Geolocation technology has become a mainstay in society, utilized for everything from navigation tools to social media platforms and even online gaming.

The recent Pokémon Go craze has shown just how pervasive location-based apps can be. But despite using the technology on a daily basis, many consumers—and even practitioners—do not have a solid understanding of how geolocation technology works. Just how does Yelp offer you a nearby dinner recommendation or RunKeeper track your daily miles?

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