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With all the technology around us, sometimes it can be hard to feel connected to the world at a local level. We can log on to the Internet from our cell phones, computers and tablets and forget about the fact that there is an entire world around us waiting to be explored. With Localscope — a $1.99 iPhone app — you can make the online world and real world become one. It allows you to use your iPhone to find all kinds of cool stuff that is going on around you.

We’re giving away 25 copies of Localscope this week so if you would like to grab one, read on and join the giveaway!

The general idea behind Localscope is that it uses a slew of online services to provide the most comprehensive feel of what is happening around you, or anywhere in the world. Anywhere you go, it is ready to tell you about the latest happenings. Whether you want to know about check-ins, photos, videos, locations of places or anything imaginable, Localscope can provide you with the information you need.

What Services Does It Use?

Localscope is meant to be your gateway to the real world through your mobile device. It uses 13 different web services to find anything you want. The complete list of services includes:

  • Google
  • Facebook
  • Foursquare
  • Twitter
  • YouTube
  • Instagram
  • Panoramio
  • Flickr
  • Picasa
  • Bing
  • Wikimapia
  • Fwix News
  • Fwix Reviews

How To Use Localscope


You can use Localscope in two ways. The first is called Discover. This allows you to look around the area broadly, without anything particular in mind. You can browse random tweets nearby, see pictures uploaded to one of the many photo services in the app, check out where people have checked in on Foursquare or use any of the other provided services to see what is happening in the area.

If you are looking for something more specific, you can use the section called Search. This allows you to use the power of all the different services, but with a much narrower scope. Let’s say you wanted to see what gyms people are checking in to on Foursquare. You would click “Search” and then scroll to gyms in the list of categories.

From there, you would slide the services over to the Foursquare logo and it would show you the closest gyms in the area, and the number of check-ins on Foursquare.

You can view the world in Localscope in three ways. The default method is a list of locations from the service selected. If that does not suit you, you can view the locations as pins on a map.

The most fun way to look at the world is with the augmented reality view. This allows you to point your camera in a direction and see everything happening in that place. You can use this view for all of the services supported in the app, and it is an awesome way to look at the world around you, and see exactly what is out there.

Does it Navigate?

Once you have found something that interests you in Localscope, you can save the place to your device’s contacts for later access. You can also call them, if they have a listed phone number. Where things get awesome is the way the application integrates with a number of iOS navigation applications, allowing you quickly get directions, regardless of what application you use.

You simply click “Navigate,” and the app will pop up a list of the supported navigation apps installed on your phone. Click the one you want, and it will automatically open that app and begin guiding you to your destination. The complete list of the supported navigation apps is as follows:

Built-in iPhone Maps App:

  • TomTom
  • Navigon MobileNavigator
  • MotionX GPS Drive & HD
  • Magellan RoadMate
  • Navfree / Navmii GPS navigation
  • MetroView Australia and NewZealand
  • Sygic GPS Navigation
  • iGo Primo
  • Waze
  • MotionX GPS
  • VZ Navigator

Localscope is an incredible application for connecting with the world around you. You can find a new place, see what people are saying about it, call the place and navigate there, all from one application. If you feel that your iPhone has disconnected you with the real world, check out Localscope, and you will find that connection again.

How do I win a copy?

It’s simple, just follow the instructions.

Step 1: Fill in the giveaway form

Please fill in the form with your real name and email address so that we can get in touch if you are chosen as a winner. Click here if you can’t view the form.

The giveaway code required to activate the form is available from our Facebook page.

The giveaway is over. Here are the winners:
  • Abdul
  • andre
  • Andrew Lee
  • Babsie Prinsloo
  • Cecilia
  • cheryl marko
  • Chris kindle
  • David Moises Lages
  • Ian Klatzco
  • Jimmy Buzaid
  • KONG Wen Bin
  • Marie
  • Mark Chang
  • Mihai Ciulea
  • Mihla
  • Peter D
  • Rajdeep Singh
  • Rohan Shah
  • Romario Honorat
  • shannon
  • Sheryl Jackmon
  • Sohel Zaman
  • Tony Hodge
  • Vic Carter
  • Walter bloom

Congratulations! If you were selected as a winner, you would have received your license via email from If you require any assistance, please get in touch with before April 28. Enquires beyond this date will not be entertained.

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This giveaway begins now and ends Friday, April 20th. The winners will be selected at random and informed via email.

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  1. Catherine
    April 21, 2012 at 2:52 am

    @makeuseof, thank you for this another giveaway.. :)

  2. Richard Millar
    April 18, 2012 at 4:22 am

    Thank's ( Your the "BEST !"..
    Rick !... ;-)