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Google Latitude

Google Latitude is a new function added to Google Earth for mobile phones. Latitude service uses data from mobile phone masts, GPS, or wi-fi hardware to update a user’s location automatically. Users can choose to share their location with friends.

Latitude is based on Google’s My Location feature that has been in place since 2008. It can be downloaded by pointing your mobiles browser to http://google.com/latitude. It currently works with:

  • Android Powered devices
  • IPhone & IPod Touch
  • Most Blackberries
  • Most Windows Mobile 5.0 and Symbian S60
  • (J2ME) Java enabled devices like the Samsung Tocco to be available soon

Security and privacy concerns

The BBC Technology website has released an article on the concerns over the security and privacy issues this new Google feature may bring to its users.

“..privacy watchdog Privacy International argues that there are

opportunities for abuse of the system for those who may not know that

their phone is broadcasting its location.” – Extracted from BBC Technology

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Google Android OS on Notebooks

A developer team on venturebeat.com has reported that they can get Google’s Android to run on netbooks. Long before Andoid was released there were rumors about its use not being restric to mobiles. The Venturabeast team claim to have made it work on a EeePC 1000h within 4 hours as reported by the Linux Magazine online.

The largest challenge was to adapt the ARM processor optimized code to the x86 architecture of the Intel Atom processors. Fortunately the Google team could take some guidance from previous work they had put into it. And they didn’t need drivers in that the 2.6 kernel code already contained the necessary modules. “

Google claims to have created the first open, free mobile platform but many would say they were the first to launch, apparently OpenMoko was idealized long before the Android but sadly it’s still on its development stages. If only some big names like Google had put their power behind them!

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