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Privacy zone enhancements for added security

Privacy zones

We take our responsibility to protect our users’ privacy very seriously. So much so that none of the default settings on Map My Tracks force users to make their activity public. The starting point for every user is to keep everything private and only make it public if they choose to do so.

That said, when users do choose to make their activity public it’s important that the privacy zone tools we provide do their job to mask their data.

Through research undertaken by the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign into fitness tracking social networks like Map My Tracks they uncovered some problems with our initial implementation of privacy zones. We were provided with the details of the issue on February 22, 2018 by Hussain et al. who established an algorithm to deduce the place of interest within a privacy zone.

Their research included recommendations to further secure users’ data within a privacy zone to mitigate the risk of exposing the place of interest. Their recommendations, and a further set of our own, were implemented on February 23, 2018 and applied to new and established privacy zones.

We would encourage all our users to set up Privacy Zones over their home or place of work if they choose to make their activity public. Go to Settings > Privacy to set up as many as needed.

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2017 - a year in review on Map My Tracks

Review of 2017

As we approach the end the year we take a look back on what’s been happening on Map My Tracks in 2017.

It’s been a busy year for us - and you. Across 2017 a total of 6,500,000km have been covered by Map My Tracks users. That’s 162 times around the world. You have been busy with it too, every minute a new activity is uploaded from users around the world.

During that time we have also been busy on your behalf updating the app and website to make Map My Tracks better and better. Aside for the multitude of mini updates across the year the more notable new features are Photos, Moments, Goals and some exciting work with Augmented Reality.

Photos

Outdoor activities are not just about how far or how fast you went, it’s also about the memories you make which is why we have gone all in with photos in 2017. The Map My Tracks app was updated to include options to take photos and pin photos to your activities.

That, in turn, fuelled the work on the Social Gallery that helps to show off all the great places that people visit.

Moments & Moments Videos

Each activity uploaded to Map My Tracks has its key moments highlighted. Top speed, highest elevation, max. heart rate, segments covered, and more, are highlighted on the activity timeline.

We also added an option to create a beautifully crafted video of your Moments to share with others. Every activity uploaded to Map My Tracks can be turned into a video that includes photos, stats and route details - all ready to download, keep or share on social networks.

Goals

Who doesn’t like a goal? Goals were added in 2017 to let you challenge yourself. Goals can be set for any sport by distance, duration or activity. A detailed breakdown of your performance helps to keep you on track and achieve your goal.

Connect to other services

With different wearable devices being used across different sports it’s helpful to be able to consolidate the data in one place. We’ve added options to automatically sync data to Map My Tracks from Garmin Connect and Fitbit. More services will follow in 2018.

Augmented Reality

If you use a compatible iOS phone you can now explore the landscape around you with Augmented Reality. Nearby mountain peaks, towns and other Map My Tracks users tracking live are all highlighted in the landscape. This is just the start. We’re really excited with the possibilities that Augmented Reality brings and 2018 will see more AR updates that make it even more useful.

We hope you have enjoyed the updates throughout the year. A lot of the features added have come from suggesttions from the Map My Tracks community. We want you to get the most out of Map My Tracks in 2018 so if you have an idea for a feature then get in touch to tell us about it.

Roll on 2018.

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Our biggest iOS update this year

Map My Tracks V5 iOS

Map My Tracks has always been about tracking your rides, runs, hikes, outdoor activities and adventures. Over the past year we have steadily added more ways for you to be able to tell the whole story around your outdoor activities. Photos, goals and now in the latest update of the iOS app we’ve added augmented reality.

With all these new features available it was time to give the app a refresh to make it easier to get the most out of Map My Tracks - so welcome to version 5 of the Map My Tracks iOS app.

In this update you get a clean crisp dashboard, easy access to set goals, browse the Social Gallery and explore the landscape around you with augmented reality.

Augmented reality

If you have a compatible phone* your can explore the landscape around your when you are out on your next adventure. If you have ever wondered what mountain peak was on the horizon, or what town was down the road, or where your friends are then you’ll love this feature. To discover what’s nearby first open the Activity Map then tap on the AR globe in the top corner. You’ll see nearby peaks, places and anyone that is tracking live - all in the landscape around you.

New dashboard

The new dashboard has a familiar but cleaner feel. It still shows off all your activity history across today, this week, month, year and all time. We’ve added a tab bar to launch into some of the most used sections of the app like the Social Gallery, your friends activities, goals and your own profile.

Goals

Who doesn’t like a goal? You can challenge yourself to complete a distance goals, or a duration-based goal. With the New Year just on the horizon it’s a great time to set your 2018 goals and monitor their progress on Map My Tracks.

Connect to Fitbit and Garmin Connect

If you’re a user of either Garmin Connect or Fitbit then it’s now possible to connect these accounts to Map My Tracks. Once connected any activities added to either Garmin Connect or Fitbit will be synced to your Map My Tracks accounts. It’s a great way to keep everything all in one place.

