NEW FEATURE: AUDIO & VIDEO

Having worked on the latest updates for both iOS (3.1) and Android (1.2), we’ve now enabled attachment of Audio and Video Clips to pins!

Attach x1 audio file (up to 20 seconds), and/or as many videos as you want, each up to 15 seconds to a pin.

This should be a useful addition for anyone curating guided tours, creating scavenger hunts, or simply recording memories of your travels.

Do seend any friendly feedback via hello@pindropapp.com :)

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The Enterprising Elliotts

Maps have stories to tell.

It’s time that we stop treating locations as just places we check out, or check into.

http://bit.ly/EnterprisingElliotts

Android Update! Version 1.2

Finally, what many of you have been waiting for…

We’re pleased to announce that the new shiny version of Pin Drop for Android (Version 1.2) is now available!

New features include:

  • Nice new UI
  • What’s nearby
  • New activity stream
  • New profile design
  • New curated section

Of course, we took care of some bugfixes and smaller improvements too.

Please email us via info@pindropapp.com to let us know what you think about the changes we’ve made. Remember, don’t be shy, we love reading your reviews on Google Play.

Thanks again for all your amazing support!

All things Web and Wonderful

#WWDC

If you’re lucky enough to be in San Francisco for Apple’s annual developers’ conference, here’s a few places to keep you even busier while you’re in town for #WWDC #WWDC14 | bit.ly/PinDropWWDC14


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#DotCom

We’ve also been busy with all things internet of late. Please feel free to give our website some love. We gave it a refresh, and now feature some stories of how people find us useful for their Travel, Work and Hobbies.

#Buzzfeed

We’re interested in mapping out the world around us, including the strange ones. So we decided to have fun by making a hypothetical list of places based on stories published by Vice Magazine. Don’t worry, safe for work, though potentially controversial. http://bzfd.it/RJBjrh

#Tutorials

We are working on creating ‘How To’ cards to help new users figure out how to use Pin Drop. In the meantime, you can send us emails via hello@pindropapp.com 

We are also happy to respond to you via Twitter or Facebook. Check out our notes, where we are collating answers to the FAQs received: https://www.facebook.com/pindropapp/notes

App Update: Version 3.1 on iOS

Since launching our app, we’ve grown from being a passion project to a tech startup. Our heartfelt thanks to everyone who has continued to use and love Pin Drop!

We’ve been working hard on your requests for improvements, and we’re pleased to announce that our newest update for iOS (Version 3.1) is now available! 

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New features include:

  • Nice new UI
  • What’s nearby
  • New activity stream
  • New profile design
  • New curated section

Email us via info@pindropapp.com - to let us know what you think about the changes we’ve made, or to share your personal stories about how you use Pin Drop.

PS. Don’t worry Android users it’s coming soon, promise!

Location Services and the battery life of your phone

Q: How do I stop the app from constantly using GPS on iOS to save on battery life?

A: It depends on your settings, and how many other apps that use location services are running on your phone.

  • Geo-Fencing

When using Pin Drop, the app *may* be turned on periodically, depending on your connection to the nearest cell tower - which your phone can use to determine your location. 

This uses negligible battery, but can be used by apps, to get a rough location or virtual perimeter, i.e. ‘geo-fencing’ which allows us to notify you if you are near certain pins.

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NB: If you want to switch these alerts on/off, go to Settings / Notifications & Alerts / Geofence Alerts

  • Using GPS

When you can see the Pin Drop app full screen, it uses GPS.

If you can’t see the app and it’s in the background, it does not use GPS, even if it hasn’t been closed down.

When you use the Pin Drop app, or indeed any other location apps, there is no permanent connection with satellites. It will pull in data only when it needs to.

  • Apple iOS 

Go to Settings / Privacy / Location Services to find out the full list of other applications that are switched on, which include Facebook and Twitter. 

"Location services uses GPS along with crowd-sourced Wi-Fi hotspots and cell tower locations to determine your approximate locations."

Find us on Buzzfeed!

We love lists, so we’ve decided to experiment with playful content via the Buzzfeed Community.

Our first post is on 10 Common Situations Where GPS Technology Helps - All based on the stories our users have shared with us of course!

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Nominated for a Webby!

We’ve been nominated for the Best Use of GPS or Location Technology category in the 18th Annual Webby Awards, presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences.

Nothing would help validate what we’re doing more than being recognised with a Webby, which is like the Oscars but for the internet!

Help us by voting for Pin Drop to join the best of the web in 2014.

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PS: Stephen Fry is already a fan!

Pin Drop Launch

Introducing the brand spanking new Pin Drop 3.0!

Get the app now at the App Store or Google Play.

A massive huge thanks to all the lovely users that helped with the translations. Much much love in your general direction(s):

Benvalunta, c8fe, cstruck, delmax, djoolay, doctorhao, eldeano, erikbiorklund, fatmazg, federicosardi, ghiboz, grtmark, lisa1sofia, LucianoQ, nchanto, Nodayswithout, Ottendanielo, plodi, rebeq, senne, swinguy, verdekiwi, wowmix.

We’re really excited to see that Pin Drop has been selected as one of the best apps of 2013 within the travel category.

The Sunday Times app list brings out part two of The App List 2013 - the definitive annual guide to must-have games, tools and distractions. Sunday Times writers and experts have hand-picked the 500 best apps in the world in two 20-page guides, making it a little easier for you to pin-point the very best apps on offer.

We’re really excited to see that Pin Drop has been selected as one of the best apps of 2013 within the travel category.

The Sunday Times app list brings out part two of The App List 2013 - the definitive annual guide to must-have games, tools and distractions. Sunday Times writers and experts have hand-picked the 500 best apps in the world in two 20-page guides, making it a little easier for you to pin-point the very best apps on offer.