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Proposed Apple patent calls for variable location precision

03/01, 4:00pm

Tech could be applied to Find My Friends

A newly-published Apple patent application suggests the ability to adjust the precision of shared location data, notes AppleInsider. Titled Variable Precision Location Sharing, the filing suggests options to reduce precision to the neighborhood or even city level, instead of simply offering total accuracy or completely disabling tracking. The concept appears to be aimed at iOS apps like Find My Friends.

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Hands-on: Find My Friends and AirPort Utility for iOS

10/12, 11:50am

We try Apple's new native iOS 5 apps

Apple's two main companion apps for iOS 5, Find My Friends and AirPort Utility, have gone live just hours before the OS itself is available. We've had the opportunity to try both and to gauge how they work in practice. We'll also gauge whether Find My Friends stacks up well against its main rival, Google Latitude.

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Find My Friends, AirPort Utility hit App Store

10/12, 10:35am

Look echoed in iCloud version of Find My iPhone

Apple has released Find My Friends, the iOS tracking app announced at last week's iPhone event. Similar in concept to Google Latitude, Find My Friends lets users follow people who have accepted requests in their own copies of the app. Once they give the thumbs up, friends will appear both on a list of contacts and on a Google map.

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Apple reveals Find My Friends, iOS 5 coming on October 12th

10/04, 1:55pm

All recent devices supported

Presenting at its special iPhone event, Apple has announced that iOS 5 will go public on October 12th. All of Apple's recent iOS devices will be supported, including first- and second-generation iPads, the iPhone 4 and 3GS, and third- and fourth-generation iPod touches. The firmware introduces a host of features, such as Twitter integration, the BBM-like iMessage, Newsstand, and an overhauled notification system.

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Web code hints Find My Friends on its way to Apple iCloud

09/03, 11:05pm

Find My Friends HTML pops up

The possibility of Apple's Find My Friends feature grew stronger Saturday after web code was distributed by an anonymous source. While exploring a support system for the outgoing MobileMe, the AppleInsider contact found a block of code for tasks such as viewing the followed or following lists, statuses, and bans. Also mentioned are photo and video streams that might tie the support system or Find My Friends into iCloud's Photo Stream feature.

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