MoviePass Yanks Some Location-Tracking from iOS App
MoviePass has updated its iOS application and in so doing pulled unused app location features. The change comes after MoviePass CEO Mitch Lowe spoke about how much user location data the company tracks both before and after users attend movies. The revelation was met with disapproval from many. "Today, MoviePass released a new app update, including the removal of some unused app location capabilities," said the company in a statement provided to Engadget. "While part of our vision includes using location-based marketing to enhance the movie-going experience for our members, we aren't using some of that functionality today. Our members will always have the option to choose the location-based services that are right for them today and in the future." MoviePass hasn't said if or when it will make a similar change to its Android app.
Powermat Charging Stations May Soon Require App
Powermat today announced a new "mobile engagement platform" that will allow public charging station providers such as Starbucks to push marketing directly to phones via an app. Companies that choose to deploy the new platform will be able to require users to download and install the app before their phones will charge.
MoviePass' Location Tracking Draws Customer Ire
MoviePass, the popular movie subscription service, raised eyebrows this week when it admitted that it tracks users' location before and after they attend movies. MoviePass CEO Mitch Lowe called attention to the matter when speaking at an industry event.
Snapchat Introduces Simple Location Sharing
Snapchat today updated its mobile app and made it possible for users to share their location with one another. The tool appears to have just two modes, on and off.
Google's Trusted Contacts App Lands On iOS
Google today brought its Trusted Contacts app, available to Android devices since last year, to iOS handsets. Trusted Contacts lets people share their location with others during emergencies.