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Sunrise Update Brings Foursquare, CrunchBase, And Google Maps Integration To The Already-Smart Calendar

Jun 17, 2013 by Matt Kaufman

Editor’s note: This is a repost of a TechCrunch article written by Jordan Crook.  Sunrise is the latest addition to the CrunchBase Spotlight Program which highlights the best applications and research built on the CrunchBase dataset.  Contact us if you’d like to be part of the program.

Sunrise, the Google-friendly calendar app that focuses on design, may have some competition coming from iOS 7, but even with the added pressure, the Sunrise team is clearly making strides.  Today, Sunrise was updated in the App Store to add support for foursquare check-ins, CrunchBase and Google Maps, along with some design tweaks.

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The biggest part of the update comes via foursquare. Users now have the ability to see their past foursquare checkins direct from the app, complete with mapping support. As the folks over at Sunrise know, the more information you can source from a single app, the better.

Foursquare integration makes sense, considering that the Sunrise team is made up of ex-foursquare engineers and designers. In fact, it’s a wonder why it took so long to bake in the location-based social network in the first place.

Foursquare integration transforms the calendar into a log of where you’ve been just as much as a plan for where you’ll go.

Speaking of where you’ll go, Sunrise also added Google Maps integration to the app instead of Apple Maps, which should make many a weary traveler feel just slightly better on their way to someplace new.

But the update isn’t just about where you’re going, but how awesome you are at life when you get there. That said, Sunrise has baked in support for CrunchBase, a database of people, companies, and investors that is a part of the TechCrunch network. CrunchBase support will now automatically pull in extra data about companies and people you’re meeting based on the domain of their email address.

In terms of design tweaks, Sunrise has switched up multi-day events to show their duration on the main view, with a countdown for the duration left of the multi-day event. Moreover, the app now offers cilckable links for all phone numbers, websites and addresses.

Sunrise v 1.4 is available now in the App Store for free.