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When you should share your location via phone

While meeting friends, update them with your location

Brian X Chen | NYT  |  San Francisco 

Last week after my motorcycle malfunctioned and crashed on the freeway, I wanted only two simple things from technology: To call 911 and to tell loved ones where I could be found. Coincidentally, I had been testing location-sharing tools from Apple, Google, Facebook and Snapchat. So before calling the police, I texted my partner, who was already tracking my location with several apps, letting her know I was hurt. When she opened Google Maps, she could see precisely where I was on the 101 South freeway. But when she refreshed the map to follow the ambulance, she ran into the ...

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First Published: Tue, July 18 2017. 01:44 IST