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christatedavies

Posted: May 18, 2011
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I would like to be able to select 500m as a location alert. I work about 1km from one of my main locations, and I don't really need to be reminded I am near it, unless I really go near it. You know what I mean?
Jake

Toodledo Admin
Posted: May 18, 2011
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The iPhone's background location monitoring technology is not accurate enough to have such a small distance. 1km is already pushing it.
Nick

Posted: Oct 22, 2011
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Hrm, is this still the case? I ran across this article which says background locations are accurate to about 500m: http://longweekendmobile.com/2010/07/22/iphone-background-gps-accurate-to-500-meters-not-enough-for- foot-traffic/

Perhaps this should be offered in the same way that ~1 min alerts are offered? "We're quite sure it'll be accurate at 1 mi, but at 500m it might be cranky, use at your own risk"
Jake

Toodledo Admin
Posted: Oct 24, 2011
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In our testing, lower than 1mile caused lots of erroneous alarms, but we'll test it again.
raj_1312170655

Posted: Jan 18, 2012
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I have around 8 locations defined and have some tasks assigned to each location. My iPhone is constantly giving me an alert for one particular task with an associated location which is always 4 miles or more away, even though I have the location distance set to 1 mile! At the same time, it doesn't give me alerts for other locations which have assigned tasks and which are actually closer, such as 2 miles away! Whenever I get the false alert, it's always for the same task, which is always more than 4 miles away! Very strange. I don't know what's going on. I work from home and at random times it'll suddenly alert about this one task (about once a day), even though the phone itself hasn't moved an inch!
Salgud

Posted: Jan 19, 2012
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@raj
Have you tried deleting the task and re-entering it? Rebooting the phone?
Jake

Toodledo Admin
Posted: Jan 19, 2012
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The problem is with the way Apple's background location monitoring service works. Because it cannot use the GPS (Battery drain), it uses triangulation with the cellphone towers instead. You must be in a location that has poor coverage, or is right on the border of two cells. So, if your cellphone loses its connection to one cell tower, it switches to another nearby tower and this tricks the iPhone into thinking that you moved, even though you haven't. We have definitely see this in our testing. The iPhone is just sitting there on our desk, but the location is bouncing around by a half mile this way and a half mile that way.

Until Apple refines their technology, this is what we have to work with. You could try decreasing the sensitivity in the App settings.
raj_1312170655

Posted: Jan 22, 2012
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Yep, that describes my situation. I definitely have bad coverage where I am. I figured it was something like that. Too bad. I really liked the feature and had hopes to use it, but basically I can't currently.
Jake

Toodledo Admin
Posted: Jan 23, 2012
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Sorry. We are limited by the capabilities of the hardware. There isnt anything that our software can do to improve this.
LockeNYC

Posted: Feb 03, 2012
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Could you create a setting to check the location by GPS only at specified times of day? Or only once an hour or some other frequency?

This could preserve battery while still giving some benefit.

Similarly, could you have the default view/filter change based on your location at specific times of day? Even without location checking it would be great to feature work tasks starting at 7am each day and make home tasks the most prominent starting at 7p each day.
Jake

Toodledo Admin
Posted: Feb 05, 2012
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Apple currently does not allow the GPS to work like that, unfortunately.

Thanks for the suggestion on time-specific auto-filters. That is an interesting idea.
sventhebrit

Posted: Apr 11, 2012
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Hi there, I am just starting to use the location feature but am initially concerned about battery life. I noticed the iPhone Reminders app uses a Geo Fence, but I would prefer to have everything in one place on Toodledo - is this similar to how the location alerts are worked within Toodledo? Or does the Reminders app work in a different way?
Thanks
Steve
Jake

Toodledo Admin
Posted: Apr 11, 2012
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I do not know exactly how Apple has implemented their location reminders, but I suspect that we are doing it in a very similar way.
mark.knapp

Posted: Jul 06, 2012
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With iOS 5.1 a new icon was added to indicate when an app is "using a geofence" versus "using your location". My understanding is that using a geofence consumes less battery.

The Toodledo location monitoring shows the full "using your location" icon versus the geofence icon. And my anecdotal evidence seems to show Toodledo location alerts use battery life more quickly that apps using geofencing (e.g. Instapaper). I haven't done any rigorous monitoring, however, so I could be mistaken.

Toodledo, can you comment on this and what method the Toodledo app is using?

Thanks!
Jake

Toodledo Admin
Posted: Jul 06, 2012
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Apple provides 3 types of location monitoring.

1) GPS. This kills your battery. We only use the GPS when you have opened the map inside our app, so that it can plot your exact location. Otherwise we do not use the GPS.

2) Significant Location Change. Apple will tell the app whenever you have moved a significant distance. It does not use the GPS, but rather uses Wifi and Cell tower triangulation. This is nice to the battery. This is what Toodledo uses. We get periodic updates about your location, and we compare this to your locations to see if you are near enough to one for us to trigger an alarm.

2) Geofencing. Apple will tell the app whenever you have entered or exited a predefined region. Apps are limited to 50 regions. Like #2, it does not use the GPS, so it is nice to the battery. We do not use this method because in our testing we had trouble getting it to work reliably and with good sensitivity. Option #2 worked better for our needs, in our testing.

Apple's documentation suggests that battery usage between options #2 and #3 are the same.
eyv

Posted: Nov 23, 2012
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In my experience over more than a year with Appigo's Todo, which uses geofencing, I've had very few false alarms, but there's a HUGE boost in accuracy when using geofencing. I get constant false alarms with Toodledo (or set sensitivity low enough and never get alarms).
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