Our mobile location data is no longer private and I can’t help but feel like this genie is never going back in. It also begs the question of whether it matters how much Apple makes privacy important.
News.me: Leave the house, download news
This is my favorite use of iOS’s background geofencing yet:
I’ll think we’ve all been there: you get into a subway car, and just as the doors are closing, you realize that you’ve forgotten to take your phone out, pull to refresh, and wait 10 seconds to download the latest news articles to read offline. You curse under your breath and switch back to Angry Birds.
Today we’re pleased to introduce a new feature called Paper Boy. Simply set your home location so that whenever you leave home, News.me downloads your latest news in the background.
The best part about this? It’s such a clever, simple solution I imagine all serious news apps (cough-Instapaper-cough) will implement this feature shortly. Suddenly background downloading is no longer the domain of Newsstand bound apps. Hats off to Rob Haining for this sharp hack.
Really fantastic feature. Really with Instapaper would add this sort of thing. I can’t count how many times I’ve whipped out my iPad just as the doors were closing on a plane to make sure my Instapaper had the latest and greatest.