Location Services

iPhone 5 Could Feature Free GPS Navigation

More evidence has surfaced that Apple is working on navigation software for the next-generation iPhone. The company recently acquired online mapping company Poly9. This is not the first tech company specializing in mapping to be picked up by Apple.

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Placebase, a mapping services company was also bought by Apple in 2009. Speculation is rampant that Apple may integrate both companies' technology in a new mapping and/or navigation app for the iPhone 5. Google maps are currently featured in iOS products, but the relationship between Google and Apple has been rocky lately. Google has also launched its own competing free GPS navigation app for Android platforms.

Find Deals on Holiday Shopping With Visa iPhone App

Need some help finding the best deals in town? Visa has launched its free Visa Mobile Application for the iPhone to highlight local offers for Visa cardholders. The app consolidates all of the deals in your area by checking your location using the iPhone's built-in GPS.

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Over 50 retail partners are represented, including Visa offers from 24-Hour Fitness, Buca di Beppo, Cold Water Creek, Crowne Plaza, Hard Rock Cafe, Holiday Inn, Jos A Banks, Meineke, New York & Company, Papa John's, Pearle Vision, Planet Hollywood, Tourneau and Zales. Visa Signature cardholders can also take advantage of exclusive Signature offers in addition to the rest.

How can I opt out of Apple iPhone location tracking?

Apple has not offered iPhone owners an option to opt out of location data collection at this time. Third party apps can be prevented from using Location Services by navigating to Settings -> General -> Location Services -> OFF. Apple collects location information from your iPhone even if Location Services is switched off in Settings.

Apple states in its privacy policy (updated June 21, 2010) the following:

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