Map My Tracks v5 for iOS is now available to download from the App Store. The Android update is due out in a week or so.

We hope you like the update and enjoy exploring the landscape around you with augmented reality powered by Map My Tracks.

*Augmented reality compatible phones include the following that run iOS 11: iPhone 6s/6s Plus, iPhone 7/7 Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 8/8 Plus.

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Trim tool for activities

Map My Tracks trim activity

Have you ever forgotten to stop tracking after finishing an activity then jump in the car and track all the way home? It happens.

To help fix the activity data we have added new tool that can trim off any unwanted data at the start or end of an activity. It’s super easy to use and very, very useful.

To trim an activity, first open it on the website then click ‘Actions’. There is now a ‘Trim activity’ option. Open the Trim Activity page then click on the elevation chart to set the new start and end points of the activity.

There’s a fine tune option to accurately nudge the start, and end, positions before trimming the unwanted data. Please keep in mind, once the data has been trimmed there is no undo option. The discarded data is permanently deleted.

It’s a small, but very handy, addition to the site that helps to keep your data as accurate as possible.

We hope you like the update.

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What’s new in the latest Map My Tracks iOS and Android apps

We have added some great new features in the latest version of the Map My Tracks apps for iOS and Android. These new features mean that you can now set goals directly in the Map My Tracks app, use your phone’s camera from within the app while you are tracking and share multiple photos in the social gallery.

Stay on track by setting your own goals

To stay motivated and to keep track of your progress, why not set yourself some goals? Map My Tracks‘ PLUS members can now set goals to achieve in terms of distance, duration and/or number of activities over a specific period directly from within the app. For example, you may want to cycle 500 miles during one year, walk for 10 hours during one month or swim three times per week.
Map My Tracks Goals

By using this feature, you can select the goal type (distance, duration or activities) for any sport over any period of time. You can set as many goals as you want and upcoming goals can be set for dates in the future. Previous goals can also be viewed.

Once a goal is set, you will see your target and your current performance. The target shows how much you need to do over the next day, week and month to achieve your goal. For instance, if you aimed to cycle 100 miles over one month, the target would be 3.1 miles per day and 20 miles per week. The performance information tells you how much you have already done towards your target in terms of daily, weekly and monthly performance. In addition, the bar summarises your progression by showing your total and the percentage achieved towards your goal.

You can quickly and easily set a goal in the Map My Tracks app or from the Map My Tracks website. To set a goal in the app, go to Goals > Set A Goal and then select the goal type (distance, duration or activities), the activity type (your chosen sport), the target, and the start and end date. Select save and start achieving your goals.

It is now easier to take and upload photos from within the app

As we know that you love to take photos of your activities, and other users love to see them, we have made it simpler for you to take, upload and share pictures in the Map My Tracks iOS and Android apps. With this new feature, it is easier to pin as many photos as you want to your activities.

All Map My Tracks’ users can utilise our new in-app camera to take and upload photos from directly within the Map My Tracks app. This free tool means that you no longer need to open your camera from outside of the Map My Tracks app or to pin or email photos separately (although you can still do this manually via the Map My Tracks website, if you wish).

All users can take photos directly from within the app while recording an activity. PLUS members can also take and sync photos when tracking live. In the Android app, just select the camera icon in the bottom right of the map. In the iOS app, simply select the camera icon in the top right of the map.
Map My Tracks photos

If you are recording your track (but not tracking live), your photos will be stored in your phone as normal. When you have finished tracking your activity, you can pin your photos to your activity by selecting the Add Photo icon in the bottom right of your map. Select Upload Photos and choose the photos that you want to pin.

You have the choice to keep your photos private or to share them publicly. Photos can be pinned to an activity at any time after it was recorded.

If you are tracking live, it is even simpler. When using the in-app camera, your photos are automatically uploaded and synced online in real time. This neat new feature means that anyone who is following your live tracks can immediately see your photos.

If your camera is location-enabled, your photos will be geocoded, which means that your photos will be shown on your track in the places that they were taken. In addition, for all users, it is easy to add captions or to delete photos.
Map My Tracks photo tag

Use this great new feature to share your adventures with others.

Share and view more of your photos in the social gallery

The social gallery has been enhanced so that you can share many photos instead of just one. If you have pinned more than one photo to an activity, you and other users can now swipe sideways to view multiple photos. You can also see the activity map that shows where the photos were taken. This improved feature is free to all users and it shows photos that are related to tracks that are made public.
Map My Tracks Social Gallery

Download the latest version of the app from the App Store and Google Play.

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Goals - set yourself a goal (or two)

Map My Tracks Goals

Setting goals is a great way to keep yourself motivated and to help you achieve more. With that in mind we’ve recently focused our attention on making it easy to set a goal on Map My Tracks.

