There’s no arguing that location technology is powerful, particularly when you add location to a cool mobile app that delivers awesome promotions, specials, and even free stuff nearby. Another new kid on the block just launched this week in the Boston area – enter GoPapaya. The app serves to connect restaurants with potential customers by notifying them about open tables, specials and the like. According to the service, the live feed presents an array of nearby restaurants that are currently offering promotions from 10% – 75%
A little something fun for you Foursquare / Swarm fanatics (like me). The foursquare checkin service makes available data feeds which can be handy for mashing up or sharing. Foursquare also notes that The iCal (ICS) and Google Calendar formats are especially nice for importing and displaying your entire Foursquare check-in history in your Calendar on your computer. Feeds are made available in RSS, KML, ICS, and GCAL formats. To access from a web browser simply login to your account and jump to https://foursquare.com/feeds/
I’m a big fan of social sharing, however, I’m also a huge fan of having access to my data, in particular, data shared along with location information. Most social sharing services support location tagging, however, they don’t really make it easy for you to access or even download your location history. That doesn’t mean it isn’t possible though! I’ve done a little digging into the popular services and have managed to find a number of hacks and tricks for accessing some of these data. One handy trick is enabled by using the very awesome IFTTT tool.
So, here it is, foursquare (R8) with a completely new look and feel. I’m still poking around with it and trying to figure out what’s up with the app. I have to admit, it really does feel more personalized, this thanks to the learning about me that the app wants to initiate – right from the get-go after the update you’ll be promoted to tell foursquare all about your likes, I assume so the app can make relevant recommendations.
Looks like Foursquare has gotten a little leaner and meaner in order to support the sleek, slim iPhone 5 and the loyal user base of fans. Foursquare has been completely redesigned for iOS 7 and there’s a lot to see. It’s smarter, faster, and has a whole new look. Some of the new functionality includes:
- It’s smarter: When you arrive somewhere new, we tell you what you need to know (like the best thing to order or a money-saving special), even if you don’t open the app.
- More of what’s nearby: We shuffle the deck every time you open the app so you don’t miss a thing. Just swipe to explore great tips
- See more on the blog
Foursquare has teamed up with Samsung to launch what they’ve called the Time Machine. Simply put, Time Machine accesses your foursquare history to build and mashup a very creative and fun history of your foursquare checkins. Watch the screen as you view your entire history animated over a map. You’ll fly around to all the places you checked in, see colorful icons and statistics update on the screen – it really is quite cool! When finished you’ll be presented with a chance to see the “next big thing” which appears to be a specially curated, local list of places that you should go visit – I suspect these are paid ads judging by the stuff that I was shown. Optionally, you can share your stats or build a history graph compiled from your statistics, for me this was based on some 2000+ checkins made over the past 5 years – very cool!
The Time Machine took several minutes to complete for yours truly (this will vary depending on your history size) with the slowest step being the finally production of my history chart – this was painstaking but I suspect my pig of a PC gasping for free memory may be to blame!
See https://foursquare.com/timemachine and give it a go
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Summer is a great time to load up on those handy mobile travel apps. Just in time for Memorial Day and the unofficial kick-off of summer, Sprint has shared a few tips for road warriors. Taking a road trip this summer? Here are some suggestions:
- The TripIt trip planner helps you organize, plan and store all of your travel plans in one spot. Create a master travel itinerary with hotel, dining and shopping destinations, and access your itinerary planner on your mobile device – even share your updates on the road with friends.
- Hotels.com app lets you browse more than 157,000 hotels in more than 60 countries, store favorites, track rewards and make reservations directly from the app. Whether traveling last minute or planning a family getaway, you can read reviews and get the best deal for your location.
You may have checked in to a venue at some time in the past using foursquare, however, have you ever used the foursquare “explore” online map to explore venues in your area? You can use the service, powered by over 2,000,000 checkins – by logging into your foursquare account (you do have an account right?) and then going to https://foursquare.com/explore.
The service should detect your approximate location and serve up a map that looks familiar to you. Then the fun starts… now start exploring local hot spots like coffee shops, nightlife venues, shopping spots, popular restaurants, or “Top” picks. Optionally, you can view places that foursquare recommends, places where you’ve checked in, places that your friends have visited, or see places that are offering foursquare specials – very handy! You can start exploring and get some great foursquare tips by visiting https://foursquare.com/explore
Foursquare for Biz… did you know that managers and owners of business listings can use the foursquare dashboard (provided they “own” their listing) to add details hours of operation to their listing, providing users who checkin with even more useful information at their finger tips… very nice! From the foursquare blog… You’ll even see specific times, like happy hour, kitchen hours, or free admission hours at museums.
Source: Business Hours Now on Foursquare