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Is there a way to access a Mac's geolocation from terminal?

(Note the Mountain Lion update at end of question) Some GUI apps use OS X location services, but I want to retrieve a Mac's physical location from the command line. This could be useful for running ...
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Why is the Location Services icon always present?

I updated my iPhone 4 to iOS 5 last night. In iOS 4, the purple GPS arrow appeared next to the battery indicator when an app I was using (or had running in the background) was actively accessing my ...
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Location Indicator, Hollow vs. Solid

The location indicator in the top bar of iOS seems to have two states: hollow and solid. Hollow: And solid: I know that the icon is visible whenever an application is using Location Services, ...
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How does my iPod touch knows my location (if it doesn't have a GPS)?

If there's no GPS in the iPod, how can it know (with such a good precision) my location?
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Are iPhone screenshots geo-tagged?

When I take a picture using my iPhone's camera, it attaches the current location to the image in the metadata. Does it also do this for screenshots that I take?
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Exactly what are the limitations of geofenced reminders?

One of the most exciting new features since iOS5 is the ability to setup reminders - and even better - the ability to setup geofenced reminders based on when you arrive or leave a location. I have ...
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How does my iMac know my location in the maps app, given that I use a VPN that has my IP about 200 miles from where my address is?

I have an iMac (Mid 2011, if it matters) and I just installed Mavericks. When I launch the Maps app, it knows PRECISELY where I am, which I could certainly understand if it was using IP geolocation. ...
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How does Bluetooth improve location accuracy?

I noticed that iOS 7 on my iPad now says this in the Bluetooth pane of the preferences if Bluetooth is turned off: "Location accuracy and nearby services are improved when Bluetooth is turned on." ...
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Does the iPod touch have a GPS?

Does the iPod touch have a GPS? If not how, does it know where it is and how dependable is it?
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How did iPhone 4 know to switch timezone in Airplane Mode?

I have both an iPhone 4 (from work) and an iPhone 3GS (personal). Today I took a cross country flight from BOS to LAX. Upon boarding the plane this morning, after having stayed up all night packing ...
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How can I remove geolocation info from a picture on an iPhone?

Since geolocation info is usually preserved when I share a photo from my iPhone, I was wondering what the simplest way is to remove this geolocation info from an existing picture. To be clear: I ...
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How would Find my iPod work on a locked iPod Touch?

In order for an iPod Touch (which has Find My iPod enabled) to let Apple's servers know where it is located (e.g. via Wi-Fi positioning), I believe it needs to transmit the location over Wi-Fi. Let's ...
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Is there a way to refine my “current location”?

I recently purchased the Day One journaling app, and it geotags my posts. However, it really bugs me that it sets my home location as the wrong address. It's close, it's within a few hundred feet, but ...
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Does the iPhone 4 geo-tag photos without a data connection?

In a few weeks, I will have the iPhone 4. I won't take data with SMS-call hours. But I love taking pictures wherever I go, and the geo-tagging feature is a great thing. Does the iPhone 4 geo-tag ...
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How do I manage locations for the Reminders iPhone app?

I want to manage where my home, work etc is for the reminders app. Where can I do that?
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How can I make Siri's geo-fenced reminders wait until I actually arrive?

I'm walking my dog and tell Siri, "When I get home, remind me to take out the trash." It sets up a reminder keyed to my arrival at a location, my home address. So far so good, but the reminder ...
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What is “useful location-related information” that “Frequent Locations” setting provides?

The Frequent Locations setting explains itself quite vaguely: I see the service polling my current location often* but I don't see any concrete benefits having this option turned on. In another ...
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How to set a Reminder on iOS5 for a location AND date?

I'd like to set a Reminder on iOS5 for my iPhone 4 for when I leave work on Friday... However, the app seems to allow only location OR date/time notifications (or you can have both independently). Is ...
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iPhone shows wrong location

I recently moved and my iPhone still shows my old address for location services (e.g. in the Maps app and 3rd party applications that use Apple's location services). I assume the source of the problem ...
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Concern with location sevices on previously owned iPad

I bought an iPad off of Craigslist, I wiped it clean and set it up as my own. Is there any way that the previous owner can view my location? Either with MobileMe or find my iPad?
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How do I enable apps created in Fluid to access location data for my computer?

Some of the apps I am trying to create need me to share my location to function at their best, but fluid app seems to not allow this. I have looked through all the settings, but I can't find this ...
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How to tell Messages “I'm not at home”?

I leave my Mac running 24/7, but I'm not always sitting at it. Is there any way to tell the Mac, or Messages specifically, if my phone isn't on the local wifi subnet, don't take messages, leave them ...
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Can GPS be used by more than 1 app at a time

I'm looking at various apps which use GPS tracking, and was wondering if more than 1 app at a time was able to gain access to the GPS data? For example I might want to use one app with route planning ...
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How do I permanently allow a website to access my location?

In iOS, I only need to be asked once whether I want to allow a website to share my location data. Is it possible to permanently do this in OS X version of Safari as well?
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Driving down the road and GPS works on iPod?

