If you're a frequent Foursquare user, this app may be your cup of tea. I'm a huge user of Foursquare, the location-based social media app. I love checking in to my favorite and regular spots and also discovering new places too. Trying to keep my 'mayorship' in some areas makes using the app fun to use too as I compete with friends in the local area. Oftentimes, when I'm in a rush or preoccupied with either chatting away on BBM or communicating via email, I'll forget to check-in to a venue. If I'm not too far, I'll check-in but most of the time I don't like to check into a place less I'm actually there.
Enter Magic4Square, from the developer of ReadItNow. The app that automatically checks you into your favorite venues. This app is perfect for me. I take a walk into town almost everyday and go to more or less the same store to pick up food shopping and other essentials. Now, with Magic4Square, I can preset some of these places so that I am automatically checked in, no need for me to do anything. I must say the app performs pretty well.
When you first launch the app, you have to enter your Foursquare credentials and allow Magic4Square permission. You then start adding the venues to your list. There are a few steps required to adding a venue but once done all you need to do is have the app opened when you leave the house and the rest is taken care of.
To add a venue first find the location. You are presented with a map of the area around you and just move around the map until you find it. This can be a bit tedious but guess this app is just made for your favorite local spots. Once you have found the location, you then select the Foursquare venues button then choose the venue from the list. After that, you choose how and when it will automatically check-in. So, you choose how long you must be at the venue before it checks you in. Minimum duration is 2 minutes, maximum is 15 minutes. Last step is to choose how far from the venue you are before Magic4Square starts the process of checking you in. This helps a lot as sometimes it can be hit and miss at how far you in reality. So being able to choose helps. At the beginning, I set it too 16ft but it would never check me in as it would always say I was more than that distance away, even it I wasn't.
When indoors too it doesn't always pick up a signal so it can't check you in. I found this to be the case when in a Mall or similar building. So, again, being able to adjust the distance helps.
It's a pretty slick app and I highly recommend it if there are venues to you visit and check into often. You can check out the video above for a quick look at Magic4Square. The developer has said it should go live in BlackBerry World in the next week or so. We should look forward to there being a free version and a paid version. We'll keep you posted on when it lands in BlackBerry World.
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