Tag Archive: Location


How to clear search and location history in Google Maps on Android

Just because you searched for it once doesn’t mean it has to live on forever.

We all search for plenty of wacky and one-time things in Google Maps, and despite what Google thinks we don’t always want that sitting in our history forever. There are also plenty of times when we navigate somewhere that we’ll never go back to, and there’s no reason to have it saved in the app’s history. And of course sometimes we just  [Read More…]

Supreme Court rules that police need warrants to get phone location info

The decision was ruled in favor with a 5-4 vote.

The United States Supreme Court issued a ruling on June 22 stating that police must first get an official warrant before they can use cell tower data to track someone’s location.

This ruling comes from the Carpenter v. United States case that dates back six years to 2011. Timothy Carpenter was arrested for a robbery in Detroit during that year, but only after police tracked down 12,898  [Read More…]

Verizon and AT&T will stop selling real-time location data of its users

T-Mobile’s conducting an “internal review” into the matter.

Last May, U.S. carriers came under fire after it was discovered that they were tracking real-time location info of their subscribers and then selling that information to third parties. Following a heap of backlash over security and privacy concerns, both Verizon and AT&T have confirmed they’re ending this practice.

First reported by The Associated Press, Verizon sent a letter to Oregon Democratic Senator Ron Wyden (who’s been particularly critical  [Read More…]

Around 200 million people had their real-time location exposed by LocationSmart

A bug allowed you to track someone’s location without obtaining their consent.

Earlier this week, it was reported that a company called LocationSmart partners with U.S. carriers to sell people’s real-time location to all sorts of third parties. This news came as a rather unpleasant surprise on its own, but it’s now been discovered that a bug on LocationSmart’s website exposed the real-time location for around 200 million individuals.

According to ZDNet, LocationSmart used to feature a  [Read More…]

All major U.S. carriers give your real-time location info to third parties

The tech is provided by LocationSmart and seamlessly works in the background.

It’s hard to believe that much of anything is truly private these days. Between smartphones, the internet, and everything else, so much of our data and lives are on full display for various businesses to see. Recently, it was discovered that all four of the major United States carriers provide your real-time location info to third-parties thanks to a loophole in the Electronic Communications Privacy Act.

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You can now filter movies by location, showtimes, and more in Google Search

There’s also an updated user interface.

Although there are plenty of apps dedicated for finding movie showtimes and purchasing tickets, I still often turn to Google Search for my movie-searching needs. Google Search has been doing a solid job at presenting movie info for some time now, but a new update is bringing a fresh look and handy features.

Next time you search “movies” or “showtimes” on the Google app on your phone, you’ll see a new  [Read More…]

SwiftKey 7.0 adds stickers, location sharing, new languages, and more

Available now for Android and iOS.

Microsoft purchased the ultra-popular keyboard app SwiftKey in April of 2016, and since then — well — let’s just say the keyboard’s had better days. In an attempt to better compete with the likes of Gboard and other competitors, SwiftKey is getting its biggest update since the Microsoft acquisition.

There’s a lot going on in SwiftKey 7.0, but perhaps the biggest change lies with the new Toolbar. The Toolbar is represented  [Read More…]

MoviePass tracks your location before and after you go to the movies

Is your data worth a good deal on movies?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, chances are you’ve heard of MoviePass by now. Being able to pay just $ 9.95/month to watch as many as one movie per day in theaters is an enticing proposition, but to not much surprise, some people are apprehensive of its too good to be true offer.

During the recent Entertainment Finance Forum, MoviePass CEO Mitch Lowe might have given some  [Read More…]

Android phones may soon send more precise location info to 911 dispatchers

Early tests have shown promising results.

911 is a number no one in the U.S. ever wants to call, but in the case that you do, you want emergency responders to get to your location as fast as humanly possible. When you currently call 911, your wireless carrier sends your location info to the 911 dispatcher so they know where to send help. Google’s recently been testing a system of its own to handle this process, and it has  [Read More…]

How to prevent your Android apps from accessing your location

These days a staggering amount of apps require access to your location when common sense dictates they don’t really need it. Understandably, most Android users don’t welcome the idea of being tracked by their apps. If you are among those who are concerned about your privacy, the good news is that there are ways to […]