Planet Google

Ingress Now Available on iPhone, Turns NYC Into a Sweaty Sci-Fi Battlefield

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iPhone-equipped New Yorkers now have something to do outside this summer besides defend their devices from thieves and sweat to death in this heat. Ingress, an augmented reality game popular in urban areas and previously available only on Android, is now officially available on iOS devices.

Ingress uses geomapping to transform real urban landscapes into a playing field that gets players moving around their city, fighting over portals and collecting resources — a smartphone game that’s played entirely IRL. The game’s sci-fi backstory, which involves an invading alien force that opposing teams of players either welcome or resist, evolves and grows constantly depending how well the real-life teams are doing. Read More

Life is Tweet

WWDC Was a Snore, But the Live Tweeters Really Turned it Out

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The Internet stood still today in hopes that Apple’s WWDC ’14 would give them the first glimpse of the near future in tech. They were, for the most part, sorely disappointed.

There were no new devices, no cool gadgets, no hotly anticipated iWatch, no new iPhone, no line of sick Macbooks. Sure, they finally debuted Healthbook — renamed “Healthkit” — but we’ve known about that for months. Otherwise, they showed off an iOS upgrade, some cosmetic changes to OSX, and a new programming language called “Swift” that’s sending the code community into a frenzy. Read More

Crime and Punishment

Police Warn Not to Hunt and Attack Thieves Using ‘Find My iPhone’

This is what we imagine phone thieves look like. Do not approach! (photo via *Sax, CC-BY-2.0)

Apps that track your mobile devices are great for that Sunday morning when you can’t figure out if your phone is at the club, in a cab, or just in your damn pocket. But be careful where your phone-finding quest takes you — you could wind up meeting the person who stole it, and they might not be excited to see you.

Police are more and more concerned that apps like “Find My iPhone” are encouraging people to chase down and confront thieves, according to the New York Times. Theft victims have done everything from setting elaborate traps for thieves to teaming up with friends for a vigilante joy-ride — apparently hammers are popular on the list of scary weapons with which to intimidate phone-snatchers. Read More

Linkages

Booting Up: Google Is Giving Employees Talking Points About Its Private Buses

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Here’s a leaked memo from Google telling its employees what to think about its controversial shuttle program in San Francisco. [Valleywag]

Neetzan Zimmerman explains what he’s going to do at secret sharing app Whisper and we still don’t get it. [AdWeek]

Analysts are guessing that Apple sold between 50 and 60 million iPhones last quarter because numbers. [Fortune]

Besides the health insurance, there’s another good thing about being acquired by Google: you don’t have to make money. That’s what the founder of Waze joked yesterday. [Recode]

Beats Music, which offers nearly the same thing as Spotify but has 100 percent more Dr. Dre, is now available for download. [BGR]

Linkages

Booting Up: Twitter’s Web Interface Is Getting a Nip/Tuck

New, new Twitter. (Photo: Twitter)

Don’t be alarmed if Twitter looks different for you. The web interface is getting (another) redesign that aligns the look of it with its mobile apps. [TechCrunch]

iPhone supplier Foxconn has shipped 1.5 million devices to China Mobile as the telco preps for its launch. [WSJ]

The Dodo, the Lerer Ventures-backed website about, uh, animals, launched yesterday. [Recode]

Claiming it’s a “consequence of a quickly growing service,” Snapchat got defensive when it apologized for all the “snap spam” you’ve been getting. [Daily Dot]

Katie Couric made her Yahoo debut so text your mom if you want to know how she did. [Politico]