-based reminders work similar to Google Maps, and suggest places as soon as … Read more
Google announced last week that it would release a new locator feature for Android devices called Android Device Manager, which helps owners find their lost or stolen phones and tablets. It was supposed to roll out later this month, but in a Google+ posting Wednesday, Google announced its immediate availability.
The feature works similarly to other locator services, like Lookout and Samsung's Find My Mobile, but now you get the feature natively on your Android device. Here's how to get started with Android Device Manager:Enable Android Device Manager
On your Android device, go to the Google Settings … Read more
Voxer Walkie-Talkie is a communications app that lets you use push-to-talk walkie-talkie features, send text messages and images, and share your location. But it's important to note that the default is to share your location, and not everyone will be comfortable sending that information.
What makes Voxer useful (for those who don't have unlimited voice plans) is that it doesn't use up minutes from your carrier; it only uses your data allowance. And even with a lot of voice messages, photos, and texts, it uses only a small amount of your data pool. Sprint, which was known … Read more
Families outfitted with a fleet of smartphones have a lot of options for checking in that don't require exercising those texting thumbs or distracting a driver with a call just to find out exactly when he or she is coming home for dinner.
I've gathered a handful of Android applications designed to help smartphone users keep an eye on each others' whereabouts. Indeed, the first thing that comes to mind in this NSA age is whether or not this stuff is private. Rest assured, dear reader, I've got your interests at heart.
These are apps are opt-in … Read more
Recent disclosures of U.S. government surveillance of our phone and Internet activity have heightened interest in services that promise not to collect or share our personal information.
One such service is DuckDuckGo, a privacy-focused search engine that has seen its traffic jump since news broke earlier this month of the National Security Agency's PRISM electronic surveillance program. The Guardian's Stuart Dredge reports that DuckDuckGo's daily search count reached an all-time high of 3.1 million on June 17, well above its daily average of 1.8 million daily searches prior to the PRISM revelations.
Those numbers … Read more
At Google I/O, the company announced some small updates to its Google Now service. One of those updates added the ability for Android users to create location- and time-based reminders.
There are a few different methods for adding a reminder to Google Now. You can use your voice or enter it manually.
To create a reminder by voice, launch Google Now and say "Google" or tap on the mic icon. Once you hear the beep to alert you that Now is listening, start the command with "Remind Me" and add in what you're afraid … Read more