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Social networking is often used to record events that have already happened, or things that are currently taking place. Facebook lets you share your thoughts, ideas and photos with your friends, while Foursquare can be used to build up a record of the places you have visited.

Google Schemer is a little different as it enables you to plan for the future. This does not mean building up a to-do list of chores you need to complete, but compiling a list of things you would like to do – fun activities, dream, adventures and more.

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The Latitude application was released as Google’s answer to the ‘check-in’ craze about two years ago. It comes packaged with most Android phones, and everyone with a Google account is automatically a member. However, despite millions of people having this application on their devices, I’ve never seen people ask for Google addresses so they can ‘add you on Latitude’.

There is rarely talk about it online either, and the entire project seems to be on its way out with so many competitors being far more popular. But why?

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A couple of years ago, it seemed like a ridiculous idea to let other people know where you exactly are. Privacy and security were paramount concerns. Tune in today, and not only is everyone quite happy to broadcast their location but also to take a peek at where others are visiting. Thanks to this trend, we now have a bunch location based startups (LBS) with really crazy valuations.

Foursquare and Gowalla stand out in the crowd of LBS apps. And, even though it’s a distant second to Foursquare in the LBS game, Gowalla is a compelling alternative that has its own strong suits. After the break let us take a look at how helpful the app really is.
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In Connor Turnbull’s article, Android Tracking: Your Phone is Following You, we saw that Google have been logging where your phone has been, based on WiFi hotspots you’ve encountered.

This is all opt-in and anonymous, but some people are still angry about it. How about you? Let us know by voting in the poll.

(And yes, Apple got caught up in a similar controversy regarding iOS location tracking; check out this week’s poll over on our sister site iPhone.AppStorm to register how you feel about that.)

Both Google and Apple have had some big privacy concerns pushed upon them in the past week after revelations that phones powered by iOS or Android store a user’s location in a history that can even be mapped out to show where you’ve been. Of course, we’ve known for a long time that our smartphones know where we are, but not that they’ve been storing that data in a file that’s relatively easy to access.

Location services that use a phone’s GPS have been fairly popular on smartphones. They provide an interesting specification to phones that allow them to transform into navigation systems and to allow you to find out their position should they be lost or stolen.

For iOS, a user can download a simple application that maps out your location history from accessing a database file that’s stored on whatever computer you’ve synced your phone with. For Android it’s a little more difficult to retrieve the file, but it’s still there and doing a similar job to Apple’s file. (more…)