I was riding in the car today and the as I was traveling home, decided to pull up maps on the iPod. I know that GPS isn't used by iPod and uses wifi to triangulate it's position. However I wasn't ...
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Google on my iOS devices is stuck in a different region than I live in

For some reason, my browser always defaults to New Zealand. I've reset my location in the Store and in the settings, but it always pulls up google.co.nz when doing a search and the default map centers ...
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Photo location on IPhone 5s

How can I determine the location a photo was taken on my iPhone 5s? I've tried the photo app on the phone but the information is too general.
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What are the different types of System Services using Location in iOS 5?

With the new iOS 5 comes new way of managing Location Services. This allows you not only manage which applications can use Location, but also which System Services are allowed to use it. There is ...
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Where does OSX 10.6 store user specific location data

For some reason, whenever websites try to identify my location, my MacBook Pro always gets confused and spits out a location that is not based on my current coordinates, but rather is my hometown, ...
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Can I automate location changing so I don't have to drive the choice manually?

Wondering is anyone knows of an application that can change settings on my Macbook Pro depending on the wireless networks it detects? Ie, If I was at work, connect to the Work Wireless, Change ...
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How does Maps on Mac OS determine the computer's location

How does Maps on Mac OS finds the computer's location so precisely? There is no GPS chip on the Mac, so how does it really work? Can someone provide details about the process used by the Mac OS ...
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Manually Set Location Services Location

My iMac rarely has WiFi turned on since I use Ethernet, however Location Services seem to need a WiFi connection (they both connect to the same router, so I fail to see the logic there… but there we ...
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Retroactively geotag photos

On my iPhone, I normally turn off Location Services on the Camera for privacy. I turned it in today for a specific event, but not before I had taken several photos without location information. How ...
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Location services not working in OS X 10.10 Yosemite

On my wifi network there are two Mac (MacBook,MacBook Pro) and two iPhones (iPhone4, iPhone 5). The MacBook Pro has been updated to OS X 10.10 Yosemite. The MacBook cannot be updated to OS X 10.10 ...
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How do I link/call an actual shell script saved within an Applescript app?

What's the correct syntax in the Applescript below to make this app run by double clicking on it rather than how it runs now by just running the Applescript in the AS script editor? The Shell script ...
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What location data will an Android phone provide to an iOS device that lacks GPS?

Will my iPad 4 Wi-Fi only (or an iPod touch) get live location data for navigation purposes if I connect to an Android mobile phone that is enabled as a Wi-Fi hotspot?
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Is there Maps application on non-3G iPad 2?

As I know iPad 3G can define user's location using A-GPS module, and there is a Maps application which is closely related to this functionality. But can non-3G iPads define user's location basing on ...
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Can an app in iOS 8 access Location Services even when it is not running?

I have the Kohl's app installed on my iPhone running iOS 8.1. I notice that whenever I enable Location Access for that specific app, it starts pinging my location immediately, based on the location ...
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Why does my wifi iPad think its location is in another state?

I live in MA but my iPad thinks it is in Clarksville, Indiana (both in Maps and other apps). This becomes annoying if I try to post in Facebook and all friends ask what I am doing in IN. This has been ...
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Is picture location info retained when I share a photo?

When I send a picture to a friend (e.g. via Messages, Mail, or Tweet), is the location information in that photo preserved? In other words, can they see where I took that photo? What about when I use ...
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Why do Location Services turn off on its own sometime?

I have an iPhone 3Gs and the latest iPod Touch. Neither have 3G data connectivity and are only connected to the Internet via WiFi. When either device spends a while not being connected to WiFi (for ...
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Fake/randomize/delete geolocation in Safari for certain Websites

I would like Safari on Mac OS X Lion to send correct geo informations to some websites but not to others. Instead sending correct location data I would like it to send either no location data, faked ...
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Is adding a GPS cradle to the iPod touch worthwhile?

I am looking for a GPS that will guide me on hikes and travel from point A to point B without loss of signal in remote areas. I have found this accessory for the iPod touch that enables GPS location ...
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How do I fix OSX Maps having the wrong location (Next Door)

On OSX Maps, when I use my "Current Location" always resolves to the house next door. This is easy enough to override, by never using my current location, but is there a way to make it know the real ...
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How to manually edit locations in iPhoto 9.5 ('11) in a bigger window?

With the previous versions of iPhoto, I was used to add a location for an album or batch of pictures taken during the same outdoor trip (backcountry skiing or alpinism tour for instance). My camera is ...
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Does there exist an iPhone application that can call an online API (RESTful or otherwise) triggered by geofences?

I've pretty much stated the entire question in the title: I'm looking for an iPhone application that can call an online API (preferably RESTful but I'll accept anything) as a reaction to triggering a ...
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How can I prevent turning off the locations services on managed iPhones?

Is it possible to disallow iPhone/iPad users to turn off the location services on their iDevices? E.g. by configuring profiles, software or system settings, etc. I have a client that needs to track ...
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How to turn WiFi on\off based on location

Applications such as WiFi Matic on Android allow you to turn on\off your WiFi automatically depending on location. Even though this disables assisted GPS which uses WiFi to help the GPS lock, it's ...
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Real tracking app for iPhone? [closed]

Is there an app that can tell me someone else's exact or general location by entering their phone number, no matter if they give permission or not? (Preferably not.) Or is there some other device, ...
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Why doesn't iOS 4 have any apps to match Locale on Android?

Locale seems to be one of the coolest apps on the Android devices. Lets you reconfigure multiple aspects of your phone depending on location. I for example would like to change my default calendar ...