There are three types of goals that can be set. A distance goal, duration goal or activity goal. With each one you can select a specific sport, start/end and goal target.

Once a goal is set, you’ll get a breakdown of the daily, weekly or month target distance you need to cover in order to complete the goal on time. A countdown to the end date also helps keep you on track.

Goals are available to use by PLUS members and are only on website for now. The Map My Tracks app will have goals in the coming weeks.

You can access the goals section by clicking on your profile name in the main navigation, then Goals.
Goal nav

We hope you enjoy the new feature.

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Share your Moments with a beautifully crafted video

We're excited to announce the launch of Map My Tracks Moments videos.

Map My Tracks Moments is a great way to turn your bike rides, hikes or outdoor adventures into a personal story ready to share with others or to keep for yourself.

Map My Tracks Moments highlights where and when your key milestones were like elevation, speed, cadence, power, heart rate. It automatically compiles these into a beautiful video, and if you’ve taken the time to pin some photos to your activity then they get included in the video as well.

Map My Tracks Moments videos can be created from any activity on the website or in the Map My Tracks app. Each one is personalised with its own colour and size and can be recreated as many times as you like.

Share your Moments

We’ve made it super simple for each video to be downloaded or shared on sites like Facebook, Instagram, Whatsapp or Twitter.

To share a Moments video created from the website first open the activity, click on ‘Moments’ then ‘Create video’. Your video will be built in seconds and when it’s ready download the MP4 to your PC/Mac then upload it to Facebook or Twitter.

Map My Tracks Moments
Moments videos can be share from any app page that list activities. This includes History, Activity Feed and your Profile.  Tap on the ‘Play’ icon under each of the activities to open the Moments page. Tap on ‘Create Moments video’ and personalise your video. When it’s ready choose to share it or download a copy to your device.

Map My Tracks Moments videos can be created in nine different languages including Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish, Polish and Portuguese.

Right now Moments can be created on the Map My Tracks website and iOS app. Our Android app users will be able to create Moments later on this week.

We look forward to seeing your Moments videos.

 

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What’s new in the Map My Tracks Android app (v2.15)

A new version of the Map My Tracks Android app is now available to download. In this update we have added some neat new features including:

Audio alerts

Now, it’s possible to set the app to chime on each mile or kilometre completed. Go to the app’s Settings > Alerts to activate this feature.

Photo previews and pins

If there is a photo pinned to an activity the Activity Feed will now show a small thumbnail. From there you can open up the full set of photos to view in detail.

Any photo pinned to an activity that has GPS data now also appears on the activity replay map as a pin. The pin places the photo at the location it was taken along the route take. As with the other photo previews, you can tap on it to view it in more detail.

Other goodies

We’ve also taken a moment to include various other improvements around the app.

If you enjoy using the app please take a moment to post a review in Google Play. Your feedback and reviews really do help.

If you require any assistance with the new features then get in touch - .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Download from Google Play

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What’s new in the Map My Tracks iOS app (v4.9)

A new version of the Map My Tracks iOS app is now available to download. In this update we have added some neat new features including:

Audio alerts

Now, it’s possible to set the app to chime on each mile or kilometre completed. Go to the app’s Settings > Notifications to activate this feature.

Open Cycle Map

Open Cycle Map is now an option to choose from. You can either toggle through the map styles while tracking or set this as your default map style in the app’s Settings > Maps.

Photo previews and pins

If there is a photo pinned to an activity the Activity Feed will now show a small thumbnail. From there you can open up the full set of photos to view in detail.

Any photo pinned to an activity that has GPS data now also appears on the activity replay map as a pin. The pin places the photo at the location it was taken along the route take. As with the other photo previews, you can tap on it to view it in more detail.

Other goodies

We’ve also taken a moment to include various other improvements around the app.

If you enjoy using the app please take a moment to post a review in the App Store. Your feedback and reviews really do help.

If you require any assistance with the new features then get in touch - .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Download from the App Store

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Map My Track apps for clubs

We've been working with our local cycling club, Canterbury Bicycle Club, to develop an app for its club members to can use in conjunction with Map My Tracks.

CBC

The Map My Tracks club app integrates with the Map My Track Event planner so events and club rides get featured in the app. This means that a club can publish their group rides and have them listed in the app. Users of the app get all the details of the rides including route maps, file download, live tracking.

The app comes packed full of other features to help club members stay up to date. News, photos and social buzz all get included in the app so everyone stays connected and up to date with club activity. The leaderboard also provides some friendly competition throughout the year.

The social map features club members out riding using Map My Tracks’ live tracking. It’s a great way to keep tabs on riders are when out training or on a club ride.

The Canterbury Bicycle Club app can be downloaded from the App Store and Google Play.

Does your club want an app?

We’re looking for other clubs to work with to develop the app further. We’re interested in hearing for clubs that have regular club events, rides or runs.  If you think your club would be a good fit for this then get in touch.

 

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