“Apple’s chief executive, Steve Jobs, revealed in his keynote speech last week a new location-awareness feature available on the iPhone and the iPod Touch. It allows the sleek devices to home in on their current location using Wi-Fi technology,” Carolyn Y. Johnson reports for The Boston Globe.
“There’s no GPS inside the phone, so ‘how do we actually arrive at the location?’ Jobs asked… ‘We’re working with two companies to do that: Google, and a company called Skyhook Wireless,’ he said.”
“Skyhook’s technology uses signals from Wi-Fi hot spots to triangulate and find a person’s location, instead of using a chip that lets a mobile device communicate with the Global Positioning System,” Johnson reports.
“Today Skyhook’s technology works in about 8,000 U.S. cities and towns, and the company is expanding its database by mapping Wi-Fi signals in Europe and Asia,” ,” Johnson reports.
“The software upgrade that includes the new location feature – it is available free on an iPhone and for $19.99 on an iPod Touch – allows people to simply press a button to see where they are,” Johnson reports. “A map displays a bull’s-eye that’s centered on the user’s location; Morgan said Skyhook’s technology typically is accurate up to about 165 feet, or 50 meters.”
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