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We Hear YouSince introducing the Geocaching® app’s new name and icon earlier this year, we have received and read thousands of questions, comments, and survey responses from geocachers about our mobile apps. We take this feedback seriously and have spent a lot of time contemplating and debating next steps.First things first: We’d like to acknowledge and thank you for the feedback—both positive and negative—that many of you have expressed. In the post below, we’ve collected and responded to some common themes, and laid out our plans for both the Geocaching® and Geocaching Classic apps in the near future.Community Questions and SuggestionsThe following questions and themes are the most common responses collected from the survey, as well as from emails, social media, and forum posts. Offline geocaching is a must-have in the Geocaching® app.Offline maps is the most requested feature by far. Geocaching happens outside after all! Building Lists and the ability to save them for offline use was our first step towards adding offline maps to the app. See “Moving Forward” below for additional information. I need the option to award Favorite Points and submit different log types.Geocaching is a community game that’s about more than a find count. We depend on geocachers to let each other know when a geocache needs maintenance or if there’s a great geocache worth trekking to. We agree that these features are essential. See “Moving Forward” below for additional information. Did you really need to end support for the Geocaching Classic app?Decisions like this are tough and we wish we didn’t need to make them. But we are a business. We don’t have unlimited resources. Retiring the Geocaching Classic app—an app we built and love—is not an easy decision, but it will free up resources to continue doing the work we believe is most important to helping the game thrive, which includes making improvements and adding new features to the Geocaching® app.The Geocaching Classic app was developed in 2008. Mobile phone and app technologies have changed significantly since that time. The Geocaching® app was designed first and foremost to modernize the technology underlying our mobile products. We committed to making a better app built on more sustainable technology and that’s what we’re going to do. The app doesn’t do what I need it to.At Geocaching HQ, we consider it our responsibility to build products that serve as many people in as many places as possible all over the world. Sometimes that’s limiting. Because there are many different ways people like to play the game, we support geocaching partners—like Cachly, Looking4Cache, GSAK and Project-GC—who tap into the listing service we maintain to provide services we’re unable to at this time.You said it and we agree: There’s still work to do. So what’s next?Moving ForwardWe originally planned to shut off the Geocaching Classic app in September 2016. If it’s not clear already, you’ve convinced us otherwise.While the Geocaching® app is not yet complete, we are very proud of our sustained commitment to quality throughout its development. Since launch, we created a better way to find geocaches of all types, as well as trackables. We added 18+ languages to the app to be more welcoming to players around the world, and we added Message Center to make it easier for players to communicate. We also designed the app to better support outdoor play, including a live search for geocaching on the go. Most recently we built Lists, a feature that allows you to plan your geocache outings seamlessly between Geocaching.com and the app.That all being said, the Geocaching® app is missing some of the most requested features: offline and trail maps, log types, draft logs and Favorite Points. We are working to complete these features by March 2017. Until we get there, the Geocaching Classic app should continue to function. However, we are unable to make updates or bug fixes, since the app is no longer available in Google Play and Apple’s App Store.For now, that’s the plan. We promise to keep you updated as we know more—and of course, “more” will include many of the features you requested.Thanks for taking the time to read this far. We hope that by sharing this, we at least communicated that Geocaching HQ is made up of folks who share your love for geocaching and always want to do the right thing for the game.Sincerely,Your friends at Geocaching HQ Update for iOS users: If you update your iPhone to iOS 10, the “Sign in with Facebook” feature on the Geocaching Classic app will no longer work. Fortunately, there is a workaround for this. First, you’ll need to request a password. To do so, go to Geocaching.com and log out of your account. Then, recover your password here. You’ll receive an email with a link to create a new password. Then, you can log into the app using your username and new password.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedThe Classic app is retiringFebruary 2, 2017In “News”Inside Geocaching HQ Podcast Transcript (Episode 3): Geocaching® app & retirement of Classic appMay 10, 2018In “Community”More answers on Geocaching Classic app retirementFebruary 17, 2017In “News”
UEFA Champions League Was that the best Man City performance of the Guardiola era? Sam Lee Manchester City correspondent Last updated 2 years ago 04:57 14/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty UEFA Champions League Manchester City Premier League Guardiola Feyenoord v Manchester City Feyenoord The Blues pressed Feyenoord from the off and racked up a comfortable victory thanks to one of the most impressive showings of the Catalan’s reign Manchester City kicked off their Champions League campaign by putting Feyenoord to the sword 4-0 at De Kuip, the latest suggestion that Pep Guardiola’s side are slowly but surely coming together.The Catalan wants to forge a team capable of switching between different formations and, though not everything has run smoothly so far this season, City are starting to look devastating.They may look a little laboured against massed defences, but they have shown in their two most recent games – hammerings against Liverpool and Feyenoord – that they can be absolutely devastating when given a few yards of space. Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Though Liverpool were reduced to 10 men, and would have allowed City to attack anyway, the Blues looked slick. And many will argue Feyenoord did not put up much of a challenge, but in reality Guardiola’s men did not give them the opportunity.Some of the link-up play on Wednesday night was superb, especially when Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva were at the heart of it. Though the Dutch champions did not show much of an attacking threat, due largely to City’s high pressing, Guardiola’s defence looked assured both in and out of possession.There is a long way to go, but City still have Ilkay Gundogan to come back into the midfield, and he should make the Blues’ build-up play even smoother.City have a run of winnable fixtures before visiting Chelsea at the end of this month, and it will be fascinating to see how the team evolve in the coming weeks.Watch the video below for the views of Goal’s Manchester City correspondent, Sam Lee, who has been following the team in the Netherlands this week.City next face Watford away in the Premier League on Saturday before heading to West Brom in the Carabao Cup. Home games against Crystal Palace in the league and Shakhtar Donetsk in Europe follow before the trip to Stamford Bridge to take on champions Chelsea.