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Topic # 151144 15-Aug-2014 12:55
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Shamelessly stealing from Stuff.co.nz..

Basically if you're an Android user, then you can see your location history overlaid on Google maps. (and if you troll these forums, you should know probably know better.)

Click here for the Google Link




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  Reply # 1109018 15-Aug-2014 13:08
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I'm not sure if mine is interesting at all! This is a normal month.



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  Reply # 1109022 15-Aug-2014 13:21
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You get around Mudguard!

For the record, having Location History turned on is severely draining your battery life, for realistically no further benefit than for Google's database.
I turned mine off and noticed the wakelocks went from 20-30 an hour to 2-3.

Link to Google's help page to disable Location History and Location Reporting.

I have turned it off on every Google device I've ever used and have not noticed any side effects whatsoever. So while perhaps some one in the know may be able to enlighten us on whether this actually provides any benefit for the average Joe?

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1109028 15-Aug-2014 13:31
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This is my last 7 days.

I haven't actually left the ground, the long straight lines were flight mode while in patchy signal areas.

And ignore the line out past Vegas, that is the Goog guessing where I am going next based on search history ;-)


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  Reply # 1109047 15-Aug-2014 13:53
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I clicked on the link and it map shows nothing

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  Reply # 1109051 15-Aug-2014 13:58
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I only have my location history turned on when I am overseas, so mine only shows my 2 trips to AU and 1 to the USA
Really interesting replaying my trip and days

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  Reply # 1109052 15-Aug-2014 14:01
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what could go wrong...

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  Reply # 1109054 15-Aug-2014 14:02
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My Windows phone doesn't spy on my travels, I use my Google account on the phone, but the page has no location history info for me.
I'm OK with that.

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  Reply # 1109055 15-Aug-2014 14:07
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And stuff wins the techno-panic headline of the day (on front page link to story)  "Google tracks your path".

Personally I have this turned on as it is useful when trying to remember when I was somewhere in particular.

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  Reply # 1109059 15-Aug-2014 14:19
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Isn't it used for automatic whether updates?

Also that link provided gives you the ability to delete your location history.




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  Reply # 1109075 15-Aug-2014 14:35
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Just FYI iPhone users can also see their history if enabled. 

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  Reply # 1109080 15-Aug-2014 14:37
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Such a terrible article, not surprising for Stuff anyway.

This feature is useful if you use Google Now to report traffic cards for morning and evening commutes to and from work, in addition to weather based cards etc etc.

This is hardly little known either, suspect the stuff author lives under a rock/tinfoil hat.

Our recent trip to Japan:



For the record, having Location History turned on is severely draining your battery life, for realistically no further benefit than for Google's database.
I turned mine off and noticed the wakelocks went from 20-30 an hour to 2-3.


Completely untrue, maybe in your case, but on my Nexus 5 there is no noticeable difference whatsoever having this off or on.

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  Reply # 1109085 15-Aug-2014 14:42
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I generally have location off, but will turn it on a few times a day off I can't remember where a particular dealer is. That said I am intimately familiar with New Zealand now! I have one work in eight at home (in Auckland). Back every weekend.
I agree that something like this is useful for me as I cannot remember where I was the previous week let alone three months ago.

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  Reply # 1109142 15-Aug-2014 15:30
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tehgerbil: Shamelessly stealing from Stuff.co.nz..

Basically if you're an Android user, then you can see your location history overlaid on Google maps. (and if you troll these forums, you should know probably know better.)

Click here for the Google Link




If you use google maps on IOS you can get this as well according to the article

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  Reply # 1109163 15-Aug-2014 16:37
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Also if you go on holiday, google+ will do some cool auto-awesome stories showing the photos on maps etc. As always, does the usefulness (google now, location history, photo location tagging) outweigh the perceived loss in privacy (does a large company really care about you as an individual?)

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  Reply # 1109177 15-Aug-2014 17:39
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Okay I like this, it would have been handy for me a couple of yeas back to help me keep track of my days.

I wonder what it does if you've got multiple devices on your google account in different places. I'll have to try i guess...

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