Ten Ways Your Smartphone Knows Where You Are


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Most people have embraced location-based services without thinking about dangers such as service providers handing over location data in lawsuits or hackers stealing it from app vendors.



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April 6, 2012

Intel acquires navigation and location services provider Telmap

Intel acquires navigation and location services provider Telmap


At the close of Elements 2011, Intel’s developer conference aimed at the AppUp app store community, AppUp GM Peter Biddle announced that Intel has acquired Israeli navigation and location services provider Telmap.

The acquisition is part of Intel’s strategy to grow its software and services portfolio in a meaningful and (most importantly) multi-platform way, where there won’t be too much market consolidation on the consumer side, and the app developer side will be given a richer set of tools to work with.

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September 30, 2011

Is Apple tracking you?


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By Joe Wilcox, Betanews

That’s the question the company is trying to answer “No” today, with a 10-point FAQ. Apple describes an iPhone location-tracking file as a “bug.” What? It’s not a necessary feature for providing fast, location-based services?

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April 27, 2011

Motorola sues Apple, claiming infringement of 18 patents


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By Ed Oswald, Betanews

Motorola subsidiary Motorola Mobility sued Apple on Wednesday, claiming the Cupertino company infringed on 18 patents it holds covering a range of wireless technologies. The suit was filed in two US District courts: one in the Northern District of Illinois and the other in the Southern District of Florida.

Among the technologies covered are those related to GPRS and 3G, as well as 802.11 wireless Internet. Other functions that the patents cover include technologies which have become staples of the iPhone including multi-device synchronization, proximity sensors, and location based services.

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October 7, 2010

Mobile app CardStar smartly ties in with location-based services

Mobile app CardStar smartly ties in with location-based services

By Tim Conneally, Betanews

Brick and Mortar retailers haven’t quite figured out the perfect way to utilize location-based “check in” services like Foursquare, Gowalla, and Latitude, but mobile rewards app CardStar today presented a new option for retailers.

Retailers like Starbucks, Domino’s Pizza, Chili’s, Ann Taylor, and Sephora have all tried promotions where the people who check in most at their stores (the “mayors”) get special coupons or prizes.

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July 27, 2010