Liz Gannes

Recent Posts by Liz Gannes

Apple’s “Find My Friends” Location Feature Is More Like Glympse Than Foursquare

A new Apple iOS app called “Find My Friends” will allow users to temporarily share their locations on a map with specific users for a specified period.

Set to launch with iCloud on Oct. 12, the app is different from check-in style services like Foursquare, and most similar to Glympse, the start-up that recently raised $7.5 million. It’s also akin to the original Google Latitude, which offered continuous location sharing intended for close friends and family to track each other (but then later added check-ins).

Apple’s Eddy Cue said the app would include simple privacy controls and parental restrictions.

It wasn’t clear to us whether “Find My Friends” is only for iPhones or will be available on all iOS devices, but it’s one of those two.

“Find My Friends” had first been revealed through code in an iOS developer build in January.


Latest Video

View all videos »

Search »

I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik